At You Mee nothing comes between you and us. Lama, the young manager of the newly opened Japanese and Far East cafe in the capital, says smiling even as he welcomes us.
When you hear of yet another asian place opening up in the capital, you wonder if it’s just going to be another on the list of soy sauce and ajino moto laced chilli chicken and Manchurian. Thankfully, You Mee proves to be different.
Set up on the Manga comic theme, this little cafe in the food district of GK 2 Market, is a delight. Not only in the bright interiors (as opposed to black and red themes of most such places) but also in the friendly staff and good food. Manga hasn’t been used as a theme at a cafe before in Delhi, and I reckon even in the country. These Japanese comics work in a range of genres — action, adventure, comedy, drama, horror, mystery — are a rage across the world and add a quirky and fun element to the whole place. The retro music, smiling servers and open kitchen with a sushi bar.
Inspired from the fusion Japanese cuisine, the restaurant serves Far East Cuisine, especially Japanese, in a way that suits the Indian palate. The likes of chilli chicken rolls, paneer sushi, and dimsums with cream cheese and chilli oil hit the right spots, the classics like ramen and robata meanwhile retain their authentic flavour. While the dimsums and sushi clearly stand out in the freshness of ingredients, taste, texture and flavour, the dessert section can be relooked at. The pie served to us was hard and the chocolate too dense. The drinks meanwhile were refreshing with interesting combinations like the Mandarin lemonade with hints of ginger that packed quite a punch.
If you’re looking for good far eastern food without the fuss of fine dining, You Mee is certainly recommended. My visit to the place had been long over due but am glad I could finally make it. Will I go again? of course, especially for the Philadelphia cream cheese dimsums and prawns tempura rolls and while I am at it, I’d have some robata and yellow curry too.
Oh yes, a special mention of Rajnish, the captain, who knows the menu inside out, so much so that I left it to him to decide what to feed us.