Nectar Restaurant: My Sweet Beginning with Wine Pairings (Closed)

Nectar Restaurant is a new establishment found at the corner of Salcedo and Benavidez, Makati City.  The restaurant is easy to spot as it has glass windows with hexagon glass stains surrounding every part of it.  


 

Nectar Restaurant offers great ambiance for romantic dates, parties and business meetings.  Nectar Restaurant offers several function rooms for privacy.  The place has a elegant and cozy interior.  It also has paintings hanged on its walls.  According to the owner Robert Joseph, the paintings have their own wine pairings as well. 

I love its wine bar with hexagon wine shelvings.
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Wine Dispensing Station

It has a Wine Dispensing Station where you enjoy wine depending on your budget and preference.  You just have to get the access card from the counter and choose whether you want to try the wine for just a taste, half or full.  It's amazing that you can taste wine for such a minimal amount.  


Nectar Restaurant distinguishes itself from other wine restaurants because it educates its customers about wine through its wine personality test.  I found out that my personality is the same as the trait of a Cabernet Savignon.  The servers are also knowledgeable about wine so feel free to ask.

Drinks
 


I never considered myself as a wine drinker.  In fact, I only drink wine during our family New Year's Eve toast.  We always have red wine in the fridge but I never bothered to drink a glass or two.  I didn't know how much wine could influence food until the owner Mr. Robert Joseph let us pair their food with their house wines.  This marks my sweet beginning with wine pairings. =)

Food

Appetizer
Spanaconchitas (295 php)
The Spanaconchitas are Greek spanakopitas filled with Spanish chorizos served with sour cream dip.  I find these enjoyable to snack on.  

Burguittos (275 php)
The Burguittos are Nectar's unique version of bite-sized burgers.  The bottom is a slice of baguette then topped with lettuce, meaty patty, tomatoes, fried quail egg and potato allumettes.  Imagine a burger that's cripsy, flavorful and meaty!  Yum!

 Crispy Toro (480 php)
The Crispy Toro is a beef shank that's crispy on the outside and tenderlicious on the inside.  This is best coupled with red wine for a more wholesome meaty sensation.  Everyone loved this dish!  

Pasta
 Aglio Olio Gamberi (425 php)
The Aglio Olio Gamberi has a simple garlic flavor and topped with three tiger prawns.  I usually find oil-based pasta difficult to finish but the Aglio Olio Gamberi will make you want to taste more and more of its garlic taste.  Try this out with white wine. =)

Burgers, Sandwiches & Wraps
 La Mancha Burger (590 php)
The La Mancha Burger is a minced steak burger patty topped with pickled bell peppers, lettuces, sundried tomato pasta, crispy fried beef flakes and gruyer cheese sandwiched between wheat buns.  It is served with potato wedges.  This is definitely one of the best burgers that I have ever tasted!  This is awesome both in taste and texture.  This huge burger is advised for sharing.

Main Course
Pork Tenderloin ala Plancha (395 php)
The Pork Tenderloin ala Plancha is pork tenderloin with plum sauce, braised red cabbage and barley faux rissoto.  I loved everything that's on the plate.  The pork tenderloin goes well with the plum sauce.  The red cabbage is delicious!  For the first time in my entire life, I enjoyed barley.  I didn't even know it was barley because it felt like pasta.  

Desserts
The desserts served are not on the menu yet but were served during their valentine promo.

Chocolate Climax (175 php)
The Chocolate Climax is chocolate mousse topped with rich dark chocolate.  This is my best picked among the desserts we've tried.

Mango Madness (175 php)
The Mango Madnes is a unique mango cake because the texture is a hybrid of chiffon and mousse.  

Apple Tartatin (175 php)

The Apple Tartatin is layered puff pastry filled with apple slices in each layer topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce.  

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Nectar Restaurant offers great food and affordable wine selections.   Nectar Restaurant's dishes comes in great proportions and use the finest ingredients.  Price may be expensive but you get what you pay for.  Because they are wine distributors, Nectar Restaurant is capable of serving wine cheaper than its competitors.  The servers are courteous, friendly and accommodating.  

UPDATE:
This establishment is closing.  I received this email today (July 5, 2012):
To our most loyal customers,
It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that NECTAR Restaurant will be opening its doors for the last time on Friday, July 6, 2012. Financial difficulties have forced us to cease operations indefinitely. We thank you for your unbridled support, patronage and, above all, your friendship over this past year. We invite you to dine at our establishment and experience NECTAR one final time. We will sorely miss you all.
Sincerely,
Robi Joseph
 (Owner Nectar Restaurant)
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Nectar Restaurant
ABusiness Address
Ground Level, Concorde Bldg.
200 Salcedo St. corner Benavidez St., Legaspi Village
Makati, Metro Manila
Business Hours
Mon-Fri:
Lunch: 11am-2pm
Dinner: 6pm-10pm

Sat: 6pm-10pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 350-700
Contact (02) 478-2941
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