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LarryLg Sep 28, 2010 09:22 AM

I'd like to start this off with a personal note. I don't get tooo excited about new Asian restaurants (i.e. Manow & Bando) as often times the food is great in the beginning, then it starts to decline, or just flat out close down. Well I've been to Nemo 4 times, and while I'm not a big sushi person, I've only tried the Pan-Asian dishes, here's my take: Very Good. On every visit I've started my meal with the crispy duck roll, an eggroll shell filled with roast duck & deep fried. Dipping sauces include cocnut, mango, hoisin, and a sweet teriyaki, my favorite being the coconut. Steamed dumplings, made in house, smaller than the standard cookie cutter dumplings found at most take-out places, fresh bright flavored filling (pork) with a very thin dumpling skin. The crispy duck roll is without a doubt one of the best appetizers I've had lately. Hot Thai entrees that I've tried have been, Thai basil beef, pork with Thai red curry, Pad Thai with chicken. All have been very good, although I do enjoy Thai food with a little more heat, they did provide me with some chili paste to add on my own. The Thai basil beef is served on a bed of garlicky sauteed baby boc choy, with a good amount of thai basil. The pad thai is good but pretty standard, the red curry pork served in a caserole dish with potatoes, mushrooms, red onions & string beans has been my favorite thus far. The Thai dishes on the menu aren't separated fron other Asian dishes on the menu, they are listed under either Kitchen Specialties, or Entrees from the Kitchen, a little confusing, but not that difficult. Hot dishes that I would consider being Chinese that I have tried are chicken with hot green peppers and chicken & broccoli, (which is called Broccoli with Soy Ginger Sauce w/Chicken on the menu) & chicken with stringbeans. (Stringbeans w/ Garlic Sauce w/ Chicken on the menu) The dishes are worded like that because you have your choice of meat, or tofu. Regardless of the wording the Chicken & Broccoli is the best I've had anywhere, as is the Chicken & Stringbeans, although I've never had that anywhere else. In both dishes you can taste the heat of the wok & niether one is covered in a greasy - cornstarch thickened sauce, they are very lightly coated with the sauce. I also loved the pineapple fried rice. It's not the usual soy sauce-browned rice with peas & carrots. The rice is still relatively white with shrimp, chicken, pineapple, edamame, red pepper, thai basil & cashews. Very different from the normal, and quite well recieved by me. Enjoy.
http://www.nemorestaurant.co/

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  1. bgut1 RE: LarryLg Sep 28, 2010 12:28 PM

    Larry - Thanks for posting about Nemo. A few weeks back, a well known chef from that area commented to me that he had excellent meals there and recommended that I try it. I do intend to swing on by when I'm in the area. Again many thanks.

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      tom246 RE: LarryLg Sep 28, 2010 03:41 PM

      Great report Larry, I look forward to trying Nemo soon. Those chicken dishes sound really good!!

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        layla55 RE: tom246 Sep 29, 2010 06:30 AM

        I love this place! It's great if you love seafood or not. My husband enjoys sashimi salad, eggplant salad & crispy red snapper and I have tried most of the kitchen entrees and found them to be really delicious and fresh-tasting, particularly the string bean garlic sauce prepared with your choice of protein (chicken, pork, tofu, beef, scallop or prawn). Must have apps are crispy duck roll and pan fried dumplings. Great addition to Keyport and best of all, it's BYOB!

      2. JerzeyShore RE: LarryLg Oct 3, 2010 02:15 AM

        Nemo - Asian Fusion at its best, this new spot in Key Port brings another fine restaurant to the bay area, we dined early last night and were simply delighted. Starters were crispy duck spring rolls which were delicious, surely one of the best apps we have ever eaten with an Asian meal. Then their pork dumplings, fabulous and finished with an avocado with blue crab over baby greens salad, creative and delicious as well. Then on to our main dishes, large shrimp in a spicy garlic sauce over baby boc choy and then a spicy chicken dish with hot green peppers.
        The food all prepared very well and presented creatively is served by a friendly and helpful staff.

        Talking to a local at the next table who has been here a dozen times in the past month or so and sampled many things on the menu, raves about the place and also confirmed that the big guy from around the corner eats here often seems to add fine dining creditability. The overall look and feel of this new place is very eclectic, reminds us of New York City with a long and narrow space finished nicely and great music playing in the background.

        Sit in the rear and you will be rewarded with a nice view of the bay which will become a draw on its own once they complete their planned 30 foot deck. If you liked Bando and Manow you will love this place, it is in a class of its own.

