NOM – Bistro & Bakery.
NOM (which stands for “No Other Meaning”) is a bistro & bakery located at the MacPherson Community Club. NOM is by the same people of “Yesterdae”, their previous cafe that underwent a rebrand to NOM which then moved to this current space. Yes, I’m also quite surprised that a community club can have a great bistro like NOM. NOM specializes in their home-made cakes from their built-in bakery in the bistro with their Rainbow Cakes being the most popular of all. The place has been somewhat a hidden gem in the secluded neighbourhood until recently when it gained a sudden boom in popularity from social media.
Alfresco seating area of NOM.
Inside of NOM.
A unique bright green seating area made from metal.
NOM benefits from having a vast space for their bistro & bakery. It’s one of the things I really like about NOM, the vast amount of space. (Unlike your usual “hipster” cafe with people packed like sardines.) The spacious area which include both the exterior & interior of the place has a simplistic design. Bright green, grey & white are the basic colours used in the design with bright green steel dividers placed both inside & outside of the bistro. The place uses geometric shapes like circles to highlight certain parts of their bistro, with circular mirrors on the wall & circular openings in the middle of the bright green steel dividers.
Along their spacious seating areas, NOM also utilises a part of their space for their bakery.One unique part of NOM is their recreation of the iconic Toa Payoh Dragon playground. The dragon design is recreated for their slide for the small play area of the space. Great for kids, not for adults.
The mini-version of the iconic Toa Payoh Dragon Playground structure.
NOM’s food menu.
NOM’s menu is actually quite extensive, with a large array of light bites, mains & hand-rolled thin crust pizzas. The bistro serves All-Day Dining dishes along with a brunch menu for weekends. This is what I liked about NOM, their food menu is not only extensive, but their food is all quite fantastic & affordable as well. They even have the extemely-popular-but-getting-boring Truffle Fries! (Truffle fanatics take note.) Of course, aside from their all-day dining menu, NOM has home-made cakes that are baked from their in-house bakery. They also offer churros! However, they were unavailable during my visit.
NOM’s prices are all quite affordable, with most dishes under the 15 dollar mark. They also do not charge service fees or GST!
Learning from my past cafehopping experiences, I decided to call ahead before heading down to NOM. I was interested in having their Rainbow Cakes, but was afraid that they would be sold out or unavailable. I managed to find out that they were left with the caramel variation & also only one slice of the chocolate variation. The staff was great, allowing me to make a reservation of the cakes for my visit over the phone. They were also very friendly when I made my visit to the bistro.
African Red Iced Chocolate ($3.90)
What I like about their drinks menu is that the price remains the same for either the Hot or Iced version. (Don’t you find having to pay extra just for ice a bit ridiculous? Unfortunately most places are like that.)
This tasted great, had a little spicyness to it, which is somewhat odd to an Iced Chocolate, but actually pretty unique in a good way. Also the quantity for the price blew me away.
Breakfast Rosti ($14.90)
Shredded Potatoes, Bacon, Fried Egg, Cheesy Chicken Sausage
I can’t pass up the opportunity to have rosti whenever I get the chance. NOM’s version is really good. Though the rosti is a tad thinner, the taste & all the other sides make up for it.
Beer Battered Fish & Chips ($12.90)
Pacific Dory, Beer, Sweet Potato Fries
Another thing that I’m always intrigued by is when I see the words “Beer Battered”. I’m no fan of beer itself, but when you add it to batter, it’s a different story. NOM’s version of beer battered fish & chips was fantastic. The fish was fresh with a perfectly fried beer battered outer layer.
I decided to change the normal fries to sweet potato fries for an additional charge. I’m glad I did, the fries were delicious with a slight crisp.
Slow Roast Bird Leg ($13.90)
Fresh Farmed Chicken Leg, Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce
What I like about this dish is that it’s somewhat reminiscent of Christmas. Of course, instead of turkey, it’s replaced by chicken instead.
The chicken was perfectly roasted through and through. The cranberry sauce was a lovely complement to the chicken. Another dish that you gotta try when at NOM.
Half & Half Pizza ($16.90)
Smoked Duck, Bacon & Egg
My friend & I were pretty greedy, and so decided to order a pizza as well. How can you not order pizza from NOM when their menu has an extensive offering of it?
With so many choices, my friend & I decided to go with half of Bacon & Egg and half of Smoked Duck.
With so many dishes that NOM offers, it’s quite impressive that they do it all well. It goes the same for their pizza. The thin crust had a nice slight crunch, and the toppings tasted really great.
Salted Caramel Rainbow Cake ($7.90)
Vanilla Sponge, Salted Caramel Buttercream
Ah, THE thing that I went to NOM for. This is a MUST order when you’re visiting NOM. It’s all over Instagram, which was what led me to NOM in the first place.
They have around 3-4 variations of their rainbow cake. I actually wanted to try their Cookies and Cream variation but they weren’t available on my visit.
The cake was quite good. Loved the buttercream. The color of the rainbow cake was also fantastic. It’s just too pretty to be missed.
Chocolate Rainbow Cake ($7.90)
Another version of their Rainbow Cake. This was pretty good as well but I did prefer the Salted Caramel version as I don’t usually go for chocolate cakes.
Their rainbow cakes actually sell out very fast. During my visit, only one slice of the chocolate variation was left and half of the salted caramel variation left. Within the timespan of my visit to NOM, their salted caramel rainbow cake got sold out. They are definitely really popular.
Earl Grey Cheesecake ($5.90)
Topped with Lemon Curd
This was another cake from NOM that caught my eye. Earl Grey? Sold.
The cake was quite delicious, slight hint of sourness from the lemon curd. Smooth cheesecake.
Another great aspect about their cakes is that they are only sliced upon order which keeps the cake fresh.
Edible Flowerpot Brownies ($7.90 each)
I actually spotted these two in their cake display with no indication of them being for sale. I was really intrigued by them and after asking the staff, I found out they were for sale!
Couldn’t help myself and decided to get both. Now they look like cupcakes but they are actually brownies. They were simply divine. The brownie was soft & moist inside. I really loved the top fondant icing decor as well. Pretty lil’ things.
Nice little group shot of the cakes together.
Worth A Visit/Revisit?
I highly recommend a visit to NOM immediately. Having been to numerous cafes & restaurants, NOM is one that definitely blew me away. Extremely affordable yet fantastic food, with an extensive selection, including their awesome & beautiful desserts, it’s all not to be missed. It’s basically why my friend & I ordered so much during our visit. NOM is really gaining popularity recently and there is no question why. I only wished that NOM would have been situated in my neighbourhood’s Community Club rather than a boring ol’ Starbucks. I’ll definitely go back to NOM again, perhaps to try their weekend brunch and to also try their churros.
NOM – BISTRO & BAKERY
MacPherson Community Club Level 1 – 400 Paya Lebar Way, Singapore 379131
(Nearest train station: Macpherson)
Contact: 6747 3839
Mon – Sun: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm