Tummy Porn: Pipino / Pino Resto Bar

I've been wanting to go to Pipino ever since I've read about it from Patty Laurel's blog some time a year and a half ago. I keep on inviting some of my friends but they don't seem to share my enthusiasm every time I tell them Pipino is a food haven for vegans. My friends are mostly carnivores so understandably, they'd prefer going to places where they can have meat. I'd tell them Pino Resto Bar (which is not only adjacent to Pipino but is exactly at the same location) offers meat dishes. The argument would just die down and the food hunt will either be postponed, cancelled or transferred to another location. This is mainly because Pino is too far from the Bahana Republic (UST).
I may not be a vegetarian but being a pescatarian surely benefits from scouting and trying out vegan restaurants. I just simply look at it this way: anything that's good for vegetarians is also good for pescatarians. After years of waiting, I finally got myself to head to Teachers Village early this afternoon with my friend Eilu. Here's the famous doodle at Pino Resto Bar which I have seen numerous times on TV features and blog write-ups.
The doodle art

I had Pipino's cold soba buckwheat noodles and Eilu tried their stuffed portobello cheeseburger. We also both enjoyed platter #1 of Pino's starters especially the cheese nori rolls (I liked the touch of basil so that it makes the cheese less nakakaumay.

We also had dessert (primarily the reason why I went there). You know what I had? You guessed it right: red velvet cupcake!

Eilu tried their chocolate tempura.

Here's a shot of their choices for dessert:

A little trivia: Alessandra Lanot, the author of my favorite blog Life After Breakfast, is the owner of Pipino. She is a graphic designer and she did the menu for her restaurant using watercolor art. I tweeted her earlier while I was at Pipino, asked her if she's in, told her I wanted to meet her. (Yes, ganun na kakapal ang mukha ko. Although, habang ginagawa ko un, kabadong kabado ako and nanlalamig ung mga kamay ko.)

So ayun, muntik ko na sya ma-meet. Anyhow, may next time naman. That means, more cupcakes to try out. And I honestly want to try their pancit and bam-i (di naman halata na mahilig ako sa noodles right?!). Woot woot!

Pipino, Pino Resto Bar
and Pino Kitchen Studio are located at 39 Malingap St., Teachers Village, Quezon City.

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