I visited Plana’s Pantry Quezon City for a food tasting several weeks back. I didn’t know what to expect as I’m not familiar with the restaurant. Somehow, the name was mentioned a few times by friends, but it didn’t really stick on my mind. Then I learned that Plana’s Pantry is the famous restaurant in Mandaluyong. With a growing clientele, they’ve decided to setup in the northern part of the metro. After tasting what they have to offer, I realized why it became such a hit among foodies.
Located at the corner of Quezon Avenue and Sgt. Esquerra, the restaurant is quite big. As I roamed around to check out the entire place, my impression is that it’s a restaurant that specializes in cakes and pastries. Not that it’s a bad thing. It actually looks kitchy and cute with the dominant white background accented with a splash of colors such as teal, red, etc.
The place is cozy and casual offering a mix of American and Filipino dishes. The area is well-lit and can accommodate a huge crowd. An intimate event can even be setup in one area. We all settled down once the food started arriving.
For starters, we had Plana’s Sisig (Php149). The restaurant’s version of this Filipino delicacy did not disappoint.
The restaurant also has their version of Lengua (Php280) served in creamy mushroom sauce. I love how the ox tongue was cooked tender that it melts in my mouth.
Hickory BBQ Ribs (Php265) came along which was truly a delight. This tender and moist barbecue ribs requires no effort to slice.
But then the Lamb Masala (Php340) was a feast to my senses. The Indian-inspired dish is so flavorful and cooked well that it doesn’t have that gamey taste.
Equally tender and flavorful is the Beef Salpicao (Php240). Cooked with mushrooms, this Spanish-inspired dish is also a favorite.
As if we haven’t eaten much, pastas were served on our table. There’s Tomato, Basil and Shrimp Pasta (Php220) and Carbonara (Php220). Both are delectable, but I have to say that I do enjoy red sauces more than the white ones so I really loved the Shrimp pasta.
In between bites, I sipped on the Supersized Lemonade (PHp65). It’s so big that I really enjoyed it. One thing I hate when dining is that I have to keep asking for a refill. Plana’s Pantry’s drink satisfied my need for a lot of drinks in just one seating.
Our huge meal was capped with Ice Cream (Php65, single serve; Php120 double serving) for dessert. Plana’s Pantry makes their own in delicious flavors such as Chocolate Rumble, Mocha Chips, Strawberry Lane and Cookie Caramel. I had the Strawberry Lane and I really enjoyed the bits of strawberries and that it’s not very sweet.
Plana’s Pantry offers delicious Filipino and Western Dishes. It’s no wonder they have a good following at their original branch in Mandaluyong. Now, foodies from the north need not go far to experience good food from this restaurant.