Nanka brings fresh and natural flavors to your party with its catering service

Parties bring together people and food. It is a time for the enjoyment of other people’s company, hopefully over delightful repasts.

And to help bring in the good food that will fuel great party experiences, Nanka Japanese Steakhouse offers in-house and outside catering.

Nanka, Paligsahan

Nanka, Paligsahan

Nanka, Paligsahan

I experienced it myself last December when my division held our office Christmas Party at Nanka.

Nanka, Paligsahan

Nanka, Paligsahan

From my previous dining experience here with my fellow foodies, I already know that Chef Mike Santos and his team pride themselves in bringing out the natural flavors of food. Everything starts with the finest ingredients – fresh produce, meats and seafood – all painstakingly prepared and cooked to accentuate their natural tastes and textures.

Nanka, Paligsahan

Recently, I had another taste of Nanka’s catered dishes when foodie pioneer Spanky Enriquez hosted a food-tasting buffet which featured these delicious viands:

Mushroom and Tofu Soup.

Nanka, Paligsahan

Shiitake Pasta.

Nanka, Paligsahan

Baked Salmon.

Nanka, Paligsahan

Teppanyaki Shrimp.

Nanka, Paligsahan

Pork Belly with Spicy Miso.

Nanka, Paligsahan

Roasted Chicken.

Nanka, Paligsahan

Salmon Sashimi and Assorted Sushi Rolls.

Nanka, Paligsahan

Nanka, Paligsahan

Kani Salad.

Nanka, Paligsahan

Assorted Sweets which include eclairs, carrot cake bars, cream puffs and brownies.

Nanka, Paligsahan

Nanka, Paligsahan

Nanka, Paligsahan

Nanka, Paligsahan

Nanka, Paligsahan

Nanka, Paligsahan

Nanka’s buffet packages start at Php825 per person.

But the real stars of the show are what we had for “dessert:” Nanka’s famous premium steaks which included the Wagyu A5, the highest grade among Japanese Wagyu; WagyuX by Rangers Valley and the Black Onyx Bone-in Rib-Eye and Black Onyx Tomahawk. All of Nanka’s steaks are priced at Php500/100 grams.

Nanka, Paligsahan

Nanka, Paligsahan

Nanka, Paligsahan

These steaks are seared cast-iron grill before oven-roasted to a medium doneness. Served with togarashi salt, wasabi sea salt, housemade demiglasse, chipotle miso and chimichurri sauces, each bite is buttery and beefy that we found ourselves going for more. (Too bad I had to leave before the Tomahawk was served but, fortunately, I was able to taste it during my previous visit.)

Naka, Paligsahan

So if whether you’re planning a party for the fam or an office shindig, do check out Nanka’s catering services.

Nanka, Paligsahan

Nanka, Paligsahan

Many thanks Spanky for the invitation!

Nanka is located at 1810 Mother Ignacia corner Chino Roces Avenue, Paligsahan, Quezon City, open Mondays to Saturdays from 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 11pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 85179677, +63 977 6218472, or +63 917 6734917.

Nanka Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with other food bloggers, I was invited to attend a food tasting held in this restaurant. Food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

Check out my reviews of other Japanese restaurants:

Get the romance burnin’ this February at 390 Degrees, Entertainment City

At last January is over and done with. Now, let’s get ourselves in gear for the month of hearts – February!

And what better way to celebrate this month than to spend time with our Significant Other in a special place, one that can provide not only a venue for a romantic outing but also good food that can make the experience truly memorable?

Well, venture into the still seemingly uncharted Aseana City Business Park in Paranaque and there you will find the newly opened 390 Degrees.

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Enterainment City

390 Degrees, Enterainment City

390 Degrees, Enterainment City

390 Degrees, Enterainment City

Operated by the same team that brought about Ombu Kusina in Quezon City, 390 Degrees brings the same hearty servings and imaginative takes on comfort food in an elegantly well-appointed setting that Ombu Kusina does.

