Have you ever encountered food as odd as sinigang sa watermelon or sizzling bangus with mango chutney? If you’re food-venturous enough for such kind of cooking then I’m pretty sure you’ll love Panchos Diner’s unique offerings!
Food & Price
Panchos Diner serves mostly Filipino comfort food that we all grew up with—but with little twists! This restaurant was actually a breath of fresh air for us from all the samgyup gaming we had.
The first one that caught my attention was Beef Sinigang sa Watermelon as I got curious about the twist they did on that dearest comfort food of mine. I’m used to eating sinigang sa sampalok, gabi, bayabas, and miso but this one is certainly new to my palate. Aside from the sour taste, it also had sweet fruity flavor that apparently comes from the watermelon. I appreciate the creativity and innovation but unfortunately, I’m not really into sweet soups.
Another comfort food landed on our table was Breaded Porkchop which tasted like the pork version of their Honey Chicken Wings. Both were great and remained crispy despite all the photoshoot they endured!
Next one is Sizzling Bangus with Mango Chutney. I never knew that ripe mangoes could go really well as viand as it complemented the savory taste of bangus.
Their take on Sweet and Sour Fish was good. Not too sweet and not too sour, just the right balance. I also liked the sweet and savory taste of their Chicken Teriyaki which will have you asking for more rice!
For the unique dessert, we had their Ube Champorado topped with grated cheese and—wait for it—daing! They probably got the idea from the perfect pair of champorado and tuyo. I find it good, but I guess it tastes best when hot so better be quick in taking pictures!
Considering the taste and innovation they had on their food, I find their pricing very reasonable. Will definitely come back again and try their other specialties!
I loved the bright and homey atmosphere of the place. It’s not the most spacious restaurant there is but I find it cute and insta-worthy. The interiors are minimalist but with thoughtful touches. The huge Panchos Diner wall art at the entrance was eye-catching.
Clean and fully airconditioned, we definitely had a comfortable and chill dining experience at Panchos Diner!
The service was quite fast, yet, the foods were served freshly cooked. I also find the crew kind and approachable. They also look presentable and neat.
Panchos Diner is strategically located at San Rafael St. Quiapo, Manila. It’s at the second floor beside Wang Pau Samgyupsal at the Mad Mouth Foodpark U-Belt. Nearby schools are Centro Escolar University, La Consolacion College, San Beda University, and Victorino Mapa High School among others.
2nd floor, 2180 Legarda corner San Rafael, Quiapo, Manila
How to get there?
Board an LRT Line 2 and alight at Legarda Station. Panchos Diner is just a 5-min walk from Legarda Station.
For more information and updates, you may contact them via:
Mobile Number: 0917 547 0825
Facebook Page: Panchos Diner
How I’d rate this resto
Acknowledgement: Thank you Ms. Apryl of Hungry Byaheros for inviting us, and Panchos Diner for having us!
Disclaimer: While our meals were courtesy of the owners, all opinions expressed in this post are my own honest thoughts and are not influenced or controlled by anyone.