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Pinpin Restaurant

6113 Fraser Street
Vancouver, BC V5W2Z9
Tel: (604) 322-3086
Neighbourhood: Sunset
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Filipino
  • Price: $ ($15 or less)
  • Service: Takeout
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Pinpin is a small spot featuring Filipino-Chinese cuisine. Offering a varied menu ranging from appetizers like Lumpia Sariwa, Kikiam and Tokwa't Baboy to soups and sizzling plates, chargrilled meats and skewers, as well as whole fried chicken or oxtails, pork hocks, milkfish, stuffed whole tilapia or even the Filipino style meatloafs, all of which are prepared skillfully and traditionally.

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Disappointment
By delcab of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 6:16pm [Dine in]

We went on July 8, 2010 for dessert with our guests from Los Angeles, California. We ordered the "Halo-Halo" and the "fried banana a la mode". It was really a disappointment to eat the halo-halo with hard ingredients.(Who is your supplier for your Halo-Halo ingredients? Better change now). The fried banana was wrapped in a certain wrapper that was really hard to chew.
We left without finishing the desserts. What a waste.

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good food
By antizzle of vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 9, 2009 - 2:21pm [Dine in]

i absolutely HATE going to filipino restaurants. service is always bad, the portions are little and the food usually has no flavour.

however, pinpin is the exception. everything is decently priced, decent portions and tastes like home cooking =)

as for the waitresses, they seem like they're gawking at you. but, for anyone who has been to the philippines, this is usually how waiters/waitresses are trained. for them to be watching you is considered to be good service, so don't be alarmed.

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Spectacular if you shut your eyes
By Thefoodmaster of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 6, 2008 - 1:43am [Dine in]

The food is AMAZING and the portion sizes are out of this world! The decor is hideous and the service is lousy but does the food ever make up for it.

The first time I went, my boyfriend and I made the mistake of ordering waaay too much as we are accustomed to Filipino restaurant's smaller portions. We ordered Sinigiang with pork, Pork BBQ, Lumpiang Shanghai, Calderetta, and Garlic rice and yes it was waay too much but we had lunch and dinner for the next two days. The food was so delicious, I was blown away, felt like I was back in the Philippines.

I will return to this restaurant regularly but for me to bring other people there, they will need to do something with their decor. It's in dire need of a makeover.

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Authentic Filipino dishes BUT very poor service
By msjan16 of Vancouver, BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 24, 2008 - 1:28am [Dine in]

What Pinpin lacks in service, they make up for their authentic Filipino dishes!

It’s a common sight for customers to be waiting outside for a table even in unpleasant weather condition. The seating arrangement is tight as they are maximizing the use of their space.

If they could move to a bigger place and improve their customer service, I would go to Pinpin more often.

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Soul Food
By sage_mom of Oakridge, Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 29, 2007 - 1:40pm [Dine in]

PinPin is the kind of restaurant you'd go to if you want a good meal that will hit the spot without bruising your wallet. The lineup of people outside the door tells you something - I've never seen this happen at a Filipino restaurant. Admittedly the ambiance is a bit lacking, but who cares. You'll be so busy licking your plate that you won't even notice. The service is attentive, the food came quickly, servings were generous, and the food absolutely delicious. I can't wait to go back. (Tip: Go for the grilled platters).

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better than most
By iheartfood of Vancouver DT (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 19, 2007 - 11:05am [Dine in]

this place is better than most filipino restaurants here in vancouver... food was good..good size servings... ambience is ok for a resto... price is reasonable given the portion that is being served... would definitely go back for more filipino food!

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Fantabulous
By meekus of Richmond (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, July 6, 2006 - 1:36am [Dine in]

Can anyone say 'Bitcol Express'? Because I can, and if you haven't tried it, let me say one thing: it is a must. Truthfully, I haven't tried a lot of other filipino restaurants. However, this one blew me away. My family and I come here often. What with the prices being so low, and the food so tasty, it's no wonder the place is jam-packed with people (not to mention the huge line up out the door). It is a rather small restaurant, but I'm quite sure that in no time, the owners will expand their flooring to offer their fantastic food to their eager (and by then grateful) customers.

