For my in laws anniversary, we celebrated their historic union with some historic Filipino food in DEKADA. O diba, with theme pa! Hehehe! 🙂 I’ve been a fan of Chef Nino Laus since my college years (let’s not mention the years, mabubuking ang edad!). It’s so nice to witness his evolution as a Chef and see how much he’s grown in the kitchen. He’s always been very bold and brave with his dishes, never one to serve “safe and easy” meals which is why he is the perfect fit for DEKADA. Inspired by the lives of our national heroes, DEKADA serves dishes that are proudly Pinoy with secret stories to tell.
Conveniently located within the mall, DEKADA is now quickly becoming a crowd favorite. DEKADA is on the 2nd floor of Glorietta, right where Landmark connects to the mall–so it’s pretty easy to spot. I would advise to get reservations on a weekend as it does get packed especially on Saturdays and Sundays.
Chef Nino prepared a HUGE feast for the Foodie Filarts which left each of us 10 pounds heavier. I LOVED all the dishes with a passsssioooooon. LAHAT MASARAP. But if I could narrow it to my Top 5—wait, let’s make it Top 7 at least, it’s too hard to limit to just 5–here’s my list of must orders from Dekada:
Tinapang Tahong Rebosado
My friend, please trust me on this. I’m not one big Tahong fan, I’ve always felt MEH towards this shellfish but this changed my mind completely. It tastes like tempura meets fish ball meets tahong–not exactly a good description but it really hits the spot and will start you on a high note.
The whole family voted for this one. Even the kids will love it 🙂 Palabok in a lumpia roll, a twist to the usual pansit. It was beautifully presented too!
WINNER!!! I didn’t expect this at all. This has a tie with the Tinapang Thong Rebosado in my book. If you’re eating just for two, I say order the rebosado and this and a LOT of rice!
Inihaw na Bacon Liempo
BACON and LIEMPO in one title, seriously? Do I need to explain further. It tastes as good as it sounds. Sinful, calorific and deadly! Ditch your diet for this glorious dish.
Aligue at Alimasag Fried Rice
The happy kind of carbs! A memorable rice dish that certainly complimented all the viands on the list. Remember that this comes in a hefty portion, so make sure you order this to share (or take home the rest!).
Taho and Kesong Puti Cheesecake
This perfectly showcased Chef Nino’s creativuty. Mixing two comfort foods and making it into a dessert was definitely a bold move!
So I’m not sure if this should be a drink or a dessert, or maybe both. What I’m sure of though is that it’s delicious! Kids will love this weekend treat (just get ready for the sugar rush after!).