As I used to be climbing the flight of stairs to a lovely cafe in Gurugram, OMO, I instantly began recording on my cellphone. Such is the world that we reside in at this time, a world of social media the place something engaging should make it to the ‘gram’. As a millennial, I’m left with no selection however to hop onto new tendencies. Talking about tendencies, one distinguished meals development that has taken the world by storm lately is vegetarianism. We see modern eating places and cafes in Delhi NCR adopting vegetarian cuisines by experimenting with seasonal veggies, herbs, and grains, and one such cafe is OMO.
The cafe is tucked between retail shops, tempting eating places, and cafes in the bustling Galleria Market – which was a bit disorienting for a first timer like me – however when you attain your vacation spot, the cafe tells a completely different story. OMO exudes an earthy and serene vibe with an atmosphere that includes a muted color palette, understated pure components like picket furnishings, and loads of indoor crops accentuating the theme of the cafe ‘NATURAL’. The inside of the cafe has an open structure with a reside kitchen on one facet and on the different facet, there’s a tremendous espresso bar ‘Ngarum’, and a juice bar ‘Wild & Raw’.
The menu at OMO is hundred % vegetarian and delivers the promise of being instantly from “Farm to Fork” through the use of components which are sourced instantly from, and also you guessed it, the farm. While the common delicacies supplied at OMO entails a number of flavours from the European and Sri Lankan area, I used to be invited to check out the ‘Adventures of Northeast’, a two-week pop-up celebrating genuine flavours of the Northeast India.
The Northeast Pop Up has an a la carte menu with dishes utilising contemporary and pure components sourced instantly from the farmers and locals of the area. I began off my meals sojourn with a Thali Brunch that includes a big range of Northeastern cuisines. As a North Easterner myself, I can not assist however recognize how the dishes had been fantastically offered in a round bamboo basket which we regionally name ‘Yangkok’ in Manipur. The thali comes with 3 types of rice- purple rice, black rice, and white sticky rice. If your inclination is in direction of mildly flavoured dish, then strive ‘Ooti’ – white peas cooked with a number of native greens, ‘Black Gram Salad with Perilla Seeds’, and ‘Local Leaf Salad with Sumac’. If you might be the adventurous sort, you may strive ‘Potato and Pumpkin with Bamboo Shoot’ and ‘Jackfruit in Black Sesame’ paired with any of the three types of rice supplied. Moreover, in order for you to boost your meal, in that case, it’s also possible to strive the wide selection of chutneys on supply akin to – ‘Tree Tomato’, ‘Spring Onion’, ‘Pumpkin’ and ‘Garlic’. I additionally suggest you style the garlic and bamboo shoot pickle which was my favorite amongst the lot.
Next on the supply was ‘Anishi Chow’ which can remind you of ramen. The broth of the chow tastes a bit bitter because it was flavoured with Anishi – a Naga delicacy of fermented leaves made into patties and smoked over the hearth. The subsequent dish that set my tongue on hearth, fairly actually, was ‘Singju’ – crunchy fried noodles combined with native herbs, schezwan pepper, naga chilli and perilla seeds. Thankfully, a refreshing ‘Blueberry and Lavender Lemonade’ got here to my rescue proper after.
For dessert, we tried ‘Black Rice Kheer’ – a rice pudding made with crunchy black rice and ‘Black Sesame Cake’ served with pineapple and black sesame caramel. Both the desserts had the correct amount of sweetness and had been pleasant.
So, in case you do not thoughts experimenting with meals and would love to strive your hands-on some genuine North-Eastern delicacies, it’s best to think about visiting OMO’s Northeast Pop Up, which is already up and operating since thirtieth May 2022.
What: Adventures of North-East
Where: OMO: Soul Food Community, 2nd Floor, Galleria Market, Sector 28, Gurugram
When: thirtieth May to twelfth June, 2022