Destination Chow: Pamana, Hawaiian BBQ and Tsokolateria
With Pinoy Hot Pot exiting the Barrio Fiesta building, Pamana, which is a restaurant that also serves a wide range of Filipino favorites takes the space over. Pamana operates in tandem with Hawaiian BBQ. (As soon as diners get settled at their table, they’re also handed this menu … just in case you change your mind about eating an all Filipino meal.)
Which Race and I did on our first try of the newly opened restaurant(s). Seeming different and more attention grabbing, we leaned more towards the Hawaiian selection. Also, the menu was less overwhelming than Pamana’s. Oh, how I broke a sweat trying to narrow down what to eat from the Filipino dishes. *hihi
I was pretty happy with my choice of simple baked potato. Nicely cooked, all the potato quarters were, and drenched in a wonderful tasting sour cream sauce.
Race was happy with his baby back ribs as well. Everything a ribs man could want; tender meat, juicy tasty with a generous slather of sauce all over it. There’s a juicy pineapple slice to bite into, too.
Our drinks were just all right. Seeing toasted marshmallow as a shake piqued my curiosity. It turned out to be just a regular drink topped with sorry looking, seared-on-one-side toothpick of marshmallows (also looks like someone with two big front teeth took a bite out of each mallow =b). After a sip of the beverage, I would like to propose a name change: White rabbit shake sounds more appropriate. As for coffee freeze, no qualms there. Yes, it’s coffee with tons of cream and it’s extremely cold.
Having done away with the Pamana offering the first visit, we thought it right to have a Filipino themed lunch next.
Although we agonized over the menu again, we finally made our minds up and settled on a salad (which I loved … I really love rabong/bamboo shoot and eatables that have the same texture as rabong *heehaha) and two viands (both with coconut milk which was just a coincidence).
Our ulam looked like a huge helping what with the mini “pot” of rice we had on our table. =D It was impressive that the way the tuna was cooked in the gising gising took on the consistency of pork. I enjoyed my tinuktok, reminiscent of Legazpi’s pinangat, better when I “snacked” on our leftovers at home. I guess we overdid it with a cream on cream lunchtime. *hee
Ambiance: (same space with Hawaiian BBQ so same rating)
Seeing that the space with marapait in front of Barrio Fiesta is now being utilized as an eating place in open air, we returned to the same location for the third time in four months (which is more than I can say for places with five or more stores =) ). (So there’s a total of four different food establishments there now. Whoa!)
Thinking there would only be desserts at the choco depot, X+1 planned our day with another restaurant to visit for the heavy stuff … after dessert \m/
But with pages and pages on the menu, we realized we didn’t have to eat someplace else for breakfast. We were covered: Panini, fruits, coffee and another “hot” panulak.
If we only looked closely and read the menu, we would have known that the chocolate batirol was good for two and would not have ordered Baguio brew coffee for Race. Ouch, my pocket is still weeping over the P170 for that and it wasn’t served with “tsoko syrup on the side” (as I can see reviewing the menu now and it didn’t even have at least one refill). *sniff It was just an okay cup, Race says. You bet yah, not even venti size or a froufrou cuppa “Jose” with a dollop of cream or some froth *double sniff (Must be why we’re developing an allergy to stuff labelled as ‘artisanal’. gee whiz)
On the bright side of drinks, we liked our little cups of tsokolate eh (different from tsokolate ah based on thickness, our attendant said) ^^, This batirol of goodness was less gritty than the stuff they serve at Choco-Late de Batirol.
After all the sweetness, we had our chompers around something savory. Served with kamote fries and a cup of the broth from nilaga, our vegetable stuffed panini-s completed our first meal of the day.
And then we went back to the sweets in fondue with the vibrant slices of strawberry, mango, orange and banana that we gave a little swirl in, in chocolate sauce. (“,)
Service: Thank you, sir(s) for your eagerness to take our photos. You made the camera whore in me happy enough to forget you forgot our tsoko syrups on the side of the coffee and the panini. =b
Ambiance: Although they might want to add some fly repellent plants in little pots on the table. Not sure if it’s because it’s summer, but I felt like the Lord of the Flies then. Our choco meal was attracting the pests like kimchi. Brace yourself, dear foodie, for some arm exercise in the fly shooing.
X marks Pamana, Hawaiian BBQ and Tsokolateria for good food in Baguio.
Pamana d/w Hawaiian BBQ
Igorot Stairs, Upper Session Road 2
Baguio City, Philippines
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