Restaurant Review: Nam Nam

I finally got to try Nam Nam last Friday when I had dinner with some of my friends from college.  This restaurant specializes in Filipino dishes, some are old school while others are offered with a “twist”.  Nam Nam hails it name from the word “malinamman”, meaning delicious.

Nam Nam is very popular these days and lots of people were waiting for a table.  As we were a big group, it took some time before we were able to get inside.  Good thing we ordered while we were in line so we didn’t have to wait too long for the food.

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We ordered several dishes and the most anticipated one was the Lamb Adobo and Flakes.  The Filipino adobo does not usually feature this type of meat so I guess everyone was curious about it.  Unfortunately though, I didn’t find it to be too fantastic.  It just seemed like your ordinary adobo with that distinct lamb aftertaste.

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One funny thing that happened was that a couple of my friends were in agreement that the corned beef in the Corned Beef Sisig tasted like Argentina corned beef.  Hehehe.  But when I tried it, it didn’t seem like so but I am not really an expert.  I don’t particularly like eating corned beef.  Anyway, the Corned Beef Sisig still seemed rather ordinary:  sautéed corned beef, topped with fried egg and sprinkled with some potato shoestrings.  I guess what made it different was that it was served on a hot plate.

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Another dish that we ordered was the Chili-Ginger Wok-Fried Shrimps.  It tasted really nice but the shrimps were overcooked.  I had a hard time getting the shell off.  We also ordered Gising Gising, which was sautéed sigarilyas, kangkong, coconut cream and chillies, house-made bagoong.  The plate of Gising Gising was set on the farther end of the table and my friends from that end considered it the best among what we ordered.  I’d say it’s just okay.  I was not able to take some photos of some of the food that we ate because we were a big group in a long table and I was at one end of it.

Anyway, surprisingly enough, the dish that I was able to enjoy most was the Adobong Kangkong or the stir-fried morning glory.  The unassuming dish was really good.  A couple of my friends thought so, too.nam nam restaurant review

The good thing about this resto is that there are different serving sizes to choose from.  The “small” serving is good for one, the “medium” serving is good for three and the “large” serving is good for six.  Another thing I liked about the place was that the staff was great.  They tried very hard to accommodate our seating requests and are very quick to refill our water glasses.

But as conveyed by the general tone of my review, I was really disappointed.  With all the glowing restaurant reviews about Nam Nam, I did not expect to find mediocrity in the food of this restaurant.  I mean, the food was okay.  And that’s the problem.  It was just okay and everything was too pricey.  And since the restaurant falls in the value for money category, it would take a long time before I eat there again.

Jayce Cairo

Jayce is a linguaphile who speaks four languages and currently works as a translator to finance her various interests. Scoring very high on “Openness to Experience” on the Big Five Personality Test, she is an avid globetrotter who aspires to retire at 35 and travel for the rest of her life.

8 Comments:

  1. Wow, lots of Filipino foods..feel hungry at once. Well, nice to know this restaurant, and am sure you enjoyed your dining experience. Besides their food, I think the service and cleanliness are superb too.

  2. Probaby the other resto reviewers were paid ones hehe 🙂

    Anyway, the dishes look good 🙂

  3. Thanks for being honest. Now I know that a food trip to Nam Nam would not be worth my time and money. One restaurant gets crossed off my go-to list. 🙂

  4. Try Caramelized Patis Wings & Ensaladang NamNam, they’re really good, IMHO. =D

  5. I have eaten here before and I agree with your opinion that the food was kind of meh. I did not know they had corned beef sisig though.

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