If you want to broaden your culinary horizons, you might want to check out a new diner inspired by dishes that South American locals enjoy every day. Naxional’s menu is filled with traditional family recipes cooked with not just imported spices, but also with locally sourced ingredients from the crops of Filipino farmers which makes it more flavorful.
Located at the second floor of the Uptown Parade in BGC, the South American-themed diner is officially celebrating its grand launch today, Friday, August 12, 2016.
Naxional was originally conceptualized by Raymund Magdaluyo, of the Red Crab Group, who was inspired by his visits to diners abroad. Raymund was approached by Jun Sunga and Vanessa Matsunaga to turn his vision into reality.
Many of the founding members were born and raised in South American countries, and are eager to bring the flavors they grew up with in the country. Other well-known South American partners include: Brazilian actor Daniel Matsunaga and his mother, Gege Matsunaga, andLifestyle Network Venezuelan host and winner of “The Clash”, Cynthia Patos.
“We want the menu to be South American home-cooked dishes, which we think Filipino diners would love to try. Family cooking takes time, so you have to put effort on these dishes. We designed the menu well enough that dishes (need to be) prepared a day or two (ahead),” said Patos.
Naxional’s chefs will also entertain diners with specialty South American steaks such as the Black Angus Picanha open flame grilled on their in-house Fire Pit.
Naxional is open Monday to Saturday, 11am to 1am and on Sundays from 8am to 10pm.
Trivia: The X in the NAXIONAL represents 10 (in roman numeral). Their menu is so vast that the recipes come from 10 countries from South America!
NAXIONAL SOUTH AMERICAN DINER
2nd Floor, Uptown Parade, 9th Avenue Corner 38th Street, BGC, Taguig City
Follow them on Facebook | Twitter and Instagram @NaxionalDiner
Check out the media launch & private tasting event along with my first impressions of Naxional which happened on August 9 here.
Disclaimer: Details subject to change without prior notice. This post is not sponsored and 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.