Growing up in Nagaland, “eating out” was pretty much visiting the “Chow & Momo” restaurants, or being invited to a friend’s or a relative’s house for dinner or tea. That was pretty much it. But today the food scene has evolved somewhat – to accommodate new cafes, restaurants, lounges, and bakeries popping up almost every month – to the point that you can be spoilt for choices.
What’s also interesting to note is the fact that most of these places have been founded and managed personally by passionate youngsters in Nagaland. Pretty fascinating and cool huh? Best part, however, is the fact that these founders often have interesting personal stories behind their food ventures. Today we meet with Pelevotuo Solo, who runs a galho restaurant in Kohima.
We chat with Pelevotuo Solo, owner of “Mom & I” cafe in Kohima Nagaland,to find out why this humble cafe is loved by all.
Hi Pelevotuo, tell us the story behind your cafe “Mom and I”
I was born and brought up in Kohima, Nagaland and I have a Master’s Degree in Plant Pathology. After I completed my education, I had to figure out to keep me occupied and earn a living. That’s when I thought opening up a cafe made the most sense, as I really enjoy serving good food – which gives me immense joy. “Mom and I” cafe was launched in Oct 2017.
My mom used to run a porridge (Galho) restaurant, and I grew up watching her feed people who loved her food – for almost 17 years. Her restaurant has nurtured our family and her customers alike. I was greatly inspired by her love and hard work and that’s when I chose to follow her footsteps and open up a cafe – but with a modern twist, keeping in mind the younger customers and their food preferences. Since it was inspired by my mom, I called it “Mom and I”
What is so special about ‘Mom and I Cafe’?
The decor of the place has been kept cosy with traditional lamp designs to give the feeling of a Mom’s kitchen. I want the customers to feel as if they have walked into my mom’s kitchen.We also believe that a complete meal comprises of a delicious meal and spiritual food. So you can see my favourite verse John 6:35 written on the wall.
We try to serve the most delicious local dishes – including my mom’s famous “Mom’s Galho” We also have a mix of multi-cuisine dishes in the menu. Everything at “Mom and I” are pocket friendly and served with a generous amount of mother’s love 🙂
“Mom and I” Cafe Address
Head over to 1st Floor, United Traders, Near KAKA Store, Kohima for some delicious galho and some spicy Asian cuisine. We hear their Peppery fried rice and Taiwanese Beef noodles, are the crowd’s favourite! Follow “Mom and I” on Instagram for some tasty updates!
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