        The bottom line: $49.00 before tax and tip for a meal of this quality is a real value. They are a great addition to the Jersey Shore dining scene, so pay them a visit when you are in the mood for Pan Asian dining.

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          bgut1 RE: JerzeyShore Oct 3, 2010 08:47 AM

          +1 the "guy from around the corner" :)

        2. CatLadyJan RE: LarryLg Oct 11, 2010 10:40 AM

          My husband and me had the pleasure of dining at Nemo again this Saturday evening and the food was absolutely delicious! We started with several appetizers; i.e. steamed dumplings, fried calamari, summer roll and avocado salad. The dumplings were the best I ever had, the fried calamari was fresh and crispy and sooooooo good. The springs rolls melted in your mouth the outer "rice paper skin" so tender and light, yummy! The avocado in the salad was so tasty; often times the avocado is just "meh", but this had the fresh nutty flavor that an avocado should have. The dressing was unique too....light and tasty so good we spooned it until the bowl was wiped clean, LOL!

          Now to the main dishes.....my husband had the Wok Grilled garlic shrimp and it was out of his world. The shrimp were HUGE (no pun intended) and cooked to perfection, yum! The veggies all fresh and all done perfectly. I had the Sambal chicken......again done perfectly, no grease, and nice and spicy! Believe me I did not want to share....but I had to since my husband shared with me! Everything was just done right and so fresh!

          We also had the pleasure of meeting the chef, Lee who could not have been more gracious. Also again I complimented them on their choice of background music and our waiter, Steven, informed us that he was responsible for putting together the music collection. A very very nice dining experience in every respect. A little "jewel". And the view in the back overlooking Raritan Bay just added to an already delightful evening.

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            HillJ RE: LarryLg Oct 31, 2010 04:09 PM

            Samba Delight (prawn, scallop & chicken with mixed vegetables in a spicy sauce) and the recommended Crisy Duck Roll were both delicious our first (but not last) visit to Nemo. Very quiet for a Friday night and I do hope word of mouth keeps the business going. The menu and prices really pleased us..I'm going this week with gf's just for the sushi items. Thanks for the rec LarryLg.

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              JerzeyShore RE: HillJ Nov 1, 2010 12:00 PM

              You are right about word of mouth keeping the business going, but unfortunately Asian Fusion restaurants do not seem to get much play on this board. Remember Bando, one of the best to hit the New Jersey scene did not make it much past their first anniversary. I also think Nemo is special so lets keep our fingers crossed ...

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                HillJ RE: JerzeyShore Nov 1, 2010 12:53 PM

                Tomorrow 4 of us are heading over for sushi. So many interesting combos I'll be bringing a bunch home for the family. I do remember Bando..what's with the food scene around here :)

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                  JerzeyShore RE: HillJ Nov 1, 2010 01:11 PM

                  Sounds delicious, enjoy ...

            2. jrztomato RE: LarryLg Nov 3, 2010 06:50 AM

              Thank you for your post. I tried Nemo last night based on all of the recommendations and found it lived up to the praise.

              My 10 year old was very happy with the hand rolls while the rest of the party ordered the steamed pork dumplings,crispy duck roll & pad thai. The highlight of the evening was the lobster dragon bowl. Spot on.

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                tom246 RE: LarryLg Nov 6, 2010 06:21 AM

                After traveling what seemed like forever it feels good to be back home dining out locally.
                Many thanks to LarryLg who started this thread, his report is spot on. We paid Nemo a visit last night and thoroughly enjoyed everything.

                The long narrow room is comfortable and inviting. The service at Nemo is first rate, a review of the menu was given to us to acquaint us with the various and different cuisines.
                We started and shared the Crispy Duck Roll and Steamed Dumplings. As others have mentioned both were delicious, the dumplings were full of pork and very tender. The duck roll was artfully presented and a substantial portion, even for two. Really nice trying the various sauces included with this app.

                Lots of entrees to choose from, Nemo will require many visits which is fine with us :)
                We also shared entrees, Wok Grilled Garlic Shrimp, large shrimp, roasted garlic, scallions, red onion, mushrooms and diced pineapple. Other entree was Samba Delight, marinated prawns, scallops and chicken sauteed with mixed vegetables. Both were excellent, the Samba had a bit of spicy kick to it which simply enhanced the ingredients in the dish.

                Too full for dessert, we enjoyed a pinot noir with the food. Nemo is BYOB.
                Nemo is a nice addition to the area dining scene. If your in the mood for the cuisine of Greater Asia, Nemo is the place for you.

