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Get Pressed At Pepi Cubano’s New Location

September 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.

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Tito Choripan, PHP 200

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.

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Left to Right: Tito Choripan (PHP 200) Pan de Lechon (PHP 250) Pan de Bistec (PHP 280)

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.

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The Cubano, PHP 250

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!

Pepi Cubano

Address: Unit 7, GF Tropical Palms Condominium, Dela Rosa St. cor Gallardo St., Legaspi ViIllage, Makati

Pamela Cortez Pamela Cortez

Pamela Cortez writes about food full-time, and has honed her craft while writing for publications such as Rogue, Town and Country, and The Philippine Star. She once rode on a mule for a mile just to eat mint tea and lamb in Morocco, and has eaten a block of Quickmelt in one sitting. Her attempt at food photography can be viewed online @meyarrr.

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12 responses to “Get Pressed At Pepi Cubano’s New Location”

  1. jesse says:

    sorry i may be blind or something but i can’t see to find where you wrote the address of the new location.

  2. DEEZQUS says:

    Unit 7, Ground Floor, Tropical Palms Condominium, Dela Rosa Street Corner Gallardo Street, Legazpi VIllage, Makati.

  3. dom says:

    200+ is no cheap!

    • Pamela Cortez says:

      I thought that at first, but even half of the sandwich is a meal in itself! I had one half for lunch and had to take the rest home for dinner.

  4. Deus Manila says:

    Those cubano’s are looking flat and thin, it’s like they’ve use sliced bread or something.

  5. Volts Sanchez says:

    Been meaning to visit but I was out of town last weekend. Maybe this Saturday, yay!

    • Volts Sanchez says:

      Ok, to hell with waiting. I was there last night and fell in love with the Tito Choripan and the Cubano. I’ll be back for the chicken (they ran out) and the sweet ones.

  6. Jenny says:

    CUBANOOOOOS! They looook so goooood! (and the blond guy in the pic as well)

  7. Dylan Dylanco says:

    Surprisingly, their other sandwiches taste better than the actual Cubano. The latter lacks a certain kick I was looking for. Wasn’t sure if it needed a tangier mustard or maybe more pickles. The Bistek definitely ranks #1, next to the Lechon. I love the Choripan also. It reminds me of the old school McDonald’s longganisa burger (R.I.P).

    Last night, I was at Kapitolyo and happily discovered other places that served Cubanos, namely Wishbone and Cab Cafe. Please do an article on a Cubano crawl!

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