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June 29, 2015
Bistro Pamana

Foodies who are familiar with Manila’s sister city Tagaytay will advise you – nay, entreat you – to visit Pamana restaurant for some of the best Filipino heritage home cooking in the archipelago. But if you can’t make the 1h30 pilgrimage south, fret not – beeline instead for Bistro Pamana, the spanking new outpost conveniently debuted in Makati, bringing hordes of hungry locals to their quaint, Legaspi Village space.

The Manila branch may be branded a tad differently, but still follows the tried-and-true Pamana formula: heirloom family recipes passed down through the generations, then faultlessly executed using locally sourced ingredients and spices. It’s not exactly the most traditional of Pinoy foods, but it sure is delectable, with star dishes like chicken Binakol steeped in buko (young coconut) juice and arriving in the same coconut, and signature salmon belly, marinated alongside rich pineapple, radish and okra in a hearty tamarind soup.

The decor, too, takes a page from its big sib’s book. The same deep purple walls feature here, with framed family photographs and gilded mirrors adding a homely vibe to complement the nostalgic recipes and vintage wares (among them an antique sewing machine, and hand-held typewriter for receipts). In clement weather, take a table in the garden patio, and if you haven’t time for a full meal, the afternoon tea is equally fab value. Kainan na!

Greenbelt Mansion / 106 Perea St / Legaspi Village / Makati / +63 2 815 1823 / 10am-10pm Mon-Fri, 10am-9pm Sat /