My friends at Zomato PH invited me to a ‘Foodie Meet Up’ at Nicandro’s Lutong Bahay. The place was clearly a friends and family establishment and is located on Lilac Street in Markina City. The restaurant was small but extremely cozy.
We sampled several best-selling items including, Pinakbet with Bagnet, Sinigang na Baka sa Bayabas, Kare-Kare, and Deep-Fried Baby Squids.
The Deep-Fried Baby Squids were incredibly soft and tender, and super crunchy on the outside. It was a delightful starter and I would order that again when I come back here.
I’m a sucker for Sinigang but I find their version way TOO SWEET. You see, sweetness naturally balances saltiness, which is good in a hearty, filling soup. But when your soup is too sweet, it can overtake the entire palate and leave you feeling underwhelmed.
The Kare-Kare was alright but nothing to write home about. The Pinakbet was tasty, well-seasoned, and the crispy Bagnet was a beautiful addition to the dish.
I have to say that the service could have been a bit more attentive. Some of us were already eating while others were still waiting for their plates and utensils. Also, in my opinion, I shouldn’t have to flag down a waiter to ask for a glass of water. This is an SOP in any restaurant. Not sure if the kitchen had an off day but clearly, their customer service has got some improving to do.
Please don’t let my review keep you from trying this place. Visit them when you’re in the area and do let me know what you think.