Nunam (previously Nahm Thai) is located on Bulwer Street in Northbridge. I remembered being very excited when I first heard of the Thai fusion menu they offered for breakfast/brunch. It was so intriguing! How do you blend Thai flavors with the usual modern Australian breakfast you normally find in cafes around Perth? We shall see!
I have been here a couple of times since the launch of the new branding and menu. The meal below is of my second visit with my family after loving what I had the first time.
Nunam looks deceptively small when you first walk in but it is actually made up of three separate dining areas, a casual front and back of shop and a more formal separate area to the right. We were seated in the back area that morning which had a quiet ambiance to it. The whole cafe looks modern and chic and bright. Nice!
The drinks menu are quite extensive and they are licensed too. But no alcohol for us in the morning! Hehe We had the Long Macchiato ($4.20), Chai Latte ($4.20) and a special drink called Liquid Thai ($7.50). What is a Liquid Thai you may ask? It’s a juice consisting of carrot, coriander and coconut milk! Quite different isn’t it!
My Long Mac was really good, smooth to the palate and creamy. The Liquid Thai had a distinctive Thai feel to it due to the combination of coriander and coconut milk with the carrot. It works!
Onto the food menu..there are the usual modern Australian breakfast items on there but we decided to order the more exotic ones. We had:
- Fried eggs, lap cheong, lime-soy, shallots and bread ($14) – lap cheong is dried Chinese sausage (not quite Thai!) made from pork, usually with a high content of fat, smoked and seasoned with soy sauce and rice wine. I’m usually not a fan of lap cheong as it is quite fatty but the lap cheong in this instance embedded within the fried eggs made the dish as a whole quite tasty. Like it!
- Black sticky rice, fresh fruits, candied cashew nuts, ginger syrup and roasted coconut ($14) – this is usually served as a dessert so it was interesting to see it being revamped as a breakkie dish. I thought it was another dish that worked well, with the addition of fresh fruits lifting the usually heavy flavors of the rice and coconut milk. Move over oats and porridge! Haha
- Son in law egg, caramelised deep fried egg, seared scallops, crispy coconut rice cake and grilled watermelon ($22) – I love this dish, ordered this the first time I was here as well. Delicious crunchy coconut rice combined with runny eggs and scallops made it a winning dish. I thought the grilled watermelon might not go together initially but found they actually cleansed the palate as the sauce is quite strong (fish sauce I think!) and the coconut rice can get a bit salty drenched in the sauce. Yum!
The breakfast here was a great experience due to the variety of unique dishes we tasted! I had a taste of the scrambled eggs with mushroom, bok choy and curry sauce on sourdough the first time round and thought it was so cool. Imagine having curry sauce for breakfast!
Prices are quite reasonable and service was prompt and lovely. Thumps up!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars