I can never apprehend the long lunch hour queues trailing outside this Vietnamese eatery. I personally wouldn’t join in the wait just to eat some overpriced bread and rice noodles. Hence, the delay of this review till my family got curious about this place after hearing me talking about it.
Managed by the same folks that brought us Bistro Du Vin and Canele, Nam Nam Noodle Bar or just Nam Nam as everyone prefer calling serves up the popular street side Vietnamese food like Pho (Rice flour noodles) and Banh Mi (Toasted baguettes).
Coincidentally, these two dishes are the highlights of Nam Nam’s menu too. So if I could summaries their menu into one sentence, it would be like this: French loaf with various fillings and rice noodles served in intense flavoured broth with your preferred meat of choice. I recall seeing waygu beef Pho which honestly speaking, seems like an overkill for one cuisine that is known for its simplicity and commoner-friendly food.
Then there’s your sides dishes of which seven of them are deep fried in oil. Not exactly very healthy to begin with but somewhat popular with Singaporean youths. Savoury and crispy but definitely not worth those calories (in my opinion) and money since there is no quantity to share among too.
Their Southern Roll ($4.90) or Vietnamese spring roll on the other hand, was a huge disappointment. I tried better homemade ones with thinner rice paper and fresher stuffing. Nam Nam’s rendition seemed like it has been sitting on the waiting counter for a while before it was served to us. Signs of slow and inattentive service…
I’m not a fan of fried desserts unlike my family but even so, their Fried Bananas ($3.90) and Fried Sweet Potato Rolls ($3.90) weren’t the kind of sweet stuffs I would recommend people to come for. On a side note, their fruit cocktail and chilled 3 colour desserts seems more appealing should I make a second trip here.
I’m not a serious fan of Vietnamese cuisine so I probably won’t waste extra effort joining the long wait for Nam Nam’s mediocre food and its uncomfortably cramp sitting arrangements.
But come during the morning timing (8am to 10am) for their Bahn Mi set that comes with a cup of Viet coffee or for their set meal during lunch hours if you crave for Pho that day. That’s the only reason I can think off why all four of their outlets are always packed at that kind of timing.
PS: Their Viet coffee taste nothing like real Viet coffee.
Nam Nam Noodle Bar
Raffles City #B1-46/47
252 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179103
Tel: +65 6336 0500
8am to 9.30pm daily