Traditional family love. When all is gone in the world, only family is what is left deeply engraved in our hearts and minds. They are the first people we know, and probably the last that we ever think of. And every action that we do is a result of how we have been with our family.
So even relatively avant-garde ideas of cooking is the passion, the resulting masterpieces is something that comes deep in some roots.
This is how a dining experience feels in Ninyo Fusion Cuisine. The crafts that roll out of the kitchen doors are very new, mixing ingredients and methods from various cuisines around the world, set over a dining experience that just has to be shared with those you love.
Ninyo Fusion Cuisine is located in the Katipunan area, particularly in Esteban Abada, the street that is behind Katipunan Avenue across Ateneo , it looks like an old house that was converted into a restaurant, and a romantic looking one at that!
DID YOU KNOW: The old Gayuma ni Maria was in this area, too.
Make reservations and find your way to Esteban Abada. Be ushered in to your reserved seat indoors, or your romantic little a fresco nook outside. Even hazy, rainy weather will not hamper the dining experience as the charm of a historical house whose walls can talk of fond memories surround you.
Past the koi pond that flanks the solid wood doors, have your eyes feast on little trinkets and other items of conversation. Ninyo Fusion Cuisine seems to be inspired by the Southeast Asian and colonial Filipino themes and architecture. With ornamental embroidery, wooden chandeliers, minimalist looking table lamps, it screams of personality.
The setting alone holds promise as the gastronomic ensemble begins.
Start of with some great appetizers:
The Wasabi Fried Oysters (PHP 225.00) was one way to welcome everyone with a bang in Ninyo Fusion Cuisine. Succulent oysters are enveloped in a thin shell of fried goodness, topped with a citrus, mayo dressing.
For hardcore oyster lovers, the dressing would be unnecessary. For those not used to tasting the sea through the wonders found inside sells, it will help in making the experience of indulging easier. It is very much like an Asian interpretation of the Oyster Rockefeller, with the wasabi batter giving that distinct Eastern world taste.
And with this, more stuff from the sea, and the fusion of flavors continue to become the manifestation for the love of cooking.
If oysters were an acquired taste, then uni (or sea urchin roe) would be an even greater challenge to acquire. Depending on the uni, it may be sweet or salty. But a Deep Fried Uni (PHP 350.00) was just divine. Even just the idea of handling uni and turning it into a ball for deep frying is quite a task, but no one would have probably thought it would be delicious with a light batter coating sitting atop some stringed fried potatoes. Can be shared for those who like a little taste, but forgive uni lovers if they decide to gorge this all by themselves.
Once Ninyo has introduced you to what is in store for its interpretation of fusion cuisine, it’s time to clear that palate with a Calamansi sorbet. Then off to dig deeper. From here, it just gets better and better.
Honey Glazed Grilled Salmon (PHP 440.00) looked pretty in display and even lovelier in taste. Just the right sweet glaze for the grilled fish that has a naturally soft texture that leaves a nice finish in the palate.
And if you are one to have a taste for meat, along with this, Ninyo has a surf and turf combination too, partnering the salmon with some Hanging Tender Steak
Or, order the Hanging Tender Steak solo (PHP 590.00).
There are more selections on the menu, like this combination of Chicken Balsamic Teriyaki, couscous, nuts, and topped with pan seared foie gras. Ther permutation flavors and textures on this dish is something that tells you that the chef has made such special care in making this dish a definition of what Ninyo Fusion cusine is all about.
Sweet finishes are achieved with items such as Mango Pavlova and Creme Brulee. It is just right that all flavors are part of a degustation, as moments like these may be very rare.
What makes Ninyo great also is that the menu is upgraded and modified as time goes by. Classic and all-time favorites will always remain like the Hanging Tender Steak, although there will be little tweaks in the enhancements, so every experience may be unique.
So there you have it. A labor of love for a relatively new cuisine that is constantly evolving, all the while feasting on such flavors in an old setting that tells tales of great memories that only a few restaurants like Ninyo Fusion Cuisine will bring into an ever changing Manila metropolis.
Here’s to love and finding your roots, still En Route to greater journeys
Ninyo Fusion Cusine is located at 66 Esteban Abada Street (behind Katipunan Ave. in front of Ateneo de Manila), Quezon City, Philippines
Tel. Nos. +632-4260301/+63917-538-5813
Reservations highly advised.
You can also visit them at their Facebook Page here
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