Of Manga, Sashimi and Dynamite Shrimps
Restaurant: YouMee
Reviewer: Aalok Wadhwa | 21st April 2018 | Reviewer Rating (Out of 5) 4.00

Please note: This review was done on an invitation from the restaurant to taste their food, and no bill was presented to the author. While the author assures you of objectivity, the review may be influenced by the personalized attention the author got.

The theme of Lite Bite food’s latest eatery, YouMee is distinctly manga. As comic freaks would tell you, Manga are comics created in Japan or by creators in the Japanese language, conforming to a style developed in Japan in the late 19th century. Manga symbols are evident on the walls giving the restaurant a distinct Far eastern look and feel. I have been invited here to this month-old Asian restaurant to check out of the food, which I happily accept when I see Unagi and sashimi on the menu.


I meet the charming and efficient restaurant manager Lionel Lama who helps me choose the dishes I want to taste. I start with a not so impressive amuse bouche of some veggie sticks and peanuts tossed in black bean sauce. But soon that is forgotten with the arrival of the eastmancolor rainbow roll sushi (Rs. 464) with tuna, salmon, avocado, crab stick and microgreens rolled into one. Interestingly I opt for the black rice version and it makes the sushi healthier without any compromise on taste.


                    Veggie sticks                                   Rainbow Roll sushi

The next sushi, unagi “eel” nigiri (Rs. 250) is sheer poetry with a soft, buttery eel sitting on top of a cylindrical rice ball. Assorted sashimi of Hamachi, Salmon and Tuna (Rs. 485) – basically sliced raw fish just makes my day with its exquisite fresh taste of the sea.


              Unagi Nigiri                                                   Sashimi

From the dimsum menu, Lionel recommends zucchini wrapped chicken roulade (Rs. 295) with perfectly cooked, melt-in-mouth chicken, crisp chestnuts and lotus stem and it is simply delicious. The chef shows his understanding of seafood again with warm dynamite shrimps (Rs.400) which is perhaps the best prawn pakoda dish that I have ever had, with succulent crisp prawns inside a perfectly fried tempura.


             Chicken Roulade                                   Dynamite Shrimps

Next I am on to the mains and the first dish is Japan’s national dish – ramen bowl. I choose Invincible Tantan ramen (Rs. 600) in a mild broth, and garlic, chili bean sauce, sesame paste with ground pork, greens onion & cilantro. The bowl would have been perfect had the pork not been undercooked and chewy which took away from the enjoyment of the dish.

From the Chinese menu I choose America’s darling dish, General Tso’s chicken (rs.485). It is a sweet, deep-fried chicken dish that is served in North American Chinese restaurants. The dish is named after Tso Tsung-t'ang, a Qing dynasty military leader, although there is no connection to him, nor is the dish known in Hunan, General Tso's home province. It is served with a sweet & sour sauce, pickled ginger, onion & dry red chilli and tastes pretty pointless, like most of North American Chinese dishes. 


                Tantan Ramen                              General Tso’s Chicken

Among drinks, I choose a pretty forgettable mogo mogo (Rs.245) with “notes of” banana, mango, melons and guava. As dessert I choose matcha cheese cake (Rs.365) made from Japanese green tea powder, with sugar, cream cheese, and cracker pie crust. It is competent and indulgent.


               Mogo Mogo                            Matcha Cheesecake

Not sure I can say this for many restaurant reviews but this one has been a treat for me. I am definitely coming back for my fix of eel nigiri, sashimi, chicken roulade and dynamite shrimps.

Ratings (Out of 5)

Food: 4.0 | Ambience: 4.0 | Service: 4.0 | Value: 4.0 | Overall: 4.0

Meal for two: Rs 2000 | Alcohol: No | Credit Card: Yes | Wheel chair friendly: No

Address: M-27, Ground Floor, Greater Kailash 2 (GK2), New Delhi. Tel: 081300 65818

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Restaurant Information
YouMee YouMee
M-27, Ground Floor, Greater Kailash 2 (GK2), New Delhi
Telephone: 081300 65818 view on a map
Opening Hours:
Average Price: Rs. 2000 - 2500