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                  HillJ RE: LarryLg Nov 9, 2010 05:19 AM

                  Another lovely meal at Nemo yesterday that included Mango Shrimp, sweet potato roll and shrimp and cucumber roll $21.00 for two. The mango shrimp had six large shrimp, fresh mango, red pepper strips and bamboo shoots in a tangy but not overdressed sauce served with steamed brown rice. The sweet potato roll was a crispy, creamy texture that I love rolled in rice and quite large and the shrimp/cuke roll was refreshing. Served with all the green tea, infused with jasmine leaf you could ask for. Def. on my lunch rotation!

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                    tom246 RE: LarryLg Dec 6, 2010 04:33 AM

                    Stopped in last night on my way to the airport. Sampled the sushi entree which was pristine and delicious and quite a bargain.
                    Bowl of miso, salad, 8 pieces of assorted sushi, California roll, Mandarin orange sectioned out and several cups of hot tea for $14.00!.

                    Nemo combines excellent food, friendly informed service and great value. This is the type of place that you want to support. Remember, there is something for everyone here. Sushi, sashimi, apps and entrees from China, Thailand, Indonesia and Japan.
                    You will have trouble deciding :)

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                      Tapas52 RE: tom246 Dec 6, 2010 11:17 AM

                      Thanks Tom for the review.sounds interesting....was going to try Nemos tomorrow afternoon for late lunch. I'll report back.

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                        Tapas52 RE: Tapas52 Dec 7, 2010 03:15 PM

                        Have you ever had one of those days where everything that happened was
                        Nothing, But Nothing, But Good?…..
                        Well, I had one today, let me explain further….
                        I had business up North today in the Atlantic Highlands area so with that in mind I looked into my restaurant “must try list” and NEMOS Asian Fusion stood right out at me for lunch as I haven’t been there yet. Upon leaving the house I stopped off to get a drink at the local convenience store and just got the notion to play a few “NJ pick 3’s” also….one of them was my Anniversary “319”….anyway……after I was finished with work I proceeded to go to Nemos in Keyport for a well awaited lunch. Last night I looked at their menu online & also read so many positive reviews on CH & other sites so I pretty much had in mind what I was going to order when I got there. I start by saying that I would like to thank all you Chowhounders as your reviews were spot on for this restaurant. I had no problem finding it as I am familiar with Keyport & this place is right around the corner from Drew’s Bayshore Bistro, which I have dined at also. First good thing to happen is I get a parking spot right in front of the restaurant, which looked very hip from the outside, the space inside is skinny & very long with the back windows facing the water. Nice bold colors sought of cantaloupe walls with dark wood tables & chairs. They are hoping to construct a rear outside deck at some point also I’m told which would nice to sit outside with a great water view.
                        I was greeted by the owners and taken to a window seat in the rear facing the water. Service was very prompt, friendly and very knowledgeable….I quickly ordered as I already knew what I wanted from the reviews. I started with a Jasmine infused hot tea, followed by Steamed Dumplings, which were superb, a bit “smaller” then most, & in a good way a one bite delectable treat served in a steamer basket with a nice tangy dipping sauce. After reading so much about the Crispy Duck Roll I just had to have it & I’m glad I did, as dishes came out in a very timely manner this one was visually stunning, four cut pieces vertically placed with crispy almost vermicelli like cut sweet potato stacked on top.
                        This also came with four dipping sauces, Coconut, Mango, Teriyaki, Hoisin Plum. Yum! For my entrée` I ordered the Wok Grilled Garlic Shrimp w/ baby
                        Bok Choy…OMG!!! Hands down the best Shrimp dish I ever had. You could smell the garlic from in the kitchen fill the air, the Char flavor was simply amazing, in a great lite brown sauce with baby Bok Choy, fresh cut assorted mushrooms & pineapple bits also….served with a choice of Brown or white rice. By this time I was stuffed, but I wanted to order 20 more dishes! There are so many really interesting things on their menu & I will definitely return with more people to try them. On the way out I met Chef Lee also who was intrigued about Chowhound & was happy that so many people are enjoying their establishment he's a very nice man. Now while I was eating my wife called me to ask if I played our Anniversary, when I said yes she said it came out boxed which paid $46.00……Lunch was only $29.00!
                        So like I said in the beginning, with NEMO being a definite WINNER & a Parking space in front & a lunch treat on the State of New Jersey that’s what I would call….“Nothing, But Nothing, But Good?”…..

