LoLa Cafe + Bar

Sct. Lozano St., Tomas Morato, Quezon City, Metro Manila

LoLa Cafe + Bar
4.3
4.5 Stars

196 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 80
  • 4 stars 88
  • 3 stars 25
  • 2 stars 3
  • 1 star 0
  • 226 Reviews
  • 434 Recommend
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Category:
Café
Business Hours
Reopens Sun: 11:00a - 11:00p
Phone
+6325012620

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Monday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Thursday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Friday
    • 11:00a - 1:00a
  • Saturday
    • 11:00a - 1:00a

Payment Options

Cash

Most Recent Reviews

Melodee N.
5.0 Stars
3

Quezon City is just filled with great places to eat, especially the Scout areas. One place we stumbled upon was this resto that captivated us with its charming set up --- the feel of home with a heart filled with memories. You will never feel the hustle and bustle of Timog Avenue or Tomas Morato.

Whenever I eat out, I will always tell my companions "anywhere, just don't take me to a Pinoy resto because that's what we eat at home". I'm a pretty good cook that's why I don't eat in restaurants that serve food that I myself can cook. But Lola's was an exception. I'd like to say that it's creative Pinoy fusion.

Looking through the menu, I thought there's nothing exceptional so we went for Truffled Lengua, Fried Tawilis and Ginataang Sigarillas. But ooooh did my heart flutter at the very first bite. It was love. Maybe we also ordered a good mix as the 3 viands just perfectly blended in our palate.

Another thing I love is that this being a good place for conversations. It's spacious, quiet and cozy plus the feel of old. In the middle of a toxic day, you'd find yourself relaxed with its very homey ambience. It's just like visiting your own grandma. And that makes it even more amazing.

Good food, good ambience that brings about good mood for good conversations. That's Lola's for me.

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Julie L.
4.0 Stars
8

Afternoon catch up with a long time friend of mine from high school. She suggested this resto and I'm glad she did. Love how simple and homey the ambiance was and all of the staff were accommodating.

We ordered:
Bone Marrow Sisig (275PHp) sinfully delicious!
Tartufo (280PHp) really good white sauce pasta

They also have happy hour between 2:30pm to 6pm, you'll get 30% off. I really liked their Green Mojito (140PHp reg price). Got to try Mango Margarita (140PHp reg price) and California Dream (150PHp reg price) but I still like their Green Mojito.

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Marianne P.
5.0 Stars
5

They offer Filipino Cuisine nothing special actually except for their desserts128522 (sweet tooth mode on) strawberries and cream is the queen 128081 meringue with sweet/sour cream also Banoffee not too sweet yet creamy128525

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Patricia H.
5.0 Stars
3

Oh my! Their Bone Marrow Sisig is a must try! Not for those who have high blood tho. But its really good, it has melba toast to go with it but sisig must be eaten w rice, so i did. Another must try is their Wagyu Kare kare 128077🏾128077🏾128077🏾 I wanted Chicken also so I ordered their Buttermilk fried chicken but I didnt like it at all. There was no flavor at all and you wouldnt taste anything that was described from the menu description 128529 But the first two were 10/10

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Roy T.
5.0 Stars
10

Why hello, 700th review! 127882

Another |ooloo milestone for me! Can’t believe I’ve reviewed 700 restaurants (well most of them are restos), and I ate that much already. Hahaha!!
I saved it for one of the hidden restaurants in Tomas Morato, Lola Cafe. I definitely enjoyed my recent experience there. I think it’s my second time to go there with the first being a looooong time ago.

I dined with two of my High School buddies last early June (late review) before we started with our food crawl. I suggested this place because I heard about their revamped menu and I wanted to compare them with other Filipino restaurants that serve dished with a twist. I’m fond of comparing so yeah.

We got the following:

WAGYU SALPICAO - I liked this dish and I recommend this. We all liked this most, among all the dishes we ordered. Anything with a lot of garlic is usually my weakness and this one had a good amount of it! Nicely cooked. Meat was juicy and tender. Glorious flavors bursting in my mouth. 128077🏻

CHORIZONG HUBAD PASTA - We also liked this dish. It was a good serving, that the three of us had a difficult time finishing it. Al dente cooked spaghetti in oil-based, garlicky, with a good amount of chorizo bits. A good try! I’m interested with their tartufo and spicy tinapa pastas. next time, next time.