Here, though, the restaurant’s concept centers around its charcoal brick oven which influences all of its dishes. In fact, the resto’s name 390 Degrees refers to the temperature that restaurant’s oven must maintain to produce its delectable dishes.

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

In a special foodie meetup hosted by 390 Degrees’ head chef Mark Griffin Oraiz and marketing head Tammy Lim, my fellow food bloggers and I were treated to a sneak peek into the resto’s exciting Valentine’s offering.

Curious yet? Imagine dining with your special someone on a special meal for two which consist of:

Tomato Soup with Ravioli. Thick soup of pureed tomatoes topped with spinach-cheese ravioli to warm your tummies and your hearts.

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

Chicken Ceasar Salad. Get your taste buds ready with this hearty salad made with lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers and sliced hard-boiled egg tossed in a creamy Ceasar salad dressing topped with a dash of paprika and topped with sliced charcoal-grilled chicken.

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

Pepper Crusted Steak. Juicy steak with peppery seasoning charcoal grilled to a medium doneness. You can choose two side dishes to go with this dish (and the chef recommends Sweet Potato Mash and Cauliflower and Cheese.

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

Two Mini Salted Caramel Cream Puffs. Finish off the meal with these cute and not-too-sweet pastries.

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

Two Glasses of Shiraz Red Wine. All the better to drink to more wonderful times ahead!

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

This special Valentine’s meal is available from February 3 to 29 for only Php2000! So what are you waiting for? Book your Valentine’s date today!

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

The tasty eats don’t stop at Valentine’s, though. Check out the other yummy viands you can enjoy with your family and friends:

Vegetable Chowder (Php200). A cream-based soup with mixed vegetables served inside a charcoal-baked bread bowl.

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

Seafood Marinara (Php270). Mixed seafood tossed with fusili pasta in a savory tomato sauce.

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

Margherita Pizza (Php290). Tomato, basil and mozarella top a hand-stretched charcoal-baked pizza.

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

The Black Burger (Php530). A hefty and juicy charcoal-grilled burger patty sandwiched in charcoal activated burger bun with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, caramelized onions and cheese.

Blackened Salmon (Php880). A charcoal-baked salmon fillet with creamy dill sauce which go so well with Rice Pilaf as a side dish. I usually look for a cream cheese topping for baked salmon but this dish has no need for it.

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

Tiramisu. 390 Degrees’ take on the coffee-based Italian dessert.

390 Degrees, Enterainment City

All those good food will work up quite a thirst. Fortunately, 390 Degrees has a bevy of refreshing drinks to quench your thirst:

390 Signature Iced Tea (Php120). House-brewed black tea given some zest by the addition of lemon and pineapple.

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

Tropical Lagoon Soda (Php120). A fun and citrusy fizzy drink made with blue curacao, orange juice and soda water.

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

Mountain Mojito (Php130). A herb-flavored drink made with lime, mint leaves and soda water.

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

With such delish dishes and drinks, 390 Degrees is slated to be one of the hottest foodie destinations this side of the metro!

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

Many thanks to Tammy, Chef Griffin and the staff of 390 Degrees for the warm and fun welcome and the delightful food and to Kaycee of Date For Two for extending the invitation!

390 Degrees, Entertainment City

390 Degrees is located at Ground Floor, Sequioa Hotel Manila, Aseana City Business Park, Entertainment City, Paranaque, open daily from 6.30am to 10pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 921 2446502 or +63 945 639 0724.

For the meantime, the restaurant accepts payments in cash only.

390 Degrees Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Check out my posts on other places for your romantic date in the metro:

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

It’s great to have officemates who love to eat (not as much as I do, but still).

Before we took our holiday break, my boss decided to treat our team to dinner at The Alley by Vikings in UP Town Center.

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

What sets this buffet restaurant apart from the others is that it takes the form of a street-style food hall which incorporates concepts from around the world. Walking around the stations, you get a feel of touring the streets of the countries where the featured food items originate.