                        Enjoy Nemo I certainly did.. ;)

                         
                         
                         
                         
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                          tom246 RE: Tapas52 Dec 7, 2010 03:52 PM

                          Ah Tapas, you did good, very very good :) Have had everything you mentioned and totally agree with you.
                          With the variety of food at this restaurant and the reasonable prices, Nemo would be a great place for a NJ Hound get together.

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                            Tapas52 RE: tom246 Dec 7, 2010 04:35 PM

                            Thanx Tom..... I mentioned that you have been there also to Chef Lee & that we only know each other as alias names on a retsaurant BBs :) but all have good food in common!

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                              charmel RE: Tapas52 Dec 7, 2010 06:40 PM

                              Thanks Tapas and Tom...can't wait to try, sounds yummy!!!!!

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                            JerzeyShore RE: Tapas52 Dec 7, 2010 07:29 PM

                            Excellent review and photos Tapas, Thanks.

                      2. JerzeyShore RE: LarryLg Dec 29, 2010 09:06 PM

                        Another great meal tonight at Nemo helped to put this winter storm and 30 inch snowfall out of our mind for a few short hours. We feasted on summer roll, dumplings, duck roll, chicken sambal and spicy garlic shrimp, everything delicious as usual. The very hot and tasty chicken dish set the pace. And, listening to some very eclectic music by Buddha Bar really set the scene for this very cool place. Steven and Lee gracious as always - keep up the great work guys ...

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                          Tapas52 RE: JerzeyShore Dec 30, 2010 12:27 PM

                          JerzeyShore.....glad you had a great time at NEMO again.....I'm dying to return right after the holidays..I will try some of your choices as well..Happy New Year!

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                            JerzeyShore RE: Tapas52 Dec 30, 2010 01:55 PM

                            Tapas52 - Oh yes we did have a great time and I hope you have a Happy New Year as well.
                            Can't wait to go back again ourselves, maybe we can meet up for a Nemo dinner with you and yours as well as anyone else who is a fan of NEMO ...

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                              Tapas52 RE: JerzeyShore Dec 31, 2010 05:44 AM

                              JerzeyShore sounds like a plan....after the hecticness of these holidays I would surly like to get together at NEMO... to be continued.

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                                JerzeyShore RE: Tapas52 Dec 31, 2010 05:45 PM

                                Good deal, looking forward to it ...

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                                  charmel RE: JerzeyShore Jan 24, 2011 08:09 PM

                                  Thanks my fellow foodies. Tried Nemo, loved it and went back again with another couple. We ate the recommended favorites. Duck roll- excellent- a must try! Steamed dumplings were fine, but the ball of pork slides right out of the dumpling. Tasty however and a decent size. Loved the shrimp dishes. Had the Wok Grilled Garlic Shrimp and the Grilled Lemongrass Shrimp. Both truly excellent. Six very nice sized shrimp and flavors galore. We also had the Wok Glazed Ginger Beef and the Sliced Flank Steak with Thai Basil. The beef is thinly cut and ever so tender. We loved both and it would be hard to pick of the two to order again. People at the next table who are residents of Keyport and go to Nemo often like the Crispy Red Snapper very much and we would probably try that on our next visit. We also had the Pineapple Fried Rice. Very interesting dish, in fact a meal in itself, since the rice has chicken, edamame, pineapple, shrimp and cashews in it. Glad we tried it but there are just too many other dishes to try, so on the second visit we stuck with just the brown rice that comes with the dishes. The only dish that seemed a bit lackluster and dry was the Sambal chicken that our friend ordered. I was staring at a plate of chicken and string beans at the table next to our that looked delish and it seems that there is much to explore on Nemo's menu. We are not sushi people, so I will leave that area to another foodie, although I did see alot of sushi on the tables as I looked around.

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                                  Thai Basil
                                  199 New Rd Ste 72, Linwood, NJ 08221

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                                    HillJ RE: charmel Jan 25, 2011 06:21 AM

                                    charmel, I def. agree about the Thai Pineapple Rice being a meal on its own. So far, the only item that disappointed us a bit was the chicken satay. The sauce is already on the chicken when served; no dipping sauce. And it was a bit bland. But otherwise, top notch eats at Nemo.

