Nasi Lemak celebration for our 58th

I'm thankful to have Paul.

Where else can you find a boyfriend who would go out of his way to celebrate the special days in our relationship by bringing me to a new romantic restaurant as seen here or who would just give in to my constant pleading to drive all the way to the opposite end of town to satisfy my sudden cravings?

Lastly, Paul never forgets our monthsaries. Yes, we are on our 58th and still we make it a point to celebrate it every month. No fancy gifts though, a simple dinner date is already perfect. Ü

This month, thanks to my grandfather who is a certified foodie (it truly runs in our blood, don't you think?), we tried a new restaurant that specializes in one of our favorite cuisines.

Nasi Lemak is a Singaporean-Malaysian restaurant located at the tip of busy Tomas Morato Avenue in Quezon City.

Entering the well lighted restaurant, I noticed that there are a number of long tables filled with families. Overwhelmed with the wide selection of dishes, I resorted to choosing our orders from the photos displayed on the wall. This is your high-end version of the turo-turo.

After going through the photos and taking our server's recommendations, we got the Kueh Pai Ti for starters, Hainanese Chicken with Rice and the Fried Spareribs with Salt and Pepper. Playing a bit on the safe side, we figured out that it's best to just stick with the ones we are familiar with to save us from any dining disasters.

The Kueh Pai Ti (Php. 170/5 pcs) is truly a delight in every bite. Imagine a small wonton shell housing a generous serving of shredded crispy veggies and topped with a huge shrimp that looks so fresh. Our friendly server taught us to put a little sweet chili sauce on top of the shrimp and pop the entire thing into our mouth. We did as told and we enjoyed how flavorful the Kueh Pai Ti was prompting us to reach for more.

Moving on to our main dishes, no food trip to a Singaporean restaurant would be complete without an order of the Hainanese Chicken (Php. 148 - small). In my opinion, this is the perfect gauge to check the culinary expertise of the restaurant. It's just like ordering a Tinolang Manok at a Filipino restaurant, a simple stable dish but one wrong technique can totally ruin the entire experience. Luckily, Nasi Lemak's version was impressive. The chicken meat was tender, the flavor subtle which will urge you to make use of any of the three accompanying sauces. Our favorite was the ginger oil that gives this spicy, salty boost to the meat. We also enjoyed the Chicken Rice (Php. 33) which was cooked using the broth of the Hainanese Chicken.

From the subtleness of the Hainanese Chicken, Paul and I were in for a treat with the Fried Spareribs with Salt and Pepper (Php. 220). Unlike your typical Fried Spareribs, this one has no bones in it making it very easy to chew and enjoy. I like the fact that it wasn't too spicy which was an additional point in my book. Nonetheless, the spareribs didn't lack in flavor and perfectly complemented our Chicken Rice.

At this point, we were so full that we had to say no to dessert. Perhaps on our next visit, we'll try the Oatmeal Prawns or maybe the Chili Crab or save space for one of their mouth-watering Asian desserts.

What a perfect way to celebrate our 58th monthsary Ü I now can't wait for our 60th to come along!

Nasi Lemak is located at the Ground Floor of Thompson's Square, 165 Tomas Morato Ave., corner A. Roces, Quezon City.

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