Not Bad for its Price: Pino Restaurant Buffet

It was my uncle's birthday and we were invited to dine with the family at Pino Restaurant along Wilson Street in Lahug, Cebu City, Philippines. The place is nearby JY Square Mall and Camp Lapulapu of the Philippine Army. Pino offers a Cebuano and Filipino dinner buffet experience at PHP 399 per person. The charge already covers unlimited iced tea drink.


What We Had for Dinner

On the menu that night was Pinangat na Pechay, Pork Hamonado, Ox Tail Kare-kare, Dinuguan, Siomai, Siopao, Lechon, Chicken Relleno, Adobong Pusit, Kalderetang Karnero, Salad Greens, Binagoongang Baboy, Fresh Talaba, Bagoong Rice, and Plain Rice. On a separate tab, my uncle ordered some sweet white wine which was sold at less than PHP 300 for a bottle. They said it was imported from France. I particularly enjoyed the dinuguan and siomai. The Pork Hamonada was alright except that I think the caramel sauce was too sweet and I could still feel the sugar grains with my tongue. Although I didn't have some, dessert pieces were Maja Blanca, Biko, and some cakes. Overall, the food wasn't bad, but I wouldn't also say it was extraordinary.



Contact Information

Pino Eat All You Can Buffet in Lahug is along Wilson Street and shares a business complex with Plaza Pino and Kalderohan. For reservations and inquiries, call them at (+6332) 232 0939. We suggest to reserve ahead as the place can get packed.

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How to Get There

Coming from Ayala Center Cebu

When coming from Ayala Center Cebu, one can ride a jeepney with the route number 04M at the Ayala PUV Terminal then disembark at the jeepney stop in JY Square Mall. When at JY Square Mall, walk through Wilson Street going to the direction of Camp Lapulapu. Before you reach Camp Lapulapu, Pino is at the left side of the road, a few meters after Plaza Pino.

Alternatively, when in Ayala Center Cebu, one can also walk along either Archbishop Reyes Avenue ir Cardinal Rosales Avenue towards Gorordo Avenue and wait for a ride at the jeepney stop near the Asilo de la Milagrosa Church.  From the Asilo de la Milagrosa Church stop, ride a jeepney with route number 04C or 17C. Disembark at Wilson Street when riding 04C, the same street where Pino is located. When riding 17C, disembark at JY Square Mall then walk through Wilson Street towards Pino.

A second alternative when in Ayala Center Cebu is to walk along Escario Street towards Gorordo Avenue at a jeepney stop near Golden Peak Hotel and/or Kukuk's Nest. From there, ride any jeepney that goes through JY Square Mall (04B, 04C, 04D, 04H, 04I, 04M). Just keep in mind that Pino is walking distance from JY Square Mall.


Coming from SM City Cebu

When coming from SM City Cebu at the North Reclamation Area, ride a jeepney with route number 04L at the east wing of SM, right outside APM Mall. This route goes through Pope John Paul II Avenue in Mabolo and Kasambagan passing by Seminario Mayor de San Carlos and Carmelite Monastery. The jeepney then proceeds to Salinas Drive and passes Waterfront Cebu City Hotel, Asiatown IT Park, and University of Southern Philippines Foundation. Disembark across JY Square Mall and walk to Pino Restaurant along Wilson Street.


Coming from Colon

There are two points near Colon Street where one can take a public utility jeepney that passes nearby Pino Restaurant. One is at a jeepney stop across the University of the Visayas main campus along Jakosalem Street (04C, 17C) and the other is at Osmena Boulevard across Metro Gaisano (04B, 04D, 04H, 04I). Just the same, keep in mind that Pino is walking distance from JY Square Mall.

2 comments:

Janine Ella said...

Good thing I read your post Thadz! I've always been wondering pila didto sa Pino! The place is beautiful na with the fake cherry blossoms! Haha. And P399 is a very reasonable price indeed! Very affordable na gani, I think. Hehe. Do they have lunch buffet sad or no?

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

I think its 299 for lunch w/o drinks and lechon