The sound of the name Bagneto formulates in together two favorite things of the owner, Raz. The X-Men villain Magneto plus his love for bagnet. Mainly, it’s his pure love for bagnet for a collection of pinoy dishes concentrating on one main ingredient – bagnet.
Raz, the owner of Bagneto and my college friend, have been inviting me to visit his new bagnet mini restaurant since it opened mid last year. Have you heard of the phrase, “It’s better late, than never?” Yup, that was my mantra for this case, unfortunately. One Saturday evening, I found the chance to drop by and spend my dinner after classes at UP. Together with O, we found time to visit the Zone compound, new students’ lair at Malingap St.

You won’t feel being robbed at Bagneto. From its price to its servings, you know your money flew to the right place. Concise choices but picked correctly for the pinoy bagnet (on a budget) crowd.

Warning, this is a very dangerous corner for health geeks. It’s very dangerous that you have to give in!

The Food:

Bagnet (Php 110)
Rate: 5/5

The specialty of the house, no other than the classic Bagnet! Combine all sinful textures you desire. Crunchy like chicharon, juicy like lechon and as tasty as the original bagnet from Ilocos. I particularly love the semi-thin slices Bagneto did, which pushed the flavors of bagnet forward. Dip in Ilokano spiced vinegar or liver sauce a.k.a. Mang Tomas-like sauce to reduce its saltiness and a more balanced taste.

Bicol Express (Php 130)
Rate: 4/5
Ilocos region and Bicol region meet halfway in Metro Manila through Bagneto’s Bicol Express Bagnet. Creamy and spicy sauce smeared on every side of the crunchy bagnet.
Binagoongan (Php 130)
Rate: 4/5
The evening after school deems for a slab of bagnet with generous scoops of smudged bagoong. Merging saltiness and spiciness requires extra amount of rice. Binagoongan Bagnet locks in the essence of pinoy food.
Kare-Kare (Php 130)
Rate: 4/5
Next to the classic bagnet, the sunny spot belongs to an all-time favorite Kare-Kare with tasty bagoong. Let the ox tail meat rest for a while and replace with crunchy bagnet meat for this season. Serving this in bigger portions, good for 2-3, will also be a good idea to share this Kare-Kare meal.
Sisig (Php 130)
Rate: 4/5
Here comes O’s choice, Bagnet Sisig! You won’t miss hearing the sound of crisp and crunch on this sizzling plate. A decadent soak on pure bagnet that you’ll think twice to share with your seatmate or not.
I’m sorry for those on a summer diet but this is worth every calorie.

What lacks in this photo? Probably extra rice for a luxury of bagnet flavors.

The Ambiance:

Dress down as much as you can. The beauty of Bagneto’s lair is that you can come as you are. Underdressed or overdressed, nobody will actually care because everyone’s busy minding their own good food.
with Mr. Bagneto, Raz
You justified the goodness in Bagnet, Raz! Congrats!
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Location: 33-A Malingap St., Teachers Village East, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Operating Hours: 5:00PM-10:00PM
Budget: PHP120++

Food 9/10
Ambiance 8/10
Service 8/10
Cost 9/10
Overall 8.5/10