Barcelona has a lot of Asian restaurants but most of them cater to timid tastes and most of them are pretty generic. Nomm ain’t that. The owner/chef is from Hong Kong, and the food is a mix of Hong Kong staples, Malaysian, Japanese and dim sum. I’m not an expert in these cuisines but I do know enough to know when quality is high and when I’m eating something that’s faithful to the original. This is faithful to the original, prepared with skill and with quality ingredients.
Standouts are wontons with house made chili oil and beef rendang. The chili oil isn’t crazy spicy but it’s got a lovely deep complexity and nuttiness. The rendang is complex and deeply satisfying.
The place is also groovy. Cool art, good music, good cocktails, and the other owner who works front of house is charming and warm.
They’re located in super hip Sant Antoni, so they’re a great start to a big night.
Nomm is in every way a standout in BCN’s boring Asian food scene. Highly recommended!
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