I was invited last week to try out the newest addition to The Palace Group: Cafe Naya.
Cafe Naya at The Palace serves coastal cuisine from France, Spain, Italy and Greece with a bit of Asian flavors mixed in.
For starters, we were served Spicy Tako & Scallop Roll (Php 455) and Fried Oysters (Php 324).
|Spicy Tako & Scallop Roll|
Spicy Tako & Scallop Roll has octopus, shrimp tempura with sriracha mayo while Fried Oysters are deep-fried in beer batter with pickled shallots and salted egg tartare. I would love more spicy kick for the roll otherwise I liked both dishes.
We also tried the Tuna Crudo (Php 385) and the Warm Camembert (Php 395).
Tuna Crudo looks quite simple with fresh tuna with harissa aioli and fried capers on ciabatta and Warm Camembert is served with crispy bacon, apple chutney, habanero balsamic and toast. I do like how both dishes are comforting with sophisticated ingredients.
My favorite is the Uni & Ricotta (Php 295),
|Uni & Ricotta|
It has fresh uni (sea urchin) with fried kale and honey soy on top of brioche. I seriously could finish the whole thing. I love it!
We also had the Pulled Duck Confit (Php 498) for the pasta and the Grilled Chicken Flatbread (Php 297).
|Pulled Duck Confit|
|Grilled Chicken Flatbread|
The most memorable dish of the evening, the Pulled Duck Confit is stracceti with mushroom, foie mousse and arugula. The creaminess of this dish was astoundingly delicious, I tell you. The Grilled Chicken Flatbread, topped with romesco, picked garlic and tomato, however, didn't stand out to me.
For the mains, we had the Blue Marlin (Php 476) and the 24-Hour Shortribs (Php 1198).
The Blue Marlin is freshly grilled, served with asparagus, chorizo and cashew romesco. I rarely liked grilled fish but the flavors of the Blue Marlin is so refreshing I needed to have more. One of the few meat dishes in the menu, the 24-Hour Shortribs is served with chevre mash, bokchoy, tomato, pistou butter and jus. The shortribs is fatty and has a melt-in-your-mouth tenderness that I love. A must-try when you visit Cafe Naya.
For the dessert, we had the Yoghurt Panna Cotta (Php 249).
|Yoghurt Panna Cotta|
The Yoghurt Panna Cotta is a perfect palate cleanser topped with dulce de leche and caramelized pineapple.
I was thoroughly impressed with the dishes at Cafe Naya at The Palace. The mix of down-to-earth and complicated dishes are reasonably-priced and very delicious that even a non-seafood fan like me will return to. I would love to try more dishes, desserts and cocktails from Cafe Naya soon.
Thanks to Marie Shindo and Cafe Naya at The Palace for having us.
Cafe Naya at The Palace
9th Avenue corner 36th Street,
Uptown Bonifacio, The Fort,
Wed-Sat 11:00AM to 3:00AM
Sun-Tues 11:00AM to 11:00PM