Pino

I previously ate at Pino’s sister restaurant Pipino and have found it good so I was meaning to eat at Pino for quite some time now. The restaurant closes late around 12 midnight so we were able to try it out during that late saturday.

The restaurant had that artsy feel to it and was like in between casual and a semi fine dining place. The meal rates were about 250-400 but the serving was really big. The waiter even admitted that we may not need appetizers due to serving size.

We ordered bagnet kare kare, chicken cordon bleu, and crispy hito. The meals arrived and the servings were indeed hefty!

The kare kare was good but I would order it next time with plain rice. The rice was already bagoong rice so you do not need bagoong anymore. I like less bagoong than what was in the rice.

The cordon bleu was just ok. Nothing really fancy but still a big serving.

The hito was a hit with my mom! I did not try it but it looks really crispy and yummy even to the not hito-eater. You may need to request more atchara. 🙂 My mom said she would like to eat it again!

The only small serving is the iced tea. It was full of ice and not enough iced tea to really fill 3 glasses. You will fill the glasses if you have the ice. 😯

The food was fine (taste better than notmal and comes in a big serving) and the waiters very nice. I would still go back to the place and sample their other stuff.

Pino: 😋😋😋⚪⚪ plus half 😋 (3.5)

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Artsy cafe 

A quaint little cafe at Maginhawa (may not be the right street because I think everything in that area is ‘at Maginhawa’). The store looks comfy and airy with nice looking tables and chairs. There’s a tree inside the outside area that they intentionally left there and has actually become a signature design of the place. (Pardon the blurry photo)

So anyway, the food we ordered were all very good! Don’t get fooled by the name Kani salad as it is not your normal kani salad. It has like crunchy fried noodles I think and the dressing is japanese sesame dressing. It was a big hit with my mom.

It was actually my second time to eat there and I just wanted to try the bangus sisig. The steak I tried last time was a big flop. The steak was already cooked before it was grilled. The bangus sisig as I remembered was nice. This time I tried it again and it was still nice although lacking a bit dry, more dressing or sauce would have made it even better. Sorry I started eating before I remembered to take a picture! 😅

We ordered also Chicken Parmigiana and again it is not your normal chicken parm on tomato based sauce. The chicken parm is the standard one but the pasta is dressed with creamy pesto sauce. The cheese was sticky and all and tasted good. The tomato sauce in the chicken parm can be improved. 🙂

The juices are also great. The smoothy with mint tastes like calamansi shake (another surprise). The lemon basil drink was what I expected though and it is also good.

Aside from good food, the store has a clean restroom than most stores. Cleam bathrooms says a lot in my book. 👍 And what’s exceptional with the restaurant is that the staff seem to be all friendly and really helpful from those attending us up to the security guard. 🙂 👏They even made sure my senior mom does not trip and gets to the car without incident. It was a great experience and we are definitely coming back. 🙂

Rating: 😋😋😋😋💬