Chef Baba Ibazeta-Benedicto might be best known as the woman behind our favorite pastry shop Classic Confections, where she serves her signature Nono's Chocolate Oblivion Cake. Yet, with the opening of Nono’s, she proves that her culinary skills go beyond cakes and cookies.
Nono’s is named after Chef Baba’s father, counting as her first restaurant. It’s dainty at best—Space Encounters made the restaurant’s design warm and familiar patterning each section after areas of a typical home, while branding and design studio And a Half painted the place with white, brown, and other neutrals to come up with the vibe.
In terms of the menu, Nono’s keeps things simple with its “comfort food done right” mantra. Its dishes are mostly inspired by those Chef Baba’s youth, with almost every item bearing an interesting story about the culinary genius and her family. Here are some of the new food haven’s specials if you decide to visit!
A classier version of cheese sticks, anyone? The combination of honey, truffle oil, parmesan, and mozzarella makes these Fried Truffle Cheese Wantons a great appetizer.
The Oriental Shrimp Salad is an upgraded version of prawn walnut salad, Chef Baba’s go-to meal back when she studied culinary arts in San Francisco. Made of candied walnuts and honey lemon dressing, this will delight even those who don’t eat greens!
While Mac N' Cheese is a merienda staple, Chef Baba made her version extra special by using three different cheeses (gruyere, parmesan, and sharp cheddar). It's gooey and heavenly with every bite!
Also named after Chef Baba’s dad, Nono’s Homestyle Fried Chicken is more than your average fried chicken fillet. It took at least 20 tries before Chef Baba’s team got the recipe right. It’s paired best with gravy and honey (yes, you read that right)—perfect for fried chicken lovers looking for something new to try!
Top-grade US steak, garlic chips, and pan de sal makes a great combination altogether, and these Pepito Steak Sliders speak for itself. Another side note of how this came to be: Back in the day, Chef Baba used to eat sandwiches with her Lolo in her visits to his office.
Of course, a feast at Nono’s is not complete without a slice of Nono’s Chocolate Oblivion! Made with chocolate cream, cocoa powder, and walnut praline bits, it’s certainly a classic.
Nono’s is located at the ground floor of Phase 1B UP Town Center, Diliman, Quezon City.
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