My friend had told me about this new Filipino restaurant in town - Pinpin. So I went to check it out. Boy, was I pleased! Though I found the waiters/waitresses unapproachable and rushing you, the food was great! They have the best crispy pata around - crispy indeed but with a lot of tasty meat that seems to melt in your mouth, not very expensive AND the plate comes full. They don't have bopis on the menu and their palabok is a waste of money. Too bad but so what! Everything else is quite good. The menu is not bad for choices either. There's sisig, lumpia (spring rolls), sinigang (sour soup - very good!), and lots more of the Filipino dishes I crave and miss not being in the Philippines and not being of the cooking kind.
The best desert they have are the halo-halo (shaved ice with ice cream and fillings like jello, red beans, macapuno, etc) and leche flan (creme brule). I say these are the best because they're big servings and usually good for 2, some other Filipino restaurants give small servings. The other deserts are very delicious as well.
Not much to say about the ambience. The restaurant is very small and for the amount of diners waiting for tables, I figure it won't be too long until they can move to a bigger place. The bathroom (the ladies' bathroom anyway) is clean and well-maintained which is equally important to the food they serve! If the bathroom is dirty and bathrooms are only used for a few things, what about heavy traffic areas like their kitchen, u know what I mean?
Inexpensive, surprisingly good Filipino food, Pinpin is worth the wait. Keep up the good work, Pinpin, but not the price.
6113 Fraser St