If Filipino food is what you are craving for, head off to Nicandro, which serves home-cooked meals fresh from the kitchen.
Born out of a father’s love for his son, Nicandro, has captured the discriminating tastes of Marikeños, says its owner, Nick Tabones, a food enthusiast and got his start in the food business with a small stall called NokNok Snack Bar at Marist School. His middle name, Nicandro, was used as the restaurant’s name.
Nick says Marikeños are not cheapskates when it comes to food.
“Sa Marikina, name the price, bibilhin nila iyan basta malasa,” he says. (In Marikina, you can name the price and the customers will pay for it as long as it is delicious.)
To make sure that the food Nicandro will serve is up to the tastes of the Marikeños, Nick says before hiring its chef, he asked him to cook his own as well Nick’s favorite dishes. From there, he made suggestions as to how to improve the dishes. Only when he was satisfied with his cooking that Nicandro opened its doors to the public.
The restaurant offers Filipino favorites such as sinigang sa bayabas, a favorite among balikbayans (another market for Nicandro), kare-kare, sinigang sa bagnet, grilled liempo, pork sisig, authentic Vigan bagnet and a lot more. Prices are reasonable and won’t cause a big hole on the wallet. It also has rice meals that start at P145.
Nicandro gets its supply of bagnet straight from a businessman friend of his son, who lives in Vigan known for the crispy deep-fried pork belly delicacy.
Aside from diners at the restaurant, Nicandro also makes more business with delivering food to residents of Concepcion Dos, where it is located, and nearby areas.
Nowadays, with moms also working to help augment the family income, and the heavy traffic in Metro Manila, most parents get home tired and late and they just opt to have their food delivered at home rather than preparing and cooking for it. And not just any food will do, but home-cooked meals such as the ones from Nicandro.
“On weekdays, we get a lot of deliveries. But on weekends, when families go out together to eat, our restaurant is usually full,” says Nick. This is particularly true on Sundays, when families dine together after going to the church, he adds.
10 Lilac St, Concepcion Dos, Marikina City
0918 959 2081
11:00 am to 10:00 pm
For more about the restaurant, check out its Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/NicandroLutongBahay/