The Manila restaurant Nono’s have a 1960s mood and design accents that perfectly match its home-style, comfort food
When beloved pastry chef Baba Ibazeta-Benedicto, of Classic Confectionery fame, decided to open a full-fledged restaurant, she met with Wilmer Lopez and Thor Balanon of interior design firm Space Encounters. At their meeting, she served dishes inspired by her childhoNono’sod — corn chowder, beef belly, fried truffle cheese wontons and more. “Our job was to translate her stories into design,” says Thor. The result is Nono’s, a Palm Springs-inspired, mid-century modern Filipino space that has come to be known in the city for its gorgeous, nostalgic interiors as much as its updated home-style cooking.
The warm, homey mood is enhanced by desert-themed art, jalousie windows and a lanai (or patio) fitted with customized solihiya (a Filipino weave pattern) armchairs. This sleek yet warm look is Space Encounters’ specialty. Thor explains that the aesthetic reflects a balance of past and present, in line with design trends that have proliferated in the Philippines in recent years. Mid-century modern styles, Mediterranean influences and the like have come to the fore. “Nono’s new space captures perfectly the delicious nostalgia of Baba’s culinary reinventions.” And while you admire the décor, order up the famous fried chicken.
Nono’s by Classic Confections is located at G/F UP Town Center, Diliman, Quezon City; tel +63 2 958 5713.
This article first appeared in the September 2017 issue of Smile magazine.