Momofuku Chicken Wings at Pino Restobar. Click for more photos.
Pino Restobar in Teacher’s Village, Quezon City, turns two years old this August with new dishes on the menu to celebrate its sophomore year.
Pino Restobar recently transferred to Malingap Street, a relatively more quiet area than its previous location on Maginhawa Street with its row of restaurants. According to co-owner PJ Lanot, the move was largely due to the lack of parking space in the old location. Pino’s new space is bigger, with more tables and a parking area in front of the restaurant. The familiar mural by Wewilldoodle on one wall adds whimsy to the simple and casual interiors.
Putting emphasis on serving cold beer and cocktails with bar food, Pino has added new menu items to celebrate their second year. Chef Ed Bugia came up with six new welcome additions to the Pino menu: Momofuku chicken wings (P225), one-hour confit chicken wings in chili-garlic soy marinade, laing lumpia (P185), coconut milk-stewed taro leaves in fried spring roll wrappers with hot sour cream sauce, Bagnet Binagoongan (P225), crispy Ilocano pork served on bagoong sauce, pandan rice and fried bokchoy, Bulalo Bistek (P255), steak-fried beef shanks in pineapple-beef steak gravy, pandan rice and tempura onion rings, Laing-stuffed crispy pata (P445), boneless crunchy pork thigh, stuffed with longganisa bits and coconut cream-stewed taro leaves, and Choco Tablea cheesecake (P160) for dessert.
Lanot shares that they will continue extending their repertoire of products and services this year. Pino’s second floor will soon be home to Pipino, where they will be serving vegetarian fare. The "Pino Kitchen Studio," a series of mini-workshops, will also be launched by Chef Bugia together with QTV 11’s Chefs Nino Logarta and Jonah Trinidad starting September.
Pino Restobar is at 39 Malingap Street, Teacher’s Village, Quezon City. Tel. No. 441-1773, (0915) 811-6666.