WAGYU KARE-KARE - I think was also good. A big big serving again. Good mix of meat with vegetables. I liked the taste in general. The good kare-kare for me, not too cloying. Wagyu meat in kare-kare is a good idea. Meat quality was noticeably good. Nutty sauce with sweet bagoong on the sides.

ALUGBATI & KESONG PUTI SALAD - This is new to my tastebuds. I’m not that big fan of alugbati because of the bitter after-taste. Indeed, that taste was there so I did not enjoy it that much. One of my friends did, so I guess it’s good if you’re a vegetable fan. I got stuck and rigid with the usual greens I see in my salads - lettuce, spinach, and sometimes cabbage only 128077🏻

STRAWBERRIES & CREAM - We got this for free because of this promotion form Booky. It costs 150 bucks so this was a good catch. In terms of appearance, it looked really superb. Hard meringue with whip cream on top and strawberries and some shopped nots on top. A bit sweet for me, but two to three spoonfuls was good. After that, it’s cloying. Very IG-worthy for this one though! 128077🏻

Overall, I’d give them a 4-4.5 for the food. Rounding it up to 5 because of the good service and the overall ambiance. I’d say Lola Cafe is perfect for romantic dates. That heavy rain during our visit added this homey and relaxing feel inside the restaurant. I had some issues with some mosquitoes inside though.

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Nicole Y.
5.0 Stars

the tomato & chorizo pasta was great :) mouthwatering and soul filling :) friendly people too and servers are very accomodating... my friend got the spicy tinapa and it was also good, i will probably eat this when i get back, its a must try if you want olive oil in your pasta :) i tasted kare-kare and lengua before in my auntie's birthday celebration and it was delicious especially with rice. Their desserts are also yummy, i forgot the name of it; the one with alcohol content??? but still it left a taste in my mouth that i won't forget... so i brought my friend over after our gym and and still she wasn't disappointed :) i will definitely come back for more 128525 PS: their spicy is spicy enough, don't add a lot of chili 128523 #50ksummergiveaway

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Will C.
4.0 Stars

Was going to meet up with a friend at starbucks retiro but it was packed with students who are reviewing so when my friend arrive we were both hungry so we decided to try out another place, so a cafe trip turn out to be an early light dinner, i have a nice experience last week at lolas cafe so i recommended it. Since its just 15 mins away we decided to drive here, whooa along the way we saw 2 interesting restos (neighbors, and gourmet gypsy). Ehem Next time.

Upon arriving at this place i order for tomato choriza pasta with keso de bola cheese and dalandan with ginger for drink, and while its chicken tinola rice for my friend.

The chorizo pasta was good. My friend had an issue with blood inside the chicken but they happily replaced it but the replacement has the same issue so 128559 i feel bad for the server. I actually got to taste a little bit of the tinola rice, it was really gooood. Maybe next time. It was then replaced with pasta on truffle oil and mushrooms, i caught the smell of it and i wasnt interested in tasting it 128528.

Parking during dinner time was a bit hard, expect to spend additional time changing parking area in the middle of meal since somebody park in front would leave.

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Will C.
5.0 Stars

T'was a sunny sunday afternoon and i was just talking to an old friend at fb when we decided to meet up here instead. The place was well located out of the busy tomas morato and i was inpressed by its homey feel from the moment i park on their garage.

The inside had equally nice interiors. I can see on their small chalkboard the list of reservations for tonights valentines and it was a long list.

We ordered their negra on glass noodles, i personally like it. We also ordered their wagyu skewers, they dont have sticks so it was just serve on plate, shouldnt be called skewers right? But man it was good and reasonably price.

I almost gave this a 4 stars since they really need to do something with the mosquitoes, but i will surely be back so i hope they will do something bout it. 128522

Tip:
This place is perfect for dates, or just to chill and meet up for a quick eat or drinks.

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Didi O.
5.0 Stars

Truffled lengua - yum, genius!!!

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Jenn L.
5.0 Stars

Gastronomic experience me and my friend had at Lola Cafe, their chorizo pasta is indeed mouth watering ! We will come back to try others on the menu except ones that will skyrocket our Blood Pressure 128514 their resto has a relaxing feeling. We love it ! 128077

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G-Ronn M.
5.0 Stars

Trued their famous Kare-kare and its simply awesome. Must try! There place is good for catch up with friends and bonding place for family.

