Friday, October 14, 2016

Pinac: Pampanga cuisine for a chic and stylish venue

Pampanga has been known for its delectable indigenous cuisine. It is thus no surprise that Pinac offers the best of Pampanga's flavors. Located at the second floor of the UP Town Center beside SNR Dining, this new restaurant is gives us old world Filipino charm perfect for those families who want an experience reminiscent intimate family dinners.

I had a grand time in this place. Also, the pictures will show you what their food has in store. 

Hipon with Talangka. Don't let the orangey look fool you. The shrimps are brimming with flavor due to the Talangka (Crab fat) the shrimps are truly fresh with every bite. I love the fact that this all seafood dish has this mild, salty flavor.

Turon with Dulce de Leche. At Php 155, this dessert is an old Filipino favorite redesigned to fit a fusion cuisine style. The design is very stylish for a dessert dish.

Lemon Cucumber Cooler. The sweet taste was accentuated by the sharp flavor of cucumber.

Baked Oysters with Crispy Kangkong. The oysters were baked to perfection with a helping of cheese, butter, and kangkong. At 235 Php, the dish is a pretty good appetizer. The kangkong reminded me of those spinach dishes we used to cook at home.

The overloaded pinoy paella. This dish is pretty pricey at Php 645; but the price is worth it. The meal is composed of pan fried rice topped with the typical paella toppings such as squid, mussels, eggs, and peas. But this one has chunky slices of bagnet with it. Talk about toppings!

Pinac's Crispy Pata. At Php 645, this dish is the creme de la creme of their viand menu. The chunky pork leg is boiled then fried to a crisp. This generous helping comes with soy sauce and eggplant. I enjoyed the crispy and not-so-oily skin.

Deep Fried Chicken with Potato Crisps (Php 325). I initally thought that this was chicharon. The crispy skin and fatty goodness reminded me of the latter. Add to that a generous helping of potato chips; and this dish is already good with beer.

Crispy Hito Balls, Mustasa at Buro (Php 235). Catfish isn't the most appealing of dishes in pictures. Hence, the owners thought of grinding the meat into balls, putting crispy breading on it, and accompanying it with mustasa and a special sauce.

Flat Top Smores. At Php 255, this delectable dessert is composed of pan heated marshmallows with curly tops filling. It is accompanied with a fresh helping of graham crackers. It is also good for sharing. Upon tasting, I found the dish to be filled that chocolate goodness I never thought was possible with locally made chocolate.

Pinac truly gave me a different perspective on Pampanga cuisine.

Pinac Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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