To whomever loves filipino cuisine, this place is great. While the atmosphere is quite plain (although, it is a treat to see the photographs of Philippine culture against the wall -- they have one of a jeepney!), the food is tasty as well as cheap, a combination no one can complain about. The place itself is quite clean as well!

In addition, the Chinese food (especially the siopaos) is just as delicious.

I greatly recommend this restaurant. Two thumbs (and feet) up!

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Pinpin Restaurant Filipino Cuisine
By gfparas of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 3, 2006 - 12:04pm [Dine in]

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.

Pinpin Restaurant
6113 Fraser St
604.322.3086

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Decent
By gibro_eater of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 6:41pm [Dine in]

Decent restaurant, not worth all the hype. It seems as if the only reason this restaurant is so busy and talked about is because it's the only filipino restaurant in the area. The food is decent although not worth the wait or price. The service is lack-luster, the waitresses are slow and don't pay much attention to the needs of the customers, when I asked for water I didn't receive it until I was almost done eating. The same goes for sauces, if you're ordering something with sauce, ask for the sauce as you order otherwise you won't get it until much later. The leche flan and halo halo are of the few satisfying dishes they have to offer. Also, the menu is jam-packed with unnecessary items and is quite difficult to clearly understand. The biggest disappointment was the Sisig. Don't get me wrong, their sisig is probably one of the best I've ever had but if you want to order it, you should probably be the first one at the store because by lunch time, they have none left. Whether this is because they receive a mass amount of orders or they just simply don't buy the ingredients I don't know but for the last 5-6 times I have been there (to order the sisig and the sisig alone mind you) they have "run out of it". To sum it up, good average restaurant, good leche flan and halo halo, great sisig but never in stock, service needs to be better and the owner looks angry/unhappy at all times, doesn't seem like a very friendly person.

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Cheap food with Huge Portions (considering it's run by Filipinos)
By usernameloginone of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 12:38am [Dine in]

I live probably 6 blocks away from PinPin's and so I often go here.
The place is right outside a busstop so it is very accesible though the place itself is pretty crowded and small so sometimes you have to wait for people to finish eating to get a seat.

The service of the waitresses was okay. It was not that good because they take a long time to attend to you. After you order, the food takes quite a while before you get it.

The food is awesome mostly due to the large portion servings you get, and the price is pretty cheap too. We always ask fro take out boxes because there's just so much that we can't finish the food. The sweet and sour fish is really good as well as their Bicol Express. One food I did not like was their "bangus bistec" or milkfish steak. It was served in a sizzling plate and looked really good but lo and behold, when I took a bite it tasted like "daing" and they just added the sauce.
That was my first time ordering that food from PinPin so I dont know if they just ran out of fish that day and decided to substitute "daing" (marinated sour fish) or they just really serve it like that but it was very sour and really weird tasting.
I love their leche flan because it is very sweet and tasty and a really good dessert.
All in all they have good food with huge portion sizes and cheap prices.

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Pin Pin Restaurant for a Hungry Family!
By tahititradewinds of Southeast Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 9, 2006 - 1:15am [Dine in]

We stopped by to dine at a Pinoy / Filipino Pin-Pin Restaurant located in Vancouver August 19, 2006 . My wife's co-workers had been raving about the food there, especially the super-sized halo-halo.

This evening we had daing, sisig, sinigang and bicol express. The sisig was to die for, ie. deliciously crunchy and tasy. The Bicol Express was spicy yet bearable and also tasty. My daughter loved it. I think she inherited my love of hot spicy foods. Our sinigang was too lemony, as my wife remarked.

The waitress was somewhat friendly. Overall, the ambience was comfortable, almost home-like cozy. It's a small restaurant, but apparently it's popular. There were at least 15 people waiting outside when we came in at about 6:45pm, and there were around 8 people waiting when we left 1 hour later.

Yummy!

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