39 Malingap St., Teachers Village
Quezon City, Metro Manila
I was invited by one of my online buddies to join them for a Food Trip last February 6th. We were supposed to go to Van Gogh is Bipolar, however, we were not able to find its location. With Asmodeus at the helm, he suggested that we go to Pino Restobar to satisfy our gastronomic needs.
When we got there, the waiter helped us to fix the tables, so that it can accommodate 8 people. The menu was given and we started to talk about what food to get.
First on our list was from Pino's vegetarian menu
Lemongrass Tofu Skewers with Guava-Chili Sauce and Alfalfa. After the first bite, we all agreed that the dish was not delicious. The menu said something about chillies and guave, but there was no discernable taste of guava anywhere. If you were to ask me, it looked more like those bottled catsup sauces. After a few weeks of thinking and disecting the taste, I realized that the reason I personally did not like it was, there was a taste of something artificial in it, something like gluten substitute.
Mini Sisig Tacos, the next item on our table. I can't say anything about this. It was great! The mix of sisig with mini taco shells was a little short of perfect. Maybe, since the restaurant marketed it as tacos, they should have put a little spicy salsa into the mix, that would have made it taste real good. The size is good for two bites of an average diner. And the best part, it wasn't so messy to eat!
Jenn ordered the Fried Eggplant, Adobong Kangkong, and Brown Rice served with Nilasing na Mangga. . I tried a couple of bites and all I can say is, there's nothing spectacular about it. They mentioned adobo, but the question asked that night was - "Where's the adobo part?" A very ordinary dish, something that you can easily make at home.
Binusog na Pusit with Kesong Puti. We had two plates of this dish and it was quite good. Although, I wish there was more kesong puti inside to make the taste stand out. But overall, it was edible and it tasted quite good with the provided dip.
Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts. It tasted similar to chicken cordon bleau. The cheese they used was more of the regular cheddar cheese and it was quite hard inside the chicken breasts. I wish they used the quick melt version of the cheese, it could have given the dish a little more punch. By the way, the bacon was scarcely there.
Kare-Kareng Bagnet. It was quite good. The bagnet was crispy on the outside and inside, it was quite tender and juicy. The only thing that was missing that time was a tad of shrimp paste. The sauce was bland and with a tad taste of sweetness, a little shrimp paste would have balanced out those elements.
Wasabi Onion Rings. The only thing I can advise you is, make sure that you eat it with the provided dip to get a good taste of the wasabi. The onion rings just lacked in the wasabi flavor department.
Flavored beer. Our "host" for the evening, Asmodeus, told us that the restobar serves flavored beer. When we got there, most of us ordered a glass of different flavors, there was a glass each of strawberry, peach and watermelon beer. The thumbs up went unanimously to the strawberry flavored beer. I don't drink, give me one bottle of San Mig Light and it would last me the whole night. But, that night I was able to drink two glasses of strawberry beer (roughly a bottle and a half) and I didn't get drunk!
Overall, the experience was good. Some of the food may have lacked in flavor, but it was definitely worth the trip. Probably, the next time I go there, I can ask for some condiments to compliment the dishes that I would order.
Halie's Food Guide by Nathalie Santos - Dayo is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at halieskitchen.blogspot.com.
25 February 2011
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