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

Instead of filling your plates yourself, you can request for small servings of the dishes from their respective stations, similar to the street food tripping experience. For example, our “food trip” here included the following stations:

  • Hao Chi – for Chinese dimsum and Peking Duck
  • Yatai – for Japanese sushi, sashimi and okonomiyaki
  • O’Sean Eleven – for seafood chowder
  • Just Steak a Minute – for freshly grilled steaks and other meats
  • Ferino’s Bibingka – for freshly made puto bumbong
  • Hunnycomb – for cakes and pastries

Buffet Rates:

  • Weekday Lunch: Php738 for adults, Php188 for kids 3ft for 4ft, Php388 for kids 4ft to 4ft 6in
  • Weekday Dinner/ Weekend or Holiday Lunch and Dinner: Php938 for adults, Php288 for kids 3ft for 4ft, Php588 for kids 4ft to 4ft 6in
  • Kids below 3ft eat for free

There are a lot of food choices, and more food stations than the ones I mentioned, which can be quite overwhelming. Refilling the more popular stations such as the sushi and the muscovado sugar for the bibingka took a long time.

I would also guess that the air-conditioning couldn’t cope with the volume of diners as it was quite warm where we were seated.

All that said, it was still a good time spent with my office buddies.

The Alley by Vikings, UP Town Center

This branch of The Alley by Vikings is located 2nd Level, Phase 2, UP Town Center, Ayala Mall, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City, open daily from 11am to 2.30pm and from 5.30pm to 10pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 82771888, +63 2 82772888, +63 917 6735888 or +63 918 9078888.

Other branches are located at:

  • 2nd Level, Ayala Malls Cloverleaf, A. Bonifacio Street, Brgy. Balingasa, A. Bonifacio, Quezon City
  • C1, Upper Ground Floor, Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
  • Planning a visit to The Alley by Vikings? Here are some promos you can take advantage of:
    • 20% off Weekday Lunch for every group of 5 pax from January 2 to February 28, 2020
      Birthday celebrants eat for free on the day of their birthday if accompanied by one full paying adult, or within their birth month if accompanied by four full-paying adults
  • (Note: Terms and conditions apply for the above-mentioned promos.)
  • The Alley by Vikings Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Maximize your buffet restaurant visit. Read the tips in my buffet survival guide.

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    Unli Steaks at Prime Steakhouse, SM North EDSA

    What is it about steak that I almost couldn’t get enough of it?

    That sizeable hunk of beef, grilled to medium wellness, juicy and buttery to the bite… yes, I could sing its praises all day.

    Steak doesn’t come cheap, though. Getting good cuts of meat that will produce the right flavor and texture in the cooked steak are not easy to come by.

    However, as Hubby and I recently discovered, there is a way to eat your fill of good quality steaks.

    Prime Steakhouse, SM North EDSA

    We let loose our ravenous inner carnivores and took advantage of the Unli Steaks offer available at Prime Steakhouse in SM City North EDSA. For just Php699 per person, we get to eat as many steaks as we want (or could!). We selected our preferred steak from among Rib-eye, New York Strip, Flat Iron, Hickory Pork Ribs, Salisbury Steak and Beef Salpicao. This unli steak set also includes unli refills of house-made gravy, rice and side dishes which include coleslaw, buttered corn and carrots and mashed potatoes.

    Prime Steakhouse, SM North EDSA

    Prime Steakhouse, SM North EDSA

    For our meal, we selected:

    Rib-Eye. Considered both flavorful and tender as it came from the lightly worked upper rib cage area, with a good marbling of fat makes it very good for fast and hot cooking.

    Prime Steakhouse, SM North EDSA

    Prime Steakhouse, SM North EDSA

    New York Strip. Taken from the part of the beef short loin that remains after the tenderloin is removed. Though not the most tender steak, it is known for having intense flavor from its rich marbling.

    Prime Steakhouse, SM North EDSA

    Prime Steakhouse, SM North EDSA

    Our steaks were grilled to medium doneness, tender and juicy with nice grill marks, just the way we like it.

    Hubby and I shared our respective steak cuts with each other, and with 3 refills of those sizeable servings, we got pretty good tastes of those steaks as well as really full tummies.

