You may have tried Bistro Pamana in Tagaytay, or in Boracay. But you may not have heard there’s one right in Makati near the Greenbelt Complex. Just a couple of blocks away, along Perea Street (#106), is this branch serving all of Bistro Pamana’s best-selling dishes. Think Kare Kare a la Barrio Fiesta, Crispy Pata, etc.
It was a Saturday, and it was a late lunch. I called to reserve, but when we arrived, there was hardly a lunch crowd. Maybe they are busier on weekdays. We were only too happy to “miss the crowd” and settle for a quiet lunch. The menu offers many choices. It was tempting to order their famous Kare Kare — after all, the owners are from the Ongpauco clan that made this local dish its signature item in Barrio Fiesta. Instead, we chose some dishes which are obviously Filipino favourites but served with a twist. Like the Okoy for starters. And the Sinuglaw — a Visayan dish which combines “Sinugba” (grilled) and Kinilaw (cooked in vinegar). The okoy was served crisp and tasty, with a vinegar dip. The sinuglaw consisted of grilled pork (liempo) and kinilaw na salmon. Yum.
We wanted to try their Sinigang Ribs and the Crispy Adobong Pusit. The latter was really crispy, very inky black and served with a dip of mayonnaise and crab roe or “aligue”. We weren’t sure if we’d like the dip but it turned out alright. We could have ordered more but there were only 3 of us and the appetizers were sooo good we were nearly out of room for the main dishes and desserts. But who can pass up on “turon with ube ice cream” and “palitaw”? The palitaw never made it as a photo as we devoured it like we haven’t had our proper lunch. Wellllll....
We knew we were in trouble as we moved to exit out of the bistro. This shelf of boxed goodies were on display, inviting us to take home more sinful food. The Chef-Manager was around to assist and so convincing! There was the Lechon Belly Roll, available in 3 slices, ready to be warmed for a dinner for 2-3. Or how about the Bulalong Corned Beef? Many frozen items to choose from. These food items make ideal takeout dishes for working moms and busy singles. One can even take out several packs and organize a party at home. Judging by how we enjoyed our lunch, the boxed selections must be just as enjoyable.