Metro Manila · Pino Resto Bar: A fusion of Filipino Food
Pino Resto Bar raises the bar in Filipino food dining by offering a fusion of local favorites from the different regions of the country. They also serve local, international and flavored beers.
Located in Bel-Air in Makati, Pino is a casual dining place that serves up Filipino food favorites with a twist. "Our goal is not to become another ordinary Filipino restaurant but to be known for serving up updated Filipino food," co-owner PJ Lanot tells Megacitizens.com. Lanot says that the Filipino food dining experience, particularly for the international crowd, doesn't necessarily have to mean kamayan-style (eating with your hands) or simple grilled food. Pino's chefs scour the best dishes from the country's different regions, combine say one recipe with another, to create one new, flavorful dish. "It's a fusion of Filipino against Filipino food," says Lanot.
Megacitizens.com tried their bestsellers that included Kare-Kareng Bagnet, which is Ilocano crispy pork belly served with annato-peanut sauce and bagoong rice.The Bagnet Tofu Stack-o with Mushroom Rice is sliced blocks of tofu with chunks of crispy pork belly, served with mushroom rice, soy-vinegar dip and toyo-mansi aioli. The Coffee Crusted Beef Belly is slow-roasted beef belly marinated with coffee and other spices. It comes with marble potatoes, bistek gravy, and red wine onion marmalade. They did not disappoint.
Aside from local beers like San Miguel and Katipunan Craft, Pino has imported beers like Hoegaarden, Heineken, Corona, and Stella Artois. Its flavored beers, like cucumber beer, and Margarita concoctions, like Margarita Cuervo, are popular especially among the ladies. Pino's bar list also includes original mixes like the Lycheeno, which is lychee, lychee syrup, vodka and amaretto. Must-try also is the Mabuhay Manille which is Paradise mango rhum, Old Captain rhum, pineapple juice and orange juice.
The ambience is casual, highlighting cool lighting fixtures, comfortable seats, black walls, among others. The centerpiece of the establishment is the black-and-white mural painted on one of the walls featuring elements that chronicle the humble beginnings of Pino restaurant.
The Makati restaurant is Pino's second branch. Pino started in 2008 in Teacher's Village, Maginhawa St., Quezon City. Strong public demand prompted the owners to set up another branch in the central business district.
Why Megacitizens should pay the establishment a visit
Pino offers Filipino food with a twist amid a relaxing, casual ambiance.
Guests can ask staff to concoct their favorite cocktail drinks or mixes. Pino has a Quiz Night twice a month. Every Wednesday, the restaurant offers unlimited Jack-Coke. They do food delivery.
Location and how to get there
Pino Resto Bar is located at 38 Jupiter Street corner Planet Street, Bel-Air, Makati. The first branch is located at 39 Malingap St.,Teacher's Village, Quezon City.
Tel: (63) 2 550 1781 (Makati); (63) 2 441 1773 (Quezon City)
Delivery hotline: (63) 2 212121