This casual Vietnamese outlet from the Les Amis Group is headed by Nam Quoc Nguyen, chef of Annam Viet Restaurant. The restaurant serves classic Vietnamese street food and dishes like pho and banh mi.
Nam Nam Noodle Bar Hot
252 North Bridge Road, #B1-46/47,
Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103
t: 6336 0500
501 Orchard Road
#B2-02, Wheelock Place,
t: 6735 1488
t: 6884 5677
User Ratings Summary
User rating summary from: 3 user(s)
The restaurant was quite open and big. But dine in area was not big, due to a large part in the center was see through glass to downstairs.
As it was still before 3pm, I decided on the value lunch set which cost $9.90 and was available from 10am to 3pm. The lunch set consisted of Salad of crunchy pickled vegetables, fish cake, pork belly, and peanuts, a choice of pho ( beef or chicken ), and a choice of drink ( viet black coffee, viet coffee with condensed milk, lotus tea or bottled water ).
Salad of crunchy pickled vegetables, fish cake, pork belly, and peanuts ($5.90)
The Salad of crunchy pickled vegetables, fish cake, pork belly, and peanuts tasted quite crunchy and tangy, but felt that the cuts were a bit too big in pieces.
Chicken Pho ($7.90)
The chicken pho looks like kuey teow soup, topped with greens. The greens looks rather yellow and dried up to me (More like something for the dustbin). The soup is quite peppery in taste. The noodle is quite smooth and the chicken slices are quite tender. There is also various condiments available on the table to add flavours to the soup.
Lotus Tea ($2.60/ Iced)
The Lotus Tea which was came with the set was quite plain, but grew bitter in taste as the more I drank.
Fruit cocktail, pineapple, jackfruit, lychee, crushed ice ($4.90)
The Fruit cocktail, pineapple, jackfruit, lychee, crushed ice looked like ice fruit cocktail served in a glass. The fruit cocktail had a rather yellow colour with brownish spots on. Looked old to me. Tasted too sweet to me, even after all the ice had melted.
Overall the food was average. Filling but not that tasty.
Good pitstop for good food
Who says Vietnamese cuisine ain't that nice? Nam Nam Noodle Bar disputes it all. Should you be stuck in the midst of Raffles City Shopping Centre without any idea what you would like to have for lunch, I'd recommend the Nam Nam Noodle Bar on the 1st floor near the escalator which leads to City Link Mall.
Selling good pho and banh mi, the food is simply delicious. I felt that the pho is really good as it is a mash up of hearty rice noodles with generous slices of beef. Blend in authentic ingregredients Vietnamese use in their cooking, you get an unique, extremely satisfying dish of beef noodles in an unlikely place. As for the banh mi, I was initially astonished, as I thought they should belong to western class of food. For those who don't know what banh mi is, think of a subway 6 inch bread stuffed with instead Vietnamese ingredients.
In terms of prices, I found it satisfactory. A banh mi could cost as low as around $6 whereas the pho is around $10 in price. Moreover, the cosy interior made me feel as if I was in a bar, albeit this bar is all about noodles and not alcohol.
Should you ever manage to get into this outlet in spite of huge lunchtime quenes, don't hesitate, eat to your heart's content!
Best pho ever
The outlet at Raffles City had a long queue, so my friends and I decided to give this place a try to see whether the food was worth queuing for. Even though the queue was quite long, the staff worked really fast and we managed to get a table in ten minutes.
My friends and I decided to order their pho, because that was what most of the people around us decided to order. Nam Nam serves different types of pho, such as pho chicken, pho beef slices and even pho wagyu beef! I tried the pho beef slices, and it was really good. The serviing of beef was generous, and the medium rare beef slices had a nice pinkish tinge to it. The soup base was really flavourful, which went well with the beef and the rice noodles.
Other items on the menu worth mentioning are the crispy fried prawn and pork rolls, and the Viet coffee. The rolls were cooked to a crispy perfection, and the dipping sauce was very unique and delicious. The Viet coffee was absolutely great! It had a strong aroma and the coffee taste was very strong and authentic. Definitely worth trying!