    Prime Steakhouse, SM North EDSA

    Prime Steakhouse is located at Ground Floor, The Block, SM City North EDSA, Barangay Bago Bantay, Quezon City, open daily from 10am to 10pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 967 297 1916.

    Prime Steakhouse Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Check out my posts of other places in the metro where you can get some steaks:

    Meat All You Can at Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Holy cow! That’s a lot of meat!

    That’s what you will exclaim when you treat yourself and your friends to Holy Cow Sizzlers’ Meat All You Can promo.

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Well, what is it anyway?

    The Meat All You Can promo is Holy Cow Sizzlers’ answer to the unli samgyeopsal places sprouting all over the metro.

    If you’re wondering what a casual dining resto with an American West theme has to do with the current K-BBQ craze, here are some points for comparison:

    Similarities:

    Unlimited meat. Yes, for just Php399, you can indulge your inner carnivore and eat your fill of grilled beef, pork and chicken dishes available.

    Refillable sides. You can have as much of the rice, veggies and salads on the side as you like.

    Differences.

    Flavors of the West. Holy Cow Sizzlers first made a name for itself for serving American West-style steaks. Those flavors will still come into play in its Meat All You Can Offer which include Chicken Chinitos and Chicken Fillet, Beef (my fave!), Pork Belly and Fish Fingers, along with your choice of sauce among spicy barbecue, peppercorn gravy, trio mushroom gravy and soy garlic.

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Choose from ten tasty side dishes as well: coleslaw, cheese croquettes, macaroni salad, corn and carrots, fries, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, mojos, buttered veggies and garlic rice.

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    No grilling! Yep, you don’t need to worry about cooking the meat yourself. Just order or ask for refills as you like and your meats will arrive on your table already grilled to perfection and served on sizzling plates.

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    So be sure to bring your appetite when you and your gang visit Holy Cow Sizzlers!

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma Mall

    Thanks to the crew of Holy Cow Sizzlers for the warm welcome and the delicious meal and to Jen of Sand Under My Feet for extending the invitation!

    Holy Cow Sizzlers, Trinoma

    This Holy Cow Sizzlers branch is located at Garden Wing Area, Trinoma Mall, Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City, open Sundays to Thursdays from 10am to 9pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 10pm.

    Other branches are located at:

    • Ground Floor, Park & Shop, 8300 Dr. A. Santos Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque
    • Ground Floor, South Wing, SM Mall of Asia, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City

    Holy Cow! Sizzlers Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Disclosure: Together with other foodies, I attended a foodie meet-up held in this restaurant.  All the food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare to facilitate honest reviews and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

    Check out my reviews of other restos that cater to meat lovers:

    Japanese-influenced Latin flavors at Nanka Japanese Steakhouse, Paligsahan

    Did you know that Japanese culture has a profound influence in South America? Currently, Brazil has the largest population of Japanese immigrants while Peru has the second largest. This mixing of people and backgrounds surely produce wondrous variety in culture and society, especially in the food.

    That came into play when my foodie friends and I recently visited Nanka Japanese Steakhouse. Located at the nook of Mother Ignacia and Chino Roces Avenues in Quezon City, the place has an elegant yet homey vibe, a welcome respite from my workday’s stresses. It is a perfect place for intimate date nights, chill barkada get-togethers or quiet family dinners.

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka’s executive chef Michael Santos takes pride in the work his team (which includes executive sous chef Rogel Rogel Pagtalunan, executive pastry chef Joel Gonzales and chef de cuisine Kenneth Afable) does in accentuating the natural flavors of food, made with the finest locally and internationally sourced ingredients. These include Black Onyx Angus and WagyuX steaks and tuna flown in from GenSan twice a week.

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    “I like clean flavors,” shares Chef Mike. “I like to emphasize the protein. I was taught to give respect to the animal being served and I feel the best way to do that is to not lose its soul – its flavor.”

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    My foodie friends and I were able to sample an excellent selection of Chef Mike’s recommendations from Nanka’s recently re-launched menu, which included:

    Oysters Hollandaise (Php365 for 6 pieces). Large oysters from Aklan covered in a rich sauce made with egg, butter and lemon, then broiled until the top is starting to brown.

