Pan de Amerikana has been the talk of the town for years now… It was been featured on Mel & Joey as far as I can remember for their life size chess pieces (Marikina) and upside down car as well as tables and chairs (Katipunan). Best pandesal, great food and nice ambiance… those were the magic words that you can hear from those people who have been there.
Since I have been hearing a lot about this place, I asked hubby to go there one Sunday for breakfast. It is an hour away from Cubao (with not so heavy traffic) and located in SSS Village in Concepcion, Marikina. A hidden paradise as what others describe it. We took a jeepney with SSS Village signboard and asked the driver to drop us off at Bay Tree. As we paid P17/head for the fare, I already thought how long it would take us to go there. Then the jeepney driver dropped us off in front of Puregold before he turned right. Based on the directions (taken from the blog of a female blogger who also went there), we were supposed to take a tricycle. We were about to take the trike when the trike driver blurted out that Pan de Amerikana was just a few steps away! Oh… how nice of him huh! 🙂
There were so many cars in front of PDA when we got there. It was only 8:30 then but it seemed that many have been there as the bakery opened at 7:00am. As we came in, there were only a few people on queue at the counter which was just across the entrance. It’s a self-service restaurant like Chowking. Pay for your order then wait for it to be served on your table. We only paid P205! Wow, it’s so cheap… 😉
Hubby and I were really hungry at that time and what made us starve more were the list of foods on their menu. Hubby ordered for Tosilog and pandesal with corned beef while I ordered for Tapsilog and pandesal with tuna (bestseller). For our drinks, I opted to order for watermelon shake over iced tea which hubby ordered for.
I think the food in PDA is overrated. Why? Well… we were not quite happy and satisfied with our breakfast. According to hubby, the meat used for tocino has lots of “gatil” and it didn’t even taste good. Same with the tapa… it’s taste was far from the real tapa. The homemade one was better than theirs, if I might say. 😦 The red iced tea made our day though! Ooops, what about the infamous pandesal of PDA? Nothing extraordinary… I hope the owner would do something to improve the taste of the foods so that the customers would keep on coming back for their delicious treats at an affordable price.
The place is really beautiful, captivating and relaxing for it has a nice ambiance that would make your dining experience one of a kind. You can have coffee (3 in 1 @ P15) and pandesal (P7/pc) while enjoying the free wifi on your visit here early in the morning. I really love the place but not the food…
How to get there:
Ride a jeepney or fx with SSS Village signboard (Cubao and Stop & Shop) then ask the driver to drop you off at Bay Tree. The drop off point is Puregold Supermarket. Walk straight along the highway until you see the big windmill of Pan de Amerikana. It is around 5 minutes of walking. 😉