NUOC: An oasis in the heart of town.

Friday, 24 August 2012

With Orchard Road becoming as busy as it does on weekends and in the evenings, sometimes its hard to find a restaurant which we can adjourn to without being too frazzled by the crowds and bright lights of the city. I've often bemoaned the queues and mediocre offerings of some of the restaurants in town and we are usually hard pressed to find dining options which welcome families as well.

This is one of the main reasons why we frequent NUOC, a Vietnamese restaurant situated on the Roof Garden of Orchard Central. With magnificent views of bustling Orchard Road, lovely landscape, water hyacinth filled pond and an abundance of space, BabyMoo is always entertained and looks forward to his visits there.

Outdoor view of the restaurant.
Photo courtesy of NUOC.
Indoor view
Photo courtesy of NUOC
Vietnamese food has to be among the healthiest on the planet - with its heavy reliance on wheat, minimal use of oil, legumes and an abundance of fresh herbs and spices. We normally come here when we have had too much 'heavy' stuff over the course of the week, and are looking for a healthier and lighter dining option.

Here's what DaddyMoo and I usually opt for:

Fresh Vietnamese Spring Rolls
Photo courtesy of NUOC

Tri-Season salad with Prawn and Pork
Photo courtesy of NUOC
Grilled Beef Tenderloin

Seafood Hotpot
BabyMoo loves the hotpot soup, and he usually has it with his favourite Seafood Fried rice. There have been many occasions when I have ordered something for BabyMoo which came either too spicy or savoury due to the lack of information on the menu, and at NUOC, it certainly helps that condiments and ingredients are listed in the menu description. Furthermore, spice is usually given as an option in Vietnamese dishes (no doubt thanks to the French influence!), so the kids can actually enjoy what the adults order as well.

Seafood Fried Rice

We always enjoy our visits here because BabyMoo loves the view around the landscaped gardens, and it creates a (sometimes) necessary distraction for him while he sits at the table with us! 

Vietnamese cuisine is still rather new in Singapore, but it has actually garnered quite a following due to its similarities to communal Chinese cuisine without the added 'oiliness' that usually accompanies these dishes. The richness in each dish is obtained only through the usage of fresh herbs and bone stock. 

Authentic Vietnamese cuisine at breathtaking altitudes. Don't take my word for it... NUOC is worth a visit! 

NUOC - A flavour of Saigon
#12-01 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238868 
(Take elevator to Level 11, followed by escalator to Level 12’s Roof Garden) 

Operation Hours: 

Mondays to Fridays - 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 11pm 
Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays - 12pm to 11pm 
Reservations: 6884 6808

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  1. I'm sure gonna give it a try! thanks for the info..

  2. I must compliment all the awesome photos you took! Made me feel I was there and gonna eat it.

  3. Delicious looking photos, u must have gotten a seat next to the window I guess :) I must try this out, looks like a great place to check out.

    Love your new blog look btw!



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