This was to be our last lunch in Bacolod, and we were so incredibly stuffed from 35 hours of constant eating and food tripping, that everyone agreed to just “eat lightly” at Pendy’s. Located on Lacson street, the main drag, Pendy’s recently moved from another location but brought with them some of the vestiges of their old space. The food was comforting and place is hard to describe except that it struck me as the Bacolod equivalent of a neighborhood diner where everyone in town gathered to get the latest buzz. We ordered whatever we felt like from an extensive menu of local favorites and international dishes. We had some of these open “sandwiches” of chicken salad and cheese in toast that were an immediate throwback to the 1960’s…
We had two dishes of sizzling gambas served with fried egg. I must say, these were the most generous servings of gambas I have ever had at a restaurant. And they were good!
And how could we resist a few bowls of batchoy, which were very satisfying as well, but I must say that I enjoyed the batchoy at 21 more.
We also had a dish of pancit “efuven,” with bits of liver and some vegetables, served with kalamansi… It was deceptively light in feel, but I suspect it still packed a caloric punch.
The restaurant, while new, had old gothic like carvings from their original location. I guess one could say eclectic. But in a mean moment I would say confused. But it doesn’t matter, I don’t think their intention was to win an interior decorating award. Oddly, it was a bit like dining in someone’s house, albeit with 20-30 other strangers…
Pendy’s also has an extensive store with an incredible selection of goodies from around Bacolod and nearby towns. They also had pies, cakes and other baked goodies on offer. Staff were incredibly efficient at wrapping up our substantial purchases for checking onto our flight. Overall the food was comforting and compentently executed, and the prices were outrageously reasonable as well. I can see why this institution is often mentioned as a place to dine when you are in Bacolod… :)