Nono’s Proves Classic Confections Does More Than Just Great DessertsOctober 4, 2018
More than a decade since its inception, Classic Confections has amassed a cult following, and for good reason. Owned by Chef Baba Ibazeta-Benedicto, the homegrown pastry shop offered everything from cookies, cakes, pies, and other sweet treats of (as the name implies) the classic and timeless set—proper renditions of favorites that never go out of style, that made saving room for dessert a worthy endeavor. Fans, rejoice: Ibazeta-Benedicto brings us Nono’s, expanding the selection with their takes on both sweet and savory comfort favorites.
Nono’s houses Classic Confections’ well-loved bestsellers, including their multi-awarded Chocolate Oblivion and Banana Cream Pie. Beyond these however is a roster of hot, savory meals—soups, salads, sandwiches, all-day breakfast, pasta dishes, meaty mains—that take off from Classic Confections’ philosophy of classics, done right and always with love. Many of these dishes take inspiration from Ibazeta-Benedicto’s personal favorites growing up, such as the Mac ‘n Cheese and the Mini Pepito Sandwiches; and though the selection does not stray too far from what is familiar, the food is anything but run-of-the-mill with the use fresh, great-quality ingredients.
Here are our favorites:
Fried Kesong Puti with Candied Walnuts
Start your meal on an indulgent note with the Fried Kesong Puti with Candied Walnuts. Pan-frying transforms the fresh local white cheese into a soft, oozing entity that retains a hint of chewy resistance. Charred and brazen at the surface, the salty cheese is topped with sweet, buttery walnuts and strips of basil for a welcome zing. Listed as an appetizer, it can be nibbled on plain or with the toasted baguette slices served alongside; but with its sweet-savory character, it transcends borders and makes for a most intriguing dessert.
Nono’s Homestyle Fried Chicken
Fried chicken may seem a dime a dozen in the country, but Nono’s version is worth adding to the top of your list. Peddling a Southern-style influence, Nono’s uses boneless chicken thighs fully-breaded at the surface, offering a satisfying crunch and nary a hint of grease before revealing a succulent, full-flavored interior—it’s good on its own, but even better with their country-style gravy and/or honey. When you’re not busy licking your fingers clean, tuck into the dinner rolls, corn on the cob, or the equally flavorful fries that grace the sides of your plate.
Nono’s by Classic Confections
Comfort food and classic desserts.