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