Thursday, July 19, 2012

Namoo On The Park @ Publika

After Korean soap operas and K-pop, what's next? The Korean cultural contagion could become a culinary one, thanks to Namoo On The Park, one of 2012's nicest new cafes.

Traditional Korean elements tangled with intercontinental influences create contemporary cuisine; when Korean and Tex-Mex meet, the upshot is tacos, brimming with beef bulgogi.

What folks will flock to Namoo for: Rice burgers, making a welcome comeback to KL.

Choose chicken or beef for the char-grilled patty, topped with fried egg if desired. About RM20.

Firm and flavorful, dense and sticky, the rice buns are everything we hoped they would be, making an irresistible meal with the accompaniments. The tastiest thing we've eaten this week.

Angus prime beef ribs (RM42++, this is the priciest item here), 220 grams of meatiness stewed in a Korean sauce with sweet, salty and spicy notes. What makes this more memorable: the ginseng fritter on the side.

Korean noodles in savory white kimchi cold soup (RM16++), perfect for a hot afternoon. Simple but spiritually nourishing.

Namoo is a "Korean dessert cafe and bistro," with desserts occupying the menu's front page, before the salads and starters. Everything is interesting, including this "patbingsu" shaved ice concoction filled with rice cakes, red beans, multiple grains and ice cream.

"Hotteok," a hot, deliciously doughy pancake with street snack origins, topped with berries.

Even the beverages are fun: cinnamon punch with persimmon and yujacha citron tea.

Service shines here. The team works hard but keeps smiling through it all.

Namoo On The Park,
4A, Level G3 (above MPH Bookstore),
Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6411-6698
Open daily, last orders around 9:30 p.m.
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39 comments:

  1. Rice burgers n tacos...why not?...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: unquestionably tasty! i think you'll especially enjoy the rice burgers =)

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  2. I want the rice burger too! (though I've never tried one, the burger in the photo looks absolutely mouthwatering)

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    1. Baby Sumo: i feel 99 percent certain that Baby C and Baby D will like the rice burgers! it's a semi-guilty pleasure :D

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  3. Ohh...off again to Sg this weekend.. darn how am i going to catch up with the dining scene in KL?? :P

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    1. Rebecca: ooh, i wouldn't mind a weekend eating escapade in singapore. or even a month-long escapade =)

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  4. the rice burger portion seems small...

    @rebecca u can try those food in SG..I luv those English food there...especially those by the river...I had a great spanish food near clarke quay too..

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    1. Cindy: maybe it's the angle of my photos, but rest assured, the burger on its own should be enough for lunch :D

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  5. Another new restaurant in Publika? Awesome! The rice burger looks delicious and looks like I need to save some space for desserts as well!

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    1. Smitten By Food: yeah, this place is a great reason to visit publika this month if you haven't been back in awhile. the menu is wide enough with something for everyone :D

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  6. Wow...this Korean food looks very different from what I usually had.

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    1. Melissa: yep, no regular barbecued meat and banchan side dishes here, for one thing =)

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  7. new way of korean food..
    I want to try the rice burger.. looks good...

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    1. Simple Person: yeah, i'm usually not really a fan of korean food, but this was a fun meal here! :D

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  8. ahhh....it's newly opened! i wanna try the rice burger!

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    1. 女飞侠: hope you enjoy it, yeah. it seems to be doing strong business from the very start =)

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  9. I had rice burger before, from Mos Burger, hahaha.
    The korean food here look interesting, I want to try! :D

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    1. CK: oh ya, it's been more than 10 years since i had MOS Burger, at KLCC before the branch here closed down :D i think you might enjoy the rice burger here and also the noodles and some of the desserts! :D

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  10. Is it opened by koreans? :D

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    1. Michelle: yep, apparently a set of "young koreans" are the founders of this cafe =)

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  11. Finally they are open, been wondering when they will open every time I brought Sam to the playground next to it :P

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    1. Choi Yen: this is convenient for you and your family! you can have fun at the playground and then have a meal at namoo! :D

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  12. Oh wow!!! It's like a whole new side of korean food!! hehe I have a strange feeling that I will LOVE the rice burger!!!!

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    1. Vien: it's the hip side of korean food, i figure! and yeah, i loved the burger so much, we ordered two instead of just one! :D

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  13. Everything look amazing but I am most impressed by the dessert. It looks stunning and that is certainly enough reason to visit that great place!

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    1. Lisa J: desserts are a nice part of every meal =)

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  14. rice burger and korean desserts! will go for them!!! ahhh

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    1. Ai Wei: it's a fun place with fun food! Hope you enjoy your meal here =)

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  15. I'd been there and tested the beef ribs shown in above pic. it seems is their signature. it's exceptionally tasty and I never tried food like that before either in western or Korean. go give it a try! guarantee you'll not regret!

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    1. Isan: glad to hear you like it. it does have an interesting subtle flavor in the marinade and sauce. quite tasty! :D

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  16. Walked past it the other day and checked out their menu.... The dishes look interesting.. Will pay a visit soon!

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    1. Kelly; oh yeah, there are quite a number of specialties here that I haven't seen anywhere else in kl :D

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  17. i have to agree with you. from the pictures, this is really one of those nice cafes and equally nice food too from its presentation. I also realised that many cafes use the same chairs.

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    1. Eiling: heheh, true, i think the BIG group uses those chairs too :D but ya, the food here at namoo is pretty unique, and it's a pretty cafe! :D

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  18. Thank you for this post - it's becoz of the write up I've been back 4 times and am absolutely loving it!!

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    1. Yin: really glad you enjoyed Namoo! =)

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    1. Syeera: the restaurant does not serve pork =)

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  20. u can visit their FB page, they also serve alcoholic beverages

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