Anyway last night I joined my girlfriends for a night out. We always like to try new places to eat and it was the last week-end of this pop-up restaurant I had been hearing about.
The restaurant, Nomama, actually exists in Quezon City but I find it such a hassle to go there because it's so far and the traffic can be a pain.
I had been hearing about Nomama for a long time and I had contemplated checking it out. Chef Him Uy de Baron is apparently French trained and he applies this to his creations. Nomama is known for serving artisanal ramen and this was long before the ramen craze hit these shores.
Anyway I was super excited when I found out there was going to be a pop-up here in Makati so I made reservations for what was their last week-end.
I'm no stranger to communal dining. In fact if you read in one of my old posts, my lunch at Nomiya in Paris was one of my most memorable dining experiences because I got to meet many interesting people. But let's face it, people here rarely converse with strangers and all parties pretty much kept to themselves so for awhile I felt like the girl who got stood up. Thankfully (because Manila is so small) I saw another friend while waiting for my two eternally late girlfriends.
I sat watching and listening to my stomach while everyone else was eating. I liked the setting because it was intimate, the music was cool, and the kitchen was right there and I could see the chef in action. At around 8:45 my friends arrived and we decided to just order a bunch of stuff and share.
We started with the Mushroom gyoza. I loved it because I don't particularly like the porky taste of gyoza so I thought this was perfect.
Then we had the Tuna and Avocado in Ponzu and Arugula. This was amazing. There was a surprising contrast of flavors that I didn't expect. I wanted to lick the plate.
We also had the fresh tuna spring roll in spicy ponzu. This had subtle, fresh flavors that were a great change from the previous dish.
We actually also ordered a soft shell crab salad but it never came. Which is just as well because I remembered that there was some sort of cruelty involved in farming soft-shell crabs.
Our main course had to be the tan-tan men with organic roasted pork shoulder. When I took my first bite I thought, hmmm, good, but where's the punch? Having been assaulted straight on by tan-tan men in the past, but as I continued to eat, the depth of the flavor started to come out. And by the time I was at the end of my bowl, I wanted more. I don't know if that was intentional or what but I loved it. I didn't have that feeling of wanting to get rid of the taste as I normally do when I eat the spicy, flavorful tan-tan men. I just wanted more. Absolutely delicious.
We ordered two desserts to share. Both mind-blowingly yummy. The Flourless chocolate cake with miso caramel was dense yet addicting. We actually asked for more of that caramel sauce.
We had a bottle of Sauvignon blanc that was on the sweet side but complemented the food perfectly.
|You know it was a great night when someone photo bombs the table shot =)|
It was a fun night, I loved the ambience and the food. So much so that it compelled me to post something! And I think a trip to Quezon City is due.
Nomama is located at the FSS Building II, Sct. Tuason cor Sct. Castor Sts., Quezon City