Nomads BBQ + Refuge
G/F Valdecon Bldg., 20 Jupiter St. cor. Antares St., Bel-Air, Makati, Metro Manila
- 9 Reviews
- 48 Recommend
- 7 Reviewers
- Business Hours
- Reopens: 5:00p - 2:00a
- 5:00p - 2:00a
- 5:00p - 2:00a
- 5:00p - 2:00a
- 5:00p - 2:00a
- 5:00p - 2:00a
- 5:00p - 2:00a
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- Street, Parking Lot
Most Recent Reviews
Nomads has one of the best baos and they're underrated, IMO. In photo is their Braised Pork Belly with Crispy Pork Skin. Go ahead and try it out. Even Madonna said it, take a BAO.
While at it, check out their new item too, Wagyu Nigiri.
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It's my second time in Nomad's, after deciding the first time around that it was worth going back to. This time, I dined in with some friends so that made ordering more dishes a lot easier!
As what my friend said, the menu seems to be an "all-time hits / favorites" from various cuisines!
The appetizers, we of course ordered the Hainanese Stuffed Chicken Wings. Ordered the Braised Pork Belly Bao and the Taiwanese Chicken Popcorn too! The wings are still good and delectable this time around so that proves to me they're consistent with the quality! The pork belly, while being an appetizer, does fill you up so this made everyone eat less of the main course. The Taiwanese chicken popcorn, is every bit of what you'd expect as if you're in a Taiwan night market, you find yourself eating more and more with each bite!
As for the main courses, we ordered the Orange Chicken Rice Bowl, the Taiwan Braised Pork Rice Bowl and the Wagyu Cubes Kim-Chi Rice Bowl.
One common denominator though, which some might see as a flaw, is that they re-use main ingredients. But I admittedly am a fan of a restaurant who has less items on the menu but actually does really well on those fewer items.
The orange chicken is actually the same as the chicken popcorn with an orange zesty sauce instead of the spices on the popcorn chicken, the braised pork belly is the same as the appetizer, though this time with rice and some Taiwan pechay. The wagyu cubes is your regular wagyu cubes, paired with a kim-chi meshed fried rice.
I'm actually thinking that maybe it's just me being nostalgic with what I'm eating thus why I like the place. But even the friends agree that the dishes are really quite good! Despite all of them being recreations of past dishes we know from somewhere else - it's nice to find a place where it's all served together and nicely prepared at that!
Orange Chicken is from Panda Express, this isn't as zesty but it's good enough! Braised Pork is from Taiwan night markets and their take is also quite good! The wagyu as we all know hails from Japan, but I think that everybody who likes meat will actually love wagyu cubes. (Though if you know the origins you might not want wagyu cubes anymore! )
We were with another couple outside and man, all they had was the appetizers and the craft beers. They must have had at least 10 sticks of the Wagyu cubes! This the alternative which is the other side to this place other than being a restaurant.
Second trip and still raving about the place, nobody ordered the "Mongolian" crowd drawer which is the cheap staple and that's good - if people end up ordering your main dishes - for me, the place should be fine!
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We went to Nomad's admittedly out of curiosity - a friend went to this place in Jupiter and told me they served a different take on hainanese chicken! I actually didn't even know that it was a Mongolian rice place.
So after checking out the Instagram feed of Nomad's and seeing the lunch promo - we decided to try it out!
First comment would be it's on the "other" side of Jupiter - nearer EDSA so don't be alarmed if you can't find it right away.
More than lunch, it's pretty much themed to be a after office place offering dinner, drinks - having its own DJ taking care of the beats! They are open till late!
You can tell too that they do have a creative team in the kitchen, the menu boasts of unique creations!
√ Hainanese Rice Stuffed Chicken Wings
√ Braised Pork Belly Bao with Crispy Skin
√ Nomad's Orange Chicken
√ Salted Egg Pork & Shrimp Dumplings
For this meal though, we were feeling really hungry so we ended up with the staple Mongolian Rice Bowl and just ordered the Hainanese Rice Stuffed Chicken Wings! The rest of the ala carte items will need to wait.
