Sitting quietly along the National Highway, one would mistake Pamana as one of those boutique hotels or motels where one can stop over and rest to enjoy the cool air and awesome view of the Taal Lake. A quick little getaway from the city’s hustle and bustle. Upon entering the front doors, one is pleasantly greeted by a receptionist who will sit you according to the number of people in your party.
Pamana is an Ongpauco venture, particularly Happy Ongpauco. It was apparently an old summer home which she turned into a tiny 3 floor restaurant. The food fare is similar to Barrio Fiesta, but of course more dressed up a bit.
The ambiance echoes of the spanish design with wrought iron railing along the brick staircase to the beautifully ornate little decors one can find either hung on the walls. An entire wall is covered with the old pictures of the Ongpauco family and one can see how “Tita Chit” started Barrio Fiesta. It gave a cozy little feel.
We quickly ordered a few fares as this was just a stop over on our way to Punta Fuego.
On the menu today was:
Prawns in Aligue
Admittedly, after tasting Ilocos/Vigan Bagnet it is quite hard to find something I could compare it with. This was quite a surprise. Melding together the unique taste of bagoong with the tenderness and succulent taste of bagnet. If you are a fan of pork as well as binagoongan, this is a definite must-try.
3-Way Adobo. This was pretty unique. I was expecting a big pot of Adobo with 3 kinds of meat in it. But out came a platter which had Chicken Adobo, Adobo Flakes, and Spareribs. This was one of my favorites as I am a huge fan of Adobo.
Prawn in aligue was the surprise of the meal. The prawns were excellently cooked; tender to the bite and yet still remain juicy and firm. The aligue added the surprise kick after the initial taste of the prawns subsided. It was a seafood party to be enjoyed by your tastebuds.
The dining area overlooked the taal lake which I thought was an excellent bonus. The view was perfect. The ambiance was great. It would have been a perfect date place.