Justine May

Nama Nama

nama nama bentoo

Just like being in Japan itself, it is easy to feel like a clumsy King Kong stomping through Tokyo when you visit the hip hub that is Nama Nama. Nestled unassumingly on busy Spring Street (corner of Flinders Lane) it is a statement of everything that is cool about Tokyo casual dining.

We negotiated the small front section, to a cool little table, which honestly felt like we had regressed to kindergarten. The table and chairs were thimble sized but strangely comfortable. The décor is carefully chosen and a closer look at a few images surrounding the walls will give you a giggle.

We ordered from a simple menu, which is easy to understand. First we shared a Katsu bun, deep fried pork in a soft bun. This is not to be missed. Don’t worry about your waistline – it’s only small. My lunching companion then had a home-made Kanto broth with udon noodles and tempura prawns atop ($15) . I opted for the “design your own” Bento Box ($18)– where I got to chose from a wonderful array of seasonal foods including green beans and tofu, crumbed scallops with lotus root adornments, ocean trout sashimi and king fish, amongst many other options. The portions of this bespoke bento seem delicate, until you’re halfway through and realise you are full.

Nama Nama also offers a Bento Membership for the environmentally conscious take away patron. The membership allows you take the beautiful Bento box with you to the park or your office and bring it back the next day for cleaning.

Nama Nama – I will be back.

Nama Nama – Ground Floor 31 Spring St (cnr Flinders Lane)

Monday- Friday 7am-5pm

Saturday 8am-5pm


(03) 9639 9500