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When chef Baba Ibazeta Bene­dicto of Clas­sic Con­fec­tions opened Nono’s, we had to ask one thing: Would her iconic Nono’s Cho­co­late Obliv­ion be avail­able there? We found out that yes, it is, but there’s so much more on of­fer. The restau­rant, like the cake, is named af­ter her fa­ther, and is chock-full of fam­ily sto­ries. The space, de­signed by Space En­coun­ters, might as well be a room in their home.

Her dad gets an­other name­sake in Nono’s su­perb fried chicken. It’s im­pres­sively made without brin­ing, which just goes to show how much Baba un­der­stands her in­gre­di­ents. Her mom, on the other hand, is rep­re­sented by a straw­berry cake.

Most of the dishes on the menu trig­ger Baba’s fam­ily me­mories: Won­ton tri­an­gles stuffed with moz­zarella re­call her fa­vorite cheese sticks, while the Ori­en­tal Shrimp Salad re­minds her of a shrimp snack she used to en­joy in San Fran­cisco; the restau­rant’s breads—burger buns, din­ner rolls, and crusty loaves—are made by her brother-in-law, ace baker Richie Mana­pat.

Baba was care­ful to de­velop only dishes that ev­ery­one would surely love and keep com­ing back to. Noth­ing is com­pletely un­fa­mil­iar, and she adds only small twists that one could con­sider im­prove­ments rather than re­vi­sions: bal­samic vine­gar in her adobo and truf­fle in her ap­pe­tiz­ers. What­ever other tweaks she comes up with won’t change the fact that this is one re­li­able fam­ily restau­rant. Nono’s is at Level 1, Phase 1B, U.P. Town Cen­ter, Katipunan Av­enue, Que­zon City (tel. no.: 958-5713).

Nono’s Fried Chicken

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