An upside down Range Rover hung in front of the Pan de Amerikana gives an inkling of something out of the ordinary. The artistic weirdness does not stop with the shock inducing sight, a further look and one will be able to observe that it is part of an upside down house that makes up the facade of the restaurant.
Entering the doorway and moving on to the dining area, a quick look above at the supposed ceiling and you’ll see the topsy turvy decor extents to the interiors as well.
Irene and I settled on our seats when we saw a sign that we should order from the cashier, but when we were about to stand up, a waiter told us that it was ok for him to take our orders. Scanning through the menu, we were quite surprised (in a good way) at the prices for the dishes, they were quite cheap. The prices resulted in our ordering a little too much.
Fresh Lumpia (P40).Quite a big roll for the price, filled with julienned vegetables topped with a sweetish brown sauce.
Arroz Caldo w/ Egg (P30 and P5 for the egg). Irene loved the chicken poordige topped with generous amount of garlic bits. Irene and Lauren both can’t help ordering arroz caldo anywhere. She also ordered Tokwa’t Baboy (P30), tofu an dork simmered in a vinegar based sauce; the traditional accompaniment for arroz caldo.
Chicken Barry w/ Rice (P65). I was intrigued when I saw the name on the menu and with a low price tag, I ordered away. I was quite disappointed that it was just a piece of fried chicken, not necessarily bad freid chicken but I was expecting something different. The chicken was actually quite flavorful and the skin was crispy.
Pla-Pla w/ Bawang (P99).Garlic lovers delight, the fish was covered in tons of garlic bits. We were thinking of ordering some more, but we decided to forgo that for the next visit.
Tinomok (P50). Taro leaves covering minced meat and cooked in coconut milk. The Bicolano version of the laing, my only wish was this was a little bit spicier.
Watermelon Shake (P30). Not that big of a glass but for the price, who was I to complain. Perfectly refreshing watermelon shake.
I had previously bought pandesal from Pan De Amerikana many times, loving their large sized pandesal and old school ensaymadas, with only sugar and margarine on top.
This was the first time we’ve tried eating there and we will definitely be back with Lauren in tow, I’m sure she’ll get a kick of the topsy turvy decor. The ample parking, cheap prices are really a crowd drawer and best of all you get to buy their pandesal to take home.
Pan de Amerikana 1950s Pandesal
131 Katipunan Ave., Brgy. Saint Ignatius, Q. C.
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