Pamana is the latest Filipino restaurant in Tagaytay. It offers Filipino cuisine based on secret family recipes handed down to Happy Ongpauco, a third generation member of the Barrio Fiesta Restaurant Clan. The concept is similar to Tootsie’s but better executed. Plus, it has a great view of Taal Lake.

(Note on the photo above: This is one of those rare moments I was able to ask my sons to sit down and smile at the same time.)


Sungkaan of Condiments


I like this fancy presentation of the different condiments to add additional flavor to your food. The Datu Puti vinegar taste becomes sophisticated when it is displayed this way.


Pamana Menu


You can order your Barrio Fiesta favorites like Crispy Pata and Bulalo Steak, and even the Adobo Rice of World Topps. But why go all the way to Tagaytay to eat that? The waiters do not have a clue about the story or heritage of the cuisine, so don’t depend on them for suggestions. You can’t go wrong ordering from the Our Family Heritage menu.


Chicken Binakol (P296). Chicken cooked in young coconut juice… Happy’s Friend, Tweet Feliciano Campo’s Ultimate Recipe



If you are tired of the usual sinigang soup, this is a good alternative because it is sweeter in taste due to the coconut juice. It is served inside a coconut shell with additional soup served on the side. It would have been great if the coconut meat was softer and you can eat it together with the soup.

Tinuktok (P275). Minced coconut meat, shrimp and spices wrapped in taro leaves and cooked in coconut milk.



We love to include at least one vegetable dish when we order in a restaurant. The Bicolano in me loves anything with gata and the use of taro leaves (similar to laing) in dishes. The Tinuktok is a bit spicy because of the chili bits inside, so Aidan was not able to enjoy this.

Pamana’s Three Way Adobo (P250). 3 kinds of Adobo from Happy’s three favorite lolas: Mama Chit, Lola Laling and Lola Fely. Chicken adobong puti, adobo flakes and native adobo spareribs — an all-in-one!

Adobo has been served a lot of ways, but this is one of the better ways to serve it with different flavors, texture and personality. The servings in Pamana are always good to share for 2-3 people.

Binagoongang Bagnet (P360). Tita Monchie Biazon’s (wife of Senator Biazon) lechon kawali sauteed in shrimp paste. Their family’s secret recipe taught only to Happy!

This is one of the unique dishes I have seen in Pamana. The lechon kawali is big, with binagoongang sauce that is not too salty. Yummy! I just thought that using bagnet was inappropriate because it communicates a double-fried crunchy lechon kawali but this one was not as crunchy as expected.

Happy’s very own Homemade Dirty Ice Cream (P75?). With real chunks, with pandesal or apa.

We were disappointed with this dessert because it tasted more like ice than ube. The cheese was a yummy touch. Will try the Halo Halo next time.
Where to Sit in Pamana?

The second floor is the main dining area, but it is a bit crowded. The tables cannot be moved and are a bit heavy. Most of the tables on this floor have crochet table runners to add an elegant but homey touch to the dining experience.

You can get the corner table near the window. This one is near the restroom, so a lot of people pass by and natural fresh air does not flow through this table.

This middle table is cool once you open the door and the fresh Tagaytay breeze soothes you while you dine.

The most private table would be this one on the opposite corner near the fake fireplace.

Most people eat outside to savor the Tagaytay fresh air.

The third floor tables have a good view of Taal Lake but are more ideal for after-dinner drinking sessions. The tables here are simple, with no additional designs. Table mats or napkins could easily be blown away by the furious winds on this floor.
You can also go down to the first floor by passing through this heritage staircase.

This is the table you probably don’t want to reserve since it is under the stairs. Bad feng shui…

You can opt to reserve this first floor indoor table instead, which is beside the store and has a sofa area.

If you’re in the mood to try something new in Tagaytay, drop by Pamana and let me know what you think.

Pamana Restaurant

Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City
Beside Boutique Hotel, near the Tagaytay Rotunda
For Reservations, contact Vangie Reyes +63920 856 1970

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