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February 19, 2013

A NACI Comfort Food Valentine ♥

February 19, 2013

A NACI Comfort Food Valentine ♥

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"Paris and Rome may be famous for romance, but it’s Filipinos who get the most love" on Valentine's Day, according to a recent survey by Bloomberg View.

Filipinos takes Valentine's Day very seriously. Some go for the tried-and-tested restaurants because they want the dinner to be special, without any hitches. But others, like us, want to try the latest restaurants in town.

We were looking around on Valentine's and chanced upon the recently opened NACI Comfort Food in BGC...

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Naci Comfort Food rebranded and relocated from its original spot in Connecticut St. in Greenhills. It's a comfort food restaurant that showcases a menu designed by Chef Ed Quimson.

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The restaurant is the brainchild of Nadine Nocom and Natasha Jade Villaroman, who decided to elevate the vibe of the resto, which is designed to satisfy any craving.

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The new Naci has a luxurious high ceiling, comfortable seats...

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...and a medley of overhanging lamps as the centerpiece. 

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MENU: Breakfast Express, Appetizers, NACI Specialties, Soup, Salad, Entrees, Lites, Pasta | Desserts | Non Alcoholic Drinks | Alcoholic Drinks | Cohen-Friendly Menu

I appreciate the effort to level up the restaurant experience by offering Cohen-friendly food and having touch-screen menus to view the pictures of the dishes.

(Suggestion: I do hope they create a full-blown resto ordering app where diners can decide what they want to order, and it will give a billing preview to determine if it is within budget or not.)

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★ Nat's Appetizer Sampler (P520 +10% service charge). Choice of Four of Naci's Best-selling Appetizers.

Go for the Appetizer Sampler, where you can choose four items from the appetizer menu, which will turn out cheaper than if you ordered them individually. Our picks:

  • Classic Salpicao (P380). Sauteed Beef Tenderloin in Olive oil with Chilli Fingers and Garlic.
  • Glazed Chicken Wings (P350). Crispy Fried Chicken Wings with Naci's Secret Glaze served with Lemon Cream Dip and Crispy Fries.
  • Classic Gambas (P360). Classic Sauteed Fresh Water Shrimps with Garlic, Chillies and Roasted Pimiento.
  • Cajun Mozzarella Balls (P260). Crispy Fried Mozzarella Croquettes served with Pimiento Salsa and Crispy Fries.

We liked the taste of the Salpicao and the sweet Chicken Wings.  The Gambas were a bit disappointing because the sauce did not penetrate the shrimp meat.

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★ Peruvian Chicken Rice (P420 +10% service charge). Slow-cooked Baked Rice with chunks of Chicken, sauteed Capsicums, topped with Aioli.

If you are looking for something unique, check out this Peruvian Chicken Rice. It's baked and served like Paella, with generous pieces of chicken and drizzled with sweet Aioli sauce. You have to wait for a while, so order this in advance.

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★ Grilled Mahi Mahi (P380 +10% service charge). Grilled Mahi Mahi Fillet topped with Dill Cream and Cherry Tomatoes, served with Parsley Rice.

We usually order something healthy every meal, and we were very satisfied with the juicy Grilled Mahi Mahi with the creamy sauce.

(BTW, most of the items in the menu are served with rice. I hope they offer the no-rice option for their dishes, especially if you plan to order the Peruvian Chicken Rice.)

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Arugula and Shiitake Primavera (P380 +10% service charge). Spaghetti tossed in Arugula, Cherry Tomatoes, Asparagus and Fresh Shiitake Mushrooms, served with Focaccia Bread.

The only disappointment for the night was the vegetarian pasta. I guess we were expecting the taste of the arugula to shine; unfortunately, it disappeared when cooked together with the other vegetables.

We will try the Longganisa and Green Grapes Pasta next time.

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They bake their own cakes under the brand name N&N Gourmet Breads and Pastries.

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★ Caramel Cream (P75  +10% service charge). Light Chiffon Cupcake with a surprise Caramel filling, topped with Vanilla cream and Caramel fudge. 

The Caramel Cream cupcake with its yema-like filling was delicious.

We appreciate good restos like this that have good, sweet endings. :)

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Overall, we like Naci's feel-good vibe and its comfort food fusion menu. Go for the Appetizer Sampler, Peruvian Chicken Rice, and the desserts.

I wish they could create more signature dishes and signature cakes that you can find only in Naci.

Congratulations to Nadine and Natasha for successfully rebranding Naci in BGC!

NACI Comfort Food
Unit 3 Two Parkade 7th Avenue, 1634 Fort Bonifacio
Telephone: +632 847-NACI (6224)
Mobile:+63 917 523-4315
Facebook: NACI Comfort Food
Twitter: @nacicomfortfood

Operating Hours: 
Sunday - Thursday: 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday and Saturday: 7:00 am - 2:00 am 

Live an Awesome Life,

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Full Disclosure: We paid for our meals. I wrote this blog post myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I have no business relationship with any company mentioned in this post or any organization promoting it. As a policy, I don't receive compensation from food and travel places we feature in the blog. 

P.S. We were able to try the old Naci in Greenhills, so it was a pleasant surprise to discover the overall improvement in the design, ambiance and vibe of the new BGC resto. Try it out and let me know if there are certain dishes we should try next time in Naci.

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