Ninak

V&O Bldg., Don Bosco St., Makati, Metro Manila

Ninak
4.5
4.5 Stars

10 Reviewers

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Category:
Asian
Business Hours
Reopens: 6:00p - 10:30p
Phone
+6328944367

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:30a - 2:30p
    • 6:00p - 10:30p
  • Monday
    • 11:30a - 2:30p
    • 6:00p - 10:30p
  • Tuesday
    • 11:30a - 2:30p
    • 6:00p - 10:30p
  • Wednesday
    • 11:30a - 2:30p
    • 6:00p - 10:30p
  • Thursday
    • 11:30a - 2:30p
    • 6:00p - 10:30p
  • Friday
    • 11:30a - 2:30p
    • 6:00p - 10:30p
  • Saturday
    • 11:30a - 2:30p
    • 6:00p - 10:30p

Payment Options

Cash, MasterCard, Visa

Most Recent Reviews

April H.
5.0 Stars

Just got home from our annual family gathering tonight held at Ninak...

The place was simple yet maaliwas... It had two floors with ample seating... As it was a planned event, everything was served promptly... We started with the laksa, which was not too spicy!128077 delish!128522 then came the Indonesian style lechon which was roasted to perfection... Great crispy skin and well seasoned meat... It was a delight to eat!128516 must try, definitely!128522

Served buffet style on the other hand, was rice, pad thai, satay, and fish...128522 well-rounded meal! Then we had the mango sticky rice and the tapioca for dessert... The mango was really sweet with nice presentation...128077 btw, they have good iced tea, so I recommend you guys try it...128516

Of course the servers were really nice to everyone and despite the big group, our requests were accommodated promptly... Ample parking in front too plus it's really easy to go here, right across Don Bosco...

In the pic with me is one of my absolute favorite pamangkins!10084️ crazy girl that I missed!128540

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Nowee d.
5.0 Stars

South East Asian food at its best! Family-style value for money 128077 In photo: version of Indonesia's Babi Guling

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April G.
4.0 Stars

Overstuffed.

That's how I felt after eating here.

The food was quite good!

I loved the Nasi Goreng and the sinigang.

The spring rolls and the satay were ok.

The servings were good for two to three people.

Will be back!

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Paul G.
5.0 Stars

After dining at their Kapitolyo branch, I already knew what to order on my next visit.
After going to a wake at Don Bosco, we decided to have dinner with friends here instead of Amici.
I made sure we ordered the Bagoong Rice, Ninak after all is Kanin, spell backwards.
The Laksa was very good. Our friend who frequents neighboring Asian Countries commented that it was at par with some of the best tasting Laksa he has tried so far.
I ordered again the Vietnamese Fried Chicken Wings , one of my favorites in Ninak.
Since we were one of the customers thatt dined during their soft opening, we were given a complimentary dessert, the Mango Sticky Rice and it was very delicious!

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Madeleine A.
4.0 Stars

My cousin from Canada passed by Manila for a two-day visit. When we took him out to dinner, he requested for Filipino. Mom recommended Ninak thinking it was an all-Filipino restaurant, but to our surprise, it was a mix of different Asian specialties.

To be honest, it was quite difficult for us to find the place. We weren't very familiar with the area, and we came in four different cars. While it was raining only lightly, traffic was worse, as we've come to expect in recent weeks.

Ramon L, Ralph, and I were the first to arrive. Having come all the way from school, we ordered the Phad Thai (Php 230) ahead. We enjoyed this because of the symphony of flavors -- spicy, sweet, sour, and salty -- just as a well-made pad thai should be.

When my aunt and my two cousins arrived, my mom called me to order enough for a group of nine since she, my older brother, and my dad were running late. We had the Pinakbet (Php 185), Sambal Kangkong (Php 145), Beef Sinigang (Php 360), Lamb Massaman Curry (Php 345), Vietnamese Fried Chicken Wings (Php 270), Fish in Mango Sauce (Php 295), Sea bass w Lime & Chili (Php 480), Ninak Rice (Php 95), Nasi Goreng (Php 175), Plain Rice [for sharing] (Php 65). My aunt and cousin also ordered a Green Grape Basil Slush (Php 120), and a Thai Iced Tea (Php 90).

