If you've been to Barrio Fiesta then you essentially have an idea of the flavor profile of Pamana. Most of the dishes on the menu reflect the same dishes seen on Barrio Fiesta's menu albeit with slight tweaks. The Bulalo here while not the best in Tagaytay, can definitely be considered to be among the top 10, with the complimentary refill soup smartly placed inside a ceramic pitcher keeping it nice and warm. This is a huge factor for me since the biggest downfall of Bulalo is the oil and fat layer that starts to form as the soup begin to cool. With the hot refill pitcher in hand you can simply pour the soup in as it begins to cool, effectively neutralizing this problem. Two dishes however stand apart from the rest and are definite must tries if you ever find yourself in the area.
Pamana has the best Bagnet (crispy pork) outside of Baguio. The skin was crispy and crackling, but the best part is yet to come. Unlike most Bagnet served in other restaurants, (who for some reason associate crispiness with incineration) Pamana's Bagnet while wonderfully crisp and crunchy on the skin side, is beautifully moist and juicy on the meat portion. This provides you with an excellent play of textures in your mouth, allowing you to combine the crisp, crunchy skin with the moist and juicy pork meat. We ordered the Binagoongan version of the Bagnet, but in retrospect, we should have ordered it as is, since the bagoong did nothing to enhance the flavor and I ended up scraping it off anyway.
An excellent pairing to their Bagnet would be the Pancit Buko, which is essentially Pancit Canton but made using fresh buko strips in lieu of the traditional egg noodles. Although it may sound strange at first, it is a wonderful pairing that elevates the simple Pancit Canton to a world class dish. If you did not know what is was while eating it, you would simply think that you were having really good noodles with a bit of bite and a sublime sweetness to it. It's a fun dish that plays well inside your mouth by providing an entirely new texture to an otherwise old and boring traditional Filipino dish.
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