10 Things To Love In Pedro 'n Coi

A dash of quirk and tons of colorful touches make this dining spot a must-visit

Photography: Coni Tejada

If you don’t know of the blue Love Bus that once plied the streets of Metro Manila, then it’s a sign you should visit and have your next meal at Pedro ‘n Coi. Owned by 2011 Miss Universe 3rd runner-up Shamcey Supsup-Lee and her husband, businessman Lloyd Lee, Pedro ‘n Coi celebrates all things Pinoy Pop Culture. Featuring interiors that highlight the elements of Pinoy homes, the resto allows guests to dine inside the bus, the jeep, the house, or even “out on the street” surrounded by houses. When they are ready to order, they shout “Darna!” in reference to the beloved Pinoy comic book character. Don’t forget to review the menu thoroughly and see if you can spot a few items named after popular Filipino personalities.

To some, the whole idea of eating inside a bus or a jeep maybe cheesy or kitschy, but we think it’s a hundred percent fun! Pedro ‘n Coi—the nicknames of Lloyd and Shamcey respectively—celebrates some of the things that we often forget to enjoy or discard in today’s globally connected world. Curious about the interiors? It's a hit given that Shamcey is also an architect. Here are 10 more reasons why you shouldn't miss this interesting food stop:

1. The double-deck Love Bus

The blue-painted, heart-decorated, air-conditioned buses made up the once state-owned bus system. At Pedro ‘n Coi, they tried to recreate an entire love bus complete with windshield, a driver’s seat, and a set of wheels.

2. Fun wall accents

Quirky posters—some of which we often see in the streets—decorate the walls. See if you can spot a few wanted or job signs, too!

RL Tip: Decorating a small space? Take your cue from the Love Bus! Mirrors can visually expand a space and make it feel less cramped. Additional lighting can also illuminate the space and make it extra cozy.

3. The Orange Jeepney

It's no doubt that orange or yellow can instantly liven up a space. In this restaurant, these colors make the well-loved jeepney a stand out. The King of Pinoy roads have been modified to accommodate tables and banquettes for guests to dine in. It has also been cut into half so that diners can easily get in and out of it.

4. Old Pinoy houses

Guests can easily identify with the capiz windows, intricate patterns on the walls, and the furniture pieces that speak of home sweet home. The familiar facade of Pinoy homes conceal the kitchen and other utility areas while sprucing up the walls.

We're sure you know this famous TV family. We can spot Kevin, Azon, and even Baldo!

5. The dependable sari-sari store

How many times have you rushed to the nearest store to look for a missing ingredient? Or a quick snack break? At Pedro 'n Coi, it serves as the window to the kitchen and the cashier.

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6. See fun twists to entertainment posters

Amidst the signs are posters of Pinoy movies and television shows. In particular, they appropriated the 80s cult classic “Bagets” to “Bagnets."

7. The old-school utensils are Instagram-worthy

The restaurant features utensils that once populated most Filipino homes—these include the enamel mug, glasses that once were coffee and peanut butter jars, and clear glass dinner plates.

8. Unexpected bathroom fixtures

Yes, that's a kawali or pan serving as sink. If you would like to have something similar at home, it's best to work with an expert or a professional plumber. It's safe to have connections and pipes checked before working on a DIY project like this.

Who wouldn't be aware of some of our mystic beliefs? Right above the kawali sink is this sign by an “albolaryo” promoting things like hula and gayuma.

9. The restaurant also supports Pinoy artists—from visual artists to OPM acts

Original Pilipino Music (OPM) is played throughout the day and on the second floor, they have displayed paintings that are on sale. Make sure you check these ones out and see if a piece can work with the rest of your home's interiors.

10. The food is cute, funny, and mouthwatering

Favorite Pinoy dishes are offered on the menu with rather playful names like “Inasal Raymundo” for Chicken Inasal, “Mayor Bistek” for Beef Steak, “Belly Flores” for Bangus Belly, “Dyesabel & Friends” for Sinigang na Seafoods sa Miso, and  “Pudding ni Donya Buding” for pudding with ice cream.

Can't wait to schedule a get-together with your friends? Pedro 'n Coi is located at the 3rd Level of Fisher Mall, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City. The restaurant also has different branches around the Metro. Follow them on Facebook for more details.

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