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“Good for fast food”
Review of Nam Nam Noodle Bar

Nam Nam Noodle Bar
Ranked #748 of 11,485 Restaurants in Singapore
Cuisines: Vietnamese
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Dining options: Breakfast
Neighbourhood: Orchard Road
Reviewed 12 February 2014

We ate here twice. The lunch set special was a good deal and quite tasty and fresh (drink, pho, pickled salad). Later we had pork with lemongrass, curried duck, chicken wings and shrimp on sugarcane. The duck sauce was a bit too thick and overpowering, but the rest were well executed. I'd eat here again. Compared to food court food back in Canada, this was very good quality. I know that there is a whole food court culture in Singapore, but we didn't eat elsewhere, so I can't offer a comparison.

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Thank Stephanie R
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Reviewed 4 February 2014 via mobile

Had a viet sandwich which was all bread n v little else. N the little else tasted processed. Service was slow n chaotic. Please avoid. I wasted a meal here when there r far better restaurants around

Thank Malinky88
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Reviewed 27 December 2013

Loved the food - most unexpected quality and taste from a fast food eatery. Service was also good. Disliked small wooden tables and stools. This place was always crowded - which is always a good sign. Tip - only chopsticks or spoon available to eat with - so make sure you know how to use them.

Thank Happy_Travellers074
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Reviewed 18 December 2013

I love Vietnamese cuisine. Though there are Vietnamese restaurants I like more than others in the cities I've lived in (or traveled to extensively), I haven't really ever encountered a Vietnamese restaurant that I absolutely disliked... until I visited Nam Nam Noodle Bar.

The Good:
"Price": Pretty affordable given other food options around.
"The system": If you observe how Nam Nam is run, you'll quickly notice that everything is setup for maximum efficiency (+ table turnover rates). How does the restaurant increase efficiency? ...well, please see below...

The Bad:
"Food" (Pho / Banh Mi): Whether you order chicken pho or beef pho...doesn't matter! You'll get the same bland-tasting broth (from a giant pot on the stove). (i sat at the "Bar" area and saw how they prepared food.) If you sit at the "Bar area (i.e., cooking station), you'll see that every bowl of pho is prepped the same way-- broth scooped from the same giant pot on the stove, then the noodle, and lastly, sliced raw beef / chicken (depending on the order) + cilentro / garnishes. But because the noodle was never cooked with the broth, the noodle itself is even worse than the broth--tasteless and overcooked.

In addition, to expedite the "process," vietnamese coffee is no longer drip coffee, but made from coffee machine. Which is OK if the coffee tasted nice, but it wasn't. Banh Mi was w-a-y too bready, especially given how little content (pate, cucumber, pork, carrot) there was in each banh mi.

"Service": Service? Pretty much non-existent.

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Thank DaveMfromLA
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Reviewed 17 December 2013

I've lived in Vietnam for 5 years, and this is poor-average pho. For such a busy place, I don't understand why they can't go to the trouble of making fresh noodles, rather than using dried noodles. The broth is quite nice, but everything else is just "ok".

The spring rolls are poor, the vietnamese coffee poor. The fact this place requires queue-ing (at night seems the wait is c. 20 mins) is just unbelievable. We went at 10 am and there was no queue. To queue and get a food experience like this would be very disappointing!

It is cheap though.

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1  Thank Colin M
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