A Namnam birthday


Adolf recently celebrated his birthday, and one of the things in his “must-do” list is to eat at Namnam.  Namnam (or loosely translated as “yummy” in Tagalog) is a year-old Filipino restaurant in Greenbelt with good reviews from fellow foodies and food writers. Comfort Filipino foodThe place is small, maybe seats 50 people comfortably, decor is simple and the ambiance friendly and relaxed.

Three things that make Namnam a good dining place:

1. They offer both classic Filipino dishes and a “twist” version.  One can have a classic sinigang (tamarind based soup with meat/fish and veggies) or a sinigang with watermelon version.  Or a choice between Kare-Kare w/ Oxtail (peanut based sauce) and a Lamb Kare-kare.

2. The dishes comes in three (3) serving sizes : S-M-L.  No more stressing about ordering enough for a large group or having to finish an entire dish, good for 3-4 servings, between you and your partner.

3. And the menu list is quite long, one has to keep coming back to sample everything!

(Please note that I didn’t attempt to beautify any of the food photos in hope to capture them true to form)

So, we started our meal with Adolf’s favorite – Chicharon.  And their Chicharon trio did not disappoint. Bite-sized crunchy bits dipped in slightly spicy vinegar jumpstarted our appetites.

Chicharon Trio of Pork, Chicken & Fish skins with vinegar dip
Chicharon Trio of Pork, Chicken & Fish skins with slightly spicy vinegar dip

We then decided to keep our meal a bit more adventurous by choosing a local staple like Sinigang with a twist, a jazzed – up fried rice for our little boy, a sinfully stuffed squid and my all-time favorite, Gambas.

Sinigang na Beef Short Ribs and Watermelon
Sinigang na Beef Short Ribs and Watermelon
Breakfast Fried Rice : Corned Beef, Bacon & Egg
Breakfast Fried Rice : Corned Beef, Bacon & Egg

 

Binusog na pusit with chorizo
Binusog na pusit with chorizo / Stuffed squid with chorizo
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Gambas with Olive Oil & Garlic

At the end of the meal,the manager surprised Adolf with a mini Gata Leche Flan to serve as his birthday treat. As we both love Leche Flan (sweetened egg pudding with vanilla), adding gata (coconut milk) to it just made it a bit more special.

Birthday Boy with Gata Leche Flan
Birthday Boy with Gata Leche Flan

With more places to go to fulfill a birthday “must-do” list, we left Namnam with a “we-will-be-back” mindset. Price is not bad, service is quick and the food itself is satisfying.

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