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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Mega Pan de Sal at Pan de Amerikana

Pan de Amerikana is not a bakery owned by an American nor a franchise of a bakeshop in the US. It started as a bakery in 1950s, producing extender-free pan de sal baked from wood-fired oven. It is very Filipino - from the garden setup of their restaurant (in Marikina) adorned with antique wood tables, tree house and various assortments, down to their menu of local pinoy fares. 

It's the country's first chess-themed restaurant so it's no wonder there's chess everywhere. The owners were not content with putting up chessboard tables, but they also created a giant chess board with pieces imported from US.

The three and a half feet chess pieces, although made of plastic, are pretty heavy; my little girl had quite a struggle moving them from one square to another. It's as if they want visitors to exercise both brain and muscles too.

The surrounding is perfect for those who want to beef up their creativity, thus, the restaurant also serves as venue to various activities like Tai Chi classes, photography club gatherings and free art lessons.

Free wifi is also available which makes Pan de Amerikana a perfect hang out for bloggers and informal business meetings.

Aside from the garden restaurant, the reason why people from all walks of life troop to Pan Amerikana is their pan de sal.

Made of wheat and absolutely without any extenders, the bread is soft and tasty. Pan de Sal (bread with salt) is the most popular bread in the Philippines, although the name was of Spanish origin (probably because when pan de sal was invented, we're a Spanish colony).

The regular-sized pan de sal is at Php6 a piece and is way bigger than the version of Pan de Manila. For those with an appetite for anything huge, the giant pan de sal would definitely tickle one's fancy. Priced at Php55, it's both rewarding to the eye and to the tummy. Best served with coco jam or peanut butter (yummy!).

Breakfast, lunch and snacks are also served at the restaurant at very affordable prices but don't expect anything spectacular (I wasn't very impressed so I'd rather not elaborate).

Pan de Amerikana is located at 92 Ordonez St., Marikina City and is open daily from 6am to 7pm except Sundays, open until 3pm only.


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