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Dine and Unwind: A Taste of Home in Naimas, Makati

One of the most memorable things I can remember from our Ilocos trip back in 2015 is the delicious food they offer. It’s known to everyone that Ilocanos cook wonderfully, especially Bagnet and Dinengdeng which are few of the delectable distinctive dishes that come to mind whenever I think of the North.

 

Naimas, a taste of home

April 2, 2016 — The pride of Northern provincial cooking can now be enjoyed at a restaurant called Naimas, located on the ground floor of the old CAP Building along V.A Rufino Street in Makati. It’s not difficult  to notice the fancy exterior of Naimas. Inspired by the colors of nature, the shades of brown greens made the ambiance relaxing and chill. It definitely gave me the feeling of home.

The soft lighting sets the whole place in a warm atmosphere, where people can just be at ease and find comfort while having a bite of authentic Northern provincial dishes on their tables.

 

 

Another notable aspect of Naimas interior design and overall look is the sayings scattered all over the walls. There were quotes and funny phrases that filled the place; it caught my attention. The words instantly gave me the connection to Naimas, as if I was having conversations with this place.

Naimas” in Ilocano means delicious and true enough, Naimas offers a tasty selection of Filipino favorites including adobo, gising-gising, bagnet and pansit.

 

 

Sinampalukang Kambing (₱300.00). The tamarind-fused sabaw was savory and rich. The Sinampalukang Kambing uses goat meat instead of pork.

 

 

Spicy Fish Tofu (₱220.00). This was light to the tummy yet it doesn’t lack in richness and flavor.

 

 

Sizzling Litid (₱250.00). I didn’t know you can make a dish out of litid, the part that I avoid in canned corned beef! The litid looked like gelatins, and surprisingly they were soft and chewy.

 

 

Gising-gising (₱220.00). Being a coconut milk lover myself, I appreciated the sigarilyas, sauteed in native garlic, onions, and shrimp. The bagoong isda in the mix gave the dish more soul to it.

 

 

Gisaeng Balut (₱220.00). I really don’t eat balut, but this one really looked appetizing. My friends who took a bite recommended its savory taste!

 

 

Adobong Hipon sa Aligue (₱340.00). This has to be tonight’s favorite! The shrimp sauteed in onion, garlic and butter   plus the rich aligue ng talangka sauce was just irresistable.

 

 

Adobong Baboy Ramo (₱320.00).  Instead of the usual Pork Adobo, the meat of Baboy Ramo in this adobo made the famous Filipino dish more interesting.   I haven’t tried Baboy Ramo before so I was pleased to find it chewy and juicy.

 

 

Pinatisang Baka (₱340.00). It’s beef in fish sauce (called patis) and a hint of tomato sauce!

 

 

Pancit Canton (₱250.00). The taste of crispy Bagnet on top of the pancit is the highlight of this dish! I also loved the pieces of kikiam and squidballs on the pancit. Truly one of my favorite Filipino dishes!

 

 

Turon na Saba (₱110.00). To wash out the saltiness and savory flavors on my palette, I really enjoyed munching on the Turon na Saba especially because it had generous strips of langka to it!

 

 

Halo-halo (₱180.00). Of course, no Filipino meal can have a sweet ending if there’s no halo-halo as dessert.

 

 

With great food and great ambiance, dinner at Naimas definitely made my night more special. These Filipino food inspired by grandmother’s cooking is the comfort you’ll need whenever you miss your home back in the province, cooked with love and real ingredients.

 

 

When I asked the manager, I was pleased to know that they accept functions! For events, 50 people can sit inside the restaurant. If you want to dine al fresco, there are 20 seats waiting for you outside. Naimas is also open to do caterings and functions for your private event. For inquiries or reservations, you may call them at (02)6255943 or 0977-403-2290. (yeyy!)

 

Naimas Restaurant

Business Hours:  11 am to 11 pm, Mondays to Fridays; 11 am to 9 pm on Saturdays.
Address:  G/F CAP Building, facing Amorsolo St. corner Rufino St. Legaspi Village, Makati City.
Contact Number:   (02)6255943 or 0977-403-2290

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