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Marjorie G.
5.0 Stars

When I think of Quezon City I remember the QC Circle, the Maginhawa Street, and all the third-wave cafes that I’ve been obsessing of late. But I have not really been exploratory when it comes to food, hence I didn’t know about Lola Café & Bar until a friend invited me. I found out that a new guy, is heading the kitchen and on that day he is giving us an exclusive first look (or taste if you may) of their new dishes; 16 of them. Yeah I know, I’m lucky. Today, let me serve as your food connoisseur and give you a blow-by-blow review of these delectable foods fresh off the Chef Jon Mangibin’s kitchen.

Lola Café takes up a space along Lozano Street, which used to be an old house. The place has been renovated they say; made bigger to accommodate more patrons. The thought given to decorate the place is ingenious. The walls and the furniture played with white, black, and gray tones. I was particularly taken by the accents used for adornment, particularly the mason jars that were used as lighting fixtures and as pots for some decorative plants. There are also picture frames on the walls and some shelves that hold the bottles of wine.

I learned that when there is a new person-in-charge in the kitchen, more often than not, the menu is going to be updated. It’s my first time to visit Lola Café so I cannot make an old versus new assessment. From this experience, I can assure you that the new dishes are highly satisfactory. Let’s divide them into six parts and start with…

SMALL PLATES

Think calamares tossed in salad, that’s what Chipirones (PHP165 - $3.69) is. It is fried baby squid with pickled vegetables and tanglad vinegar. As mentioned, they used baby squids, so small and tasty that I popped them in my mouth like popcorn.

I found my most favorite dish in the menu too early and if the reactions of my fellow foodies were any indication, I say I’m not alone in my opinion. If you ask me what is the one thing that I’d recommend from the menu, I’d tell you to order Wagyu Salpicao (PHP320 - $7.17). You can never go wrong with Wagyu, in fact, I have never met a Wagyu in my life that I didn’t like. This meat is expensive for a reason; it is unbelievably tender and the flavor goes deep into the meat that the flavor essentially surges in your mouth. I kept eating it like I’m the only person in the room. I am a little ashamed to admit that I was the one who ate most of the plate that was supposed to be for sharing (teehee!). This should convince you already that Wagyu Salpicao shouldn’t be missing from your list of orders when you go to Lola Café.

Then we were served something that I could only describe as double the trouble, Bone Marrow Sisig (PHP275 - $6.16). It is made of pork jowl and garlic crumble, served with flat bread and kamias jam. It’s the only dish in the bunch that elicited the most number of wows in our group because I mean, look at it, not only is it beautiful but it has bone marrow and sisig; a marriage of two of the best dishes there is! The dish is already good as it is but try it with kamias jam and you will know perfection right in your taste buds.

I have a problem with it though and it’s not related to my health concerns. I hated that the serving was too small, it was gone too soon. Too soon man, too soon!

SALADS

Mix Romaine lettuce, bacon strips, bread crisp, and bagoong dressing together and you will come up with Grilled Caesar Salad (PHP290 - $6.50). It was garnished with strips of parmesan cheese. I was all over this salad because of the cheese and I appreciate the fact that it was not grated as it is usually served.

That day I also discovered that you if combine charred alugbati lettuce hearts, roasted carrots, beets, kesong puti, and toss it in balsamic vinaigrette, you will end up with one of the best salad there is, the Alugbati and Kesong Puti Salad (PHP310 - $6.95). I was eyeing this salad the moment it landed on our table. Unfortunately, by the time it reached our side of the table, it was only half a plate, so I only got a small portion of it. That small portion though was enough to convince me that it is by far the finest salad that I’ve ever tasted in my life. I didn’t know kesong puti can make salad so much more interesting.

SOUP

Bacon Belly Batchoy (PHP320 - $7.17) is made with braised bacon slabs, ox tripe, sweet garlic broth, and soft-boiled egg. I love batchoy but honestly, this one didn’t pass to my liking and I am attributing it to the fact that it’s sweet. I prefer my batchoy to be on the salty side, which is not the case here. If you are into sweet broth though, you may find this noodle dish to your liking.

