My boyfriend and I found nice date place in the metro that is both affordable and cozy. The place is Pan De Amerikana in Marikina and just by the name you could probably guess what their specialty is–Pan de Sal!
We went there though, not to eat or buy pan de sal but to have lunch. What makes Pan de Amerikana an interesting place is their theme and interiors. The facade shows a big windmill and inside is a garden, wooden chairs, hammocks, a life-size Chess board, and even a hanging garden! How cool is that?
Pan de Amerikana serves food for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 6am to 7pm on weekdays and only up to 3pm on Sundays. Their food is pretty basic, nothing fancy but very affordable. We arrived at around 1PM for lunch on a Sunday and we found the place moderately packed. There were several groups of people–couples, families and friends inside their garden restaurant.
I found the place to be very lovely! All furniture is made of wood and there are a lot of plants inside! There are also a lot of vintage finds like an old transistor radio, old photos, etc. We first placed our order at the cashier, looked for a spot and waited for our food. While waiting, we took advantage of the time by taking pictures of the place.
We settled to sit near a big fan. The biggest downside of the place is that it is super hot inside the garden restaurant in the afternoon! We were literally sweating inside just by sitting down and taking pictures.
Our food arrived and it was okay. I did not really expected much because of the prices in their menu. We had 3 orders of rice, 1 order of Sinigang na Baboy, 1 Order of Waknatoy (a dish similar to Menudo), 1 Turon and 2 glasses of Pineapple juice for only PhP 200! That is a great steal. So of course when I tasted the food and it tasted just ordinary, it was perfectly fine with me. I would still go back for the ambiance and place.
We were able to finish our food immediately because we were hungry but we did not go home immediately so we can make the most of our date. I went to the bathroom and it was beautiful!
There were several antique-looking painted vases and even the sink where you can wash your hands is hand painted as well. I also like the mirror shaped like the sun.
We continued to survey the place and looked for the famous giant chess board.
There is also a lovely swing and a big vintage clock. How cute is that?
The best part of Pan de Amerikana though is the hanging bridge found nowhere else but at the 2nd floor or should I say the rooftop! I never expected to find it there! Good thing we explored and decided to go upstairs and check the view.
We also found some hammocks and a smaller windmill inside the garden and several other interesting pieces perfect for a photo shoot. But after some time I finally got tired and decided it is time to go home, or at least go somewhere else. For the PhP 200 we paid for this lunch, what more can I ask for?
I think Pan de Marikina over all is a great place to try. The food for its price is very reasonable and the place is a winner. I would just suggest you consider coming early or late (not like what we did) as it is probably cooler by then. As for me, I will definitely come back for dinner.
Pan de Amerikana also offers FREE Tai Chi lessons, painting sessions and is open for special occasions.
How to commute to pan de Amerikana:
- Take an MRT, get off at Cubao Station.
- Take a Jeep or FX that will bring you to Concepcion Dos.
- Get off at Concepcion Dos, you will see an intersection.
- Walk northward for a few meters until you see the big windmill 🙂
PAN DE AMERIKANA, Marikina
92 Ordonez St., Concepcion Dos, Marikina City
Metro Manila, Philippines
(+632) 475-2398, +63917-5308824
Until the next trip,