Raffles City Basement is food paradise. As a restaurateur you will like this place because the crowd is endless. There are office crowds during the weekdays and shopping crowds during the weekends. So if you want to know if you establishment is good enough or not, this is definitely the place to be.
My other half actually notice this place a week before we visit this place. She bought the Banh Mi (Vietnamese toasted baguettes – Vietnamese version of Subway) for take away. The baguettes is fresh and crispy. The combination of pate, pork belly, pickled and fresh vegetables really give explosion of taste in your mouth. The best Banh Mi in Singapore so far.
So as a reward for my Vietnamese homestay student for doing well this year, we decided to treat him to this place. This is a fuss free restaurant / bistro. The tables are set in rows and side by side to each other. There are also seating on the counter where you can see the chefs at work.
Here is the flow of eating in the restaurant. When you arrived, you wait in line, they will get you a seat. Nam Nam does not take reservation. When you are seated, decide on what you want eat, write in the order paper and go to the counter to pay. After payment collect, make sure you take your chopstick and napkins. They will deliver the food to you. When you get your food, eat and chop chop finish and get out. If not you can feel the stares of people waiting in line for your seats :)
So how is the food? We ordered the White cabbage salad ($5.90), Pho beef combination ($9.90) and Lime soda ($3). The white cabbage salad is more entrée, contain white cabbage, boiled chicken, fresh herbs, roasted potatoes and topped with sweet chilli dressing. It is refreshing, crunchy and you actually feel healthy eating this ha..ha..
The Pho Combination comes with beef steak slices, beef balls, beef shank, tendon, honey comb tribe. First taste, the soup. It is robust, clean with natural sweetness that comes from the long boiling process of the bones. The tendon and honey comb tribe is very tender, but with a nice springy texture. The beef steak slices is thinly slices and melts in your mouth. To sum up in one work is ….perfecto!!! The only thing that you need to watch out is the rice noodle. I find it a bit hard, I'll ask them to cook it longer or softer next time. Nam Nam claims that they do not use any MSG in their food.
The lime soda is serve in old style tin cup. It really got kick, the sourness and sweetness is well balance. What a refreshing drink.
Overall I find this place is very interesting. Really a Vietnamese style of fast food and healthy as well. The food is excellent and fast, the price is reasonable and inclusive of GST, no fuss service and no service charge. what else can you ask for. We'll sure be back for more and bon appetit!!!
Food & Drink: 7.5/10
Nam Nam Noodle Bar
252 North Bridge Road
#B1-46 Raffles City Shopping Centre
Ph: 6336 0500
Op Hours: Daily 08.00 – 22.00
501 Orchard Road
#B2-02, Wheelock Place.