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NĂM Vietnamese Restaurant in Kiev by YOD Design Lab – Review

NÄM Modern Vietnamese Cuisine, Kiev | YOD design lab

Andriy Bezuglov

Ukrainian YOD design lab has recently completed NĂM, a restaurant of modern Vietnamese cuisine in Kiev. NĂM is a paradise for true gourmets in Vietnamese villa of colonial France, because it is in this form restaurant arises before everyone who opens its huge entrance door in height of 4,5 m. The creators and ideologists of this institution are Ector Jimenez-Bravo, who also became its brand-chief, and restaurateurs Taras and Oksana Seredyuk.

 NÄM Modern Vietnamese Cuisine, Kiev | YOD design lab

Interior of NĂM restaurant is decorated in French colonial style with characteristic ethnic blotches. In order to achieve maximum authenticity, YOD tried to apply as much as possible natural materials in decoration, which were specially aged according to conditions of tropical Vietnamese climate.

All wooden products including parquet on the ground floor were made from massive 100-year old barrels from under white and red wine. Almost every element in design with the exception of chairs and technical lighting was created exclusively for this restaurant.

 NÄM Modern Vietnamese Cuisine, Kiev | YOD design lab

On the first floor interior space forms by open kitchen, thanks to which guests can observe processes of cooking their meals, and by contact bar which on the one hand is transformed into a scenic landing zone thanks to tiers characteristic of Vietnamese region, and on the other hand – smoothly descends to stairs leading to the second floor to main guest area.

 NÄM Modern Vietnamese Cuisine, Kiev | YOD design lab NÄM Modern Vietnamese Cuisine, Kiev | YOD design lab

Due to experiments with light restaurant radically changing its image according to the time of day. In the daytime thanks to large windows all halls of the restaurant are full of light. With the onset of twilight lighting becomes more muted and closer to the night it is almost completely extinguished, leaving only certain accents and shadows that provides a complete transformation of restaurant’s atmosphere in the evening.

 NÄM Modern Vietnamese Cuisine, Kiev | YOD design lab NÄM Modern Vietnamese Cuisine, Kiev | YOD design lab

No doubt, the exotic attractive interior charm of NĂM restaurant definitely will not leave anyone indifferent, and authentic Vietnamese recipes, perfected and modernized under patronage of the very chief Hector Jimenez-Bravo, for visual and flavoring qualities will pleasantly surprise even the most demanding gourmets.