In contrast to Busaba’s dark interiors and shared tables, Naamyaa is a light room with an open kitchen, pink patterned tiles, green leather seating, and a lot of gold Buddhas. The menu is supposed to reflect the eclectic mix of East and West you would find in a tourist-friendly Bangkok café, with Thai dishes alongside burgers, sandwiches and salads.
The Po pia jay (spring-rolls) were crispy and grease-free, with a crunchy filling of shitake, carrot and cabbage, and a sweet chilli sauce with a proper kick (instead of the overly sweet red gloop you often get).
The namesake dish of Naamyaa is made up of jin noodles served with a saucy curry (I chose the chicken and wild ginger), and a plate of pickled morning glory, star fruit, Thai basil, beansprouts, star fruit and a boiled egg to add. It comes with a green melon soup on the side to offset the spiciness – although they warned me the curry was hot, the heat was not too intense and I really liked the dish (the egg was definitely hard rather than soft-boiled as promised on the menu though).
The Khao man gai, or Thai Style Hainan chicken with yellow bean, is a subtle and comfortingly simple dish of rice, poached chicken and the tangy yellow bean sauce.
The pricing is similar to Wagamama or Busaba (around the £8-£10 mark for main courses), but whereas they have always left me a little underwhelmed, I liked Naamyaa. I wouldn’t go for a burger or even the cakes on the counter that go with the all-day café vibe, but would return to try some more of the spicy, fresh Thai dishes.