A very long time ago, one of my dear friends sent me a photo of the name of a restaurant called “Namu” when she was at the W in Koh Samui, Thailand. She jokingly said when she sent the photo, “they better be serving the best food in there if they are using your name!” In case any of you didn’t put two and two together, Namu is my nickname. You can imagine my glee then when Namu opened here and I could finally say: “Namu goes to Namu!”. I mean, the blog post title wrote itself really!
Additionally, it’s Mielie Dubai Restaurant Week. Something I’ve been wanting to participate in ever since I first heard about it. However, given my procrastinating ways and sometimes lack of decision making ability, I missed it every year. Not this year though! This year, Namu went to Namu and indulged in their set menu, resulting in a full happy belly and checking two things off her list! Grand things are happening in 2017 people!
Namu’s set menu for Miele Dubai Restaurant Week is priced at AED 199 per person and includes an amuse bouche, ice, soup, fire and dessert.
First things first, that view. A photo does not do it any justice but the view of the Dubai canal and beyond is pretty spectacular, especially now that most construction is done!
On to the good stuff!
Amuse Bouche – Garden Crisp Vegetables with spicy miso. I love fresh vegetable wraps and these were good. That spicy miso… I wanted that on the side of everything.
For second course which they call “ice”, you can have one of two options:
Tuna, salmon and sea bream sashimi (you can’t really go wrong with sashimi)
Or you can have what they called the “LAX to DXB roll” – otherwise fondly known as a California Roll
Soup follows – a Tokyo Miso. The weather outside has been grey and cold and a hot bowl of miso was the perfect partner for that!
For the main course called “action/ fire”, you have four delicious options:
Salmon Teriyaki, seared salmon, dashi daikon puree with amarillo teriyaki sauce – this was the favourite.
Yaki Tori – a very close second. This was grilled free range spatchcock with spiced taro and braised eggplant. The meat was very tender and the spiced taro had the perfect level of spice; such a good idea for that dish!
Shrooms – the vegetarian option. Seasonal mushrooms in truffle broth with garlic and chives. This would have hands down won the favourite on the table given we love mushrooms and truffle. However, the portion size for a mains felt a little small. Extremely delicious but I would be worried about ordering this as a main!
Hot Belly. Milked veal belly, gochujang sauce and onion puree. I didn’t try this as I don’t eat veal however, my dining partner said it was delicious. The only note was that we were told that this would be a spicy dish but my friend said that she didn’t feel a kick at all. We do eat a ridiculous level of spice between the two of us though so it’s always a little hard to gauge!
For dessert, we were served a milk chocolate bar with matcha. I’m not the biggest matcha fan and milk chocolate is a little too sweet for me however, I did have a few bites and it was pretty good. While the matcha flavour was there, it wasn’t overpowering. This dessert was also served with a side of ginseng sorbet. It was the most interesting thing I had all night. It’s not a sorbet you would pick. While refreshing, it definitely was unique. (This is the only course on the menu that could change depending on the day you go!)
Miele Restaurant Week is on until March 4, 2017 so don’t do what I did all these years and head on over!
Location: Namu, W Hotel, Al Habtoor City
Disclosure: We were guests of Namu but as always, all opinions are our own