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                                      Tapas52 RE: HillJ Jan 29, 2011 06:42 PM

                                      Nemo's Asian Fusion again tonight, what can say just AWESOME!! Started out with Hot & Sour Soup, Vietnamese Summer Roll, Crispy Duck Roll, Fireman's Roll, (spicy tuna,avocado,jalapeno, top black pepper tuna) followed by our main courses pictured...
                                      R to L...General Tso's Chicken best I ever had anywhere, Sliced Flank Steak w. Thai Basil, Sambal Shrimp (indonesian spices w.shrimp paste) delicious!
                                      But I need to return there much more I need to try.. :-)

                                       
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                                        HillJ RE: Tapas52 Jan 29, 2011 07:09 PM

                                        Fireman's Roll, (spicy tuna,avocado,jalapeno, top black pepper tuna), oh man that's a good combo! Have you tried the sweet potato roll? Crispy & creamy, also excellent.

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                                          Tapas52 RE: HillJ Jan 29, 2011 08:17 PM

                                          HillJ .....SP roll that sounds great also.....I'll put it on my list for our next trip to Nemos...those Arbol Chiles were like Candy to me ....oh so good!

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                                            HillJ RE: Tapas52 Jan 30, 2011 04:55 AM

                                            T, I like a hot/mild bite so the Fireman's/Sweet Potato combo provides that in one sitting.

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                                          equal_Mark RE: Tapas52 Jan 29, 2011 07:29 PM

                                          Have to say that the kitchen was more than willing to spice up the offerings. Siracha hotsauce and arbol chiles helped cut the huge piles of snow out front... :-)

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                            HillJ RE: LarryLg Feb 5, 2011 07:09 PM

                            I made another visit to Nemo this evening. This time I ordered the spicy Fire Wok entree (lobster, shrimp, scallops, potato, peppers, thai basil in a green curry sauce) with brown rice along with my first cold salad selection, a Blue Crab Avocado Salad (greens, avocado, crab meat in a light soy dressing). I enjoyed the meal very much.

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                              Tapas52 RE: HillJ Feb 5, 2011 07:47 PM

                              HillJ....glad you had another great meal......when we were there last week....we saw at least 4 or 5 Thai Casserole ( thai red curry lemongrass coconut thai basil chicken & shrimp )
                              come out of the kitchen in clay style covered pots steaming smoke... I have to try this dish next time there .

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                                HillJ RE: Tapas52 Feb 6, 2011 04:34 AM

                                Those steaming clay pots are a walking advertisement!

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                                  Tapas52 RE: HillJ Feb 6, 2011 12:42 PM

                                  HillJ....exactly......makes one VERY Curious as it passes your table sizzling with smoke.

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                              HillJ RE: LarryLg Mar 28, 2011 06:38 AM

                              Over the weekend, we enjoyed another fab meal at Nemo's! $60.00/4 people.. we shared Thai curry casserole, lo mein with beef, mango and chicken, duck rolls, miso soup, small green salad with ginger dressing, vegetable tempura, and 4 rolls (shrimp tempura, spicy crab, sweet potato and avocado and eel) with plenty of green tea. Outstanding meal.

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                                kadeshpa RE: LarryLg Apr 13, 2011 06:52 PM

                                Just got back from Nemo. First time there and it will become a standard goto place for us. The menu selection is outstanding and everything we had was delicious. Top all of that off with very friendly owners, incredible prices and the short travel time for us to reach there. This place is a gem.

                                We had the yellow fin sushi, soft shell crab roll, octopus salad, satay (for son), spring rolls and alaskan roll. We had eaten last week at Mahzu and that place left me wanting for quality sushi. Nemo does not disappoint.

                                FIRST RATE RESTAURANT!

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                                  Tapas52 RE: kadeshpa Apr 14, 2011 09:39 PM

                                  kadeshpa did you have any hot dishes also?....or just Sushi?

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                                    kadeshpa RE: Tapas52 Apr 15, 2011 07:01 AM

                                    I had only the chicken satay hot appetizer. If there was any complaint it would have been the satay. However that has more to do with my expectation of satay rather than actual execution by the restaurant. Satay to me has a peanut sauce whereas Nemo's version was more of a Yakitori interpretation.

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                                      Tapas52 RE: kadeshpa Apr 15, 2011 07:17 AM

                                      Next time try the Sambal Shrimp (indonesian spices w.shrimp paste), & crispy Duck Eggroll....enjoy

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                                        equal_Mark RE: Tapas52 Apr 15, 2011 07:20 AM

                                        Still have the Thai Casserole on my list. Probably should have tried it while it was still cold outside...

