Place: Classy and homey, with its wooden furnishing, cool pastel blue accents, and slightly warm lighting. The music however needs to match the look of the place; it's too loud and pop.
Food: Generally good. The restaurant boasts of comfort food done the right way.
First on our table are the Cheese Truffle Wonton (Php 155). They're fried wonton filled with gooey cheese and flavored with truffle oil. The tasty treats are then drizzled with honey. Sweet, salty, and punctuated with luxury. Yum!
Then, we have the Oriental Shrimp Salad (Php 375): juicy shrimps on fried noodles and salad greens. Everything is fresh and of high quality. The dressing is nutty and brings home the taste of the whole dish.
Next, the Mac n' Cheese (Php 395): little shell macaroni smothered with cheese sauce, then topped with some bread crumbs. The pasta is firm. The cheese sauce (made with gruyere) is not too salty and has the right bite and thickness. The bread crumbs add the needed texture. Tip: it is better with some chili flakes.
Then, the Roasted Beef Belly (Php 495): thick slices of beef belly over mashed potatoes, served with some salad, gravy, and horseradish. The beef is TENDER, juicy, and packed with good meat flavor. The mashed potatoes bed is a little too smooth, making us suspect that it came from a box, not from real potatoes. The gravy is a letdown because it is bland.
For dessert, we have a slice of Nono's Chocolate Oblivion (Php 135), the same chocolate treat from Classic Confections (the people behind CC are also the ones behind Nono's). A cake that is TEEMING with sophisticated chocolate flavors, may it be sweet or bitter.
To cap off our meal, with have a cup of Mocha Latte (Php 145). The drink has a nice smooth, slightly thick consistency. It's too sweet though. One can barely sense the coffee component.
Price: Considering serving size, taste, quality, and the kind of food served, we find the fare here a little overpriced.
Service: The waiters are attentive, warm, and friendly. Some though are a tad too eager to be of service.
Nono's is at UP Town Center.