Dining is considered special for Filipinos for two reason — we love to eat and it has been our custom to dine together as a family. In our house, dinner time is considered the best meal of the day because it’s the time when we are all together since the adults work during daytime. I seldom miss dinner at home to bond with my husband, son and mom.
In my tour de Mariquina yesterday, among the best things I was too excited to write about was the place where we had our lunch — the Pan de Americana or Pan de Amerikana. During my first visit to the place some couple of years back, I was already enthralled by its beauty. The expansion and renovations has done so much wonder to the place. Fortunately for us patrons, the taste and price of their food, from pandesal to their specialties like Igado, sinigang na bangus belly, everlasting, pakbet… Would you believe, their watermelon shake (my personal favorite) is only twenty pesos? Cheap huh!
Beautiful? That’s the entrance to Pan de Americana’s. If you’ll read the whole of this article, you’ll see why you should dine there now. I’ve taken pictures of the restaurant’s inside — the tables with carved chess (or dama) board, the wooden chairs and tables with visible craftsmanship in its carvings, the stage with the biggest chess board and chess pieces I have ever seen in my life, the kalesa and the tree house… more and a lot more!
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Chess and Dama lovers would love the place! Half of their tables are carved with chess boards and if you want to play while waiting for your food, you just signal the waiter and he would let you borrow the chess pieces for free so you and your friend can go have fun!
Are you tired of the regular-sized chess board? You want some excitement in your game? Go and try their giant-sized chess boards and chess pieces! It will blow you away! Look at the stage too, it’s like a game set for Trojans and Spartans.
You’re ready to dine ‘ayt? Their menus are consisted mainly of native Marikina and Filipino dishes. I recommend their sinigang na bangus belly and their Igado. Of course, don’t forget to order their watermelon or mango shake. Perfect for the summer and not too bad for the budget!
After the tour, get your cam ready, you may want to take your photos in their kalesa or in their tree house. And don’t worry to drink too much, their comfort room are too lovely to use. I thought I was at Sonja’s Garden in Tagaytay.
And lastly, you may want to bring home with you their special “luto sa pugon” pandesal and ensaymadas. Absolutely recommended! Ensaymada is priced affordably, only 9.00 each while wheat pandesal is 5.00 each! Look at kuya the panadero, he seem too eager to serve huh!
Convinced? Don’t wait for the rainy days, go visit their resto now.
How to get there?
PAN DE AMERIKANA – near World of Butterflies, along Gen. Ordonez St., SSS Village, Concepcion Dos, Marikina City
Contact Nos.: 9340667 or 4752398
From Cubao, ride a jeepney or FX going to SSS Village, Marikina then get down at Bay Tree, SSS Village. Rice a tricyle from there to the place.
Open from 6am to 7pm everyday except Sundays 6am to 3pm.
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