When you see a restaurant with a name as witty as Hoy Panga!, you don’t just pass by. You have to stop and take a look if they are really selling panga (jaw) or they’re just trying to call you stupid and misspelled it. (hah!.. just kidding).
The giant size photo of You Tube sensation and co-owner Bowgaht The Explohrah (Bogart The Explorer) signaling you to stop and check out the restaurant is reason enough to hit the brakes.
Actually, peanutbutter♥ and my MIL have been wanting to try it ever since they first saw it. We just didn’t have time or sometimes we’ve already eaten someplace else when we pass by Katipunan ave. So we reserve trying this for another day.
Finally, the day to try it came. We were on our way to SM Aura when we decided to have lunch here. Hoy Panga! serves everything Tuna! They turned one of their walls into a giant menu board and you can see everything in a single glance.
Ykaie and my nephew Bradzen
We played with our nephew Bradzen while waiting for our orders ! He is so cute and cuddly and we missed him so much now that he’s back in Dubai.
Our table was right beside the griller and we can smell the tuna panga as it was being cooked! We were surprised at how big the Grilled Tuna Panga (₱290) is when it was served. It was perfectly cooked — the meat was tender and juicy. It was marinated in a way that would enhance it’s meat and not overpower it.
The same goes for the Grilled Tuna Belly (₱350). This part is meatier than the tuna panga, though.
There’s two kind of dipping sauces for the grilled items, barbecue and hot sauce. I find these two sauces the perfect dipping sauce when mixed together.
We wanted some soup to go with our meal so we decided on Sinigang na Tuna sa Miso (₱200). There’s nothing really special about it but what’s nice is that you can order extra soup when you’re bitin.
I haven’t tried fish Kare-Kare yet so I was really curious about how the Kare-Kare na Tuna Buntot (₱250) would taste. The tuna tail was cut in a circular shape which mimics ox tail when cooked as the same dish. As for the taste, it doesn’t taste as peanut-ty and creamy as red meat kare-kare but it did not disappoint either. The sauce was thick and the vegetables weren’t overcooked. It paired well with the bagoong it came with.
My order is the Tuna and Tofu Sisig (₱150) which was sooo good that you won’t mind that it has no pork in it. I could eat this every single day!
We all looked full and satisfied, don’t we? We asked one of the staffs to take our photo — too bad our baby Bradzen got cut out.
Will I go back to Hoy Panga!? Absolutely! I want to try their Sionga ( SIOpao na tuna paNGA), Sioque (SIOpao na Queso), Binaggongang Tuna, and Tuna Spring Rolls. Of course, I’ll go back to get more of that Grilled Tuna Panga. I might even bring home a couple of their frozen ones to eat when the craving hits.
Hoy Panga! is located along Katipunan Avenue corner Castro Street, Blue Ridge, Quezon City.