Get Pressed At Pepi Cubano’s New LocationSeptember 28, 2015
Yes, everyone is obsessed with the movie Chef, and those Cubanos have become cemented into modern cinematic history. Pepi Cubano has been operating in Manila even before this obsession, but mostly under the radar—only available by delivery, operating out of a secret commissary. Now, their super sandwiches are ready-to-eat at your fingertips, in a more accessible location, that is both parts takeaway and restaurant. They’ve got a slightly more expanded menu, too, which highlights different meats, using the same bread and same plancha technique. They’re all pretty darn delicious, that deciding on your favorite is practically impossible.
Their Cubano is of course the most popular choice, a layered and complex thing that is all porky goodness. The layers of ham and pork tenderloin make for a hearty and decadent combination, but are cut by the tart bite of pickles, and some melted cheese. It’s an instant classic, slathered with French butter, then pressed until the previously soft bread is now crisp and thin, deceiving you into thinking it is less than filling . Tito Choripan is much like our classic choriburger, with sweet and salty sausage, and the Pan de Lechon brings back more salty, porky, goodness.
It was the Pan de Guyaba and Pan de Bistec however, that garnered as much attention as Pepi’s Cubano. The Guyaba manages to perfectly cross sweet and savory, a line that is often hard to achieve without fault, by slathering guava jam and cheese that’s a little bit like ricotta and mascarpone in between the pressed sandwich. Pan de Bistec is similar to the Cubano in the way that it marries tartness with meat so that it is never too intimidatingly heavy. The bistec is tender, and not over-seasoned, and makes for a satisfying bite.
In its hip new location, Pepi Cubano’s reinvention is refreshing: no-fuss, no-frills, just a simple shop that offers cheap and good eats. Chef what?
Have you tried Pepi Cubano? Which one’s your favorite? Tell us in the comments section below!
Address: Unit 7, GF Tropical Palms Condominium, Dela Rosa St. cor Gallardo St., Legaspi ViIllage, Makati