PLANA’S PANTRY: Intimate Goodness of Home-Cooked Meals

PLANA’S PANTRY: Intimate Goodness of Home-Cooked Meals
Plana’s Pantry is a bit of heaven in Mandaluyong City.  This newly-opened quaint restaurant is not easy to miss because it has a big signage outside and is strategically located just right across California Garden Square Condominium along Domingo M. Guevara St. (formerly Libertad St.) in Mandaluyong City. Parking could be difficult though because there’s a limited number of cars that could park in front of the restaurant. 

The quote “If you are what you eat, then I only want to eat the good stuff” is from Remy, a determined young rat who dreams of becoming a renowned French chef in the hilarious movie, Ratatouille ( rat-a-too-ee). The handwriting you see on that big signage was done by the owners’ 10-year old son. Cute, eh?

For a meat eater like me, there’s nothing better than a big pile of pork ribs brushed with BBQ sauce and served piping hot in a homey environment that has bright lights and dainty designs.

A piece of heaven right in your plate!

The home-style, tender, fall-off-the-bone, smokin’ hot Hickory Bbq ribs at Plana’s Pantry are to die for. You have to personally try it. Six of us devoured this meaty goodness. Next time around, I’ll order one all to myself. 


Hugged by smoke, licked by fire, and kissed by sauce, that’s how Plana’s pantry does its Hickory bbq! 

For me, this is what a true barbecue is, and this is what Plana’s Pantry brings to you every time you take a bite of its comfort food.  According to its owners, they only use choice cuts of ribs imported from Australia, marinated in sweet juices and rubbed with different herbs and spices. The secret though is how they cook their meat. Low and slow, using only prime grade charcoal and tender loving care that lend the ribs that great flavor. Plana’s Pantry finishes it off with an amazing barbecue sauce to give it the perfect tang every good barbecue should have. Perfectly paired up with a corn side dish and a super delicious lemonade. 

The flavor exploded in my mouth the first time I took a bite. I can really taste the hickory smoke, very tasty, very juicy, solid meaty goodness. The meat falls off the bone, the sweet tangy sauce sticks into the tender meat.  I can say that Plana’s Pantry is determined to satisfy its customers’ cravings for traditional home cooked meals fresh from the kitchen. 

Stellar home-made strawberry ice cream! This is really amazing. The taste is intense and delicious while the texture is unbelievable and like nothing I’ve ever had before. It was creamy and very rich in flavor. Just really good! Kudos to the owners who made the ice cream themselves with a little help from their eldest son.

Even though the restaurant is small, we spread out comfortably.  It was a hot night and the air-con was great.  I love locally-owned businesses that deliver perfect service. The owners are among the most humble and nicest people we’ve ever meet. 

Rachel said that Planas Pantry only prepares the freshest ingredients with no preservatives, much care is taken in order to make sure that every dish that comes out of its kitchen stimulates your palate and leaves you with a sense of comfort and satisfaction only good food can provide. Rachel further said that their recipes have been in their family for decades, ensuring that their food has been, and is continually being subjected to, the most discerning of tastes: their relatives’ and friends’.

So the next time you want to eat out with your whole family, consider Plana’s Pantry. Sit back and relax at its comfortable coach as you wait for your food to arrive. Decades of food tradition can’t be wrong. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait a lifetime to taste what Plana’s Pantry have been concocting all these years.

We felt very happy with the experience and will surely be back even though it is quite a drive for us.

Terrific service and excellent food. While the restaurant is rather small and cozy, the dishes they serve open up your palate to a world of wonders.

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Plana’s Pantry
50 Domingo M. Guevara St. (formerly Libertad St.) , 

Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City-

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