Thursday, October 1, 2015

Thursday, October 01, 2015
Thin Crust Buffalo Swing Special Pizza
Kalderetang Itik Ng Bagong Ilog co-owner




Pasig City is currently known in Metro Manila as a green city. As its long-time resident, I'd like to believe that it's more than that. What it actually has more of are food hubs and dining destinations. The presence of Kapitolyo alone as an exciting district makes the area worth spending time for memorable meals. However, there is also the city proper where the delicious action is. On your way to it, selected restaurants, eateries, and coffee shops also make for satisfying stopovers.

No one will argue with me for recommending the dining institutions of Ado's Panciteria in Malinao (pancit with chicharon) and Three Sisters in Kapitolyo (pork BBQ) to non-Pasig City residents. The good news is that the city is worth your weekend meandering from EDSA more than once because you will be surprised by the diverse gustatory pleasure that you'll have along the way.

This is your quick guide to tested destinations that you can consider for a full-day food trip:

Ado's Panciteria
Gastro Park Kapitolyo Food Park
Calderon dessert
Dimas-Alang of Kapasigan

1. Start With Breakfast

Dimas-Alang Bakery's Pandesal

Along the busy A. Mabini Street leading to the public plaza and Pasig City Cathedral (Immaculate Conception Cathedral) is where Dimas-Alang Bakery is. It's the century-old Filipino bakery that represents Kapasigan and the whole city more than anything. The pandesal there may not be the softest in the country, but it's one for nostalgia because the structure that houses it has been there since 1919.

3N Bakery's Toasted Siopao

Should you be in the mood for a toasted siopao that the region of Bicol first made popular in the Philippines, 3N Bakery can be found at the intersection that leads from A. Mabini Street to the popular city bridge called Vargas.

Read the full story here.

A staff of 3N Bakery at work
Toasted Siopao of 3N Bakery
Grilled Salmon Belly with Lemon Butter Sauce at Calle Preciousa

2. Load Up On Lunch At The City Proper

Calle Preciousa's Seafood Specialties

Craving for seafood? Head over to Calle Preciousa Seafood Restaurant and Garden Center. It's a Filipino-oriented dining destination that's also a special events venue. Formerly called Sophia's Villa Seafood Dampa Palutuan, it has now continued its tradition of serving only the freshest products prepared using its owners' precious family recipes at the city proper which is 5 to 10 minutes away from most city landmarks like the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, the municipal hall, Vargas Bridge and Pasig City Museum. What the owners started in another village in the city (Oranbo), they are maintaining in this new location that's visible to more local residents.

Read the full story here.

Calle Preciousa Seafood Restaurant and Garden Center
Kalderetang Itik Ng Bagong Ilog

Kaldereteng Itik Ng Bagong Ilog

When you want an authentic experience of street food, a humble 2-storey eatery can be found in Bagong Ilog. At a corner across the village hall, it is a testament to how small town charm is translated into infectious meals served without pretense and at an affordable price. With extra rice now costing more than P20 per cup in giant fast food joints, Kalderetang Itik Ng Bagong Ilog manages to still effortlessly sell the aromatic itik (duck) at no more than P60. No peddling whatsoever. Food lovers even cross city borders just to taste the family's source of pride. Local celebrities who have a penchant for neighborhood treats are known to travel from posh city enclaves to get to the eatery just to sample the savory dish.

Read the full story here.

The co-owner of Kalderetang Itik Ng Bagong Ilog at work in the kitchen
Buffalo Swing Cafe
Flamin' Lemon Chicken Wings
Buffalo Swing Cafe's Chicken Wings

From Bagong Ilog, the narrow road that veers from Vargas Bridge will lead you to the famous Rizal High School. Just past it is where you can have an optional lunch at the offbeat Buffalo Swing Café.

Located along a narrow avenue, it sticks rather oddly at the landscape of residential and commercial bungalows. It’s the last place one would hie off to for a taste of such upscale American-oriented treats as flavoured chicken wings and pizza, but for whatever reason patrons have called it their second dining area. I have even tested it for deliveries and I was just glad I ordered one when I was feeling sick because its Butter Parmesan Chicken Wings and Thin Crust Buffalo Swing Special Pizza did not disappoint!

Read the full story here.

Ado's Panciteria

Relatives of my grade school classmate owns Ado's Panciteria which is why gorging on the classic chicharon-drizzled pancit of the restaurant was part of my childhood. I had my regular orders at its second branch near the city hall until it closed down after my classmate's father passed away. Its original facility still stands in Barangay Malinao and it's been renovated to include upper floors for an additional dining space. The classic pancit variants still taste as great as they were in the '80s and I recommend visitors to try dining for lunch here at least once to experience a delicious history of the city.

Ado's Panciteria
Paella con Setas, Manchego y Trufa Esencia at Calderon

3. Culminate With Dinner In Kapitolyo

Calderon's Spanish Cuisine

Commence your food trip with an elaborate dinner over Spanish cuisine at the dining district of Kapitolyo via Calderon, an experience of Spanish kitchen and tapas bar that originally made waves in San Juan City for serving such authentic cuisine. The second branch in Pasig City is proof that the stronghold of the Filipinos' old conquerors in the country is not just in religion but in the locals' diet as well. The phenotype for the cuisine is the roster of paellas, tapas, chuleton, churros and sangrias.

Read the full story here.

A glass of sangria at Calderon
Pomodoro Pizza
Aligue Pasta at Pomodoro Pizza

Pomodoro Pizza's Italian Cuisine

If you're in the mood for Italian cuisine, Pomodoro Pizza offers a venue for such an experience. Visible along the road near the first corner from San Rafael Street near the village entrance that's across Capitol Commons, the open-air concept eatery dares to appeal to lovers of authentic Italian cuisine. What's edgy about this one is that the selections are quite affordable compared to the usual pizzerias and some dishes are infused with Filipino flavors.

Read the full story here.

Lia's Cakes In Season
Avocado Cheesecake at Lia's Cakes In Season

4. End The Day With Snacks and Desserts

Avocado Cheesecake at Lia's Cakes In Season

Before leaving the district of Kapitolyo, you can opt to have a slice of Lia's Cakes In Season's inventive Avocado cake. The restaurant and cake shop managed to stand out from a glut of other eateries, upscale restaurants, and snack joints in the area by featuring the cake as its signature product.

Read the full story here.

Gastro Park Kapitolyo Food Park

Once you're in Kapitolyo at night, it's difficult not to be lured into its narrow streets and tree-shaded corners. The vicinity, after all, is still partly residential even with the presence of commercial establishments. This is the exact ambiance that foodies can have at the district's 1st Street where Kanto Freestyle Breakfast also is. The latest dining hub to open there is a re-emerging food park setup that's called Gastro Park. The garage-style food court has inventive burgers, Mexican bulalo, Filipino-styled sandwiches, bagnet, Thai-Mex street food and more. I loved my order of Sweet-Chili Mango Nachos at Elphante there when I got stuck in traffic. The detour from Shaw Boulevard was well worth the visit!

Gastro Park Kapitolyo Food Park
Privato Hotel

The next time you're in Pasig City, unexpected hunger won't be a problem. You know exactly what to do and where to go.

Where to stay in Pasig City?

Check out my review of Privato Hotel here.

Check out my review of Red Planet Hotels Ortigas here.


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