From the outside, NAÂMi is a tiny takeaway nook on James Street slinging steamy spring rolls, banh mi, and, eventually, pho to-go. Shiny bain maries line the interior, drawing your eye to the motorbike curiously perched at the far end. Those who dare to look a little closer, however, will notice that there’s more to this pint-sized newcomer than meets the eye. Venture through the door (providing you know the password) and you’ll discover Burleigh Heads’ newest speakeasy that will transport you to the bustling backstreets of Vietnam. Inspired by a road trip Oli Frost (co-owner of the neighbouring Maman and Milky Lane) and his dad Geoffery (hint, remember that name) took, the immersive experience is best enjoyed perched at the bar, where you can nab a front-row seat to see bottles flying through the air with flair. There are a dozen tastebud-tingling concoctions to wet your whistle including the Naami No. 5, which consists of chilli-infused tequila, Campari, watermelon, pink grapefruit, fresh lime, and dill. Every one of the cocktails has been perfectly balanced in terms of its flavour profile so it hits in all the right places. Whispers claim that there will be a secret cocktail in coming weeks that may or may not be hidden amongst the bar, for those with a keen eye (or a fondness for self-help books).


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