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Thursday, September 8, 2011

not so impressed with PAN DE AMERIKANA

This was part of the itinerary we had during our photowalk of Marikina a few months ago. http://www.pusangkalye.net/2011/03/marikina-photowalk-appreciating-city.html. It is one of the attractions of the city which both food bloggers and travel enthusiasts seek. For some reasons, people get curious with the place which is quite popular, not just in Marikina but in the whole Metro Manila as well ---PAN de AMERIKANA.

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PAN DE AMERIKANA Marikina
The first thing you notice about the restaurant is its facade.Pan Amerikana definitely is a standout on that  aspect. On the building, it states 1950's. This means a long tradition for the bakery it originally was.The restaurant wing came later. I heard from my blogger friend Ada that this was the first Pan de Amerikana store.Another branch opened in Katipunan later on with a different theme. (inverted car)
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As for the one in Marikina,it's CHESS Themed. But you don't get to see that unless you enter because the giant chess pieces and the ROMAN AMPITHEATER inspired stage is in the restaurant itself. It is very famous. It has been featured in several tv shows and newspapers. So next time you see somebody camwhoring with giant chess pieces---that's probably taken in Pan de Amerikana So far, haven't heard of any other restaurant with such attraction. Oh, btw, there are also other chess related collections within the restaurant. I guess its the personal collection of the owner, and let me guess, I think he is a fan of the game.hahaha
pusangkalye in pan de americana
So there, the facade, the chess theme, and the ambiance inside the restaurant is really something that makes this place a standout. It would definitely fall on the category of expensive restaurants, less the aircoditioning unit. Or so I thought.Such was my shock when we ordered our meal. We were there for lunch so we ordered vegetable salad, laing, menudo and their bestseller, EVERLASTING which is the only significant thing I tasted.
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The bestseller EVERLASTINGpusangkalye-1-1538
bloggers Cris & Ada
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Upon eating, that's when I realized why the food is cheap. The taste also comes cheap. I thought the whole setup, I mean the lovely atmosphere in the restaurant and the poor food don't add up. As a paying customer, I say i am willing to pay a little more for a better tasting food. At least one that fits the restaurant's setup. Eating in Pan de Amerikana is like eating on a sidewalk food stand offering home cooked meals.

On our way out, we dropped by their bakery to buy pandesal and  which I really love. They are more expensive than the one's you see in an ordinary bakery but definitely worth the price. Ada said it's what Pan de Americana is well known for---it's bakeshop.That makes sense, it was after all, originally a bakeshop.

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Overall, the experience was pleasant. I enjoyed taking photos in the GIANT CHESSBOARD area and the bread. Other than that, the food was just so so. If you live near the area and/or you happen to be wandering around Marikina, I would suggest this place. But if you are,say, like me who lives in Binangonan  Rizal and you would go to this place only for the sake of experience, it's not worth the effort. Yes, I was not so impressed with Pan de Amerikana.


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LOCATION: 92 Ordonez St. Concepcion Dos, 1800 Marikina, Philippines

21 comments:

  1. Magandang tambayan ang natagpuan. Kaya patambay na rin kaibigan.

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  2. LOL! I guess it's understandable. Don't expect good food from a bakeshop, unless it's bread.

    But come to think of it, I used to enjoy having lunches at Goldilock's & Red Ribbon when I was still in Manila.

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  3. ayy hangtaray ng comment. hehe
    pero at least honest. di porket ok ang ambiance, automatic ok din ang food. you cant have it all!

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  4. hehe it's a bakeshop. So I expect their breads are in great quality except the other part of the menu :)

    Biboy Fotograpiya
    Visit the Philippines. Filipino Photo Hobbyist.

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  5. yung sa inverted resto nila sa Katipunan ako nagawi dati, meron din pala sa Marikina :P

    yung food nila, hindi ko na matandaan.. alala ko lang gutom ako nun kaya Pak na Pak.. hahah

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  6. Naalala ko lang...

    One time nag jogging ako, I stopped by Pan de Amerikana near Katipunan. After waiting a long time, they served me fried chicken that's still bleeding. Ack.

    Like you, I would be willing to pay more if only they can improve the quality of their food.

    But I like the place. Masarap magcoffee doon(Marikina) in the morning.

    And on weekends, there's even free art classes for the community.

    Yeah, "needs improvement," but I still would want to go back there one day for mirienda.

    And yes, they need to pay attention to customer feedback for their own good.

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  7. simple very average food but excellent ambiance, ganyan din yung nasa katipunan.

    but since i love cheap food, panalo sakin haha

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  8. What is EVERLASTING made of? It looks like an embotido shaped differently.

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  9. Yeah hahaha! The food is not-so-good, it's like yung binayaran naten ay yung ambiance.

    Though, napakasarap talaga nung pandesal nila na tig-6 pesos. Sayang, after a month tsaka ko lang natikman, sana napatikim ko rin sa inyo hehe. Balik tayo!! I miss you na!!

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  10. Pero kung sulit naman ang ambiance 'yun na lang :))

    Haha! But I still choose better taste sa food.

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  11. so ambiance lang pala ang maganda

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  12. I share your sentiments... buti nga yung everlasting mo buong llanera, when I ate here, yung food ko 2 slices. Okay lang naman kasi 35 pesos lang. :)

    Hindi lang talaga tugma ang ambiance ng place sa food nila. I do hope they do something about it.

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  13. my workmate lives in Marikina and she said maganda nga daw yung place. Siguro I will try out dining there once just for the sake of experience pero I will take your post into consideration as well. Siguro try ko yung ibang fod na hindi nyo natry baka yon medyo ok.. hehehe..

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  14. Thank you for your posts and suggestions. We appreciate very much such honest comments for our improvement. Our vision is to have loyal customers enjoying a memorable experience while offering very affordable products. Rest assured we will improve on our quality and also consider offering a different set of menu for the upscale market. More blessings to all!

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  15. Thank you for your posts and suggestions. We appreciate very much such honest comments for our improvement. Our vision is to have loyal customers enjoying a memorable experience while offering very affordable products. Rest assured we will improve on our quality and also consider offering a different set of menu for the upscale market. More blessings to all!

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  16. Thank you for your posts and suggestions. We appreciate very much such honest comments for our improvement. Our vision is to have loyal customers enjoying a memorable experience while offering very affordable products. Rest assured we will improve on our quality and also consider offering a different set of menu for the upscale market. More blessings to all!

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  17. Hello, Anton! Ang cool ng Giant Chessboard nila, mabigat ba yung piyesa?! Hehehe! May mga bakery din naman na masasarap ang food, like FRENCH BAKER, ano pa ba, GOLDILOCKS, hehehe! =P

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  18. sayang naman at hindi pala ganun kasarap yung pagkain. kahit siguro taasan nila ang presyo basta masarap naman.

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  19. Di kaya taga Pan De Manila ka? Hehe

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  20. Memorable 'tong place na to for me kasi dito ko unang naka-bonding si..... :))

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  21. alm nyo po before kyo mg comment sa food...try nyo muna alamin kng anu yng food n famous s isang lugar...like marikina famous dun yng everlasting tps ipapalaman s pandesal..yun din sana itatanong nyo..hnd yng mgpag comment lng kyo...

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