Tuesday, February 3, 2015

First bite at Pakibalot Panciteria

Place: Small and clean. It looks like a "glorified carinderia." One can eat on the sidewalk in front of the place if there are no more available seats inside.

Food: Generally, O-K. Some dishes are amply tasty, some are disappointing.

First on our table is the Hototay Soup (Php 170). The broth is tasty and full of meat flavor. Also, the ingredients are fresh, making the soup heartier and satisfying.

Next, Miki-Bihon Guisado (Php 150). This one is a little bland. Also, the noodles are overcooked and mushy.

Then, we have Chopsuey (Php 150). This dish is surprisingly more flavorful than the pansit. The vegetables are not overcooked and still have some crunch.

We also have some fried dishes. First is the Tokwa't Baboy (Php 120). Delicious! The tofu cubes and pork belly pieces are golden and fried perfectly. They are floating on a soy sauce-vinegar concoction that would taste better with just a hint of sweetness. Another fried dish we have is the Lumpiang Shanghai (Php 120). These fried treats are a tad too salty, so dipping them in the sweet & sour dip is a must, just to even out flavors.

Next on our table is the Buttered Chicken (Php 180): fried chicken fingers smothered with butter sauce. This one is just a little too rich. And we suspect that what was used is not butter but margarine, making it teem with an unneeded amount of dairy flavor. Then, the Sweet & Sour Meatballs (Php 180): golden fried, crispy balls of pork, smothered with a sweet & sour sauce that lacked sweet and sour tastes. The sauce is bland, not exciting enough to the palate.

For our rice, we have Shanghai Fried Rice (Php 140, big): rice cooked with minced hotdog, chorizo, and green peas, flavored with soy sauce. This dish is a little inconsistent; some of our spoonfuls are bland, some are delicious. The marriage of flavor needs to be mixed more evenly.

Price: Considering food taste, serving size, and quality, food here is just a little overpriced.

Service: Good! Our waitress is friendly, warm, and attentive.

Pakibalot Panciteria is at 22 Maginhawa St., Diliman, Quezon City.

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