Thursday, January 24, 2013

Nay's House Restaurant in Tarlac

Instead of trying out random options in SM Tarlac, Joe recommended for his birthday to be celebrated over at his family's restaurant Nay's House. Imang Ninay or Catalina Panlilio Baron is Joe's grandmother, the woman behind Nay's. Recipes from his aunts, combined with Ima Ninay's comprise the popular restaurant's menu.

Other than the pictured signs below, no other signs are visible from the road to the place.

The restaurant is an old colonial house situated along Romulo Road. With no other significant establishments beside it as landmark, Tarlac State University would be the best reference point. When we got there at around 6:45pm, the parking area was packed and several people were huddled in a meeting at one of the function rooms. I read that the restaurant can accommodate 80-100 people at a time.

Upon entry, delicacies such as nuts, dried watermelon seeds and chilli sauce from Pampanga and Tarlac are showcased for take-home purchase. 

They serve a combination of Spanish, Kapampangan, American and Filipino favourites. A larger part of their business is catering, offering their services even outside Tarlac.

There were dishes I've never heard of before such as Bagis, Sinigang na Samara, Pritong Hito with Balo Balo and Lengua Asado. I have a lot to explore in terms of Kapampangan and Ilocano cuisines, and good thing I have a lot of time to do that in the next few years!

We started with these Calamares with tasty breading seasoned just right.
Fried Calamares [Php 175]
The prawns didn't taste the freshest, but was complemented well with the lemon-butter sauce.
Grilled Prawns [P250]
T-bone Steak [Php 295]
Grilled Lamb Chops [Php 260]
I ordered Bistek Tagalog, part of the Native Dishes section of the menu. Different from versions I've tried before, this one has thinner and smaller-than-usual slices of sirloin and slightly paler colour. Despite that, the dish was bursting with flavour. The body (beef and soy sauce) and tang of the lemon-lime marinade balanced well. I finished every bit of it!
Bistek Tagalog [Php 180]
Nay's House is known for their desserts, including the Buco Lychee Sherbet pictured below. I found it a little too sweet for my taste.

Buco Lychee Sherbet [Php 80]
A part of the restaurant showcases food magazine features on the restaurant.

Since we were in Tarlac, it was no surprise for us to find that the restaurant was closed already when we were about to leave at around 8:30pm.

It was great to have tried out Nay's House. Nikko's mom mentioned that it used to be a special place for them to celebrate a family member's birthday. I would surely bring friends and family over to the restaurant whenever they're around.

Thanks for the wonderful meal, Joe!

Nay's House
Romulo Boulevard
Tarlac City, Tarlac

+63 (45) 982.5286
+63 (918) 942.6832


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