And the season for bloated bellies, drinking til the wee hours, last-minute Christmas shopping, and playing hide-and-seek with godchildren has come. Lately, I’ve been attending events like crazy and eating more than I should. I am getting worried about my belly because as I mentioned before, I am trying to get fit. But my friends say that it’s the holidays, so I should cut myself some slack. So that’s what I’m doing, but I am definitely going on a strict diet again in January. Speaking of events, I met some new blogger friends of late because one of my favorite food bloggers, Richie of The Pickiest Eater, invited me for dinner last Wednesday. That’s how I found myself at Nest Modern Table and Bar.
Okay where to begin, ahh.. the Chunky butternut squash soup with naan bread. The soup is thick and has this strong taste of a certain spice, which I’m sorry to admit I couldn’t identify (feel free to let me know if you do). The naan bread is chewy and tasty as it is but tastes a lot better when dipped in the soup.
What came next is a blur of red and greens, different kinds of meat, tender, tough, and creamy textures, camera flashes, and ecstatic conversations. My head started reeling from the onslaught of all the wonderful flavors that engaged the senses. The meals came after another that I almost couldn’t keep up. It was overwhelming, but I loved every second of it.
One dish that has a rather unique presentation is the Ham and Egg. The hams are rolled in a cone shape and turned up on the plate like a flower, the egg is poached, which I mistook for white cheese. More than the ham and the egg though, what really got my attention was the very flavorful, asparagus.
My first real favorite dish of the night was the Buffalo Chicken Popcorn. I think I’ve gobbled down more than a few, I even ignored the next dish that was served because I was still busy eating this.
When I’ve had enough chicken popcorn, I turned my attention to the other dishes, such as the 5 Spiced Roast Pork Belly with Noodles…
…and the Foie Gras and Mushrooms. I have always been curious about foie gras because I heard it’s banned in some places. If you do not know, foie gras is made from the liver of duck that has been forced-fed with more food than it could handle. If you think about it, the process is indeed a little bit cruel. If you look at it in this point of view you would understand why animal-rights advocates are against it. In the foodie point of view though, I could also understand why it’s expensive, foie gras is actually very luscious.
I thought it was just regular french fries but a single bite told me otherwise. It turned out to be one if not the most interesting take on sweet potato fries that I’ve ever tried. There’s cheese, there’s crunchy bits of pork rind, it’s sweet, it’s spicy, and a tad salty. I was onto it the way I was with the chicken popcorn; relentless.
Another dish that won gold stars for me is the Fillet of Salmon. First of all, I am a fan of salmon, you give me salmon, you win my heart. It sits atop black rice and is decorated with cherry tomatoes. I could have this one dish for the whole night and I’d be happy.
The other two dishes that also deserved merit but I wasn’t able to indulge in are the Rack of Lamb and the Roast Chicken Supreme. By the time they were on the table, I was already almost full. I went easy on them to give room for the desserts.
First on the line of desserts is the Donuts and Dips. There are three choices for dips; peanut butter cream, salted caramel, and strawberry jam. Out of the three, the salted caramel emerged as the crowd’s favorite.
We were able to try two of t
heir cakes; the Reese's Sansrival and the Chocolate Textures. Out of the two, I enjoyed the latter more due to it gelatinous layer. Also, it was a bit hard to cut through the Reese's Sansrival so I wasn't able to completely enjoy it.
For drinks, I had red wine and then later in the night, coffee. One of us tried one of Nest’s unique cocktails called, Smokin’. The drink is literally smoking because of the burning anis on lime that sits atop the glass. Smokin’ has Laphroig single malt scotch, coconut syrup, honey, and lime.
Nest can be found on the roof deck of W Fifth Avenue building in Bonifacio Global City (BGC). The group was invited by Chef Benju Tuason. Now I am not a full-blown food blogger so forgive me if I don’t have much information to offer regarding the chef. All I know is the guy sure knows what he’s doing. I had no words for every dish that we had that night. To be honest, “amazing” wouldn’t cut it, the food was so good, I told myself to “Diet Another Day.” I hope you may find this Nest BGC review useful. To those who have been there, how did you find it?
Nest Modern Table & Bar
Roofdeck, W Fifth Avenue Building,
5th Avenue Corner 32nd Street,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Contact no.: +63 917-8749999