No Reservations is a new restaurant that serves Asian cuisine with a twist. Located in the same complex as Nav, Uncle Moe’s and Taco Vengo in Kapitolyo. They’ve just been open a few weeks only when I visited. Parking is quite hard in front of the complex but you can park across the street in the Ace Water Spa bldg. and then just cross the street.
No Reservations is not visible from the street and even if you enter into the complex, you might get turned around. Take the alley in between Uncle Moe’s and Longganisa Sorpresa keep walking straight until you see a stairway on your left, take that and you’ll see the red door and signage of No Reservations.
The place has a simple, industrial vibe dominated by black and whites. Check out their interesting mason jar salt and pepper shakers. They are still on soft opening so only do diner service with a small menu.
Tempura of Oysters (P265). A mix of of fresh oysters and oyster mushrooms in tempura batter with gojuchang mayo. I felt the tempura batter needs improvement, it tasted bland and just slightly crunchy. The small fresh oysters was also overwhelmed by the batter but the mushrooms fared better.
Grilled Corn (P175). Corn is something my family always orders so I knew I had to try this. Grilled corn basted with butter, drizzled with Kewpie/Japanese, bonito flakes and togarashi pepper. Sweet and smoky with a slight kick, perfect starter or complement to their heftier main dishes.
Baby Pork Ribs (P349). One of their popular dishes so far, pork ribs with a Thai chili glaze, chopped peanuts and a beansprout salad on top. A heap of meaty ribs coated in a sweet and spicy, finger licking glaze with peanuts providing a texture crunch. A big serving that can be shared between two people.
Beijing Duck (P449). This was supposed to be served with pancakes to make your own wraps but they had problems with the supplier so was served with sliced mantao instead. Half a duck with leeks, julienned cucumber and a chili hoisin sauce. This was the best dish we had that night and I believed should be the signature dish at No Reservations. Crisp, well seasoned skin with an equally flavorful meat that’s tasty to the bone. We suggested that they served this with rice instead. We’d easily devour an order each per person of this. Visit No Reservations and leave with regret if you do not order this.
Salmon and Apple (P409). At first glance, looks like your regular teriyaki salmon. Slice off a bit of the salmon and taste one of the better executions of salmon I’ve had, tender and juicy with a nice crust. The spicy apple slaw on top gives it a whole other dimension when eaten together with the salmon.
Chocolate Bar Tempura (P199). Miniature versions of chocolate bars like Nestle crunch, Butterfinger, Baby Ruth and others coated in tempura batter and served ala mode. The bland tempura batter matched this dish better to allow the chocolate flavors to be evident.
I love discovering these small places in my neighborhood like No Reservations. They are still very new and can improve a lot but I’ve already got the duck, salmon and corn to come back for.
No Reservations2/F 16 United St. (same compound as Unlce Moe’s)
Kapitolyo, Pasig City, Philippines
Contact No.: (63917) 605-5365
Operating Hours: (dry run)
- Tues-Thur. – 6pm – 11pm
- Fri-Sat. 6pm – 12am
- Sun – 6pm – 10pm