NOMAMA

JA­PANESE/CON­TI­NEN­TAL

Eats - - QUEZON CITY -

It has been a long­time dream of renowned caterer to the A-lis­ters, Chef Him Uy de Baron, to open his own ra­men bar. He dis­cov­ered his love for cook­ing when he took up Ho­tel and Restau­rant In­sti­tu­tion Man­age­ment (HRIM) in St. Be­nilde. He then fur­thered his pas­sion for food and stud­ied in Aus­tralia. His dream to have his own diner has reached its fruition with Nomama, which fo­cuses on ar­ti­sanal ra­men, with noo­dles and broth all made from scratch. Guided by his love for ra­men, ev­ery dish in Nomama is dis­tinctly pro­duced by work of art. Chef Him is a !rm be­liever in slow cook­ing and prac­tices it in his es­tab­lish­ment, us­ing only lo­cal prod­ucts as much as pos­si­ble. Nomama in Ja­panese means “That’s it”, but this restau­rant got its name from a play on words, and that their prod­uct is “not your mama’s ra­men”. Among the Ja­panese treats that are tak­ing J-pop fans by storm are, of course, the gy­oza and ra­men se­lec­tions, which are given Chef Him’s magic touch. The ra­men comes in three choices, the house Nomama, Thai Green Curry, and the Ox Tongue and Chili Tofu. Of the three, the umami-rich Nomama Ra­men is the kid­die choice be­cause of its milder "avor com­pared to the other two op­tions. The more ad­ven­tur­ous eater would do well to try the ap­peal­ing com­bi­na­tion of Ox Tongue and Chili. Since this is a Ja­panese restau­rant, there’s the req­ui­site tem­pura, teriyaki and tep­pa­nyaki. One sig­na­ture Him dish, the in­ven­tive squash blos­som tem­pura is a must-try, as the play­ful "avors of pork and prawn mousse are stuffed in a fresh squash blos­som and sea­soned with lime salt. But how­ever pol­ished Nomama’s dishes may be, the look and feel of the place is de­cid­edly in­dus­trial chic, with its ce­ment "oor­ing, un!nished ceil­ing, and light bulbs dan­gling from wires, de­signed by Carlo Calma. With this am­bi­ence, din­ers can feel right at home while slurp­ing up their noo­dle soup with no pre­ten­tions.

AD­DRESS

G/F FSS Bldg 2, Scout Tua­son cor. Scout Cas­tor St., Que­zon City

CON­TACT NUM­BERS

921 4913 0916 5504373

EMAIL

nomama.ra­men@gmail.com

FACE­BOOK

Nomama

TWIT­TER

@nomama

OP­ER­AT­ING HOURS

Mon to Sun: 12nn to 2pm; 6pm to 10pm

PRICE RANGE

P300-600/per­son

PAY­MENT MODES

Cash and Card

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