Quite amusing – I was just talking to my friend about how it piques my curiosity that we don’t have much Vietnamese restaurants in Manila. I could name three and that’s it. Lo and behold, I received an invitation from a newly opened Vietnamese fusion restaurant! Of course it excited me since our family has always appreciated Vietnamese cuisine ever since our Vietnam trip in 2010.
It was an enjoyable afternoon last February 28, as ANNAM NOODLE BAR opened its second branch in Resorts World Manila, less than a year after they opened in Eastwood. (Finally a branch near the South!) We feasted on not just the fresh yet authentic feel of this new Vietnamese bistro, but also the wide array of flavorful dishes and drinks! Even my huge appetite surrendered as we were served more than 6 sumptuous dishes from Annam’s creative menu including appetizers, noodles, rice, dessert, and beverages. *Burp* Excuse me! 🙂
“Annam Noodle Bar is a brainchild of the popular NamNam Noodle Bar in Singapore. Director and Owner Chef Nam founded it in 2012, through his love for cooking and exceptional culinary skills. Chef Nam was born in Vietnam but he fled to Denmark with his family in 1979 when Vietnam fell to the communists. Instilled with Vietnamese pride, Nam embarked on a culinary expedition around the world. He has worked in various award-winning restaurants and hotels – such as the one Michelin star Le Canard Oslo and the prestigious Sukhothai Bangkok, where he took the reins as Executive Chef.
Despite his travels and exposure to various cuisines, Nam returned to his roots and opened the casual quick-service NamNam Noodle Bar. Based on old-world recipes with a modern twist, the robustly flavoured dishes transport diners to the vibrant streets of Vietnam.
Today, the concept has won the taste buds of many foodies in Singapore, Jakarta and even here in Manila.”
HEALTHY – They take pride in the fact that 95% of their menu does not contain Monosodium Glutamate (MSG). I really dislike the idea of slurping on soup filled with MSG so this is great! It also means their pho is kid friendly and perfect for health buffs out there!
CONVENIENT – They are conveniently located in high traffic areas to cater to busy urbanites looking for a quick Vietnamese fix, who are dining alone or in groups. Yes, they do have a stylish communal bar counter for those who want to go solo.
AFFORDABLE – “Good food should be enjoyed by everyone”, thus they have kept prices affordable for everyone to enjoy. I was actually quite surprised to see an average of P300 per dish. That’s already pretty economical, especially for the serving size.
Initially, I found some of the dishes a bit on the salty side. I was used to Vietnamese Pho being light and “herby”. But eventually, I appreciated the flavor, especially when I found out they did not use MSG.
I loved the Bahn Mi – perfect crunch and great flavor! Also loved the fresh prawn salad! I also liked their dessert and sweet beverages.
Unfortunately, I was TOO stuffed to try the rice meals. Can you believe it? Yes I was too full! But my friends said they were REALLY GOOD! The rice meals I believe are unique dishes that were carefully crafted for the Philippine market. I’m definitely getting that on my next visit.
Thank you for inviting me, Annam Noodle Bar team! I enjoyed myself and will certainly bring along my family next time. 🙂