Ever since the university chapter of my life came to a close, I rarely find any reason to make my way up North. Unless, of course, it is for the sole purpose of (professionally) stuffing my face. The Maginhawa area behind UP Diliman, along with the various “Ma-” side streets connected to it, is a perfect destination for such trips. Long a favorite for students, Maginhawa is studded with many hidden gems that serve cheap but delicious food. You can spend an entire day here hopping from restaurant to restaurant and café to café, loosening your belt after every stop.
π Breakfast and Pies, from the people behind Pino, caters to fans of good food and all-day breakfasts.
The most recent addition to the array of restaurants in the area is π Breakfast and Pies. The Pino Group’s newest venture is strategically positioned next to the original Pino and Pipino branches. They’ve taken over almost the entire building. It seems like the group wants to give diners more choices on what to eat, without them having to look elsewhere. Imagine starting the day with a hearty breakfast from π, following that up with a protein-packed lunch at Pino, going back to π again for merienda, and then capping the day off with a healthy vegetarian dinner at Pipino.
It’s hard to choose what to order when everything sounds so delicious.
The interiors fit the food they serve. Everything’s pretty and stylish, but also laid-back and unintimidating. The menu is well thought out, and the atmosphere is relaxed. First timers may even find it hard to choose what to order since everything sounds so delicious. There are no fancy-schmancy words on the menu (aside from the π in their name, that is), all the dishes are named simply and straight to the point.
π’s Crack Pie is a close carbon copy of Momofuku Milk Bar’s version.
A number of items in π’s menu, such as the Compost Cookies, Cereal Milk, and the notorious Crack Pie, are inspired by the items served at the Momofuku Milk Bar. While I have never been to New York, I’ve been told that π’s Crack Pie is a pretty close carbon copy of Momofuku Milk Bar’s. After trying it out, I now understand why it is named that way.
Aside from their dine-in menu, π also sells various types of homemade bread, like the Ricotta Ensaymada or the Bombolonis (Italian doughnuts), for diners to bring back home.
Though it’s still new, π Breakfast and Pies operates like it’s been happily serving hungry breakfast lovers for years. This isn’t surprising considering the people behind it, and its close ties with established restaurants Pino and Pipino. It’s not perfect, though. The service, in particular, still needs a bit of improvement, but given that the place is still in its soft opening stages, I’m willing to let it pass. One thing I can definitely say for sure is that I found the long trip to π worth it, and I wouldn’t mind coming back for a second round.