I first read about this cafe on EatDrinkKL and I told myself, "Hey, I've gotta give this place a try". Partly it was due to the nice decor, and the other is due to its menu. I've always have this impression about Korean cuisine that it's all about Bulgogi, BBQ meats and Kimchi. Last weekend, one of my girlfriends suggested to go to Publika and her motive was to eat the orgasmic chilli pan mee but ended up at Namoo instead. Ok, it was my fault.
Hoong is hanging the menu to her dress!
Namoo is easy to locate. It's just one floor above MPH bookstores in Publika Mall. Namoo means "tree" in Korean and that is why you can see this cute icon that adorned the wall at the entrance. The concept is simple, lots of natural wood and even the menu is clipped with a wooden hanger. There's an indoor and al fresco dining which has a children playground.
Bibi Rice Burger (RM19.90)
One of their specialties would be the rice burgers. In between the grilled rice bun, there's a juicy piece of grilled chicken breast with bibi sauce and accompanied by mixed vegetables and fried potato wedges. Although I'm not a fan of rice burgers, I could always be adventurous and give this a try.
Kimchi Soup with Rice (RM16.90)
There's a choice of chicken or beef sausage for this set. Served with Korean rice and white kimchi. Since my girlfriends doesn't take beef, we had the chicken sausage. There's pickled cabbage, chilli, spring onion and tofu in the kimchi soup. I find it a little spicy but it's still bearable for me. It's also quite refreshing to drink kimchi soup for a change.
Snow Flower Rice Punch Granita (RM8.90)
They do carry an array of interesting beverages. One of them is the Snow Flower Rice Punch Granita which is served cold. It's called "sikhye" in Korean which is a traditional sweet rice beverage. There's really rice grains inside the drink and it has a texture almost like barley and it's sweet. Before I ordered this drink, I asked the waitress how would this drink taste like and she couldn't answer. She could even tell me that it's sour when it's actually sweet!
Spicy Seafood Ramen (RM16.90)
This is Korean Ramen noodles with baby Octopus, prawns and clams in their own chef's special broth. I love it. The noodles are springy and the broth is very flavourful. Though it's spicy, I still enjoyed it.
It's really a refreshing concept and I don't mind coming back here again and again. The food portion here is small and I think it's the right size for a single serving. All dishes come with a complimentary white kimchi and I actually prefer the white kimchi over the traditional kimchi. One drawback though would be its service. It would have been better if the service is as good as their food.
Girls Day OutAspen Spa in TTDI. What a nice weekend! Thank you girls...
Namoo on the Park: Korean Dessert Cafe N Bistro
Publika, Lot 4A,
Level G3, Solaris Dutamas,
1 Jalan Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Open daily, last orders around 9:30 p.m.