Ever since watching the movie Chef last year, we’ve been on the lookout for cubano sandwiches around the metro. We’ve tried it in Dean and Deluca and most recently at Wishbone. I’ve heard about Pepi Cubano for a while now but they were just delivery sandwiches and would pop up in a bazaar or two but I’ve never been able to try them.
I finally got the chance when they opened their first restaurant in Makati. I was not sure exactly where it was located so I just fired Waze up and took it from there. Funnily enough, I know the building they are in, my daughter’s best friend lives there. We got a little lost because Pepi Cubano is located on the Gallardo side of the building, best way to get there is to take Legaspi St. then Paseo de Roxas and then turn right to Gallardo. Pepi is on the left side almost at the end of the street.
I was so surprised to find out that they’ve been selling cubano sandwiches since 2006 so you know they did not just ride on the popularity of the movie.
The place is small, more like a take away joint with a number of bar seats to eat in.
It’s a pay as you order place with knowledgeable staff that can explain the differences among all their offerings.
Irene and I decided to get one each, Irene got the eponymous Pepi Cubano (P250) while I chose the Tito Choripan (P200). A cubano in a nut shell is a buttered pressed sandwich with pork, ham, cheese, pickles and mustard in between a buttered bun.
Here’s Irene’s cubano with generous amounts of roast pork, ham, cheese, jalapenos and pickles. The balance of all the fillings and the crisp, buttered bread is what we imagined a cubano would taste like. A winner in our books and the best cubano we’ve had so far.
Here’s my choripan with thick slices of a sweet and spicy chorizos with a pesto like relish. While different in taste to the cubano, it was still a great sandwich.
There are other variations on their menu with the Pan de Bistec my top choice to try on my next visit. Another interesting one is the Pan de Guyaba, guava jam with cream cheese, more like a dessert sandwich.
For dessert, they gave out sampler sizes of the Pollo Ensalada (P125) for customers to try. It’s a dessert chicken salad with pineapple and potatoes but on the sweet side. Irene and I did not like it, I found it to lack something.
If you’ve seen Chef and are on the look out to satisfy your cubano craving then you should pay a visit to Pepi Cubano. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed, I know I thoroughly enjoyed it. Now maybe they should open somewhere near my hood so I can satisfy my cravings more often.
Pepi CubanoUnit 17 G/F Tropical Palms Condo
Dela Rosa cor Gallardo St., Legaspi Village, Makati
Contact No.: (632)880-0389/(63907) 535-7574
Operating Hours: 9Am-12mn Mon-Sat