Hi mates, sorry if i’ve gone MIA for a couple of days, i was really busy with the Audi Fashion Festival that’s happening in Singapore on the 15th- 19th May 2013.
By the way, despite my hectic schedule, i took some time off to visit Annam Vietnamese Restaurant at Shaw Centre, a collaboration between the Les Amis Group and Chef Nam.
It was like coming back home for me, especially so when i was an ex-employee of the Les Amis Group. The kind welcome, blessings and hospitality greeted me at the very moment i was strolling along the stretch of restaurants by the group.
I remember, back in 2011, when i was still working for the Les Amis Group as a Sommelier, we saw how Chef Nam and his team set-up a quaint little restaurant in between the then, La Strada, now Caveau Wine+Bar and Bistro du Vin, the knocking and drilling to the setting-up of the wine list and menu, today Annam, or more would recognise NamNam Noodle Bar, a sister company (more casual) in the city is one of the many household names in the food and beverage industry.
Enough of talking, lets get down into the food. After looking through the Menu, i decided on the Fried Catfish with Turmeric, Galangal, Dill, Vermicelli ($18), as explained by Chef Nam, a common Hanoi dish with a twist. In Hanoi, apparently more oil is used and the dish could present itself as a much oiler cuisine, but due to the local’s palate and our need to be “healthy” (supposedly), Chef Nam decided to use a less oily approach to the dish. On top that, instead of the pan-seared fish, Chef Nam, understands that the local prefers something crispier, thus, the Catfish is battered and fried to golden brown. I would say that if you’re in for some colour, texture. flavour and presentation, this dish wins your heart! A very healthy dish indeed, the finely chopped-vegetables reminds you of the hardwork and patience, the presentation tells you how much attention and sincerity goes into this dish. Costing just $18, i feel that it is indeed a wallet-friendly and affordable price i’ll pay.
judging from the impression, the whole dish feels like the “Lei Cha”, a traditional Hakka dish popular amongst the Chinese in Mainland China or more commonly seen in the Southern China. Just only that Chef nam uses noodles instead of rice and adds-on the fish and crackers.
Ending off my meal, i was treated to my favourite Vietnamese coffee that i used to order every other day when i was working with the Group, i can’t imagine that the mangeress still remembers that i love it so much!
All in all, i feel that Chef Nam has got it right, there’s a reason why he is so well celebrated in the Industry and people respect him for who he is. As a restauranteur, I personally do!
A good chat with the Director of Restaurant, Royston Soo and Chef Nam himself over meal was indeed memorable, i wish i was right back working with the group. People who are humble, who are real and take actions seriously.
Thank you Chef and your team! You have wow-ed me again!
Oh! By the way, i heard from Chef Nam that “NamNam Noodle Bar” will be opening their 3rd outlet in Suntec City soon! A much bigger space as compared to the current two at Wheelock and Raffles City respectively, so stay tune!
Annam Vietnamese Cuisine
1 Scotts Road,
Shaw Centre #02-11 Singapore 228208
T: 6735 6656 F: 6735 6676
Lunch: 12 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. (Last order)
Dinner: 6.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. (Last order)
NamNam Noodle Bar
252 North Bridge Road, #B1-46/47,
Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103
t: 6336 0500
501 Orchard Road #B2-02,
Wheelock Place, Singapore 238880
t: 6735 1488