Friday, March 3, 2017

Friday, March 03, 2017

With new enclaves opening left and right in Metro Manila, the frequency by which new ideas are embraced by Filipinos has increased. Both residents and tourists in the metro now enjoy the diverse environment where new commercial establishments encourage welcoming concepts that were unheard of a few years ago. As more and more travelers arrive, the landscape just gets more cosmopolitan. And Annam Noodle Bar's 2016 opening in Eastwood City proves just that. The delicious spawn of Singapore and Jakarta's Namnam Noodle Bar has done so well in that part of Quezon City that a second branch has recently opened at Resorts World Manila to cater to more Vietnamese cuisine aficionados.

Resorts World Manila Branch Is Now Open

Annam Noodle Bar is easily the best place to have orders of rice flour noodles (Pho), toasted baguettes (Banh Mi), oriental rolls and more. This new branch replicates the vibrant Vietnamese street food dining scene in its overall look just like how the restaurant did it in Eastwood City. With the addition of its set of new Fragrant Rice options in the menu, rice-lovin' Filipino diners can definitely expect to make more frequent visits to enjoy all of them.

Pho Australian Beef Steak Slices & Beef Balls
(L-R) Mango-Pineapple Sparkling, Lychee-Lime Sparkling and Lychee-Pandan Iced Tea

"Pho" Your Information

Restaurant owner and Director, Chef Nam, founded it in 2012 after embarking on a culinary expedition around the world. He has worked in various award-winning restaurants and hotels – such as the one Michelin star Le Canard Oslo and the prestigious Sukhothai Bangkok, where he took the reins as Executive Chef.

Restaurant owner and Director, Chef Nam, founded it in 2012 after embarking on a culinary expedition around the world.

Friends who have dined at the latter already mused to me about the modern twist rendered in its old Vietnam-inspired dining interiors via the mix of industrial elements and communal tables. As part of the core concept, the same aesthetic can be had at Annam Noodle Bar's Resorts World Manila branch where a pulsating market scene is redone with a splash of gloss. The result is truly iconic. Finally, you have a delicious reason to drop by in this side of the metro if you dig Vietnamese street food!

More than 90% -- 95% to be exact -- of its menu does not contain Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)...

No MSG Advocacy

What foodies can find comfort in knowing about this newly-opened restaurant is its advocacy for healthy ingredients. More than 90% -- 95% to be exact -- of its menu does not contain Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) which is something that's commonly used in other establishments to enhance the flavor in food. This means that dishes served at Annam are likely to be enriching rather than damaging to one's system. This is because MSG is known to cause muscle numbness, tightness, fatigue and flushing in sensitive tummies. Constant exposure to it even puts those who seem to have no problem with food in a threshold of sensitivity.

Check out what to order for you upcoming visit:

Pho Australian Beef Steak Slices
Fragrant Rice
A new addition to Annam Noodle Bar's menu that's available in different dishes for rice-lovin' diners:

Fried Fish Fillet, Tomato-turmeric Sauce, Fresh Herbs, Prawn Sugarcane
Crispy Fried Pork Chop, Steamed Egg Meatloaf
Crispy Fried Turmeric Chicken, Steamed Egg Meatloaf
Twice Cooked Australian Beef Brisket, Imperial Roll
Sauteed Pork Belly & Prawns, Fried Egg
Pomelo Salad, Prawns, Chicken
Small Plates
Great as appetizers or for those rushing to be somewhere urgent:
Crispy Imperial Rolls
Bánh Báo Buns, caramelized pork belly, egg, cucumber, scallion
Bun Cha Hanoi, pork two ways vermicelli, Mekong prawn roll
Viet Desserts
Indulge on these tasty meal-enders from our ASEAN neighbor:

Banana, Sweet Potato, Taro, Tapioca Pudding, Palm Sugar Syrup
Trio of Crispy Netted Rolls (jackfruit, sweet potato, cassava), Coconut Sauce
Recommended Beverage
For those who want to have something sweet, healthy, and refreshing all in one drink:

Salted Caramel-Banana Iced Coffee
Banh Mi
Toasted baguettes stuffed with savory meats, chicken pate, mayonnaise, hot chili peppers, pickled carrots, daikon, cucumber and fresh cilantro:

Twice Cooked Australian Beef Brisket, Fried Egg
Smoked Salmon, Tofu, Cream Cheese
Crispy Fried Turmeric Chicken

Photography by Aubrey Gacer

Annam Noodle Bar

Address: 2F Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila, Newport City, Pasay City, Philippines
Operating Hours: 11:00am - 1:00am

Check out my review of Annam Noodle Bar's Eastwood City branch here.


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