Pan De Amerikana Bakery and Restaurant is one of the target restaurants foodies wandering in Marikina would want to dine in. This place has a truly incredible, one-of-a-kind setting where you can find and enjoy pan de sal, ensaymada and other breakfast items all day. If you are a sucker for great bread or one who’s fond of incorporating it into meals any chance you get, this fine restaurant in Marikina must be in for your liking. 🙂
Review of Pan De Amerikana (Concepcion Dos, Marikina City)
The layout and design is absolutely gorgeous. No doubt, Pan De Amerikana is built as a charming place. The luxury of is interior is breath-taking as it almost looked like Wonderland. There’s a lot of quirky stuff that should pique your interest, so keep your eyes open and don’t forget to bring a camera. 🙂
The décors are effortlessly classy, bringing a sense of nostalgia without the tackiness. I was especially fascinated by the giant chessboard with 3.5-feet high plastic chess pieces imported all the way from New York City, life-sized wind-driven Netherland windmill, rope bridge (on the second floor, sorry it’s not in the pictures), koi pond, traviesa benches, calesa, Italian colonnade European ruins, frames on a wall and the indoor tropical rainforest plants that serve a purpose—to give a nice feel-good factor as they lift your spirits while blending well in the background.
The wait staff took good care of us. The kind management makes customers feel at home and grant them their own privacy. Everyone is allowed to pose and take pictures. For photography enthusiasts and bloggers, I know that this alone would make visiting Pan De Amerikana in Marikina be worth a shot!
Our wholesome meal started with Mega-sized Wheat Pan De Sal (PhP 6 per piece) which tasted better than the regular pan de sal you find in most bakery shops. It was soft and the dough of the bread was very well done.
Next, we had the Mega-sized Wheat Ensaymada (PhP 12 per piece), which appeared to be the regular ensaymada with sugar and butter we know. There was no additional oomph of creaminess or softness I was looking for to describe the item as exceptional. Nevertheless, this should not be missed!
Filled with bean sprouts (toge), the vegetable spring rolls or Lumpiang Gulay (PhP 55) was standard. I’m happy to report anyway that these rolls had a perfect crisp without being greasy. Slather them to the vinegar-based sauce or ask for chili to make the flavor intense.
The Bangus Sisig (PhP 140) was salty, fishy (not very fresh) and quite dry. It lacked onions and probably to improve this dish, mango salsa should be added to the concoction because a squeeze of calamansi was not successful in giving enough tartness and dimension to the sizzling course.
I ordered a variant of everyone’s favorite egg dish: the omelet. Pan De Amerikana’s Mushroom and Cheese Omelet (PhP 70) came stuffed with mushrooms, which were not the most visually inspiring element on the plate. It was sad that I had neither seen nor tasted the cheese at all when I initially had hoped that the cheese would be an equalizer. Their runny, half-moon omelet can be said as your average solid brunch comfort food, but I think I prefer sticking to more unique offerings for now.
Lastly, the Beef Tapa (PhP 70) was a hearty treat served with a mound of rice and egg. Though dried, the beef jerky was still somehow tender, with only minimal tug-back. I feel it could also go nicely when eaten together with the wheat pan de sal. Unfortunately, I have yet to test this idea.
Price for Value: ★★★★☆
If you’re in the quest to try dining at a restaurant in Marikina with unique ambiance, your adventure should bring you to Pan De Amerikana Bakery and Restaurant. However, don’t expect the food to be exemplary. These are comfort food that will make your mood neutral and just satisfy your hunger while enjoying the relaxing vibe.
Apart from this main branch in Marikina, Pan De Amerikana has other branches that are also guaranteed to give every customer the best experience of their lives with every visit. Worth to mention is the branch in Katipunan Ave., Quezon City which is actually the first and only upside down restaurant in Southeast Asia. Just wow, right! 😆 It is open from 6am to 9pm every day except Sundays (6am to 3pm).
Marikina Branch Operating Hours:
Monday to Saturday 6:00AM to 7:00PM
Sunday 7:00AM to 3:00PM
Pandesal Since 1950’s – 118 Katipunan Avenue, White Plains, Quezon City
Telephone: +632 421-1966, +63 917 881-1884
Unit 4, Madison Building, Wilson Street, Greenhills, San Juan
Telephone: +632 384-6741, +63 917-5664424
Constellation Drive corner Makati Avenue, Belair, Makati Avenue
Telephone: +632 387-9413, +63917 571-2224
The pan-de-sal is such a good deal for P6! And, I fell in love with their interiors. It reminds me of this place in Quezon. I forgot what it’s called. Ang layo lang nito from where I live. I’m glad to have found your blog from our little blog group. I’ve been learning about a lot of restaurants in the north because of you. Keep those posts coming.