PASTA AND RICE BOWL

If you want to be a little adventurous when it comes to pasta, I suggest that you give Spicy Tinapa Pasta (PHP215 - $4.82) a chance. This pasta has smoked fish (tinapa), fresh tomato, and chili. The tinapa flavor is heavy not only in taste but also in aroma. I am not a fan of tinapa but I liked this pasta anyway because it doesn’t have that “umay” quality to it, which more often than not, is true with cream-based pasta.

Lola Café also offers rice bowl dishes and one of them is Bagoong Rice with Roasted Pork Belly (PHP295 - $6.61). It is made with salted dried shrimp, sweet roasted pork belly, binurong mangga at sibuyas, and chicharon. You read that right, chicharon and there’s a generous amount of it. The rice was so flavorful you can eat it alone, but of course why eat it alone when there’s the equally savory pork belly to enjoy it with.

My vote though goes to the other rice bowl dish, Tinola Rice with Confit of Quarter Chicken (PHP260 - $5.82). It has ginger confit chicken Maryland, lemongrass rice pilaf, charred green papaya, scallion-anchovy vinaigrette. The chicken and rice ratio was uneven; there were only three pieces of chicken legs. But the rice had such a piquant flavor that we easily finished the entire bowl even after all the chickens were gone.

MAINS

I thought that after all that taste-bud explosions, we were ready for desserts; turns out we haven’t had the mains yet. They started us with the Roasted Belly Tocino (PHP490 - $10.98), a dish of half kilo slow-cooked liempo, anise glaze, and burong manga. By this time, I was already stuffed so I helped myself with just a small piece. First thing I noticed is how soft the meat is, so much that it didn’t take much of an effort slicing it even when we were just using a bread knife. The saccharine, juicy meat will have your eyes rolling backward. That’s how freakishly good it is.

The Garlic Buttermilk Fried Chicken (PHP 390 - $8.74) is cooked with calamansi buttermilk, ginger-scallion butter sauce, and chili garlic oil. I'm half-hearted about this; I liked that it wasn’t oily, but I find the chicken meat a bit firm.

Next on our plates were the Truffled Lengua (PHP495 - $11), which has wild mushrooms, porcini broth, and garlic cream, and Gising Express (PHP140 - $3.13), which has coconut milk broth, homemade bagoong, sigarilyas, french beans, and finger chili. The Truffled Lengua was satisfactory but not as good as the Gising Express. I know they are two different dishes so I shouldn’t be comparing them. I’m just basing this on the fact that they were both made with creamy sauce. The Gising Express is spicy, just the way I liked it.

DESSERTS

Of course, we still had room for desserts — you should always leave room for desserts! — and for this part of the meal we were served with two of their pies, Banoffee Pie (PHP150 - $3.36) and Baguio Strawberries and Cream Pavlova. My favorite Banoffee pie is the one from Starbucks, hence it has become the benchmark of all banoffee pies that I’ve ever encountered in my life. In my assessment, Starbucks remains unbeatable, but I still find Lola Café’s version very delightful.

The best dessert however, and this I’d choose over Starbucks banoffee pie, is the Baguio Strawberries and Cream Pavlova. It has bits of strawberries, it has meringue, it has strawberry syrup, it has cream, and it’s sprinkled with nuts. All these elements made for one hell of a dessert that served as the best ending to this one hell of a gastronomic adventure.

Hats off to Chef Mangibin for coming up with such a delectable selection of new dishes that I’m sure old and new patrons of Lola Café will enjoy.

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Catherine D.
5.0 Stars

TARTUFO PASTA AND KARE KARE FTW!! I really enjoyed my birthday in this restaurant since it was so quiet and very intimate. Plus their food is a wow! 128077🏼

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Julie J.
4.0 Stars

Opening an email from Peanut D always makes me giddy with anticipation 128513 and this time was no different... A rendezvoos it says...sounds so clandestine and mysterious eh?! yeah! 128514

Call time was at 1pm and I was Hangry when I got there (gnarly traffic forever!) Anyways, got to meet some awesome loolooers 128522 Muffy T Luisa E Vinny L Hannah V Martin E and of course clingy Jenn N & April H were there too 128514128123

Let the feast begin!!!