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Deep-fried Oysters (Php375 for 8 pieces). Oyster meat lightly dredged and battered, then deep-fried to a golden brown.

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Grilled Ahi Tuna (Php355). Yellowfin tuna, also known by its Hawaiian moniker ahi, is well-suited for raw sashimi dishes and for grilling. In this dish, it is served seared rare to bring out its natural flavor while adding some smokiness from the grilling and further enhanced by a dash of togarashi powder.

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Grilled Togarashi Shrimp (Php495 for 9 pieces). Fresh shrimp perfectly grilled and spiced with sichimi togarashi, a Japanese powder flavoring made with seven ingredients which include red chili pepper,
    orange peel, sesame seeds, Japanese pepper, ginger and seaweed.

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Garlic Crabs (market price). Two giant crabs cooked in butter and garlic. Digging into this was one of the highlights of the meal.

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Prawn Garlic Noodles (Php375). Plump and fresh prawns sauteed in garlic and tossed together with al dente noodles.

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Black Onyx T-bone (Php520 per 100grams) and Black Onyx Tomahawk (Php495 per 100grams). Black Onyx is a well-known Australian brand of Black Angus beef noted for its ruch flavor, juicy tenderness and fine marbling. True to his philosophy of letting the meat’s natural flavors shine through, Chef Mike and his team seared the steaks in a cast iton grill then finished cooking them to a medium doneness in the oven. These were served with togarashi salt, wasabi sea salt, housemade demiglasse, chipotle miso and chimichurri so that diners can season or add sauce to taste.

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Naka, Paligsahan

    Naka, Paligsahan

    Naka, Paligsahan

    Naka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Japanese Green Tea Mousse (Php215). A delectable dessert made with layers of matcha sponge, matcha pudding and matcha whipped cream icing.

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Chocolate Ganache Mountee (Php245). A play of different ways to enjoy chocolate and matcha; a matcha bowl on top of a chocolate bowl with ganache in between, all on a bed of red velvet crumbs.

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    With these dishes, it is plain to see the sheer mastery and craftsmanship of Chef Mike and his team. Each dish, made of the choicest ingredients, beautifully presented and carefully crafted to enhance its natural flavors, show that the fusion of flavors between Japanese and Latin cuisines are well worth exploring.

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Many thanks to Chef Mike and the staff of Nanka for the warm welcome and the wonderful meal!

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka, Paligsahan

    Nanka is located at 1810 Mother Ignacia corner Chino Roces Avenue, Paligsahan, Quezon City, open Mondays to Saturdays from 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 11pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 85179677, +63 977 6218472, or +63 917 6734917.

    Nanka Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Disclosure: Together with other foodies, I attended a foodie meet-up held in this restaurant.  The food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare to facilitate honest reviews and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

    Check out my reviews of other Japanese restaurants:

    A new hidden gem in Marikina: Swig & Nosh Kitchen + Bar

    Weekends are best spent close to home.

    And my home is located east of Manila, where traffic jams abound and going to the overcrowded malls is sometimes too much of a hassle to be worth the effort.

    This is why I #LookToTheEast for new destinations, foodie or otherwise. Because why brave the metro’s streets when you can find what you want right where you are?

    Recently, I discovered another reason for us Eastern foodies to not venture far to satisfy our food cravings.

    In the suburbs of foodie-friendly Marikina, away from the hustle and bustle of busy highways and malls, is a new and exciting foodie destination: Swig & Nosh Kitchen + Bar.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    A hidden gem in a quiet Marikina neighborhood

    The brainchild of Mario Mendoza, one of Marikina’s homegrown culinary talents, Swig & Nosh takes its name from the British colloquial terms for “taking a drink” and “eating a snack,” respectively.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Located in a remodeled bungalow along Mt. Pleasant street, Swig & Nosh is geared to be the place for Marikina locals and visitors to enjoy great-tasting comfort food along with their drinks of choice.

