We celebrated Ej’s birthday last September Pino Restobar. We wanted to celebrate it in a place where we haven’t eaten yet before. Our sister recommended that we try the restaurants in Teacher’s Village. We then heard from her that Pino Restaurant was one of the delicious restaurants in that area. This restaurant at Malingap Street in Teacher’s Village is a cozy restaurant where family and friends can enjoy a casual dinner.
The artistic walls captured our attention when we walked in. It also captured our little nephew’s (DW), attention. DW kept on naming and looking at the different objects in the doodle like art on the wall.
The restaurant’s interiors were quite simple. It’s theme was black and white, as they had white walls and dishes and the sign was in black and white, as well. They had wooden chairs as furniture. This is the ambiance that I like, since everything seemed so clean.
While waiting for the main course, we ordered three appetizers in the menu: the Pino Restobar’s Tempura Oysters and Pearls (Php 185), the Pino Wasabi Onion Rings (Php 135) and the Pino Mini Sisig Taco (Php 185).
For the Tempura Oysters and Pearls, this dish I would say is quite unique. The oysters were cooked in Tempura batter and deep fried perfectly. It was placed back onto its shell and topped with wasabi mayo and caviar. When you bite into it, you will be amazed at how soft and creamy the oysters still are. I loved the mixed texture and flavors.
The Pino Wasabi Onion rings, as we heard, is quite a hit amongst youngsters frequenting the place. It’s a good “pulutan” during late night “kuentuhans”.
But for our family, the best starter that we tasted was the Mini Sisig Taco. I never imagined that sisig could actually go well with taco shells, lettuce and cheese!
Our main courses started coming in.Those with a sweet tooth would love this dish. We thought that the Red Wine Adobong Tadyang (Php 210) would be salty, but much to our surprise, it was sweet. It tasted like Korean Beef stew, which I like! Be sure to order rice for this dish, and actually, for all the other dishes I am about to describe!
Since it was EJ’s birthday, we had to order pasta for long life. And this was what captured our attention… Aligue alert! We ordered just one dish of this awesome Seafood Gambas Aligue Pasta (Php 165) since we know that this was a sinful dish. But this little indulgence was definitely worth it.
For the fish lovers out there, you should try the Crispy Hito with Ensaladang Talong (Php 365). The fish was so fresh. The ensaladang talong was a perfect compliment to this dish.
Another wonderful dish, although when it first arrived, seemed not so appetizing, was the Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast (Php 365). Looks can be deceiving. When I bit into this, the cheese was so creamy and the chicken was so juicy. The bacon was a delightful surprise inside, too! You will love this dish.
A favorite of the men was this dish, the Laing Stuffed Crispy Pata (Php 445). The laing was stuffed in between the meat of the Crispy Pata. This made the dish unique. If you ask me though, they can just serve it as Crispy pata and people would still buy it. I don’t know what they use to cook this, but the skin was so crunchy and the meat was very juicy! This dish can serve 5 people.
One of recommendations is the Kare-Kareng Bagnet (Php 550). It was so delicious that the dish was served and was gone in just a few minutes. I give this dish A+ for uniqueness of concept and another A+ for taste. I am not a Kare-Kare person (imagine that!) but I have to say that I enjoyed this dish. Kuddos to Pino Restaurant for coming up with this dish.
Now for dessert, we ordered four different desserts. Yes, we did! We did little survey amongst ourselves and voted for what we liked the most. Turns out they were all equally good.
My Ej’s Mom and My Favorite: The Pino Chunky Choco Tempura
EJ’s Dad’s Favorite: Mango Banana Peanut Butter Roll
Dan’s and DW’s Favorite: Pino Choco Turon
Try these dessert of Pino Restaurant and tell us what you like! This is a great place to have a great food and just enjoy.
39 Malingap St., Teachers Village
Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Phone Number: (63 2) 441-1773