It was our first time to set foot in Pamana Restaurant last April 18, and it definitely won’t be the last! Can’t wait to try their other appetizing dishes as we only got to sample a few when we visited. Pamana Restaurant is a sister company of Barrio Fiesta and part of the Happy Concept Group owned and operated by Chef Happy Ylagan Ongpauco-Tiu. Happy is the daughter of former actress Liberty Ilagan and the cousin of movie personality Heart Evangelista.
Because it was our first time to dine at Pamana, we really didn’t know what to order. We actually had to ask the waitstaff for their recommendations. We ended up having two of their appetizers (Pampanga’s Sizzling Sisig at Aligue and Crispy Adobong Pusit Calamares), Nilagang Bulalo, plus Sizzling Pancit Ivatan for take-out.
The presentation alone is already a winner! Pampanga’s Sizzling Sisig at Aligue has everything a pork sisig lover wants: chopped pig’s face/ears with lots of onions and spring onions, chilli peppers, crushed chicharon, egg, and mayonnaise. Wait, there’s more, that one particular ingredient that made it more special and unique. This particular type of sisig is served with ginisang aligue (sauteed crab fat), which makes it more sinfully delicious. Our 12-year-old son ate lots of rice with this!
This Crispy Adobong Pusit Calamares is a winner, too! It’s actually my and hubby’s favorite dish from the ones we ordered. It was really crispy outside and delightfully tender and flavorful inside. We finished everything up to the last squid tentacle! Our son Justin, who “claims” he’s allergic to squid, tried it upon my prodding, and he loved it as well! We’ll definitely have this again.
And because we’re in Tagaytay, it’s customary for us to order bulalo. Pamana’s Nilagang Bulalo didn’t disappoint in terms of taste and meat tenderness, but it looks kinda plain. I would have wanted more vegetables in my bulalo, too.
We also ordered Sizzling Pancit Ivatan to go and gave it as pasalubong to my folks in Cavite. It’s pancit canton with dried pork adobo and egg toppings, served with adobo sauce and tuba.
At the lobby of Pamana, you’ll see these lovely chinawares, which are actually for sale. I’ve learned from reading articles about Chef Happy that she is an avid collector of plates and dinnerware. Her wide collection of plates was actually one of the reasons that prompted her to venture into dining services apart from her successful restaurant business.
So how was our first time at Pamana? It was great!
(near The Boutique Bed & Breakfast)
Phone: (046) 413-2461