What started as a small bakeshop offering Filipinos’ favorite bread for breakfast pandesal, as well as Pan de Amerikana(old style pandesal that are bigger than usual and became famous during the American Occupation), ensaymada and loaf bread, Pan de Amerikana is now a sprawling restaurant offering dishes from three provinces in the Philippines – Bicol, Ilocos and Marikina.
From Bicol, there is the familiar laing, tinumok and Bicol express. These dishes are all spicy and the ubiquitous coconut milk is generously added the way the Bicolanos want it. Then there is igado, dinakdakan, longganisa and pakbet, with the vegetable slightly overcooked, from the Ilocos region. Last but not the least are Marikina favorites such as imbutido, also known as everlasting in Marikina, and waknatoy (Marikina’s version of menudo with pickles and cheese).
The design is eclectic with a not-to-be-missed windmill outside, as well as a boat on top of a tree and a hanging bridge. Inside is a collection of the owners’ antiques and souvenirs from their travels around the world. On one wall are old photographs of Filipino actors and actresses, while antique typewriters, furniture, electric fans are on display.
There’s an old horse-drawn carriage minus the horse that’s also on display, a piano, a miniature water falls, giant chess board and pieces and the couple’s collection of chess boards flown to Marikina from other countries such as those from Barcelona. The restaurant is a museum of sorts, silent witnesses to the eras gone by.
The restaurant is airy, all 700 square meters and can sit up to 300 persons. Dining at Pan de Amerikana won’t cost you an arm and a leg as a full-meal would set you back by P200 to P300.
92 General Ordonez Ave., Marikina 1811
(02) 475 2398
Bakery opens at 5:00 am and the restaurant at 6:00 am and closes at 7pm