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Nono’s Proves Classic Confections Does More Than Just Great Desserts

October 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.

The interiors reflect their philosophy—comfort, given an angle of refinement.

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.

Leave room for these signatures from Classic Confections. | Clockwise from bottom-left: Nono’s Chocolate Oblivion, Strawberry Shortcake, Banana Cream Pie

Here are our favorites:

Fried Kesong Puti with Candied Walnuts

L: French Onion Soup | R: 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

Manners be damned; you’ll want to attack this with your fingers!

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.

ADDRESS: Ground Floor, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
VISIT: 11AM–9PM from Monday to Thursday, 10AM–10PM from Friday to Sunday
CONTACT: (02) 9585713 /
SPEND: PHP 300–1000 for a meal, PHP 100-300 for desserts, PHP 300-1500 for whole cakes
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Patricia Baes SEE AUTHOR Patricia Baes

Trish thinks too much about everything—truth, existence.....and what’s on her plate. Her ongoing quest for a better relationship with food has led to a passion for cooking, gastronomy, and a newfound interest in its politics. She dreams of perfecting the art of making soufflé with her crappy toaster oven.

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