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                                          HillJ RE: equal_Mark May 9, 2011 05:40 AM

                                          Dh and I enjoyed another wonderful meal at Nemo's this weekend. This time we ordered the tempura chicken appetizer served with a light vinegar dip, a curry dish I believe called Fire Wok served with lobster, scallops and shrimp, green beans and peppers in a spicy sauce, an order of tempura shrimp rolls. All served with plenty of brown rice and jasmine tea. Another winner!

                                          Also, the owners have added a large outdoor deck to the bldg. which opens directly out the backend of the dining room with eight large tables and umbrellas. Super for summer!

                                2. JerzeyShore RE: LarryLg May 9, 2011 12:22 PM

                                  Two visits in the last two weeks what can I say, they keep getting better and better. Virtually everything they serve is delicious. Give them a visit soon and enjoy the outdoor deck if you are so inclined...

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                                    HillJ RE: JerzeyShore May 10, 2011 04:49 PM

                                    I enjoy Nemo's very much but I have had two dishes that were disappointing; even after the second try. The chicken satay is dry and the sauce is served directly on the chicken stick not as a dip and the beef noodle dish is rubbery. Otherwise, I've pretty much made my way thru the main menu...while still working thru the sushi bar.

                                    Has anyone tried any of their desserts? Fried cheesecake, fried ice cream, green tea ice cream? I never seem to get to dessert...

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                                      HillJ RE: HillJ May 31, 2011 05:38 PM

                                      Two wonderful meals (all my above favorites repeated with out of town guests) recently and an eel roll lesson when the sushi chef wasn't super busy. The new outdoor deck is bringing out plenty of customers. It's a thrill to see this place succeed!

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                                        tom246 RE: HillJ May 31, 2011 07:08 PM

                                        Nice report HillJ, need to get back there soon.

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                                          seal RE: tom246 Jul 23, 2011 05:12 AM

                                          Finally made it to Nemo last night. We ordered a lot of food. The sushi was all fresh and good and the specialty rolls were good combos. We especially liked the oyster shots and the volcano roll. They were out of toro, but we made do without.

                                          The noodle dishes and rice were all good too albeit a tad salty. We also tried a plate of salt and pepper chicken and shrimp and kind of liked the different take on the dish. The meat is not fried in batter and there is a sauce on the dish instead of the usual deep fried nuggets bathed only in salt and diced hot peppers.

                                          All in all, very enjoyable and a great addition to the Keyport dining scene.

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                                            HillJ RE: seal Jul 23, 2011 05:54 AM

                                            Missed meeting you by one evening seal. Seven of us enjoyed a meal at Nemo's. The sea bass, shrimp with walnuts, pineapple thai rice, samba and fire pot were all a big hit with my friends and we shared numerous rolls; the sweet potato roll always seems to the people.

                                            Glad to hear you had an enjoyable first time experience. Funny, I asked about the toro that night too. I don't think Nemo's has ever had toro avail yet.

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                                              kadeshpa RE: seal Jul 23, 2011 02:23 PM

                                              We were there yesterday also. Did you happen to be there when the ridiculously loud birthday party overran the restaurant? I swear they were the cast rejects from the show Jersey Shore.

                                              But I digress...We had some awesome apps 1)The taku salad 2)Phenomenal spicy mussels (HIGHLY RECOMMEND!)

                                              Then sushi consisted of volcano role, naruto roll (our favorite), alaskan roll, yellow fin tuna sushi and fireman roll.

                                              Good stuff, very full. If only the weather was a bit cooler we could've sat outside and away from the very loud and boisterous Snooki...

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                                      HillJ RE: LarryLg Jul 7, 2011 06:14 PM

                                      Nemo's recently celebrated their first anniversary and local success with a lovely bbq for regular customers. I was delighted to be invited. The food was top notch as always and I encourage you to visit; especially now that the outdoor deck is in full swing. Don't forget to order the duck rolls, thai hot pot and tempura veggies!

                                      1. fershore RE: LarryLg Jul 11, 2011 10:46 AM

                                        When I go to the restaurant's website (after Googling the restaurant name, not clicking the above link), I am redirected to mylesrestaurant group website. They are based in Miami. One of their restaurants is Nemo, but when you click Nemo, a blank page loads. Same thing happens when you click History. An annoying website. Is it possible that the local Nemo is part of this restaurant group? I'm thinking hijinks.

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                                          equal_Mark RE: fershore Jul 11, 2011 11:18 AM

                                          Either use the link above or Google "Nemo Keyport"

                                          I doubt it is part of that group or that there are any nefarious conspiracies going on. Probably just another restaurant named Nemo that has since gone out of business...

