Whenever there’s a new restaurant most often than not, as a newplayer, it’s as if they always have to oppose the traditional, to attack the existing trend or system and try to be different. And though I find this important, sometimes it’s nice to dine at a place where the traditional coexists with dishes done with a twist.
That being said, I’m really happy for places like Namnam where you can enjoy the old – dishes prepared the familiar, traditional way and others done with a twist – for the more adventurous and curious of foodies.
Inihaw na Bacon Strips – one of their dishes done with a twist, bacon cuts grilled, sweet, fatty and with the caramelized, toasted bits giving a wonderful crunch to the bite, it’s a refreshing treat to bacon lovers like me.
Nice and homey ambiance, the place was a bit small though, and the table layout could use some improvement as there’s not that much space between tables and a loud group can easily distract other diners.
Like I said this is a nice place where dishes done the traditional way coexists with those done with a twist, thus the menu having two parts; Classics and Twists. They also have various serving sizes; Small – Good for 1, Medium – Good for 3, and Large – Good for 6 people.
Pork dumplings in a crispy wanton wrapper fried to a beautiful crisp, then you hit it with the sauce, a rich concoction of aligue that’s crab fat and tomatoes, it had this rich flavor and then the tomato bits gives this nice tinge of tanginess. The flavor’s just enough to titillate the taste-buds.
Chicken wings coated with a nice sweet sauce base but still crunchy to the bite, then there’s these little notes of saltiness from the patis (fish sauce) giving it a nice contrast in flavor. Took another bite and I got a slight hint of spiciness from the chili, left me wanting for more. A dish that’s salty and sweet at the same time, packed with flavor, best paired with rice.
Sigarilyas, kangkong, coconut cream, chilies, house-made bagoong sauté
Gising-gising is one of the few veggie dishes that I really enjoy. I just love the rich coconut cream base, then there’s the chillies awaking the palate with its nice hint of spiciness. And they used sigarilyas and kangkong for this, bringing a different texture to the dish.
Rich man’s pochero of corned beef belly, house cured bacon, and chorizo.
Of hearty, calming broth, with a hint of sweetness to it, I really liked their Richman’s Pochero that’s served with various meat cuts. My favorite was the beef belly succulent piece of meat with the fatty bits melting in your mouth, then there’s the soup, rich with a hint of sweetness to it then you hit the bacon bits giving these spikes of saltiness to it giving a wonderful medley of flavors.
Braised pork belly and and chicken bits, infused with the flavor of the adobo sauce base, then fried to a beautiful crisp, topped with adobo flakes and served with the adobo soup / sauce. The meat was infused with flavor of the soy and vinegar, and it had this nice crisp to the bite, with the pork belly fatty bits almost like chicharon (deep fried pork rind) this one’s a very simple and yummy dish.
Breakfast of the Champions!
This would make an ideal breakfast meal, corned beef served like sisig, on a sizzling plate. Succulent pieces of meat topped with two runny eggs, oh breakfast bliss.
And I just loved the toasted bits, then there’s the egg, runny, with it’s golden yolk-y bits bleeding out giving the dish a dash of creaminess. I also got their Breakfast Fried Rice to go with it.
It’s THE Fried Rice; corned beef, steak, and bacon stir fried with scrambled eggs. It really went well with the Corned Beef Sisig, though it could use more steak and bacon bits, when we tried it it’s more on the sweet side and I’d love to have more of that salty, smoked bacon goodness for this fried rice.
These Inihaw na Bacon Strips are mine, and mine alone! *evil laugh* 😀
A refreshing treat to bacon lovers like me. Bacon strips that’s grilled and sweet in flavor, I loved the caramelized, toasted bits, with the fatty bits having a nice hint of crunch, and then the whole thing’s just tender and nice. Oh look at that fat, isn’t it beautiful? It definitely left me wanting for more as the small serving wasn’t enough for me.
Tiger prawns, ever so yummy grilled in aligue (crab fat) butter; these were tender to the bite, and this being grilled, it had a nice hint of smoky flavor to it, then there’s the aligue butter, oh that rich crab fat infused butter with the succulent pieces of tiger prawns, this was gone in a few minutes and we had to get another batch. It’s also nice that it’s served with the head with all it’s yummy, flavorful goodness.
I love sinigang! And I was very curious of this dish, since I haven’t had a sinigang with watermelon, and my first at Namnam did not disappoint. Oh warm savory and sour soup, calming, then there’s the watermelon bits giving these nice little sweet notes, great contrast in flavor. And the short ribs that’s really tender. Got some patis (fish sauce) and some chillies to go with it, KILLER! It definitely left me wanting for more… More rice. 😀
There’s a lot of promising dessert choices on their menu but unfortunately it was not available during our visit. I’d love to go back there and try the Pearls, Coffee, and Vanilla Parfait and their Mango Ice Box Shortcake. 🙁
Basic leche flan made more interesting with the rich flavor of gata (coconut milk). This might not appeal to some but I really liked the creamy gata flavor, then there’s the lime zest as well, giving a nice contrast in flavor.
Another seemingly famillar sweet tooth treat done with a nice twist, their Turon of Mango and Quesong Puti was really nice. The syrup that envelopes it wasn’t too sweet, took a bite of the turon and the wrapper had a nice crisp to it, then I hit the filling and this wonderful medley of flavor delighted my palate; sweetness from the mangoes, and creamy and slightly salty taste.
VERDICT: We had a good dining experience at Namnam Comfort Filipino Food – Greenbelt; a place that serves both traditional local favorites and some that are done with a twist, though they’re still at soft opening, the service was quite amiable and the food in general, was good. Would love to go back there and try other menu items, hopefully all the dessert items are available by then.
TOP TIP: Try not to pick a table near the kitchen area as they seem to have some problem with the ventilation and the smoke from the kitchen throw you off.
VALUE FOR MONEY: With various serving sizes, the diners have the flexibility and control of the food servings, and for the quality of food — good value for money.
Namnam Comfort Filipino, Greenbelt 2
G/F Greenbelt 2, Esperanza St cor Greenbelt Dr
Ayala Center, Makati