(Jeez, this blog is on a roll when it comes to Filipino restaurants lately…)
We came back to UP Town Center after two months and decided to go to Pinac, a restaurant that specializes in Kapampangan cuisine. It’s actually one of the very first restaurants built in UP Town, back then when they still only had one building, hehe.
I’m completely aware that Pampanga is a hotbed of some of the best Pinoy dishes out there, and to learn that there’s a place that cooks Kapampangan food is just exciting.
Menu: Soup, Salad, Appetizer (lumpiang ubod taquitos, crispy hito balls, mustasa at buro), Fiesta (lengua, smoked tadyang with yellow mango chutney), Meats (beef caldereta eggplant parmigiana sinigang, sinigang na ulo ng salmon sa miso, sinigang nab angus sa bayabas), Seafood (salted egg paro, adobong hito sa alagaw), Noodles (aligue pasta), Vegetables, Rice, Solo meals, Group meals, Desserts (brazo de mais at salabat, dulce de leche cheesecake), Drinks
Sizzling Tofu – Tasty sisig without the guilt. It was great at first, but when the dish got cold? Meh. (._. ‘’)
Beef Kare-Kare – A peanut-based oxtail stew with blanched string beans, eggplant, and bokchoy. Best paired with steamed rice (Indeed!) and crispy pata.
Inihaw na Liempo with Atsarang Capampangan. It kinda looks like a rack of baby-back ribs, hehe. But the meat is very tender, and has a nice, smoky aftertaste. Not much bones in it too, which is great.
Chicken Binakol soup.
We all had a nice, wonderful and filling meal at Pinac – Heck, even my super-picky dad enjoyed his time here, which definitely says a lot. I feel like Pinac is one of the more underrated restaurants in UP Town Center (along with Red Onion, which closed down not too long ago *sheds tear*). Seriously, more people need to give this a try, especially if they want to taste some authentic Pampanga-based dishes.
Food: 4/5 (taste), 3/5 (presentation)
Pinac Heirloom Capampangan Cuisine is located at 2/F UP Town Center, Katipunan Ave Loyola Heights, Quezon City. Tel no: (02) 775-9450. Links: Facebook.