Nomama Artisanal Ramen
Nomama Artisanal Ramen
G/F FSS Bldg, Sct Tuazon Laging Handa
A good gage for a local restaurant is to always ask yourself if the concept would be able to work abroad. The “its good enough for the Philippines” has plagued and stumped progress too many times. Making local entrepreneurs think that mediocrity sells.
Chef Him Uy de Baron, aside from having a splendid Gallois Sino last name, is the epitome of a local chef that you could pluck out and place into any other country without missing a beat. His home grown, Nomama concept, is aesthetically clean and has a design that would fit in any international metropole. The ambiance set in the establishment speaks to the meticulous attention to detail of the Chef, standing behind his counter, with his thick frame glassed, expediting and executing his well-oiled team.
The food is Japanese inspired, borrowing some flavour profiles and techniques and melding them with all local and carefully selected produce. Do not come here expecting a traditional dinner with your favourites, come in expecting absolutely nothing and let the Chef guide your through his culinary vision. The food is friendly, with words that you recognise but never thought put together, there is a certain vitality in each of the dishes, making it impossible to go wrong with any of them. Tuck in with a seared Filipino Kitayama sirloin with Japanese spices and served with sweet potato chips or some fresh tuna loin spring rolls with a duo of sauces and fresh micro herbs. Flavours as clean as the design and so deeply nourishing.Nomama opened late in 2011, but we weren’t able to include in our list because of our submission deadlines, but we knew we wanted to put it in this year because, the opening of this restaurant paved the way for market driven restaurants where food is not essentially themed or heavy in nationality but more so just an expression of the Chef’s passion.
It is definitely worth making the trip to QC for a drop in, but we do hope we can see Nomama in Makati one day.
(First published in Esquire Best Restaurants 2013)
For those of you who are interested in trying Chef Him’s cuisine without having to go to QC, make sure you reserve a spot at the Nomama Pop Up at Atelier 317, from April 29th to May 4. Details in the Poster.