Basing it on the stuffed wings - that by itself is enough for me to really go back and try the other dishes. (And I will!)
The Mongolian rice bowl was pretty much what you'd expect it to be - but let's not deny the purpose of that was to provide a "cheaper option" to keep the place sustainable.
They have a promo for Wagyu Wednesdays so I'll definitely go back for that too!
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Nomads Barbeque Refuge is one of the hidden gems we discovered while exploring Poblacion. We love the place so much we decided to share it to fellow foodies by way of an event.
April 29, 2017 - Meet Up and Eat Up with FoodGrammerPh organized by my homies. Think of this as an event to bring foodies together.
They specialize in Mongolian fare and when they meant the adjective to the core. Man, the food is undeniably good, careful created and all of the adjectives synonymous to delicious.
Hainanese Chicken. This dish made me giddy the moment i took my first bite. There is hainanese rice inside the chicken!!!! How awesome is that? I dont wanna ho into detail on how awesome this dish is. I dare you to try it and see for yourself.
Salmon Bao. Nomads set the standard for baos. This is wickedly good! What made this good? Simple, it all comes down to the bao! What they use is soft and has the right texture. And oh, i love Salmon.
Orange Chicken, Duck Noodles were served during the event and everyone has nothing but praises. It goes to show that Nomads is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to Mongolian Fare.
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It's a Grand Foodie Meet Up last April 29, 2017 headed by Foodgrammer.ph and organized by Food Society in Nomads Refuge + BBQ.
Nomads Refuge + BBQ is a Modern Taiwanese Bar & Restaurant that offer a do it yourself (DIY) Mongolian rice bowl. The restaurant is situated in Bel-air, Makati.
We had some flat lay and styling workshop in the alfresco area before we headed inside Nomads to try some Taiwanese dishes.
🏾♀️Hainanese Rice Stuffed Chicken Wings for Php280.00 - ️️️️️ 5/5
🏾♀️Wagyu Cubes for Php235.00 - ️️️️️ 5/5
🏾♀️Braised Pork Belly Bao with Crispy Pork Skin for Php295.00 - ️️️ 3/5
🏾♀️Nomads Orange Chicken for Php225.00 - ️️️️ 4/5
🏾♀️Classic Mongolian for Php225.00 - ️️️️ 4/5
🏾♀️Boba Fetish (Matcha Lambanog) for Php240.00 - ️️️ 3/5
For me, you can never go wrong for Wagyu Cubes, it's really good even it was cold already. The wagyu was so tender. And "masarap". Another favorite was the Hainanese Rice Stuffed Chicken Wings. I really like the flavor especially the rice inside the chicken wings and the ginger sauce... yum!
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We recently attended a foodie meet up event here at Nomads and I really wasn't expecting anything since I haven't been there. Place was a little easy to miss since they have a small sign, but they are near a kabab place so you can have that as your marker.
I really enjoyed the food they served us specially their Baos, wagyu cubes and stuffed hainanese chicken!
You should try their Baos specially their Salmon bao, soft bao and the salmon was perfectly cooked.
Their wagyu cubes melts in your mouth! I'm sure you will not be satisfied with just 1 stick of it
Stuffed Hainanese chicken really amazed me not only for the taste but also the level of difficulty and commitment in stuffing the chicken wing with rice.. You just have to try it so you can understand what I'm trying to convey.
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I have been to Nomads numerous times; because of an invite, food crawl stop with Food Society clients, personal visit, meeting for an event - suffice it to say, I absolutely like this place.
I recommend the following:
🔹Hainanese Rice Stuffed Chicken Wings
🔹Eat All You Can Mongolian Bowl
🔹Braised Pork Belly Bao with Crispy Pork Skin
🔹Kimchi Steak and Eggs
🔹Boba Fetish - Milk Green Tea with Lambanog-infused boba/pearls
Follow them on Instagram (@nomadsbbqrefuge) and check out their weekly promos. Noteworthy is their Wagyu Whiskey Wednesdays. You're welcome.
