We finally pushed through with our long-delayed trip to Pi Breakfast and Pies, a small café/bakery/restaurant near Maginhawa street. (This also marks the second time that we completely missed the opportunity to eat at a Chinese restaurant during the Lunar New Year holiday. Sigh.)
Anyway, Pi Breakfast and Pies is owned by the same people behind Pino, Pipino, and the Burger Project. They have this firm belief that breakfast is the most important meal of the day (which is true!) so they want to make breakfast truly extra special for their customers. Their other goal is to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth by baking delicious homemade baked goods, and pies.
Baskets of fresh bread/pastries, aka my weakness. Hehe. I ended up buying a super-soft brioche loaf and two cookies.
Menu: All day breakfast, Gourmet waffles, Pancakes, Breakfast specials, Grains, Sides, Pies, Breads, and Pastries.
Wagyu Beef Sirloin Tapa, served with garlic kimchi fried rice, five-minute egg, and a small bowl of achara. The sourness of the kimchi fried rice mixed well with the sweetness of the tapa.
Chicken and Pancakes. This was actually supposed to be chicken and waffles, but I think there was something wrong with the resto’s waffle maker so we had to settle for pancakes instead. The pancakes were exactly my type – Not too thick/doughy, and nicely toasted. There were corn kernels and jalapeno peppers(!) embedded inside the pancakes, which I found really interesting. I also loved the crispy pieces of chicken skin. This dish also comes with blueberries, sliced granny smith apples, and a small bowl of maple sour cream.
A slice of Cra—uh, I mean, Smack pie for dessert. This pie is supposed to be an exact replica of the one served in NY’s Momofuku Milk Bar bakery. I’m guessing the people here at Pi changed the name because of trademark reasons? Interestingly enough, they also had a drink called ‘Cereal milk’ and a cookie whose ingredients resemble the ones used in David Chang’s very own compost cookies. Hmmm… Anyway, after taking my first bite of the pie, I finally learned why people really like this stuff. It has this pleasant, indescribable flavor that is buttery, caramel-y, and pecan-y at the same time. It is a tad bit too sweet for my liking, though – Maybe I should order their key lime or banana cream pie next time.
The food was delicious, and I liked the enthusiasm of the staff, but at the same time I was a bit disappointed with the service. For example, some of the menu items weren’t available (like the aforementioned cereal milk and dad’s smoked bangus – We had to order kare-kare from Pino instead). But this won’t stop me from visiting Pi Breakfast and Pies for the second time.
Food: 5/5 (taste), 5/5 (presentation)