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Namo’s shabby chic ‘gentrified IKEA meets cool colonial’ look has Hackney’s style-conscious diners smitten. The bohemian surroundings, decked terrace, colourful silk lanterns & bonus ‘Banksy’
on the outside wall are very alluring, but, warns a detractor, ‘a patterned cup & a wicker chair do not a hearty meal make’. Portions tend to be small, although the budget Vietnamese food is
‘fine’ – if not as thrilling as you’ll find on Kingsland Road or Mare Street. In common with its sister restaurant, Englefield Road’s Huong Viet, Namo’s strength is in decent, if sometimes rather
slapdash, renditions of Vietnamese standards such as goi cuon rice-paper rolls, banh xeo (Vietnamese pancake) & fragrant noodle soups. Weekly specials & wines from Bottle Apostle are points
of interest on what’s otherwise a mainstream menu.
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13 July 2010
There is an art to asian cooking – the art at this restaurant is to have calculated to the last grain of rice how little you can give a customer on a plate – this art will quite frankly leave you peckish. Surroundings are nice enough – gentrified ikea meets cool colonial interiors. But a patterned cup and a wicker chair does not a hearty meal make. The crowd is East End-charity-worker or local academic in the know. Service is fine. Food is fine as well (from the little that we had). Suggestion du jour: a pot noodle in your hessian bag wont go a miss for your bus home.
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