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Mongolian party w mah homies!!!
It was a fun night and we enjoyed all the dishes we tried!! Thank you Clarissa P for bringing us here!
They are "known" for the unlimited Mongolian but we were also able to try a few of their dishes.
HAINANESE RICE STUFFED CHICKEN WINGS.
- Boneless chicken stuffed with Hainanese rice. It's like the usual Hainanese chicken rice but with the rice stuffed inside the chicken. Served with the usual sauces. Very yummy, the chicken was tasty. The whole dish was actually unique and cool! 🏼 I think I would like this more if it was spicy?
MUSHROOM AND OKRA CHIPS.
- not a fan of mushroom and okra so I didn't tried this one (or did I? Just can't remember anymore ). This was also served with a green sriracha dip. They all liked this one. If you like mushroom and okra, you might want to try this one.
BRAISED PORK BELLY BAO.
- are baos a thing now? I like mantao a lot! I used to buy them from Chowking since I just like the bread of the siopao and not the filling. The creation of these baos was something I am super happy and thankful since they are just so freakin' good! Your Local and Wild Poppy are my favorites, so far. Anyway, Nomad's version is pretty good and again, unique!! Why unique? They added a crispy pork skin for the added crunch and awesomeness!! The pork belly was tender, not salty and fatty. 🏼 Would just be better if they added more veggies aside from the cucumber slices.
And of course, our night wouldn't be complete without trying the DIY MONGOLIAN BOWL. It was a nice experience since you get to decide what you want and how much you want to add. They have a lot of toppings, meat, and sauces to choose from. What I like most was the egg , kimchi, tofu and the fact that they also offer brown rice. Not eating rice that much anymore but it's nice to know that they also offer other options other than the usual white rice. I just wish they have more seafood options. This is available from 7-10pm.
To end the night, we also to tried the DESSERTS!!!!
TINUTONG RICE ice cream and FRIED MILK BALLS.
- The tinutong rice was interesting, tastes like the real thing. Not for everyone, though. If you're not adventurous enough, try a different flavor. I wouldn't get this because I'm not adventurous enough!
- The milk balls come in 3 different flavors. You can either have plain, white chocolate or green tea. I think you can only choose one flavor per order, you get 5 milk balls per order (you can try and ask them if you can have all 3 flavors in one order). Hmmm, this was just okay for me. We all liked the plain version the most because the white chocolate and green tea filling weren't that much so best to just get the plain para di ka masaktan. Also, I think it would be better if they add a description in the menu that this is made w coconut milk and not w the regular milk para safe especially for those w allergies.
Service was pretty good. The staffs were all nice and we didn't have to wait that long for our meals and other requests 🏼
This is located along Jupiter Street (side near Edsa). The place is simple, chill lang and very casual. I like that you can see them prepare your orders since they have an open kitchen. It's fun watching them cook. Plus points since the have a really clean kitchen.
They are open until super late, around 2 or 3 am. So if you're looking for a place to recover or just to eat at after a long day from work or school, this is definitely a good place to satisfy your late night cravings! 🏼
Btw, you and your friends can also try this place out and other interestingly good and awesome hole in the wall restaurants around Poblacion (and other areas like Kapitolyo, Tomas Morato, and Tagaytay). How? Follow @FoodSocietyPH in Instagram and Facebook and they'll give you the best and craziest food crawl you'll ever have!
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Found along Jupiter Street in Makati, Nomads BBQ + Refuge was born out of the love of Mongolian DIY Bowls of four friends. Their constant craving and lack of a good place to go to prompted them to come up with their own restaurant. Offering Taiwanese Street Food, Unlimited DIY Mongolian Bowl and affordable drinks and cocktails, Nomads BBQ + Refuge is open from lunch until around 2AM. Perfect place to eat, drink and chill, it can even be your after drinking session refuge for comfort food!
The restaurant has two sections - an al fresco area that's perfect for the smokers and an air-conditioned section that's near the Unlimited DIY Mongolian Bowl area. The ambiance was very relaxed and casual since they wanted to capture the Taiwanese Street Market vibe in this nook (fun fact: Mongolian BBQ originated from Taiwan).