128205Appetizers / Salad / Soup

* Wagyu Salpicao - My favorite dish 128514128525 tender and tasty kitayama beef with roasted garlic...I think I'll request it done rare next time 128523

* Chipirones - baby calamari with pickled veggies and tanglad vinegar

* Bone Marrow Sisig - Pork jowl, kamias jam, garlic and flat bread. Didn't dare try this one 128541 Cholesterol alert!

* Alugbati & Kesong Puti Salad - Charred Alugbati lettuce hearts, roasted carrots, beets and balsamic vinaigrette. Another fave of mine!!

* Molo Soup - another group fave! A little salty for my taste but really yummy with the bonito flakes and whipped Kesong Puti, very uniquely done 128077🏼

128205Mains

* Ginataang Bangus Belly - Boneless Bangus belly in coconut milk. Must eat lots of rice with this 128514

* Beef Steak Tagalog - cured beef brisket, onions and garlic confit

* Crispy Maskara 128070🏼 - Crispy Pig face instead of the Pata 128517 Poor miss Piggy 128055

* Palabok Negra - A different take on Palabok, good but I'd have liked it better with more squid

128205Drinks / Dessert - good for sharing

- Beliz , Rio, Calamansi Smash, espresso cocktail, Filipino mule

- Strawberry Pavlova - Strawberry Merengue

- Tsokolate - tablea cheesecake with milo mousse w/ barquillos on top. 128525 loved that it's not too sweet!

Probably missed mentioning a few dishes, hard to remember everything after a food coma 128514 Thanks to Sir Howard, Chef Monch and Chef John and the staff of Lola Cafe for your warm reception and helpful insights on your new progressive Filipino menu and of course for stuffing us silly!!! 128055128055128055

Lastly, Thank you Looloo for the invite 128156 Thank you Odell R Roegan T and Pea!! And also to the awesome Looloo crew! Hooray for loot bags 128123most specially my looloo Payoong version 2.0 128525128514

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Evita G.
5.0 Stars

Confession to make: went to this lovely, homey vibe restaurant twice in one week.12852212852510084️ (celebrated my birthday and my friend's birthday there)

I can say that Lola is one of my favorite restaurants in Quezon City.128523 good service and a private feel ambiance.

Love their spicy tinapa pasta (photo above), tartufo pasta, banoffie pie and their Mojito (you can request this to their bar).128523127860127864

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Luisa E.
5.0 Stars

My first Looloo rendezvoos at Lola Cafe, thank you so much for the invite Peanut D & the rest of the Looloo gang, sir Howard and Chefs Monch & John! I had a really great time and hope to form friendships that'll last a lifetime 128153128157128153

For appetizers:
The Kitayama wagyu salpicao was the top 1 dish, it was so soft and tasty, it's meat melt in your mouth awesome!

Bone marrow sisig was an adventurous killer dish, sisig on a layer of fat! with kamias jam, a nice hint of sweet tangy fruity flavor.

Chipirones, baby squid calamari was the most basic but good appetizer, though the dip doesn't taste like it was a good pairing.

I got to try the calamansi margarita, it was good, fizzy and fruity.

Lunch part 1
Alugbati salad, local spinach kesong Puti mousse with beets needs a citrusy kick of flavor for me. It's starchy and slimy and a bit bland.

Seafood palabok in squid ink, delicious and innovative, it has been used on pasta but this is the first time I've seen a negra palabok. Real good!
And generous with shrimps and baby squid.

Bagoong rice with pork belly tocino and burong mangga was okay. It didn't seem like tocino belly but it was fine, bagoong rice's strong flavor and mangga is always yunmy!

Chicken molo soup with kesong Puti and bonito flakes was delicious but gives an umay factor.

I must say the basil belize with grapefruit mint leaves is an actual legit fruit pop. It feels like soda!

Lunch Part 2 or was it early dinner?
Bistek tagalog, nothing exciting here.

Bangus belly in gata is so good! This is top 2 dish for me. 3rd is bone marrow.

The crispy maskara pork face chicharon with liver spread, achara and toyo suka was presented well but I'm not into chicharon but I like the chicken liver that came with it.

Milo tablea and strawberry pavlova were both sweet but contrast each other which is good, such variety is always exciting. I liked them both but the tablea was more filling and rich.

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Hannah V.
4.0 Stars

My first looloo rendezvoos 128149
Yaaaaaay!9786
Finally met Pretty Peanut D, Odell R , Roegan T in person. Thank you so much for the invite. And Ofcourse Lola Cafe+Bar for delicious-ly feeding us. It was also my first time here.

