New Discovery: Bread Haven at Panaderia Pantoja (Dian St. cor Faraday, Makati City)

The staff of Panaderia Pantoja Makati with
Mr. Anthony Pantoja (far end)
and PPI’s Executive Vice-President, Mr. Albert Gamatero (far right)

Last weekend, I went on a trip to Dian St. cor Faraday, an area past the SLEX that I hardly go to, in search for an obscure bakery that goes by the name of Panaderia Pantoja Makati. We were told that Panaderia Pantoja started out in the 1950s as a local community bakeshop in Tanauan with a capital of Php 50,000. It was all thanks to the couple Aurelio and Celinda Pantoja that Panaderia Pantoja came to be, as well as some of their flagship products that many people delightfully enjoy. As I heard more stories about Panaderia Pantoja, I was able to appreciate how famous it was in Tanauan, and other parts of Batangas, and how they’re aiming to become the largest bakery chain in the CALABARZON area.

Panaderia Pantoja has four branches in Quezon City, and one in Makati. The Makati branch has just celebrated their first year of operation last December 2013. I was glad I got invited to know more about Panaderia Pantoja’s products and what would make them stand out in this competitive industry.

A quick peek inside the kitchen

Panaderia Pantoja’s Jacobina and Paborita

Panaderia Pantoja’s Dulce de Leche and Kalihim

Bacon & Cheese Stuffed Bread (Php 28 for Puffs, Php 30 for rolls)

Fudge Brownies (Php 24 for two pieces)

Ensaymada Special with Salted Egg (Php 26)

Inipit (Php 25) 

Dulce de Leche (Php 60 for 5″ and Php 150 for 8″)

Out of all the pastries that I tasted that day, the Fudgy Brownies and the Dulce de Leche were my favorites! The Jacobina with Malunggay was another product that stood out. My new-found blogger friend Wilma refers to the JAcobina with Malunggay dipped in cream cheese as a good alternative to Piattos and other chips we frequently snack on.

Kalihim Red and Kalihim Ube

That afternoon, we even learned a few trivia about the names of our favorite local breads, such as the Kalihim. Kalihim, its root word being lihim, is revelatory for an implied secret, referring to old baker’s practices of processing unsold bread into the Kalihim’s filling. Of course, you can rest easy that Panaderia Pantoja’s bakers, or any bakers of this day and age, do not practice this anymore, as they have strict standards to follow. It’s also known as pan de regla, regla meaning a woman’s menstruation. Some people also call it red bread.

Panaderia Pantoja’s Yema Cake (Php 140)

Panaderia Pantoja’s Yema Cake is my favorite discovery among the many wonderful pastries from the bakeshop. The mamon is perfectly fluffy and the thick yema coating in between the two layers of mamon, as well as all over its surface, makes it such a truly delightful dessert for yema lovers. While I’m an extremely sweet eater, I love that the yema wasn’t too sweet, which leaves you wanting more with every bite.

Wilma from and Me (far right) with Sir Anthony Pantoja, Sir Albert Gamatero, and Panaderia Pantoja Makati’s owners Laarni Dimayuga and Christina Rivera-Mendoza

If you’re bored of the usual bakeshops (especially the more common ones located in the malls) because they have grown too expensive or too common for your taste, Panaderia Pantoja Makati invites you over to their sweet spot at Dian St. cor Faraday in Makati. Other than the scrumptious pastries they carry, one can expect to get more value for money and more novel food finds! Plus, you can be assured that there are no preservatives on their products. Panaderia Pantoja in Makati is one foodie destination that deserves a spot on your Must-Tries!-HANA

Panaderia Pantoja Makati Location Map

Panaderia Pantoja Makati
1672 Dian Street corner Faraday, 1234 Makati
Contact Number: 09231425715
Like Panaderia Pantoja Makati on Facebook

Panaderia Pantoja also has branches at:

Market, Market BGC
Mother Ignacia (across ABS-CBN), Quezon City
V. Luna, Quezon City
Don Antonio, Holy Spirit, Quezon City
Regalado Ave, West Fairview, Quezon City
Visit them today! :)

2 comments to New Discovery: Bread Haven at Panaderia Pantoja (Dian St. cor Faraday, Makati City)

  • mason moore  says:

    Will you allow me to distribute this on my twitter?

  • alvin imperial  says:

    wow first time i saw this blog, i know what is my favorite.. it’s yema cake.. :D i want to taste it someday.. :D

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