Their pan de sal was fresh, perfect texture with a tad crispy top and mmm… it smelled so good! Hehe malayo rin ito from where we live but we just happened to have an overnight getaway with friends. We won a cool experience in return.
Thanks for dropping by, Russ. 🙂
The place looks so awesome!!! And I love the food. My favorites!
Half a century proved Pan De Amerikana’s formula successful. I think the warm and inviting space plus the good food are the top ingredients in everything they do.
I like their pandesals since they are huge and also, when it comes to eating quick affordable meals I pass by their blue ridge branch 😀
Oh wow. There’s a lot of dishes to try out here. I’ll make sure to bring a better camera next time. 😀
The decor looks really cool and the bread looks very fluffy and good! I appreciate your honest reviews!
Thanks, Mary Ann! I just applaud the branding, packaging and retail design of this bakery-restaurant which has been opened since the 1950s. What I think will make it more innovative is a space reserved in showcasing how bread-making is done or can be experienced as well by guests.
Looks like an amazing setting to eat in. It looks more like a museum than a restaurant
Haha that’s a valid point. It creates a welcoming atmosphere as consumers often crave authenticity.
The windmill, chess game and wide interiors does not seem to fit a pan de sal restaurant, but it is really attractive. I want to visit it one day with my family.
Right. These things are not expected to be found usually in a sit-down restaurant specializing in bread. Customers will be in for a surprise. 🙂
Yes, that restaurant has lots of great ambiance. I would go for the bread. Looks so yummy. Great find!
It’s filled with eye-catching designs. Once you’ve sensed the aroma of freshly baked bread, you will go for it surely. 😀
The place looks really inviting what with the quaint and unique interiors. It gives one an artsy and cozy interiors. I love the huge chess as well. But it’s quite disappointing to know that the food isn’t spectacular/special. Nevertheless, the huge pandesal and ensaymada somehow compensates for what it lacks on its main dishes/menu. You should try their pasta with breads, it’s more satisfying. That’s what I usually order when I drop by their Katipunan branch.
Oh I’m one who’s not a fan of pasta. 😛 Anyway, if that’s what you suggest, then I’d have to go with that the next time I visit their Katipunan branch. I wonder if the ambiance there would also make up for the food misses if ever.
That looks like an awesome place to eat. The food looks amazing.
If that’s what looks amazing to you and you don’t live far away, the trip to Pan De Amerikana will be totally worth it. 🙂
I always feel customer service can make or break a restaurant. If the food wasn’t that great, and you had bad service, you wouldn’t recommend the place to anyone!
Customer service is helpful, always a plus. The bread tasted fine. Save yourself some time and head out here. 😀
I love the huge chessboard and would probably end up spending the whole day there just playing!
Haha you gotta find someone to play it with. 😉
The atmosphere is very different all around.. I am not sure of the food, but i would give it a try..
Destroy the air of mystery and try the food here yourself. 😀
Wheat Pandesal and Ensaymada is a much healthier alternative to common bread. I’d want to try it out here as more of a bread person than rice.
We also prefer wheat bread than white because we’re health-conscious folks. 😛
The place looks rustic but elegance to look at, with good food too.
For all the restaurant’s charm, food should be improved; the kitchen must catch up to attract more customers soon.
The food looks amazing, especially the Beef Tapa it looks delicious.
The variety of food we had was a mixed blessing. Some were delightful and tasted as good as it looked, and some were just saddening. The Beef Tapa was okay.
It’s an interesting concept for a restaurant. I’d go just for the decor! The Beef Tapa looks yummy!
Hats off to their interior designer. 🙂 The Beef Tapa was nothing special and tasted just fine. For foreigners who are not familiar with Filipino breakfast meals, it’s worth a try.
I love reading about food places in other parts of the world. The decor at this location is so random and cool. I love it! Thanks for sharing.
You’re welcome. 🙂 Maybe you’d want to consider dining here when you go to the Philippines? The venue is an expectedly verdant and casual spot, but be warned though: the quality of the food (other than the bread) was quite doubtful.
That place looks amazing totally reminds me to Alice in wonderland, love the decoration.
The decorations can easily make this restaurant a landmark in Marikina that’s enduringly popular among tourists.
Oooh I remember seeing my SIL post photos of this place. Will convince her to bring us there when we visit her next. She lives near the area, and I live all the way on the opposite end of the city, but I am super curious about the pandesal and ensaymada now thanks to your post.
Wow, she’s very lucky to be living close to this place. Ask her to bring you her in your next chit-chat/get-together date. 😀
Wow! Everything is so huge. It’s like food for giants, surely one meal could feed a family especially that bread, LOL
Yes, the concept is very nice. 🙂 Pan De Amerikana is a well-established venue that attracts rather trend-conscious visitors who are keen to mark a day just enjoying bread.
