Dining at Nono’s UP Town Center is experiencing the flavors of Chef Baba Ibazeta-Benedicto’s childhood. But although she brought nostalgia to her restaurant, it’s a place to create your own memories. Why not? Nono’s is a nice place to gather together, exchange stories and plates of good food.
I must admit that I’m clueless of Chef Baba and her successful Classic Confections desserts. It felt like I’ve been living inside the cave when I learned that she’s been selling delicious cakes and pastries in Greenbelt for years. That is in the past now as I also intend to visit the place soon.
Nono’s UP Town Center is Chef Baba’s first full-service restaurant. You won’t only find cakes here. The restaurant offers a range of dishes that every foodie will enjoy, even if you don’t have the sweet tooth.
The Food at Nono’s UP Town Center
For starters, we had Shrimp with Candied Walnuts. It has crispy shrimp and caramelized walnuts in citrus dressing, served with fried wontons. The texture is such a delight with the shrimp that’s crispy on the outside but soft on the inside. The walnuts and fried wanton gives it crunch, and the freshness of the greens gives a light feel to the mouth. I enjoyed the sweet and tangy flavor of this salad.
Then we had Pinoy Style Beef Steak. The USDA beef is served with steamed rice, crispy onion rings and caramelized onions. The meat has that melts-in-your-mouth tenderness. Eat this food with the onion rings to experience the delightful texture. Don’t forget to pour the balsamic vinegar over the dish first.
We also had Nono’s Homestyle Fried Chicken served with buns, fries, corn on the cob and two dips – honey and gravy. This dish became my instant favorite. Just like most fried chicken in the market, this one is coated with breading. But the similarity stops there.
Bite into the chicken and you’ll immediately be greeted by the delicious crispiness and flavor that the breading gives out. Then you’ll get the truly juicy and delicious chicken meat. It’s superb!
Another good thing with this fried chicken is that it has no bones. Yep, you can just enjoy devouring the dish without having to separate the meat from the bones. Although delicious on its own, eating the fried chicken with the gravy and honey elevates the experience further.
To cap our meal, we had the famous Nono’s Chocolate Oblivion, and donut paired with Spanish Hot Chocolate drink.
This chocolate treat is heaven. You get to taste the true chocolate flavor without the overpowering sweetness. And because this treat didn’t give me that feel of a full stomach, I was still able to enjoy the donut sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, and chocolate drink.
I highly suggest that you eat the donut first though. I switched eating between the cake and the donut, then the latter lost the softness that came with a freshly made treat.
The visit to Nono’s UP Town Center is more than worth it. Dining over delicious dishes that Chef Baba shares from her childhood is a peek at how her family loves to cook and eat.
And with the restaurant ambiance, I can imagine her family gathering even on simple occasions. Nono’s has a very casual appeal to it. The warm wooden floors, the light-colored walls – simple yet inviting. And there’s ample space to move around.
Nono’s UP Town Center is a place to eat, gather together with family and friends and create memories of your own. The quality and delicious food is heart-warming, a good reason to visit. And enjoying them with people close to your heart makes it even more special.
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