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                                            cleverwon RE: equal_Mark Jul 11, 2011 11:50 AM

                                            http://nemokeyport.com/

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                                              HillJ RE: cleverwon Jul 11, 2011 01:02 PM

                                              www.nemorestaurant.co and http://nemokeyport.com

                                              same resto; they operate two sites - it's a domain thing.

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                                          capt14k RE: LarryLg Sep 23, 2011 08:00 PM

                                          Excellent Sushi. Went for Lunch mid week and the Sushi was fresh as can be. Don't be turned off by the appearance from the outside you will miss out on a great dining experience. Chefs made special request for me which they added their own twist and was better than I expected. Their signature rolls were amazing. Serving Sizes were large and price was reasonable. Can't wait to go back. Would definitely recommend.

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                                            equal_Mark RE: capt14k Sep 24, 2011 02:27 PM

                                            Cant say that I was really put off by the six foot high snowbanks outside the place, par for the course for last January. Has anyone dined al fresco on the back deck since they added it?

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                                              HillJ RE: equal_Mark Sep 24, 2011 02:33 PM

                                              Mark, dh & I have numerous times. The staff is still getting use to it though in a funny sort of way they worry about the umbrellas flying away or people getting too hot. But we enjoy eating outside. A nice day, it's lovely.

                                              eta: dh & I just got back from Nemo's a few mins. ago. The deck was full of customers and we managed to get the last table.
                                              Enjoyed crab sushi, the tempura assortment, the Thai hot pot and noodles w/bok choy (by request).

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                                                charmel RE: HillJ Sep 24, 2011 03:19 PM

                                                We love eating outside on the deck. Like HillJ said, on a nice evening it is delightful.

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                                                  charmel RE: charmel Jan 28, 2012 07:22 PM

                                                  Still loving Nemo. Our new favorite dishes are Thai Curry Casserole and Singapore noodles with chicken. My old favorites, Lemongrass Shrimp, Wok Glazed Ginger Beef and Chicken with Thai Basil are still winners too and consistently good.

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                                            tom246 RE: LarryLg Feb 26, 2012 06:31 AM

                                            Keyport was the central meeting spot for our group of 6 and so when we struck out at one reservation we made one at Nemo. Everyone agreed, a great meal and fun time. Having been there several times, we gave a few recommendations but you really can’t go wrong with any choices on the diverse menu.

                                            Started with different appetizers and shared everything. A couple orders of those wonderful duck spring rolls hit the spot, tender moist duck in a crispy wrapper with a couple of delicious sauces to dip in. The steamed dumplings here are very good, very tender and loaded with pork filling. Also had a Volcano roll, which was tuna, salmon, lobster salad with a jalapeno spicy sauce. Presentation was great and tasted even better.

                                            Entrees were every bit as good. A couple orders of wok grilled garlic shrimp combined roasted garlic, scallions, red onion, bok choy, pineapple and mushrooms. Had a taste and it was yummy. Sliced chicken with Thai basil may sound simple but the flavors of this dish really burst through, another winner. A sushi deluxe platter was 10 pristine pieces of fish along with a California roll and was given a big thumbs up. Last two entrees were casseroles which came out sizzling, the aroma alone sold both of these. Thai casserole is Thai red curry, lemongrass coconut Thai basis, string beans, chicken and shrimp. Firewok was shrimp, lobster tail scallops, lemongrass and Thai curry. Both were excellent.

                                            Oriental food makes for some interesting and fun beverage combinations, we had beer, pinot noir and Riesling, guess that covers everything :) Too full for dessert, maybe next time.
                                            The chef at Nemo, I believe his name is Lee is very talented, don’t expect goopy apps or entrees you get at many Oriental places, at Nemo the flavors shine through. Service was excellent, Stephen and another server took good care of us all evening.

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                                              JerzeyShore RE: tom246 Feb 26, 2012 10:18 AM

                                              I think we were just finishing our dinner last night and seated next to the back deck when you walked in. Did your your wife wear a nice fur head pice? As always we too enjoyed our dinner and yes the chef's name is Lee and Stephen's service was excellent for us as well. Nice to hear that you all enjoyed your dinner Tom.

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                                                tom246 RE: JerzeyShore Feb 26, 2012 01:15 PM

                                                Hi Jersey, the girl with the fur hat is our friends wife. We were last to arrive, I had on the burgundy sweater. Good to hear you also had a good dinner, Nemo has been very consistent and a very good value. Do you have any favorites to order.

