Nest has no air conditioning, which totally surprised me when I stepped off the elevator. They have some big ceiling fans to cool diners but I think they’ll have to add some more during the summer months. I’m not a party, rocking place kind of guy so Raven is definitely not for me but the cool and chill atmosphere at Nest is more appealing. The views are spectacular too.
Our dinner started with a plate of bright colors of the Beetroot Carpaccio (P300). I used to shun beetroot but have now grown to appreciate this healthy vegetable. Sliced thinly and topped with citrus segments, candied walnuts, feta cheese and garlic confit with a side of assorted greens. Pretty and delicious.
Next was the reimagining by Chef Benjo of breakfast fare, Ham and Eggs (P250). Jamon serrano plays the ham part while a perfectly poached egg plays the counterpart. A mix of asparagus and pea gives it a nutty and healthier spin. Break the egg and have the yolk coat the ham for a sweet and creamy flavor play.
Get the Foie Gras and Mushrooms (P550) for a more decadent starter. Sauteed assorted mushrooms with a large piece of pan fried goose liver, poached egg, well seasoned croutons and cheese shavings to top. While the foie gras may be the star, it’s the unheralded croutons and mushrooms that serve to whet my appetite.
The simple Five Spice Roast Pork Belly (P250) was my favorite of the night. Four thick pieces of smoky pork belly placed on top of soy and garlic noodles. A meal in itself that is Asian leaning that will remind you of pleasant flavor memories from communal kitchens of yore.
The Chili BBQ Chicken (P325/half) served with potatoes and bacon and lemon slaw. This one had a pretty spicy flavor that you’d best have some of the slaw to temper it. The most memorable thing on the plate was the bacon and marble potatoes.
The Rack of Lamb (P950) is one of the pricier dishes on the menu but well worth the money you’d shell out. Chef Benjo does lamb really so it’s not a surprise. The serving can be shared between 1 to 2 people. It’s served with a tasty smoked eggplant that matches well with the mustard and herb glaze.
We ended with a trio of desserts, the Reese’s Sansrival (P200), Donuts and Dips (P200) and Chocolate Textures (P200). If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know I’d be drawn to the donuts and dips. Simple deep fried balls of dough served with peanut butter dip, strawberry jam and salted caramel.
Skipping dinner and want to just chill and relax then you can have some bar chow like these Assorted Yakitori (P200) and Beef, Cheese and Miso Spring Rolls (P250) to pair with their signature cocktails.
It was not quite windy when we visited so take advantage of the cool weather and give the food and the view of Nest Modern Table and Bar a try.
Nest Modern Table and BarRoofdeck, W Fifth Avenue 5th Avenue cor. 32nd Street Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City Philippines Operating Hours: 5pm to 2am daily Contact No.: (63917) 874-9999
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