Thursday, April 7, 2011

Home of the Pugon Roasted Asado

Panciteria Lido
UG/F Annex 1, SM City Fairview
Quirino Highway cor. Regalado Avenue,
Greater Lagro, Quezon City
+63 (02)355-5436
04 August 2010

Panciteria Lido

Mom had GCs for Crepes and Cream (Buy 2 Crepes, free 1 Crepe), and she wanted us to use it. This day was sister's day off, so we decided to eat dinner out before eating crepes as our desserts. We've noticed that we were always checking the food places at the new Annex Building, so I suggested we eat here at Panciteria Lido instead.

Panciteria Lido

Panciteria Lido

Panciteria Lido traces its roots back in 1936. Back then, it was just a little eatery located in Binondo (Chinatown) put up by Mr. Lido. It's best known for their Pugon Roasted Asado, which was something we all wanted to try because it boasts a 70-year old recipe, but the staff regrettably told us that it was sold out because they had a delivery. Sad as we might be, we just considered it as a reason for us to dine there again, should we have a great dining experience, of course.

Mom reminded us that we should eat "light," but seeing their awesome line up of foods, we just couldn't help but go a little heavier. We had:

Buttered Chicken

Buttered Chicken (p240). Crunchy on the outside, juicy and tender on the inside. The sweet and sour sauce provided was a great change, since we usually eat our fried chicken with either ketchup or gravy.

Braised Tofu in Hotpot

Braised Tofu in Hotpot (p180). Mom's not into beans (because of arthritis), but us siblings just love tofu, and when the staff said the dish had vegetables (carrots, snow peas, young corn, and wood ear mushroom), mom OK'd our choice. There was something interestingly good about the sauce, it was like eating beef with mixed veggies in oyster sauce, except that this used tofu as the "meat."

Chami Special (Petite)

Chami Special, petite (p112). Mom was craving for pancit (noodles), and the place is called Panciteria (Filipino's term for noodle house), so we asked the staff what she could recommend. She told us that the Chami Special is their bestseller. We still haven't tasted Chami, so we went for it. The staff had a great recommendation as this was so delicious! It was like eating lomi without the soupy sauce. The petite size is actually good for one to two persons, but we weren't able to eat it all because the noodles were thick and heavy. We just had it wrapped for take home because we would like to have something special come breakfast.

They also have the "mucho" serving for this noodles (p185), which is good for 3 -5 persons.

Fried Dumplings

Fried Dumplings, 6 pieces (p95). My sister loves fried dumplings, so seeing that guests can opt to have their dumplings served steamed or fried, she made a request if we could have it, too. Well, we rarely eat out with sister, so we let her order it, too. I love my dumplings steamed, but this was great, too. The texture was good, and the flavors were good, too.

Mango Shake

Mango Shake. The family actually shared this glass of drink (we requested for water, too), because we reminded ourselves that we would still eat crepes for dessert.

We had an awesome dining experience. Since we still wanted to taste their Asado, we really told ourselves we will go back here in the future, and maybe eat lunch so we will be sure that the asado will be available.

Panciteria Lido proudly says that their dishes are MSG (monosodium glutamate) free. Other branches they had include:
  • West Avenue - Westlife Building, West Avenue corner Bulacan Street, Quezon City (Telephone Numbers: 374-7494 / 448-5165)
  • New Manila - G/F The Capital Towers, E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, New Manila, Quezon City (Telephone Number: 414-5436)
  • Paranaque City - G/F JOHVER Bldg 1, 23 President’s Avenue, BF Commercial Plaza, BF Homes, Paranaque City (Telephone Number: 842-5436)
Their fifth branch will open soon in Las Pinas City.

Should you want to eat at their branch in SM Fairview, it is located at the Annex 1 building, beside Mang Inasal.

*** Jenn ***

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Jenn, the Foodie

I come from a family who loves cooking and eating. I never had any formal training in cooking and that I taught myself how to cook based on the handed down recipes, but I could say that I can cook good food. In 2008, I started documenting my food trips for my travel blog, and since I have quite enough to start a food blog, might as well put all those food trips in one location. Thus, a food blog is born - thanks to the new Friendster Blogs. However, due to several problems, I was left with no choice but to pack bags again and move here instead. Here's the permanent address, promise! Enough talk, let the food trippin' begin! {Know More About Me}