Why is it so far? I:-( I’d love to try the ensaymadas and the giant pan de sal!
I have the same question haha. These bread are crave-worthy, for people who find that the most enjoyable dishes are also the simplest. 😉 You should plan to visit this branch one day.
I hope they put up more branches of the pan de amerikana in other areas too so it would be more accessible.
I hope they put up one in SM Mall of Asia, my second home. Haha. 😀
The places is nice, the arrangement but for the food, it isn’t attractive at all. Can’t eat such.
The tastes of the food were not that bad. I think they should just work on improving on the presentation, that’s all. 🙂
What a fun concept! I love the décor!
It looks like the outdoor-indoor, all-day, casual-dining option as a family-friendly restaurant in Marikina. 🙂
Even this is far in the main road, we make it a point to visit it and bring lotsa of bread. I love also the photos scattered in the area that made it a gallery of best shots in colored and black/white.
I don’t recognize the people’s faces in the framed pictures but know that they look very artsy as a whole. That wall is such a piece of art in itself!
I love the decor. It really does look like something from Wonderland. The food looks really good also. Great decor and good food. Can’t ask for much more than that.
Yeah, it’s these restaurants that offer good food and outstanding decors that will keep you coming back. What are you waiting for? Your experience here awaits. 🙂
I have only been to the Pan de Amerikana in Katipunan extensions. I love its novelty, and the price is surprisingly cheap!
Katipunan is quite far from my place kasi kaya I hesitate on the idea of going there. But when I’m completely free, I will find time to get to that branch. 😀
This place looks truly amazing. I love the giant chess board.
Me too! I have seen a giant chessboard before in a mall. If I’m not mistaken, it was in Greenbelt and many people were really game to play it. One game took an hour++. 🙂
I think the ambiance here is a big selling point of the place as it looks really classy with unique pieces.
Right. So if you need a breather, head to Pan De Amerikana and order local food like the mega-sized ensaymada and pan de sal while enjoying the garden-like serene atmosphere.
Wow, what an amazing design! Haven’t seen a place like this before. The food looks really delicious too.
Be sure to try the bread. 😀
This looks like an amazing place to visit and the food looks so delicious. I would like to see the upside down restaurant that would be cool too. Thanks for sharing.
I would love to visit that as well hopefully soon! That sounds interesting. You’re welcome. 🙂
That is a great place, they have great and antique furniture and other stuffs. Looks like a great ambiance and they have a delicious foods.
Yup. I have noticed during our food trip that when in Marikina, you’re guaranteed to a great meal with the vast number of restaurants that offer unique treats. But to really savor all the flavors the city has to offer, it’s best to follow the advice of locals here and eat to your heart’s content.
Wow! Beautiful pictures, thank you for sharing. The food looks delicious.
Whether you stop in from 6-10:30am for breakfast or later in the afternoon for lunch, rest assured that Pan de Amerikana will do you right, all day long. Thanks, Krystal!
Oh I love places like this that look so eclectic. I would definitely love to visit and try some new cuisine!
Speaking of cuisine, I wonder why the restaurant is called Pan de Amerikana when most of the items on the menu seemed to be more Filipino-like.
The food looks great. It’s the inside of that place that gets to me though, that’s awesome looking!
Yeah this place is a winner mostly because of its super cool ambiance. 😀
I have a huge fascination with life size toys and games. That chessboard is insanely amazing! I would deff love to decorate a room like that and had some big pieces. Glad you liked the place!
Not many restaurants would have this sort of fun area for guests to take pictures and hang out. There’s also a real-life size calesa which was placed as an attempt to recreate the experience of olden-day Filipinos who’d ride horse carriages to get to their destinations. What’s not to like? 🙂
Everything looks so tasty! I think I’d like to try those vegetable spring rolls, for sure!
Those vegetable spring rolls are such a classic. It’s good plus easy to make and prepare!
Food looks great! But I am pretty sure that I am in love with the oversized chess board!
Agree. The big draw here must be the giant chessboard. Everyone can appreciate the wonderful setup as it’s placed in a somewhat more informal restaurant that offers budget-friendly items on the menu.
I’ve seen this place somewhere.. The giants checkboard is just the highlights.! Awesome!
It’s so much fun when you’re there. A handy-dandy camera will get you nice pictures. 😀
The place is really nice! It’s like Hogwarts! My mom is a sucker of bread.. I hope I can come with her there 🙂
Hehe I haven’t thought that the place resembles Hogwarts. Hmmm maybe if it’s a little darker and grimmer with candles on the walls and more reds (or maroons) all over, then it could qualify. 😛 Bring yourselves here and try the bread.
I liked the pan de sal and ensaymada…..wow, the place looks like a Roman Empire.
Really? I haven’t seen once before so I can’t compare. Maybe it’s can be described as a revised/modern-day version of it. 😀