When in Manila, there’s really no lack of amazing food and amazing restaurants to try. The Metro is now teeming with international cuisine restaurants and all kinds of specialty food, but honestly nothing really beats the taste of home. Now, a new Filipino restaurant is serving the best of truly Pinoy dishes. Pinac is the next go-to foodie spot that offers a tasteful Kapampangan food experience.
Here are five reasons why we absolutely love Pinac!
5. They offer authentic Kapampangan cuisine.
Pinac takes pride in the authenticity of the dishes they serve. Their food is inspired by the original recipes of the grandmother of Ms. Angel Pelayo, Pinac’s owner. You can be sure that you’ll be tasting the delicious legacy of the Pelayo family from Candaba, Pampanga.
Pinac’s Crispy Pata
One of their bestsellers is the Pinac’s Crispy Pata. Believe me when I say it’s one of the best crispy patas I’ve ever tasted. The meat is tender and the skin is extra crispy, pretty much exactly how a crispy pata should be. And the fact that it’s extraordinarily tasty gives it huge plus points.
Ensaladang Pako with Fried Itik Floss
4. There’s always something new to look forward to.
What’s great about Pinac is that they don’t stop with traditional recipes that’s been passed on to generations. They’re always looking for ways to serve new dishes.
One of these is their original Ensaladang Pako with Fried Itik Floss. Yep, you read that right. Pako (wild fern) and itik (duck). Only in Pinac, ladies and gentlemen!
3.They have a homey yet classy interior.
Mr. Argie Cabangon, manager of Pinac, shared that their interior was inspired by the dining room of Ms. Pelayo’s grandmother. With the sophisticated couches and wooden tables, it’s a fusion of traditional and chic design. It’s almost like stepping into a house in Candaba, making it an even enjoyable experience.
Cucumber Mint Dalandan Shake
2. Their desserts and beverages are superb.
Pinac doesn’t just excel in the dishes that they serve. Their drinks and desserts are must-tries as well!
One of their bestselling drinks is their original Cucumber Mint Dalandan Shake. It’s such a refreshing fusion of the strong citrus dalandan and the relaxing quality of cucumber. You can’t go wrong with this drink.
Flat Top Smores
For dessert, their Flat Top Smores will bring back childhood memories. It’s a Pinac reinvention of the usual smores dip dessert, but with a Pinoy twist since they used Flat Tops chocolates instead of usual chocolate chips.
Lunch buffet from Mondays to Saturdays!
1. They have a buffet!
Pinac offers a lunch buffet of their bestsellers every Monday to Saturday, from 11 AM to 2 PM.
Some of these bestsellers include kare-kare, embotido, fish florentine, chicken barbeque, fried chicken skin, and sinigang na salmon belly. Everything was so good that every time I took a bite of something, I’d instantly mutter, “Ang sarap!”
They serve not just common household dishes, but festive food usually served at fiestas! How’s that for the ultimate food experience?
Pinac opened in 2013, and they continue to add new dishes up to this day! It’s the ultimate place for everyone who wants to rediscover their Pinoy roots, or for anyone who’s just craving for real Filipino food in the midst of all the international cuisine and fast food chains. Pinac is a must-try for anyone who wants the best Pinoy food experience.
2F U.P. Town Center, Katipunan Ave., Quezon City
(02) 958 5335
Open daily 11:00 AM-10:00 PM