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. The 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.
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.
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.
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.