    Mario took his cues from the house’s original architect (who also happens to be his dad) and furnished the space with comfort in mind. Ceramic tile-topped hardwood tables bring splashes of color while also accommodating large groups of diners. The chairs are also ergonomically-designed; they adjust when the diner leans back, giving back support that facilitates comfort for resting or conversing with companions after eating.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    A well-stocked bar is situated in one of the inner rooms with mixologists at the ready to pour out spirits or concoct cocktails for the guests.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Diners also have the option to take their meals in the garden outside; this will become the location of choice when the cool weather sets in by December to February.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Nosh on fusion of American and Filipino cuisines

    Together with my foodie friends from #WeLoveToEatPH, I was able to sample some of Swig & Nosh’s signature dishes.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    These included:

    Apple Pie Salad (Php220). A healthy combination of sweet and savory flavors made withmixed greens tossed with apple compote, streusel crumbs and cheddar with a cider vinaigrette.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Pork Cubes and Watermelon (Php230). Fork-tender cubes of pork belly tossed with watermelon cubes and hoisin sauce.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Calamares sa Bawang (Php210). Garlic-flavored battered squid rings served with tarragon vinegar and lemon.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Gambas Aligue (Php305). The shrimp and garlic appetizer hyped-up with the inclusion of crab roe balanced with orange bits.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Bacon Benedict (Php335). The hyped-up version of Eggs Benedict with special pan de sal, homemade bacon jam, spinach, bacon, two poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Wagyu Bacon Royale Burger (Php350). Wagyu patty, cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion and bacon jam in a buttered brioche bun served with spiced ketchup.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Tinapa Rice. Fried rice flavored with smoked fish.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Dry Rub Chicken with Truffle Honey (Php295). Chicken leg and thigh covered with the house-recipe dry rub and truffle honey then fried to a crispy golden brown and served with cole slaw and ranch dressing.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Prime Rib (Php392/100g). Tender and perfectly grilled grilled steak made of Black Onyx Australian Angus beef.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Choco Chip Cookie Dough Milkshake (Php170). Made with vanilla ice cream and milk with balls of edible cookie dough, topped with whipped cream in a candy studded glass and served with a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Brownie Mocha Milkshake (Php175). Made with chocolate ice cream and milk with bits of brownie, topped with whipped cream and chopped nuts in a candy studded glass and served with a freshly baked brownie.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    These hearty and tasty comfort food, all meticulously prepared and prettily presented, are suitable for discerning foodies in big celebrations, intimate get-togethers or even solo food adventures. The milkshakes, in particular, were a treat to both the eyes and the sweet tooth.

    Take swigs of refreshing drinks and cocktails

    Wash down these delicious viands with your choice of drinks – alcoholic or non-alcoholic – from Swig & Nosh’s well-stocked bar.

    House Blend Iced Tea (Php185/liter). Swig & Nosh’s own signature flavor of iced tea. A raspberry-flavored variant is also available at Php175/liter).

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Atomic Cat (Php130). A mocktail made with lemonade and grenadine.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Long Island Iced Tea (Php170). A cocktail made with rum, vodka, gin and other spirits mixed with cola and lemon juice.

    Tequila Sunrise (Php180). A cocktail made with tequila, orange juice and grenadine.

    Amaretto Sour (Php190). A cocktail made with amaretto, lemon juice, egg whites and bitters.

    Blue Lagoon (Php170). A cocktail made with vodka, blue curacao and lemonade.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    So if you find yourself in Marikina, know that you have somewhere to go for good eats and drinks.

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Swig & Nosh, Marikina

    Many thanks to the management and crew of Swig & Nosh for the warm welcome and great food, and to EJ of I Love To Eat PH for extending the invitation!

    Swig & Nosh is located at No. 6, Mt. Pleasant Street, Bgy. Santa Elena, Marikina City, open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 11pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 28 2801298.

    Swig & Nosh Kitchen + Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Disclosure: Together with other foodies, I attended a foodie meet-up held in this restaurant.  All the food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare to facilitate honest reviews and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

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