Back from a 3 week trip in UK where the food I ate was good and although perhaps not quite to Melbourne standard it made up for it with nostalgia, dining companions and when home made, cooked with love.
So that means the first few meals in Melbourne have a lot to live up to! I thought I'd try Nama Nama for lunch as I thought it would be comforting and good for the lonely soul.
It was busy and I had to wait for a space to sit. After about 10 minutes I went to the back table in the room by itself to share a table with 3 hip young things. I busied myself with my Kindle and at the same time opened myself to learning about their coursework deadlines, relationship issues, recent dating experiences all those things I now have to live vicariously through others.
I tried the steam bun which was visually very appealing. The bread is like white sliced bread when it's really soft and can be pressed down. I was intrigued by the Nama branding and thought that clever. Slicing it open meant I could appreciate the perfectly cooked runny yoke and the meaty pork pattie inside.
Taste wise it was a great combination. Maybe a touch of a sweet relish could give it another dimension. It was $7 though and I'm not sure 4 bites is worth $7. Certainly I could not just have one of those for lunch. It wouldn't touch the sides! However as an entree it's great. Maybe the solution is not to think of it as the equivalent to a sandwich for lunch but as a dinner entree,
I went with the beef and onion udon with an added egg. I loved the savoury, salty broth. My fear with Japanese and Taiwanese soup noodles is that the broth is too sweet as that's not to my taste but this Nama Nama broth hit my umami spot bang on! The noodles were thick and springy. The star was the perfectly cooked egg, the chewy noodles and the tasty broth. The beef bits were ok but not standout. The bowl was $15 and and the egg an extra $2. I think it's again slightly over priced and would prefer the noodles to be around the $12 but I guess for the sake of $3 it's not going to stop me from going back.