They say the best way to experience food is to-
Feed your senses before you feed your stomach
And Nagai in Gurgaon provides exactly such a multilateral dining experience of Japan right here in the capital.
As you walk in, it’s hard to miss out on the bonsai-isque pure vibe of the restaurant, with some beautiful geisha murals pervasively apparent. Moving on from such lovely ambience, I wish the service matched upto the already risen standards by then but unfortunately it didn’t.
To those who understand the cuisine well, the menu is a delight full of conventions and experiments and to me, it was a fun experience to read and possibly taste that kind of specially and lovingly curated food
The sushi was brilliant. King Prawn Roll was certainly among the best I have had in Delhi, needless to say, the flavours, temperature, crunch, creaminess and texture were on point! I could eat that everyday and be grateful for it.
Complex Carbs that followed were well prepared. Pork Belly served with Rice was cooked wonderfully tender with a sweet tasting cinnamon broth. Different but nice.
Stir Fried Chicken with Vegetables in Thai flavours could use elevated, more prominent flavours.
Dessert was rather surprisingly memorable with a silken vanilla gelato, nutty and creamy.
Dark Chocolate and Cinnamon Semifreddo was textured beautifully, deeply indulgent, delicious as much but a tad bit too coarsely nutty for my palate.
There’s a wonderfully curated cocktails menu to wash all that Japanese hoohaa down with boozy flavours, strong yet fabulous nonetheless.
Nagai offers something much different from what Delhi palate is used to, it’s probably due to the fact that it’s the beloved brainchild and secondary branch of the original restaurant in Ibiza, hence the much authentic and exotic touch to it. The menu is scintillating for anyone who enjoys true flavours of the cuisine.
I am so coming back for the sushi!