So it was that time of year again, my friend's birthday and a new restaurant to try. This year's selection was Pinpin.
As always on our birthdays, we like to go all out so we ordered the lumpia (spring rolls, 12 mini ones), garlic rice, crispy pata, tadyang ng baka, sisig, bicol express, some eggplant salad, halo halo and the jello with coconut.
I thoroughly enjoyed the crispy pata, tender pieces of pork hock along with a great sauce that goes good with the rice. We were told that there would be an extra $1 charge to make it crispy, which was a little confusing since the menu did say crispy pata and not pata (so no idea how that works!). Lumpia was a good appy starter. The baka was tender with lots of sauce and very interesting taste. Bicol express was solid, goes good with rice but probably slightly too coconutty for me and didn't find it that spicy (I can handle spicy so this was kind of mild!).
Now for the ones that I think are over-rated. First, the sisig. What is this dish? Tiny little pieces of meat cooked on a hot plate with onions, really not that much flavour. Eggplant salad (can't remember the name) was bland. They give you this salty fish paste with it and I gave it a taste - UM NO THANKS! Halo halo, it was ok but honestly, rather go get a HONE DOW BING at Golden Oscar. They cheap out on the red beans and although big, didn't taste as good as the chinese drink. It also had these other beans in there that added no flavor to it. And then the recommendation by the manager, some dessert with shaved coconut and jello. According to her, better than the halo halo. Well let me say this, IT SUCKED. Had not taste, jello was not sweet, coconut was not sweet, and whatever else was in there was not sweet. Terrible thing to recommend to non flips.
Service - you have to ask to get.
Overall, worth a visit but not as AMAZING as everyone says it is. I gave it 2 and 3 because it is decent to solid in my opinion but not outstanding.