Pinac Heirloom Capampangan Cuisine (2nd Level, U.P. Town Center, Katipunan Ave., Diliman, Quezon City)

PhotoGrid_1400334952010Date visited: November 2013

What we ordered:

Ensaladang Pako with Fried Itik Floss (fiddle fern with salted egg, green mangoes, cucumber and tomatoes served with Pinac vinaigrette and topped with deep fried quail floss) (~PhP130), Manibalang na Manga at Hito Ensalada (salad of green mangoes with cucumber, eggplant, red onions and tomatoes, served with fermented shrimp paste and catfish) (~PhP130), Sinigang na Ulo ng Salmon sa Miso (salmon’s head miso sour soup) (~PhP220) and Smoked Tadyang with Yellow Mango Chutney (fall-off-the-bone smoked beef ribs with yellow mango and native corn salsa) (~PhP650)


Taste = 4.5/5

–          We were looking for a place to eat in the (then relatively new) U.P. Town Center and we chose to eat at a Filipino-themed restaurant. Good thing we did. Everything was yummy. This must be because the dishes of restaurant hail from Pampanga, where, people have the reputation of being excellent cooks. The Sinigang was definitely yummy and sour to our liking. We believe that the best fish meat is in the vicinity of their heads and the fish parts that were in the soup were definitely good, flaky and flavourful. The ribs were a bit on the tough side but they had much flavour and the chutney was the perfect accompaniment to the dish. The salad had a little too much flavor going on but overall, it was interesting. The fiddle fern was good. The combination of flavors was excellent: sour, sweet, salty, savory and fresh (because of the cucumber).


Service = 5/5

–          Even though they were literally full of diners and we were seated near the edge of the restaurant, we still received excellent service and we never felt that we were being neglected.


Ambience = 5/5

–          The place had a modern feel with a very clean brown-beige-white motif. There were a lot of interesting pictures on the walls which could easily be conversation starters for those on dates. The place was brightly lit and felt like a very good place to eat and chat with family and friends.


Value for money = 4.5/5

–          The service we received and quality of the food were superior in its class. However, their serving sizes could use a little improvement. Having said this, this restaurant can still easily become our favourite in U.P. Town Center.

Sorry, we weren’t able to find any page or website for this restaurant.

16 thoughts on “Pinac Heirloom Capampangan Cuisine (2nd Level, U.P. Town Center, Katipunan Ave., Diliman, Quezon City)

  1. Liz says:

    I must say I have never eaten most of the things you describe here but it sounds like a very unique meal and the ambience, value for money and service is good so this must be a great place to eat in. Thanks for sharing!

    • rey & lyn says:

      You’re very much welcome! We just hope they could continue or actually improve on everything to really establish themselves as one of the must-go-to restaurants in the area. Hope you had a great weekend! 🙂

  2. HotDish says:

    Wow. This sounds like a really exciting and different dish. I love fiddlehead ferns!! I can’t even really picture what it would taste like but your description makes me want to know.

  3. Chloe C. says:

    Remembered this restaurant when I was at UP Town Center thanks to your review! 😀 I went there to review Cafe Shibuya but I’ll make sure to try this next time~ I think you’ll like it sa Cafe Shibuya, they serve some really good toast! 🙂

    • rey & lyn says:

      We have tried the dessert toasts in Cafe Shibuya namely, Tiramisu, All American PBJ and Nutella (of course). We liked the desserts and we will definitely come back to taste more from their menu thanks to your review of one of their savory toasts. Their bread is really something else. 🙂

      • Chloe C. says:

        Oh awesome, then those desserts will be on top of my to-try list for next time! Thanks for the recommendation 🙂 Their bread is just divine ;___;

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