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                                                  HillJ RE: tom246 Feb 26, 2012 01:31 PM

                                                  At this point, I've enjoyed nearly every item on the menu. And last year Stephen and Lee made my birthday a delight including a song and fried cheesecake with candles. The place has come to be my place of choice, truly. Fantastic sea bass with bok choy, steamed edamame with salt, shrimp with walnuts, fire pot and I've never had anything but delicious plates from Chef Lee. When my son was home from France he made a point of stopping by to see Stephen and ordered his fav; chicken mango. Just a gem of a place.

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                                                    JerzeyShore RE: HillJ Feb 26, 2012 02:07 PM

                                                    HillJ, we feel this is one of the truly great pan asian restaurants in New Jersey and an excellent value as well. A few weeks ago we took another couple for their first visit and they were blown away. They will now be retuning on their own no doubt. Glad that you enjoy it so much and continue to prompt them.

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                                                    JerzeyShore RE: tom246 Feb 26, 2012 01:57 PM

                                                    Hi Tom, we love the dumplings either steamed or fried, their tossed green salad with mango dressing, the fire wok, shrimp sambal, wok garlic shrimp, chicken w/ garlic, spicy green pepper w/ beef and also w/ chicken, crispy calamiri to name a few. Actually, we have never had a dish that we did not enjoy over these past couple of years. One of these days we must get around to trying their sushi. :-)

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                                                      tom246 RE: JerzeyShore Feb 26, 2012 03:00 PM

                                                      HillJ, Jersey, several of those dishes you mention are also favorites of ours. Similar to your experience, the two couples with us were there for the first time and could not stop saying how much they enjoyed it.

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                                                        charmel RE: tom246 Feb 26, 2012 09:23 PM

                                                        Their noodle dishes are excellent too and we love Stephen the waiter...hell of a nice guy!!

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                                                          HillJ RE: charmel Feb 27, 2012 12:09 PM

                                                          We should mention the cashier and waitress, Cindy, too. Cindy always ups my weekday lunch portions and extra salad!

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                                                            JustJake RE: HillJ Mar 5, 2012 08:51 AM

                                                            Looks like this will be my 'birthday dinner' this Saturday. Will make reservations and most of the posts here are consistent as to 'choice' and 'favorites'. Looking forward to dining at Nemo's. And a couple of bottles of Reislings are on tap - as it's a big one (for me).

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                                                              HillJ RE: JustJake Mar 5, 2012 09:24 AM

                                                              Have a ball, JustJake!

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                                                                JustJake RE: HillJ Mar 11, 2012 01:04 PM

                                                                Dined there last evening as planned. A bit late - we moved our reservation from 6:30 to 8 because of mitigating 'life' circumstances. More on this later.

                                                                A round of miso soups, steamed dumplings, Crispy Duck rolls (absolutely delicious) and a Volcano roll (nice and spicy) were the appys.

                                                                Entrees were the grilled scallops (done to perfection), the garlic shrimp, crispy whole red snapper and the hot wok (which I had).

                                                                Loved my son's red snapper in the carmelized soy/rice vinegar penang sauce - it was the dish of the nite. My Fire Wok was 'steamy hot'. Shellfish was sweet and not 'tough' as the temps were extremely high and hot - had to let that bowl sit a bit before I could actually eat. One minor problem: there was no hint of lemongrass to my dish with my broth being more penang (i.e. peanut taste) than I would have liked. I know it stated curry - just didn't realize that it would be a penang (perhaps done for convenience as my son had the red snapper which had the penang?). Maybe I was just a bit tired after a good day of yard work (sore as hell) and the pre dinner vodkas that I had with some friends/neighbors. ;-)

                                                                Nemo is a very fine restaurant - service was prompt and as we left, we were thanked by the folks near the front of the restaurant (more than once) - and it was sincere (I like that). I will most definitely revisit (will try their Thai red curries, the sambal and their Thai casserole )as much on their menu is where my food passion is - hot spicy curries, sweet Basils and lemongrass - a terrific combination. My family doesn't share the spicy passion, but that will allow me to visit (on my own terms - perhaps with someone who shares the love of spicy Thai/Malaysian foods). Sushi, by the way is very reasonably priced with our roll being very fresh.

                                                                With a dearth of decent Thai places in Monmouth, my thoughts gravitate to spring and that's when I'll definitely stop in (it's only a 15 minute ride) for my Thai fix. As the weather warms and the deck opens, that type of dining experience (lunch, a Reisling or a nice wheat beer - Hefeweizen, and the shift of the breeze to one offshore) is one that will make me want to take that 15 minute ride to Keyport.

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