Pinto Art Museum Cafe | Pinto Cafe Review
To start this review I would like to say that I often do a little research on a location or venue before I visit. This way I will have a general idea what to look for, what to expect and so on. After reading a few reviews I found that many were not happy with the quality and price of many of the meals. With this in mind, I decided to remain neutral and unbiased and, to the best of my ability, to give an honest review of the Pinto Art Museum Cafe or, otherwise known as the Pinto Cafe .
The feel and ambiance of the gallery grounds just overwhelms you with charm. So many things to see and so many selfies to take… It seemed as though every corner you went around there was another instaram-worthy pic waiting to be taken. Everywhere you look there seems to be doorways and paths waiting to lead you to hidden treasures.
This is a great place for a date. Just an hours drive from Manila and you are in Antipolo. Then, a few minutes after walking through the museum gates you even start forgetting you are still in the Philippines. Wandering around the open-air Mediterranean-inspired villas and well-manicured gardens takes you to a different place entirely. This charm is carried into the Pinto Art Museum Cafe.
The Pinto Art Museum Cafe is operated by Bizu. The Pinto Cafe menu is headed with “Siraulo” which is quite apt as Dr. Joven Cuanang (founder of the museum) often describes his place as madness.
I did find the menu a little limited but, as they say… It’s not quantity that matters, it is quality. The food selections are limited but good.
Gary ordered the South Australian Lamb Shanks (P595) and I had the Pappardelle With Duck Confit (P375). Both meals were served on time and the presentation was excellent. The smell from Gary’s lamb shanks was mouthwatering and I could tell he thoroughly enjoyed the meal. The Pappardelle was also very good and the serving size was just right so as to leave enough room for desert. Gary’s lamb shanks were an entree so it also came with a soup of the day and desert.
Other reviews have said that prices at the Pinto Cafe were expensive. Now, I do agree, it can seem this way when you just look at the figures but lets look at the bigger picture and weigh it all up.
We ordered the Lamb Shanks for P595 and that came with soup of the day and desert. That seems reasonable to me… The surroundings and atmosphere are very pleasant and enjoyable. The cafe is convenient after seeing Gallery. All that adds up to good value I think.
Sure, we could have searched around for the nearest ChowKing and saved a few Pesos but that would totally ruin the experience for me.
As I said earlier, this is a great place to have a date. Spend the afternoon here and forget the world for a while. It is so easy to have deep and bonding discussions while relaxing in this type of ambiance.
Pinto Art Museum Cafe Review | Pinto Cafe
The atmosphere – The atmosphere and ambiance created by the creative Mediterranean decor makes this a charming location for small groups, and couples. So easy to sit, chill and have a wonderful time with those your with.
The Food – All the food we ordered was delicious and pleasing. The portion sizes were good but not huge. We both enjoyed or meals and desert with no complaints.
The Price – Sure, The Pinto Cafe might charge slightly more than others but the experience is worth those few extra Pesos.
I give the Pinto Art Museum Cafe –
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How To Get There
By car / private vehicle:
- From Quezon City, go to Aurora Boulevard and take the route going to Marikina. Drive along Marcos Highway heading to Antipolo.
- Turn right on Felix Avenue (the corner with Robinson’s Metro East & Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall).
- Turn left when you reach Ortigas Avenue Extension.
- Turn left at the rotunda leading to either Antipolo or Taytay Diversion Road.
- Follow the Ortigas Avenue Extension road which will eventually become L. Sumulong Memorial Circle.
- There will be a small sign on the right side of the road pointing to Grand Heights and Pinto Art Museum.
By public transportation (coming from Cubao):
- Take the LRT Line 2 and get off at the Santolan Station
- Take a jeepney or FX bound for Antipolo (look for jeepneys bound for Antipolo-Simbahan-Junction or Antipolo-Shopwise), Tanay (Tanay-Antipolo), or Teresa.
- Get off at Ynares Center.
- Ride a tricycle and ask the driver to drop you at Grand Heights Subdivision (some drivers are not familiar with Pinto Art Museum).
By public transportation (coming From Ortigas area):
- Ride a jeep/FX going to Antipolo (there is a jeepney terminal at the Greenfield District area and an FX terminal at SM Megamall Parking area). Estimated fare is P45.
- Once you reach the Ynares Center, take a tricycle and ask the driver to take you to Grand Heights Subdivision. Estimated fare for trike is P40.
- At the guard house, tell them you’re going to the museum.