New on the Menu: Afternoon Snacks at Pino Resto Bar
<em>Merienda</em> at Pino just got better
Pino Resto Bar
38 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati City
Tel. No. 550-1781
39 Malingap, Teachers Village, Quezon City
Tel. No. 441-1773
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. onwards
(SPOT.ph) There used to be a time when Cauliflower Fritters and a cold glass of Lemongrass and Ginger were enough, but when Pino launched their new merienda choices, deciding what to eat suddenly became more difficult. They’ve mastered the art of Filipino food, but they refuse to rest on their trusted dishes. Before you order a plate of Bagnet Spring Rolls, consider these additions to the roster first.
Have Dinuguan without the tooth-stains. And coconut garnish instead of puto? We’ll take it!
Their Dinuguan Longganisa (P265) might not be entirely photogenic (what dinuguan is?), but it’s surprisingly tender. It doesn’t crumble in your mouth, as one would expect of congealed blood. The slices are lean, but it’s interesting to finally eat this Pinoy favorite without dealing with the mess. And all right, the bagnet is a welcome bonus.
Crispy Shrimp with Salted Egg
There’s enough crunch in each orange crustacean to warrant the crispy part of the Crispy Shrimp with Salted Egg (P235). Eating the head/tail is optional and what you really need to worry about is resisting the urge to order a beer to make good use of the flavor. To balance it out, try the Calamares Negra (P275), which is a tender bite of flavorful squid. The crab fat lemon-aioli dip that comes with each serving is almost unnecessary (we’ll gladly chew on each ring without any condiments) but the sauce offers another experience entirely. We used it on the shrimps and the salty poppers became instant friends with the citrus elements.
Kale Chips: Addictive
If there’s anything that threatens the relationship we have with Pino’s cauliflowers, it’s kale. Baked with yeast, the Kale Chips (P105) taste somewhere between spinach and seaweed. Quite a place in the spectrum of taste. The leaves don’t flake when you bite and a hints of garlic are released when you chew. They should mass produce this and serve it in bags...but then again, Pino prides itself on freshness.
For a heartier meal, their Chicken Inasal Caesar Salad (P215) is the way to go. A pile of lettuce with grilled chicken pieces and chopped tomato among other toppings...it’s what we keep coming back to Pino for. Healthy eats that don’t sacrifice flavor. You don’t even have to be a vegetarian to enjoy all of it.