Lola has a comf-y interiors and a relaxing dining areas. Eating here gives you a home-y vibes.
This cafe/bar is a culinary gem that offers filipino cuisine with a unique traditional and personalized food.

We met Sir Howard, one of the part owner of the restaurant who gave us an overview of Lola Cafe + Bar We were also fortunate to hear how they conceptualized each dish from their cool chef's: Sir Mon and Sir John.

Appetizers:
Bone Marrow Sisig.
Chipirones
Wagyu Salpicao

Main dishes:
Bagoong Rice
Molo Soup
Pansit Palabok
Alugbati Salad

Alcoholic Drinks: (cocktail-ish)
espresso cocktail
filipino mule
calamnsi smash

Non-alcholic Drinks:
Belize
Rio

Another main dishes:
Bistek Tagalog
Fried Bangus (Gata)
Crispy Maskata(Pig's Face)

Dessert:
Table Cake
Strawberry Pavlova

Out of all dishes, My *personal* fave were as follows....

The Wagyu Salpicao
Chef told us that they actually didn't marinate the beef so the flavor of the meat itself would really be still. The meat is from Bukidnon so it tasted fresh and it was really soft&tender with cloves of garlic. *oh so yummers*

Molo Soup
Chicken balls with the yummy combination of kesong puti, bonito flakes,saffron, carrots, etc. I dont why i like it maybe it was the rainy weather. *haha*

Fried Bangus (Gata)
boneless bangus belly with coconut milk. Not a fan of it but i *love* it. I wonder what's their secret recipe in cookinh this dish.

Tablea Cake
Tablea chocolate with graham crust, milo mousse, chocnut bits and barquillos. *good for the chocoholics*

Belize (Non-alcohoc drink)
It was so refreshing. It's a mix of basil, soda and passion fruit.

Calamansi Smash
*Sour goodness* and it was also refreshing.

For more detailed information about Lola and other things we were able to try. Just check out the awesome reviews of April H, Muffy T, Jenn N, Vinny L, Luisa E, Julie J, Martin E

It was nice to meet y'all 128139128519128139

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Vinny L.
4.0 Stars

I went to my first looloo rendezvoos and Lola Cafe was sponsoring it since they were planning to relaunch their restaurant which now focuses more on Filipino cuisine. They also said they are currently maximizing local ingredients and flavors in their dishes.

Among the appetizers we tried, I loved the beef salpicao! Chef Monch and Chef John revealed that they actually didn't marinate the beef so the flavor of the meat itself would really be prominent. The wagyu meat is said to be sourced from Bukidnon. The meat tasted fresh and it was really tender, the sauce was there to pack it with more flavor, to add in the salty and savory factor. It was also served with whole cloves of garlic which tasted really good when you eat it along with the cubes of meat. It was soft and quite mushy on the inside but it doesn't break when you pierce your fork right into it. Wish it came with garlic fried rice and soft boiled eggs! That would've been a heavenly meal.

The "putok batok" Bone Marrow Sisig was also made for champs. I thought the marrow was a bit scrimp, but I guess the amount was okay for an appetizer. The bits of sisig that topped it were really flavorful but needed a bit of spice and tang. I really liked the bread that came with since it was really crunchy and added that solid texture to the whole thing.

One of the house specialties of their new menu was the Alugbati salad. We were told that Alugbati leaves tasted a lot like spinach and that they had to boil it to get rid of its "dagta." So you really won't expect that these Alugbati leaves would give you a fresh, crunchy and crisp salad experience since it was boiled. Romaine lettuce leaves were tossed in so the salad won't lack that factor. However, even when the leaves were boiled, it still gave off that slimy feel when you chew it. The kesong puti mousse also added in to the slimy-ness since it was smooth and creamy. Maybe a bit of croutons and grilled chicken and more lettuce would cancel that slimy feeling out.

I'm a fan of Palabok so when they served us their Palabok Negra, I couldn't wait to dig into it. They added a twist to the traditional favorite and mixed in squid ink to the sauce. The sauce was superb and I don't know where to credit the really prominent seafood taste. To the squid ink or to the fact that they didn't use broth and made the sauce solely from shrimp heads? It also had some squid bits, I swear the color really made it look like seafood palabok. It was served with a soft boiled egg, but once you mix the dish altogether, the yolk of the egg just disappears into the sauce. So I guess I still prefer the good ol' boiled eggs in my palabok. Plus like Jenn N. said, it lacked crunch aka chicharon. But this dish is definitely one of the things I'm ordering again when I visit!