Let me start with the vegetables: I thought that they were a tad too salty, but I appreciated the crispness of the Kangkong, and the Pinakbet, in general! These are two of my favorite vegetable dishes, and I only wish they didn't go for the extra pinch of salt.

For the main dishes: my family rolled their eyes at me when I ordered sinigang, but I couldn't help it because it's my absolute favorite Filipino dish. My parents always say that we could make perfectly good sinigang at home, so there's no need to order it at restaurants. I've only had beef sinigang once before, and so I wanted to have it again... Turns out, it's a good thing I ordered it because they loved it! Perfectly sour, with tender chunks of beef, and a generous serving of vegetables. The lamb was good, too. It was tender, and mixed in a good curry. My younger brother who loves Indian food didn't like it though. He said that it needed stronger spices, but we were quick to remind him that it was Malaysian curry, not Indian curry! The chicken wings were sweet, and had a "soft" breading. I didn't really like the taste so I only had a bite to try. The sea bass was not what I had expected. Usually, sea bass is expensive in many restaurants, and is served by piece, not the whole fish! Ninak's sea bass was the entire (quite small) fish, and was sour and spicy given the lime and chili it was mixed in. I didn't try the fish in mango sauce anymore because it looked to me like regular, deep fried fish fillets in mango sauce. My dad said it wasn't much, either.

For the rice: we ordered three different kinds! The plain rice was perfect for bringing out the taste of the main dishes. Their Ninak rice is their version of a fried rice, which was really good too. However, the Nasi Goreng was the best for me. It was sweet, but not too sweet to the point that you'd get tired of the taste. It is definitely not the best rice to pair with the main dishes though, because the sweetness may overpower the flavors of your viand.

For dessert, they ordered the Halo-Halo (Php 120), Turon Halo-Halo (Php 120), and the Mango Sticky Rice (Php 180). I was already too full at the time, but at everyone's prodding, I took a bite of the turon, and - you've guessed it - it was a "halo halo" of ingredients inside. The mango sticky rice was served warm, but I prefer mine cold. It was good, though!

The price was very good for what we got, with each serving being good for 2-3 people. I can't wait to try the other dishes, and I'll be sure to take photos next time. The service was great, too. The waiters were always smiling, ready to help, especially in recommending different dishes. They also refilled our water without us even asking, and when they saw us passing the food from one end of the table to the other (very Filipino!), they offered to do it for us. Perhaps it also helped that apart from our big table, there was only one other family that came to the restaurant during the (maybe) 3 hours that we were there. Overall, I'm already looking forward to my next visit! The Kapitolyo branch might be the better option though, but only because we're more familiar with the area, and we've already seen it before.

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Jet C.
4.0 Stars

Asian food that's good. We ordered Pho Ga, Malaysian bean sprouts and Nasi Goreng. All tasted better than expected. Service was good too! Attentive but not overwhelming if your know what I mean. Parking is available right in front of the establishment. I would go back again.

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Mon V.
5.0 Stars

Ninak is one of those places where I would always leave happy and contented. I'm glad the owners opened a branch close to my place of work!

Flavors may have been tweaked a bit to suit Pinoy tastes but it does not affect overall quality and experience. So many more dishes to try!

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Jesusa A.
4.0 Stars

Affordable, big servings. :)

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Amrei D.
5.0 Stars

The hainanese chicken + chicken rice is my favorite in Ninak. I love the flavor, the tenderness of the chicken is just right, the three sauces are a perfect combination! So satisfied :)

Sidenote: I still think Ninak's hainanese chicken is better than Lugang's, Gloria Maris's and the controversial chicken rice of Tian-Tian in Singapore which was reviewed by Anthony Bourdain.

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Nina R.
4.0 Stars

Why ordering Laing for take out tonight was a big mistake:
1. The Laing was packed in a paper box in a paper bag & the oil just seeped out & the paper bag tore while I was still doing my groceries at Waltermart. Serves me right for not bringing a reusable container.
2. The smell of hot Laing wafting from my bag was driving me crazy
3. Green chili peppers make me sweat, and my room doesn't have airconditioning
4. I'm trying to reduce my rice intake. Hello one full cup of rice!
Conclusion: must eat at Ninak!

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