NOM (Not Only Meatballs)

NOM (Not Only Meatballs)

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1-5 Elgin Street, Central
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1-5 Elgin Street, Central
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中環伊利近街1-5號地下
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Takeout & Delivery 
NOM is a fairly fresh and fun addition to the Soho scene: critics generally dig the chilled, modern vibe and the relaxed home-style cooking - and despite the name, the meatballs are slightly disappointing.
17 reviews
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The staff are friendly and you'll need their assistance in figuring out some menu items because it only lists ingredients and not how they are put together.

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However, with its concept and innovative ideas, there’s clearly potential – and if it can sort out its temperature problems, we hope NOM can become the meatball haven that Hong Kong has always needed.

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A filling meal for two with a drink each will hit around the HK$950 mark. While not considered expensive for dinner in the Central/Sheung Wan area, we may skip dessert next time and just order another drink.

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Of the meatballs, the signature beef/ragout/pasta/ricotta combo ($78) was borderline dry. Seafood balls ($118) were pleasantly creamy, but they weren’t freaking meatballs. Our vegetarian pizza ($158) fell far short of our expectations.

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The slow-cooked suckling pig meatball sounded mouth-watering on paper, but in actuality, was a let-down as it lacked both the sticky tenderness and the crisp crunchiness of the skin one normally associates with roasted young piggies.

80%
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Lunch (and dinner) at NOM is great value, fresh and superbly tasty. Drawing on authenticity, chef Fabrizio bring his inclination for Italian flair with dynamic creativity, melding old with new and a narrowed focus on ingredients.

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I like how they keep the food simple and rustic, using quality ingredients and traditional cooking methods. Don’t expect fancy, michelin-star food, but do expect scrumptious Italian fare which will cure that meatball craving.

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Other highlights include spaghetti with clams, broccoli puree, lemon zest and toasted almonds and black ink tagliatelle with baby squid, sea urchin and hazelnut.

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Small issue with the beef, which was not cooked as ordered and the chef refused to change it. Aside from that, dinner went very well.

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The pizza diavola, topped with spicy salami, was possibly one of the best pizzas I’ve tried in Hong Kong. It was neither too thick, nor paper thin, and had a comforting handmade quality to it that satisfied every craving.

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Also impressive were the New Zealand reserve beef short ribs. Having been slow-cooked for 48 hours and then grilled over hay, the meat was incredibly tender and had a delicious slightly smoky flavour that didn’t even need the coffee-topped bell pepper mayo to enhance it.

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The pulled pork version came with a smear of celeriac puree, the pork falling away nicely but the ensemble needing a counterpoint of sauce, sweetness or crunch to balance it.

75%
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Hearty and uncomplicated, NOM is a refreshing departure from the over-saturated fine dining scene in Hong Kong, and a perfect venue for those days when you just want to kick back with a group of close friends, and not have to guess what “essence” is infused into that espuma.

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The roasted lamb was on our focus next, and unfortunately nothing good to say here either, the flavour was light and unspectacular, with so little meat around the big bones, that two of us didn’t even get to try it.

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The casual Italian dishes at NOM are delicious, hearty and satisfying, and the natural flavours of the pristine ingredients shine through in many of the dishes. 

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I thought the black ink tagliatelle was slightly overcooked and the highly anticipated sea urchin flavor (and squid-ink flavor) was totally missing from action. Instead it was the tomato purée on the bottom providing all the seasoning.

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Favourite dishes included the light and refreshing Sustainable Bluefin Tuna with broad beans and goat yogurt, the classic Beef Meatballs with Neapolitan Ragout and ricotta cheese, the indulgent Mushroom & Black Truffle Pizza, and the meaty, flavourful Slow Roasted Iberico Lamb which came with a lovely pumpkin puree.