Top restaurateurs Raymond Magdaluyo (of the Red Crab group), Erwan Heusaff and a few other partners have opened Annam Noodle Bar to a full house crowd in Eastwood City. It’s actually an incarnation of the Namnam Noodle Bar found in Singapore & Indonesia and founded by chef Nam Quoc Nguyen.
It was dinner time when we visited and found the place filled with foodies eager to sample what Annam has to offer. I immediately liked the classy interiors bathed in Oriental colors.
Annam Noodle Bar has two specialties: piping hot pho and the traditional Vietnamese sandwich called Banh Mi.
I chose the most expensive noodle soup, the Pho Australian Wagyu Beef Slices (P550) because our server recommended it. Guess what….I enjoyed the bowl every step of the way! We normally enjoy wagyu in the style of a steak but boiled in broth, it tasted heavenly and fork-tender as well. Highly recommended.
My seatmates’ bowls of pho looked enticing too.
This was the Pho Australian Beef Combination (P350) which was mixed with beef balls, tendon and honeycomb tripe.
The Pho Australian Oxtail & Beef Balls (P400)… think of chunky bulalo in your Vietnamese noodle soup with all the tasty spices. I must say the flavor of the broth in Annam’s pho is really excellent. We heard it’s simmered in natural ingredients for hours. For those who don’t eat meat, there’s a vegetarian version too.
The fillings in the banh mi were really hefty. I ordered the chili sambal braised beef (P230) and while eating, almost choked on this fiery piece of pepper. I managed to survive (whew) and what am really saying is that they serve the authentic thing in Annam, wayward pepper and all 🙂
For those not craving hot pho, there’s a dry version in the form of this Sauteed Lemongrass Pork Noodle (P320). This dish, heaped on top with veggies and peanuts, comes with a separate bowl of soup. The noodle on this one has a chewy consistency and comes with a fried imperial roll which is also listed on the appetizer menu.
Here are the other dishes we tasted:
The caramelised chicken wings with shrimp paste (P200). I loved this! Delicious.
Fresh southern rolls with prawn & pork (P170). Served with peanut sauce on the side. Good too. I just wish they had a wider selection of salads, one thing I really loved in Vietnam.
For dessert, I opted for the crispy fried banana with coconut sauce (P180) which I thought went well with the hot Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk (P120)…a must-try!
But speaking of this STRONG Vietnamese coffee, I was quite intent on savoring it but had to stop short after I realized it was almost 9pm. Viet coffee has quite a reputation for keeping one awake and is certainly recommended for those on graveyard shifts, lol. So I followed the suggestion of the friendly server to turn my hot coffee into a cold drink, with lots of ice. Thankfully, I was able to sleep that night.
On that note, my first visit to Annam Noodle Bar was memorable. I loooove Japanese food and am glad there’s an excellent new resto to satiate our cravings here in Manila
Annam Noodle Bar is at
Ground Floor 1880 Building
Eastwood Avenue, Eastwood City
Libis Quezon City
Find them on Facebook at /annamnoodlebar