Here we are, bird-watching and dreaming of that trip we recently made to a jungle. But then we are also running our hands over silken throw cushions. It doesn’t happen everywhere, and the birds here are fake, but Nido, the new European restaurant in Bandra, has an affinity for all things green, meat and fresh. Nido has a vast selection of small plates, salads, burgers, sandwiches, pastas and promising mains. We are here for lunch and almost every table at the restaurant is occupied. After much deliberation, we settle for Loch Duart Salmon and Panini Provençal, hoping to be as surprised as we were to see the decor.
Loch Duart Salmon (Rs 665) arrives, sitting pretty besides pickled beetroot and sunchokes and looking fresh under the greens thrown in. The citrus-soy glaze is perfect, but it isn’t the freshest salmon we’ve had. The Panini Provençal (Rs 595), which has ratatouille and emmenthal cheese, comes with a delicious, generous portion of fries. Fresh and no-frills, the panini is quite filling and could be a good early lunch option, too. Nido, however, has us at the mains. Out of nowhere, we find ourselves becoming rather gleeful for what is a sunny afternoon outside. Then, we realise it is the Double Pork Chop (Rs 725). It looks nothing short of beautiful and comes with a large portion of delicious scallion mash, apple coleslaw and organic mustard. It is juicy, tender and there’s a hardly a word exchanged until we are halfway through it.
What really wins us over, though, is the Ravioli (Rs 565). We couldn’t have asked for a better balance of lemon, Alleppey black pepper, sage butter and ricotta. Once again, conversations dim and senses are heightened. We even stop looking over at the birds in the restaurant. For a moment, just for a moment, we forget the jungle, too.