food + drinks by Alyssa Castillo

This Maginhawa rookie brings traditional Banh Mi closer to you

Vietnomnom serves warm Asian comfort food perfect for the rainy season

Jayvee Po, Bjorn Manalo, David Dizon, Joseph Hizon and JR Trani may have started Vietnomnom because of their love of Banh Mi, but this new Maginhawa restaurant offers much more.vietnom-1We suggest starting with the Fresh Spring Rolls with Mushrooms and the Shrimp Pomelo Prawn Salad: two light yet tasty dishes great as sides. From there, you can move on to their Traditional Banh Mi, which is filled with fresh ham and flavorful sauce, and comes with freshly toasted bread. But a true Vietnomnom meal is incomplete without their Pho, which is made with aromatic, 12-hour broth of five different spices. Also check out their caramel-crusted Fish Fillet Rice Bowl complete with vegetables, herbs, and lime fish sauce dressing.vietnom-2And when you’re relaxing inside the restaurant, sipping Sugarcane Lime Juice or Ca Phe Sua Da (two drinks that are seen in practically every corner of Ho Chi Minh), you will find yourself admiring the works of Pancho Piano. One of the Philippines’ best glass-stained artist, his works are seen across the walls and on the tables, adding to the warmth of the greenery-filled interiors.vietnom-3Soon, Vietnomnom will make use of automated ordering, which will allow customers to do everything—from reserving a table to ordering their food—digitally. With an internal system so closely linked together, all orders go straight to where it needs to be instantly: the kitchen. It’s organized and efficient, which food service should be, an edge that will set Vietnomnom apart from others.vietnom-4Produced by Alyssa Castillo
Photography by Renzo Navarro
Sittings by Sam Potenciano 

VIETNOMNOM IS NOW OPEN IN 189 MAGINHAWA STREET, DILIMAN VILLAGE, QUEZON CITY. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CHECK THEM OUT ON FACEBOOK.COM/VIETNOMNOM.
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Alyssa Castillo
Alyssa Castillo is a freelance writer and is concurrently Rogue Media's Editorial Assistant for The NBHD. She reads for fun, writes for a living, and wastes too much time entertaining the possibility of a zombie apocalypse. Find her on Instagram as @lysscstll.
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