Food & Drink

DIY dining up North

Although it may sound like he's just cheating at Scrabble, Alan Yau's Naamyaa is actually his followup to Wagamama, Busaba, Hakkasan, and Yauatcha, a cafe-style Thai eatery whose wood fittings and hundreds of miniature gold Buddhas give it the feeling of a temple so casually religious you might actually join it.The menu focuses on 10 regional curries, all served with "DIY condiments". For instance, chicken & wild ginger comes in a cast iron bowl w/ separate rice noodles, pickled mustard greens, Thai basil, bean-sprouts, star fruit, and bitter (because it's no longer the star) melon all on the side. The lineup also includes a Southern prawn coconut style, and a grilled beef whose best mates are mint leaf, Thai coriander & shallots, though sometimes the other three forget to call shallots when they're going someplace girls will be, because he just stands there mumbling.The place is open all day, and serves casual, Western breakfast pastries and Eastern baked eggs in the AM, while later on the bar sweeps into full service for beer & wine, making everything you say sound like you're cheating at Scrabble.