I (a white guy) recently returned from living a year in the Philippines - during which time I ate Filipino foods across the country and from the poorest peasant shack to upscale fine-dining places - and was curious to see how well they could do Filipino food in Vancouver, so I took my parents to Pinpin today for our first Canadian Filipino restaurant experience.
The ambiance of the place is fine, the place is clean, and the service was also fine. In typical Filipino fashion, lots of people in the restaurant were also really excited about my ability to speak Tagalog! I would definitely recommend getting to the restaurant before 6pm though, especially if you're a larger party and especially on Sundays, as the place totally filled up and had a line out the door (consisting entirely of Filipinos - generally a good sign, right?).
I ordered the classic dishes for my parents to try: lumpia shanghai, pancit bihon, sinigang bangus, sisig, garlic rice, and halo-halo special. Everything arrived fairly promptly and was hot and fresh.
And the food? - Excellent. The pancit, especially, ranked in the top 5-10% of pancit I had ever eaten in the Philippines (and I had eaten a *lot* of pancit). The lumpia and rice were fine and the sinigang was spot-on, even having the luxury of de-boned bangus (since this is difficult to do, most places in the Philippines serve it with the bones still present). The sisig was also nice, though was different than any sisig I had eaten there - it was much crunchier and drier than the soft and oily sisigs I had eaten in the Philippines. For dessert, the halo-halo was lovely, with most of the typical ingredients (though it unfortunately lacked one of my favourites - leche flan!).
The value overall was definitely 5 star worthy - the portion sizes of each dish were easily double that of the portions served for these dishes in the Philippines, and we were all thoroughly stuffed by the end of the meal, with leftovers to spare for lunch the next day! (In fact, basically every group in the restaurant was taking home leftovers). And all that food only came to about $45.
While it was all great for me - a Filipino-in-spirit - I might caution uninitiated Westerners from diving right in without a guide, as the menu was fairly extensive and contained many things that are generally unpalatable to Western tastes. Even the sinigang (one of my all-time favourite Filipino dishes, and done perfectly here) was unpalatable to my parents ("too sour" they claimed). However, if you're the adventurous type, feel free to jump right in and the friendly staff will surely help you out!