I’ve probably passed by Nomnomnom a thousand times because it’s in my route going to the kids’ school. The first time I saw the signage, I remember thinking “what kind of a name is that?” At the same time, it stirred curiosity to find out what it was all about.
Anyhoo, it turns out I wasn’t curious enough because it took over a year (and great feedback from several people) to step inside and find out what Nomnomnom is all about.
Nomnomnom has an unassuming appearance from the outside. The ambiance inside, however, is cozy and quaint, with a lot of quirky points of interest.
I love the walls of frames, bird houses, the “something good” mural. My favorite and the happiest detail to me is the wall with wooden-clipped photos.
The restaurant is not very big. Seating capacity is probably around 50, although there is a garden at the back which I suppose is sometimes used for extra tables.
The food – I have read and heard wonderful things about Nomnomnom so I was excited to try them out. Ria, a vegetarian, frequents Nomnomnom so I went along with her recommendations. Everything was yummy, I forgot most of what they serve is vegetarian!
Appetizer was Fourplay. O ha – any meal that starts with this should be good.
Fourplay (vegetarian; P180) is a huge serving of pita chips with 4 dips: salsa (this had basil instead of cilantro – loved it); hummus; mottabal (spicy); and roasted garlic with olive oil.
We also had Good Sisig and Quesadilla as appetizers. I forgot to take pics of the Good Sisig. It’s fried tofu cubes with chilis served on a sizzling plate. Though not a big fan of tokwa (firm tofu), I liked this one.
The Quesadilla (vegetarian/dairy) had shiitake and button mushrooms, and lots of cheesy goodness. It had 8 slices which was really too much for skinny folks like us. Teehee. No, really – we didn’t finish the quesadillas.
Quesadilla; Crispy Tofu Skin on Rice Crater with nori and sesame seeds
Ria ordered Crispy Tofu Skin Rice (vegetarian). It had a sweet brown sauce which tasted like teriyaki sauce, and a side of sauteed snow peas. The tofu skins were nicely done, though a bit too oily for me. Nathan would probably love the crunch!
I ordered Tomato Aligue Pasta (non-vegetarian) – which was a generous serving! It could probably be shared between two persons, especially if you’re ordering several other dishes. It had olives, succulent tomatoes, lotsa cheese and a slice of herbed toast. Absolutely loved and coming back for this.
To cap our hefty lunch, Ria recommended the Cookie ala Mode. The Dark Chocolate version would have been more healthy, but it wasn’t available so we settled for the equally delish White Chocolate cookie with mango bits. The cookie is baked to order, so if you don’t like waiting long, order it at the start of your meal. We didn’t mind the wait because we had lots of chika to share! Loved that the cookie is freshly baked and served warm.
Cookie ala Mode – a huge baked-to-order white chocolate cookie with mango bits, and vanilla ice cream with happy sprinkles; Coffee to wash all the sweetness down.
I’d go back to Nomnomnom, most probably with my family in tow. Hub tells me that if I can make vegetarian food taste good, he would go vegetarian. I think I’d bring him to Nomnomnom and challenge him.
Nomnomnom Happy Food - 1 Tomas Morato Avenue corner E. Rodriguez, Quezon City . Tel +632 502 2919. Open Tuesdays to Sundays, 12 noon to 12 midnight. Facebook Page.
Food (quality, taste, serving size): 4/5
Toilet: 2/5 (The big downside - not exclusive for diners, shared with other building tenants.)
Parking: 4/5 (Paid parking [P20] at the back of the building; enter thru E. Rodriguez side.)
Others: The restaurant is closed on Mondays. We went on a Tuesday, so a lot of stocks were either out or still thawing out. It might be a better idea to go later in the day or on another day.