I got excited when i received this joyful invite from Monsters Production. First because it says South American. And second its food. I’ve always wanted to tap on the uncanny side my palate and thought this may be a good start. Fusion of flavors, and colorful appearance are the first things that come into my mind when I hear about Latin America.
The exteriors and interiors of the diner gives so much style and story. It provides a playful and spicy ambiance in a sexy way. Bricks and tribal abstract paintings fill up the space making the guests feel energized and engaging.
I arrived early and felt ecstatic to have some time to take in the place.
From the orientation of the seating layout, it seems that the place is perfect for groups of friends and families.
That day, they have provided an area styled and set up for the food presentation. It was one of the highlights of the event.
Soon enough the guests have started to filled in the restaurant. There were media, food critics, bloggers and of course the founder and partners!
The launch was kicked off by a ribbon cutting ceremony by Vanessa Matsunaga and the Ambassador of Brazil.
Afterwards a brief welcome and introduction about the food that will be served was made the the hosts and some partners. The first dish served was the “Encabollado” its a fish stew with salsa and pickled onions.
This dish was similar to our Sinigang and Nilaga combined. Its perfect for a cold weather and its good for sharing 2-3 persons. The next food to be served was a starter – “Elote”.
It is a chargrilled sweet corn topped with chili, butter, mayo and lime. Ughh – goodness all in one. This is one from my favorites! Highly recommended.
Another entree came in which is one of there best sellers: Pollo Peruano – a Peruvian Pit Chicken with Corn Rice and mixed greens. The chicken was nicely cooked and the lime compliments it well. I am not a big fan of the corn rice though – but i did love love love the mixed greens! In fact – I was the one who finished it up in our table. Lol (The food served during the private tasting was for sharing per table by the way)
Brace yourself with the next starter. Its everyone’s favorite! “Pao de Queijo”
OH MY GOSH – this dish is the bomb. I swear you have to go to Naxional for this! Its a freshly baked bread with melted mozzarella in it. The dip was also a hype for everyone! Imagine a very soft baked doughnut, no sugar or flavoring just plain soft with melted cheese. Heaven.
Next dish is the “Classic Feijoada”
No it’s not Dinuguan! Its pork spareribs with black beans and Brazilian sausages. I surprisingly liked it.
Let the good times roll – here come’s my next favorite! “Patacones”
If I’m not mistaken these are either strips of chicken or beef with plantains and guacamole. It was an explosion in my mouth. I wanted to have some more but there were just enough for our table. Swear, i would come back for this!
Sweet endings were “Tres Leches”. A milk soaked sponge cake with mango and passion fruit on top.
I believe when they serve this in a regular order it comes in a different presentation. I love the meringue on top. This dessert is so soft and filled with milk. If you’re a fan of milk desserts then this is a to-go for. I’ve heard the Dulce De Leche Cheesecake is a must try too but we didn’t get to try it! Fret not! I will have my fix of Patacones and that one mentioned when I go back. I can hardly wait 🙂
NAXIONAL SOUTH AMERICAN DINER
2nd Floor, Uptown Parade, 9th Avenue Corner 38th Street, BGC, Taguig City
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They are having their grand launch today! 12 August, 2016. Click here for more information.
Disclaimer: Information are subject to change without prior notice. HeyJaey was invited to this event but this write up is based on a hundred percent “heyjaey” hands on / tasting experience and personal views. We may or may not be always on the same page but hey thanks for dropping by anyway! Feel free to drop in some comments/suggestions.