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09 December 2015

Pino Bar and Resto: "Simply Worth It" (A Place for Vegetarians and Meat Lovers)

This is part of our Maginhawa / Malingap Food Trip Series

Where can vegetarians and meat lovers meet and never argue about food? The answer is Pino Resto and Bar on Malingap Street in U.P. Village, Quezon City. Pino has a vegetarian section aptly named Pipino. Pino is on the ground floor and Pipino is on the second floor. You can stay and dine at Pino and order vegetarian dishes from Pipino. In contrast, Pipino is exclusively for vegetarian dining so you are not allowed to bring meat dishes from Pino. My friends and I visited the place on a Friday night so, expectedly, the place is quite crowded. Understandably so, their dishes are quite delicious. It may be pricey for some people who are used to eating in fast food restaurants but Pino’s dishes are worth it.  As always, the cost will be lower if you dine with friends and split the bill.

We ordered from both Pino and Pipino. For starters, we had kale and quinoa minestrone (P65), wicked walnut salad (P165) and tofu balls (P165). We loved them all. They are certainly vegetarian delights. They were healthful without compromising good taste. I particularly like the tofu balls served with pesto paste and I would have eaten all pieces but sadly, my friends and I had to share. For the main course, we went with red wine adobong tadyang (Single-P265, Family- P595). As expected, the adobo was quite good and the meat was especially tender although one of my friends commented that the dish was more like a cross between adobo and asado. Red wine adobong tadyang is so tasty that some may need extra servings of rice. 

Kale and quinoa minestrone
Wicked walnut salad
Tofu balls
Red wine adobong tadyang

For desserts, we ordered dulce de leche cheesecake (P185), tablea cheesecake (P185), and mango sherbet made from almond milk and dark chocolate ice cream made from cashew milk. The ice cream were part of Pino’s vegetarian fare.

Dulce de leche cheesecake
Tablea cheesecake
Mango sherbet and dark chocolate ice cream

Most likely, the place will be relatively quiet on weeknights so if you prefer dining in a more intimate place, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays may not be the perfect time. Still, if you want great food, Pino is a good choice for both vegetarians and meat lovers alike. If you have foreign friends who claim that Filipino dishes are not delicious and healthful, take them to Pino.

For take out, I ordered vegan lasagna (P165) for my mother. Surprisingly, the serving on this one was small. On the plus side, my mom loved it and that saying much because she is not a big fan of vegetarian dishes. (Pictures by AR, Bianca and Rob)

Pino Resto and Bar (Pipino) is located on 39 Malingap Street, Teachers’ Village, Diliman, Quezon City. Business hours: 11AM to 12AM. Telephone number: (02) 441 1773


REVIEW VALIDITY:  This post is valid only from December 9, 2015 to June 9, 2016. Our food reviews are only good for 6 months because the quality of food and services change over time. Some improve and some deteriorate.

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