The Nest (Vivere Hotel)

Today is the fourth year that my wife and I have been together as a couple. We wanted to do something special like spend the night in another city.  But due to our lack of creativity and our concern for our 2-month old daughter, we went super safe and decided to dine at a cozy restaurant.  My wife suggested The Nest, a hotel restaurant nearby our residence in Muntinlupa. It’s located on the 31st floor of the Vivere Hotel and it overlooks Laguna de Bay and the Makati Skyline (North and East).  We were blessed with clear weather so we could see everything there is to see (it’s been raining in the afternoon these past few days).

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The Nest is a small restaurant that has a bar, a live Jazz band (Mondays to a Saturdays from 7pm onwards), an outdoor area with a pool, and a small private room that could fit 20 people. We were seated inside, next to the window facing North. Due to the open balcony, the room was warm-ish, even though we were sitting in front of the air conditioner.  I expect it was cooler outside, but the tables were all reserved (make reservations early!).

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After browsing through the menu, my wife and I ordered among their best sellers: the Buffalo Chicken Wings,  Gambas & Chorizo Pasta, Beef Salpicao, Dessert Sampler, and Brewed Coffee.

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After placing our order we were pleasantly surprised when they served us complimentary sweet potato chips with a mayo dip. It was mildly sweet and crunchy.

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The Buffalo Chicken Wings tasted like something from Flaming Wings.  It had the same flavor and Bleu cheese dressing.  My wife loves Flaming Wings, so we were off to a good start.

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They then served us the Beef Salpicao, which is sizzling plate of “Tender US Beef Chunks.”  I was expecting tenderloin served in gravy but got chewy beef cooked Tepenyaki style. It was good at first but kind of went downhill after a few bites.

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The Gambas & Chorizo Pasta was good. It wasn’t too sweet (as most Filipino pastas are) and the noodle texture was right on.  However, it’s a bit heavy on the stomach which spoiled our enjoyment of the dessert.

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The Dessert Sampler was like a plate of desserts from Yakimix or Vikings.  It was okay, but we couldn’t really appreciate it as we were already full from the main course. I’m not a dessert guy, so I couldn’t tell you what it consisted of (except I can say for certain that it included Ube Ice Cream).

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They served my brewed coffee with the dessert and it included a second surprise: a biscuit! A biscuit may have been a bit much since it was served after the meal, but it was a nice surprise.

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They then surprised us again with a slice of chocolate cake saying Happy Anniversary on it.  When we made our reservations, they had asked for the occasion and we put down anniversary.  We weren’t expecting them to give us a complimentary cake, but I guess that’s what makes The Nest so special: they go beyond what is expected.

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The food at The Nest didn’t blow us away,  especially given the premium price, but the many surprises and the atmosphere make up for it. In addition, the service was fantastic.  They preemptively checked to make sure our glasses were full and served the next round of dishes as soon as we were done with our appetizer/main course. I’m used to calling over a waiter to refill my water, so their attentiveness was really appreciated.

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