“Go ahead and satisfy your craving for Filipino dishes…”
If you are one renowned independent film actor who knows how to cook then putting up your own restaurant would be a good move. Ping Medina does not want to use his name but instead put up the restaurant and named it after his father, actor Pen Medina. PenPen restaurant has moved to a bigger space in Quezon City’s Cubao X after it closed its original branch in the Tomas Morato area. This move also meant having a revamped menu.
Medina notes that moving to a bigger place allows them to have a bigger kitchen which is perfect for them to experiment more on the menu. Some of the must-try dishes are: Smoked Tapang Usa (PhP 210) that uses duck eggs which gives it a creamier tone than average chicken egg to the popular Pinoy breakfast meal; Three Cheese Baked Bangus Belly (158) which infuses the creamy and strong salty cheese flavor of cheddar cheese, quezo de bola and kesong puti (cheese made from carabao’s milk); and the popular halo-halo that gets its milky flavors from carabao milk too. Medina adds that they make their ice cream in the restaurant as well.
Patrons of Penpen Restaurant can still enjoy their favorites such as Bulalo Negro for PhP 260 which is known for its beef bones slow-cooked in darker and tastier meat broth. There is also the Crispy Liempo which can be enjoyed for PhP 210. It is a plate of pork strips fried to bacon-like texture and pop-in-your-mouth sizes. More desserts and clay-pot dishes are also to be added in the menu.
PenPen restaurant also features a Pasta Buffet on Tuesdays.