- Posted July 18, 2014 by
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Who taught you to love food?
At the Restaurant of Chef Nestor
Pescara is an Italian city in the Abruzzo region. Its beaches look out into the Adriatic Sea and so it is widely popular in the summer months of July and August. It is therefore a place where tourists flock and for this there are a lot of restaurants that line up its main streets.
All year round, however, there is a cozy spot, clean and elegant, which one should not miss especially if one wants to try Japanese cuisine with a certain twist, proper of the locality. This is the restaurant CHEF NESTOR Sushi Bar e Ristorante Giapponese.
The evening that a friend and I had dinner in this restaurant, we asked the owner, Nestor Malabanan who was Chef Nestor himself, what he would suggest to us. He had his own combination and had it prepared for us: Ebi furai salad (fried shrimp with bread crumbs with avocado in rice wrapping and special sauce), a selection (called "Chef Nestor") made up of various sushi rolls and sashimi. Included was what he called Pescarese, an original creation--sashimi marinated with spices that local fisherfolk (of Pescara) use in preparing their dishes. There was also tasty miso soup. We concluded the meal with Japanese ice cream creatively served on a plate.
In the menu's preface, Chef Nestor recounts his story. He writes that sushi and Japanese cuisine are for him not only an art and a passion but also a lifelong vocation. After a four year course in the Philippines where he learned how to manage a restaurant and cook various types of food, he worked as a chef in a famous Japanese restaurant in the Philippines, where his experience and his passion for cooking matured. Later, for five years, he worked at the Star Cruise, the biggest luxury liner in the Asia-Pacific that also reached parts of Europe. His profession brought him to Pescara, Italy, where he worked for eight years as chef at the renowned Cafè Le Paillote, followed by shorter stints at the restaurants Regina Elena and Giappo. After many years he finally has realized his dream of managing his own restaurant that bears his name: Chef Nestor. Here he can now give what his many years of cooking experience could offer in excellent quality and affordable price. It is his pleasure to serve everyone who comes to taste what he himself prepares.
And indeed, when the food above was served to us, we not only savored it with delight; we also admired the way it was presented--a real work of art. This man not only cooks; he does it with passion!
At Chef Nestor's, one does not only taste sushi or any other dish for that matter; one delights in food prepared as a work of love and art.
1) Chef Nestor's Choice: a variety of sushi and sashimi and the Pescarese; 2) The restaurant's sign that beckons to tourists; 3) Chef Nestor cheerful at work; 4) Another selection of sushi and sashimi; 5) The appetizer; 6) The dessert; 7) Chef Nestor's assistants at the kitchen; 8) A choice of a table outdoors or indoors; 9) The menu cover; 10) Chef Nestor and his creation