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It should come as no surprise to Alan Yau completists that the Hakkasan creator’s all-day Bangkok café concept ‘looks amazing’. From the handmade bricks and pretty tiles at the entrance, through to
the stone bar, marble floors and lacquered bamboo, it drops jaws. But this nascent chain hasn’t had the impact of a Wagamama just yet. Service is wildly erratic and there’s a ‘strange imbalance’
between looks and vibe, although the intriguingly offbeat, east-west menu (courtesy of Thai expert David Thompson) is largely well received: don’t be surprised to find burgers and brunch alongside
tea-smoked ribs, spring rolls, laksa and an on-trend assortment of sodas, beers and wine. The naamyaa (claypot) rice-noodle dishes are a trademark, their heat cranked up to authentic levels – it
takes a wodge of pandan chiffon cake to restore feeling to the lips.
On the eighth day, God created brunch. And He saw that it was good. And He loosened his belt, and He rested. Brunch is on the rise, it seems. Neither breakfast, nor lunch, it caters for those like me – the interminably picky. What better way to start the weekend than with an assortment of breakfast/lunch items that really should never be seen together on a plate. But whilst everyone’s at it, brunch always leaves me wanting more. Metaphorically. Could Alan Yau‘s Naamyaa Cafe (of Wagamama/Hakkasan/Yautacha/etc fame) sate the insatiable?...
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We had booked to see a production at Saddlers Wells and thought we would grab a bite to eat at this close by restaurant as it was on our ‘to do’ list. Naamyaa is the new restaurant in the group owned by Wagammma founder, Alan Yau who also has the popular Busabai Eathai under his belt. Knowing this you will get a sense for what this place stands for; quick, hearty, authentic dishes from Asia – this time Bangkok. Naamyaa is inspired by the Bangkok cafes; however having been to Bangkok I would say this is far more Westernised than any café or traditional restaurant I was in Bangkok (and cleaner too.)The restaurant...
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Naamyaa Cafe is an “all day dining, modern Bangkok cafe” situated on St. John Street in Islington. It is owned by Alan Yau who brought us Yauatcha, Hakkasan, and Princi and like it’s siblings Naamyaa is a rather pretty place to eat. It’s huge and has a warehouse feel to it with a really high ceiling. Low hanging fans spinning round made us forget for a second that it was snowing outside – I actually felt like I was on holiday!...
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