Wow, I thought I was already near Ninak's second branch when I was at Chino Roces Avenue. It turns out I either have a bad sense of direction or the place is just too hard to find. It's actually both as I ended up going around in circles for 30 minutes. It is a good thing their food is worth all that time getting lost.
We started the lunch off with one of my favorite dishes, the Chicken Satay. It is one of those dishes that I will automatically order when I see it on the menu. They added a twist to it by having cucumber relish there other than the usual peanut sauce. When you look at the price, it is not bad at all considering you got 6 skewered chicken chunks marinated in traditional satay spices. I will go out on a limb and say that Ninak's version is hands down one of the best I have ever tasted.
Before eating Laksa, I asked the owners if it is spicy since I am used to it being spicy. I was so happy that it is not as this Malaysian curry soup is loaded with tons of goodies such as squid balls, chicken fillet, shrimps, boiled egg, rice noodles and tofu. I'm really happy each of those ingredients are in it because they make this dish so complete! Two thumbs up!
Since Ninak is an Asian comfort food restaurant, you gotta have rice right? We all shared the Nasi Goreng but everyone was shy about getting the egg. The rice was so tasty but of course we are in the age where everyone is careful about eating too much rice. Yup, the unlimited rice era is all but over. That didn't stop me from getting a lot of Nasi Goreng though. It simply ruled!
The best part about the Chilean Mussels is that the mussels are pretty big. The spicy green coconut broth made them even better.
Wow, talk about crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside. That's what the Crispy Beef Belly is all about. In fact, me and the other bloggers agree that we can taste the fats of the US Beef Belly more than the meat. That can take your cholesterol to the next level which can be a bad thing sometimes. I really enjoyed this dish though. I learned fast why it is one of their best sellers.
We've got a few crunchy soft shell crab pieces here put on top of pasta. Seriously, there is nothing to dislike about this dish. The only horrible part was that it came at a time when we were all full but I will surely order it on my next visit.
On a night when we were served with Ninak's best sellers, both dessert dishes tickled my sweet tooth in ways I never imagined especially the Mango Sticky Rice which was filled with what I thought was full cream milk.
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