Don’t be fooled by the décor at new Greenbelt eatery Namnam, where tufted teal booths, exposed brick walls and industrial hanging lamps paint a modern picture that might suggest ‘fusion’ or even ‘molecular’ – comfort Filipino food is what’s on the menu here.
Taking its name from the word ‘malinamnam’, which means delicious, the new eatery from the Moment Group (also behind ‘Cue
and Burger Bar
) heralds local ingredients and traditional fare, with nary a foie gras dish in sight.
The menu deftly presents classics with a twist, taking the traditional way of preparing Pinoy staples (from recipes handed down by co-founders Abba Nappa, Jon Syjuco, and Eliza Antonino’s grandmothers), and further experimenting with combinations of Manila’s familiar flavours.
Begin with dishes like green mangoes with bagoong (traditional fish sauce) and baby squid in olive oil and garlic, before moving on to decadent mains like grilled tiger prawns with melt-in-your-mouth aligue (crab roe) butter, Sinigang surf & turf with prawns and USDA ribeye in a dark tamarind broth, and the refreshing Pinoy summer classic mais con yelo (corn on ice) for dessert. Modern looks plus re-invigorated traditional plates, Namnam equals nomnom to us!