January 29, 2014
PINK PANDA is a Southeast Asian Diner created by Erwan Heussaff and the Hatch 22 group, featuring Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Chinese, and Filipino comfort food.
This is my favorite among all the Erwan Heussaff restaurants. It offers nice Asian food execution at a good price.
Check out Pink Panda...
Erwan Heussaff Restaurants:
- HUNGRY HOUND: On Duck Fat Fries, Mr. Delicious' Bacon, and First Impressions...
- HATCH 22 Cafe & Bakery: Rockwell Power Breakfast! @hatch22ph
- PINK PANDA MANILA: South East Asian Diner in Makati by @ErwanJHeussaff
The menu is simple, focused on Southeast Asian favorites and a good selection of drinks.
We ordered most of the bestsellers during our meeting...
NIBBLES & BITES
The fried version was a bit oily. Maybe you can request for the plain rolls to replace the fried ones.
The dimsum was yummy, especially for its price. It was also presented very well on a bed of vegetables. The dimsum wrapper though was a little bit thick.
The hakaw tastes is good, but the wrapper is thick and chewy.
Pink Panty anyone?
This Chilean wine is refreshingly fruity and a good way to prepare your palate for the meal ahead.
I didn't like this red wine, which was a bit bitter and oxidized.
We all unanimously loved this salad with a good balance of salty, citrusy, and hint of chili flavors. Great presentation of the salad served on banana heart, with a sprayer for the dressing on the side.
The execution of this Indonesian seemed off. Not even the waiters could explain what this was.
The Pho soup was good and best eaten while still hot. Only issue with this are the beef tendons, which were solid as rocks. Wish they had an option to replace them.
Order this version if you prefer seafood balls and flavors. It's good to eat after a drinking session.
PINK PANDA SPECIALS
The Wagyu beef cubes resemble kikiam, which was very oily and not executed well. The meat was a bit salty, too.
This is another failed execution. It's more bones than meat and served in an inconveniently small cup.
✮ Fad Thai (P270 +10% service charge). Shrimps/Flat Noodles/Stir Fried Vegetables/Chili Tamarind Sauce.
We love the comforting flavors of this Pad Thai, served innovatively on a tin flower pot.
Very flavorful Chicken Sate with a good chunk of chicken meat and a balanced peanut sauce flavor.
This has more breading than chicken meat. :(
We had a great mini-P&G Alumni reunion at Pink Panda with RJ & Vanessa, Patrick & Quennie, and my CFO friend, Jessie. :)
Overall, PINK PANDA does feel like a Southeast Asian backpacker hangout where you can have a good selection of Southeast Asian dishes and drinks.
It's a good place to meet and chill with foodie friends after office. It would have been nice if it were a hole-in-the-wall instead of being located inside a hotel.
We recommend the Dimsum and Then Some, Mango and Papaya Catfish Salad, Vietnamese Pho Sho or Seafood Pho Da Hoe, Fad Thai, and Puncak Chicken Sate. Budget is about P600/head.
Let me know if you have any recommendations on what to try next time.
PINK PANDA MANILA
Ground Floor Y2 Residence Hotel
4687 Santiago St. corner B. Valdez & Singian Sts., Makati
Mobile: +63 (917) 794-2005
Phone:+632 224-3000 loc 3057
Facebook: The Pink Panda Diner
Live an Awesome Life,
P.S. Will also try out Y2 Residences one of these days...