A La Peanut Butter Sandwiches!

I have a philosophical question that’s been bothering me for years:

Why do sandwiches taste better when someone else makes it for you?

When my mother makes me a basic tuna sandwich, it tastes yummy. When I try to replicate a deli creation by buying all the fancy ingredients at the grocery to layer my sandwich, it tastes just ‘ayt.

I finally visited Peanut Butter Company’s Katipunan branch this month after visiting my alma mater, Ateneo de Manila University, for a yearbook mission.

PBCo.'s Katipunan branch

PBCo.’s Katipunan branch

If you look closely at the menu, you’ll realize it’s unlike your usual cafés and restos. Peanut butter in a meat sandwich? It’s not as farfetched as I’d like to think, especially since the chocolate-on-roasted-chicken scene is forever etched in my head, thanks to the 2000 Juliette Binoche movie, Chocolat. With modern chefs and foodies pushing the culinary envelope these days, a peanut butter-themed resto is actually quite clever—and highly necessary for kids (at heart) like me who can’t get enough of sweet treats.

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Launched in 2010, Peanut Butter Company is the first peanut butter restaurant in the Philippines. It features a smorgasbord of savory sandwiches, sweet treats, pastas, burgers, and jars of homemade peanut butter. Never mind that it looks highly influenced by the NYC shop, Peanut Butter & Co.

I went for the classic creamy peanut butter sandwich for P55 and a short order of cappuccino for P65. And yes, for something so simple and easy to make, it tasted better than the ones I would concoct at home!

Classic PB sandwich, P55

Classic PB sandwich, P55

I could imagine my Anton ordering something more experimental like the BBQ wings with chili peanut butter drizzling or the cinnamon sandwich with Granny Smith apples, cinnamon peanut butter, and PBCo.’s own concoction of vanilla cream cheese. The melancholic me still saved him a seat.

Classic PB sandwich, short cappuccino, and three jars of peanut butter to go

1 classic PB sandwich, 1 short cappuccino, and 3 jars of peanut butter to go

PBCo.'s peanut butter flavors are divided into sweet (dark chocolate, creamy, etc.) and savory (curry, chili, sesame, etc.)

PBCo.’s peanut butter flavors are divided into sweet (dark chocolate, creamy, etc.) and savory (curry, chili, sesame, etc.)

I took home three small jars of peanut butter in different flavors—creamy, butter, and dark chocolate. I told my mother and sister about my PBCo. experience and promised to take them to the Mall of Asia branch next time.

In the meantime, I’m still stumped. Why do sandwiches taste better when someone else makes it for you?

Visit any of Peanut Butter Company’s branches in Manila:
G/F Paseo Center, 8757 Paseo de Roxas, Makati City (Tel. no: +632-553-3326)
2/F Regis Center, 327 Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City (Tel. no: +632-990-3100)
G/F North Parking Bldg. SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City (Tel. no: +632-542-2707)



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