Photography by Karlo Cadang
Perhaps one of the most common tropes on television is when friends come together every day at a cafe to have brunch. The scenes are all familiar – sipping coffee at Central Perk before taking off for work or affluent private school-educated kids spending recess at an upscale restaurant.
A common misconception that people have is that to experience even an ounce of class while dining, one must spend a whole month’s paycheck. But what if that telltale myth can be debunked altogether? This is where Nic’s comes in. From the outside, it resembles a fancy cafe straight out of a tv show. Once you step inside, you’ll notice the fashion-inspired interiors. They even have a big mural on one wall which depicts people wearing real-life fashion pieces the owners have! But the biggest surprise is when you peek at their menu and realize that their dishes are actually budget steals. Whether you’re flying solo or meeting with friends, you can replicate those brunch scenes from your favorite shows with these dishes.
Since having brunch means you’re eating two meals in one sitting, rice is unquestionably one of the most filling. The All About Rice section of their menu features your favorite Pinoy meals such as the Milkfish Bistek w/ Vegetable Brown Rice (Php 195), Tinapa Brown Fried Rice (Php 245), Crispy Adobo Flakes (Php 345), and Sirloin Tapa (Php 345).
But if you’re not a fan of rice, you can try their Western-oriented recipes like the Breakfast Platter. It includes breakfast staples like bacon, eggs, and toast. Apart from that, you can also check out their Quattro Formaggio Omelette, Garden Omelette, Bread Platter, French Toast Stacks, and even Banana Caramel Cinnamon French Toast.
As a finishing touch to the all-around Big Apple vibes, the New York White Pizza (Php 325) is a must-try. Its thin crust is topped with Mozzarella, Cheddar, and Parmesan Cheese, so make sure to eat it like a true New Yorker – folded for maximum flavor!
Of course, one of the staples of brunch is a cup of joe. Aside from the fundamental Long Black (Php 115), they also have a wide selection of sweeter cuppas like the Macadamia Nut Latte (Php 145), and Hazelnut Mocha (Php 145). Meanwhile, their Gourmet Breads like the The Cinammon Roll (Php 65), Parmesan Ensaymada (Php 85), and the Cheddar Ensaymada (Php 95) is a good complement to your drink.
Who says you can’t have drinks in the afternoon? Nic’s has a wide selection of cocktails you can enjoy while the sun is up. Some personal recommendations of the daughter in the dynamic tandem, Nic Go, are the Lemon Gin, Bloody Mary, Espanola, Espresso Martini, Mojito, and Frozen Pina Colada. Even if you don’t have any celebration to drink to in particular, these drinks are a great cap to an amazing meal.
This chic restaurant is proof that elegant dining shouldn’t always be met with a hefty price. So if you want to level up your brunch out with the amigas, Nic’s will let you experience that classy hangout you’ve always wanted.
Nic’s is located at Park Terraces, Palm Drive, Makati City
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