Unfinished walls served as canvass for huge wall art, warm tones from the wooden tables and chairs and an open kitchen where you'll see their chefs in action. They also have this banner right in front of their kitchen that reads "Eat Often, Eat Well" which is a Taiwanese culinary philosophy, according to their Head Chef and part owner - Alex.
Alex prepared their best selling street food for us and she also had us try their Unli DIY Mongolian Bowl.
| Hainanese Rice Stuffed Chicken Wings for 250Php
If you are looking for something unique, then, you have to order this! Inside each wing was this flavorful Hainanese Rice. Dip the chicken into the usual ginger mix, take a bite and let all the flavors explode! So good that it's hard to stop from munching.
| Mushroom & Okra Chips with Green Sriracha for 195Php
A vegetarian's delight, the breading worked like magic giving each piece a delightful crunch and a good flavor. The Green Sriracha that this order came with was home made and it was so spicy!
|Braised Pork Belly Bao with Crispy Pork Skin for 285Php
Tender and tasty chunks of braised pork with a slice of cucumber and a crunchy piece of pork skin or chicharon, sandwiched in a soft bao. Simple but good.
Then we tried their Unlimited DIY Mongolian Bowl. Offered from 7PM to 10PM, you can opt to get a Single Bowl as well during this time. If you came in after the unli offering, you can still enjoy the DIY flare since their Single Bowl option extends until closing.
What sets them apart though from other DIY Mongolian Bowl concepts are the following --
> You can go back again and again with multiple bowls if you avail the unli option unlike in other places where you can only fill a single bowl with all the ingredients that it can hold. This means you can try a mix and match of the ingredients that you want, without any limits!
> They have brown rice as option aside from the usual white rice and noodles!
> You can control the amount of meat that you'll put into your bowl unlike in other restaurants were you can only choose a combination and they will determine the portion.
> No guessing game when it comes to the sauces because they have 5 ready sauces that you can choose from!
They're also considerate of their vegetarian guests since their customized round griddle has a partition that separates vegetarian orders from the rest. This means no trace of meat, whatsoever, when they stir fry!
It was fun doing the DIY. Choose your carbs, get some veggies and spices, choose your protein from their selection of meat and seafood, mix in your sauces and choose how you want your egg/s done. A chef is always waiting by the kitchen window to help you out so do not be shy to ask! They'll do the kitchen magic for you and all you have to do is sit back, relax and wait!
I was pretty satisfied with my creation. I opted to put in more meat (buwahahaha), 2 servings of the Classic Mongolian Sauce and a serving of their signature Miso Butter. I was so full after my first bowl!
We also got the chance to try their desserts - Fried Milk Balls and Tinutong Rice Ice Cream.
| Toasted or "Tinutong" Rice Ice Cream for 150Php
Does this ice cream flavor sound familiar? Hmmmm... I'll let you guess where they got this. I haven't tried this flavor yet so I was giddy on how it will turn out. Served in a fried lumpia wrapper turned into a cup, honestly, this is a flavor that's not easy to love. The base was smooth and creamy and I must say that the flavor of burnt or toasted rice was captured on point. The characteristic bitter taste was there!
| Fried Milk Balls for 150Php
Each order has five balls and you can choose from plain, white chocolate and Matcha Kit-Kat. We tried all flavors and honestly, the plain one is the best way to go. Served with condensed milk on the side, I loved this dessert! Each bite reminded me of my favorite childhood snack - Ginataang Halo-Halo! Since they used coconut milk, the "gata" flavor was evident. Crunchy outside but exploding with coconut milk goodness inside, ahhhh it was so good! Dipping into the condensed milk made it even sweeter but I didn't mind because for a sweet tooth like me, it was a bonus!
Overall, we loved our dinner here. The place can get packed especially at night. The husband loved this place so much that he's determined to go back! Also curious about their lunch menu, I will for sure go back to check this out.
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