You also have to try their Beliz drink. It's a mix of passion fruit juice, basil and soda. It was so refreshing!

For more information about the place and other things we were able to try on that gloomy yet wonderful looloo rendezvoos, check out the reviews of Peanut D, Odell R, Hannah V, Luisa E, Martin E, Julie J, April H, Jenn N, Muffy T and Roegan T! 9786

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Jenn N.
4.0 Stars

I wasn't in Manila when I received the email from Peanut D, but I almost squealed with delight when I read it because I got invited to a rendezvoos! Finally! It was a good thing that I listened to P when she said not to eat breakfast on that day because Howard, Chef Monch, and Chef John fed us with so much food. So much that I wasn't able to eat dinner that night!128514

I have been to Lola around 2 or 3 years ago, but I wasn't able to try their food because I was on a strict diet. Boo!128529

The chefs told us that their branding is "progressive Filipino food", and that they serve classic dishes with a twist, and they're not into the fusion hype. They also source local ingredients and they make everything from scratch. I love this concept of supporting local farmers. They're in the process of revamping their menu and we were lucky to try some of their new dishes!

They served us the following:

Bone Marrow Sisig
Pork jowl, kamias jam, garlic crumble, flat bread. This one's literally putok batok. I don't know if this is supposed to be crispy because we took our time taking photos, and as usual, ate everything cold.

Chipirones
Fried baby squid with pickled vegetables and tanglad vinegar. This is their take on calamari using baby squid. I like the spiced breading. It was flavorful enough and you wouldn't really need any dipping sauce to go with the chipirones. I didn't get the tanglad vinegar though, the chipirones tasted weird when I dipped it in the vinegar.

Wagyu Salpicao128588🏻128070🏻
Kitayama wagyu beef, roasted garlic in olive oil. This is my favorite from all the dishes that were served to us! I was surprised that beef was still tender even when it turned cold. I also like the roasted garlic that came with it instead of the typical fried garlic bits on top. I kinda wish I saved some pieces and ate it with rice. It's so good that Martin E even ordered one to go. And Peanut ate it with everything!

Alugbati and Kesong Puti Salad128588🏻
Charred alugbati, lettuce hearts, roasted carrots, beet and balsamic vinaigrette, and kesog puti mousse. I never had alugbati before and I did not know what to expect. The salad was surprisingly good, and the kesong puti mousse lessened the healthy feel of the salad.

Molo Soup
Braised chicken balls, saffron and annatto broth, dried bonito flakes, whipped kesong puti. The chicken balls were good, but the broth was a bit too salty for me.

Bagoong Rice with Roasted Pork Belly
Salted dried shrimp, sweet ssam roasted pork belly, binurong mangga at sibuyas, chicharon. I was disappointed with this one. The pork belly, which was supposed to be their version of tocino, tasted like plain belly. I didn't get any hint of sweetness of the pork. The chicharon was also a weird addition. Or maybe I'm just used to the little pieces of chicharon of the Thai version of the dish.

Beef Bistek Tagalog
350 g cured beef brisket, crisp onins, garlic confit and Lola tomato relish. I loved everything about the dish, the beef was really tender, the onions were perfectly cooked, garlic confit was good.. except the sauce. It was too buttery for me, and too sweet. It lacked the tangy flavor of the calamansi.

Ginataang Bangus Belly
Whole boneless bangus belly, sauteed mustard greens, coconut milk. Not a fan of bangus belly but everybody seemed to love this dish.

For the new items, they had us try the following:
Palabok
Their version is made with squid ink. It was really flavorful but I kinda wish they would add a crunchy element to the dish.

Strawberry Pavlova
Not really a fan of meringues, but the strawberry part was good! I like the contrast of the tarragon cream.

Tsokolatte (not really sure what it's called)
Tablea on a bed of graham crust, served with milo mousse. This one is good, but a bit cloying. The tablea is a bit strong, which for me is a good thing because they did not scrimp on the tablea. This one should be shared though.

Cocktails were also served. My favorite is their Calamansi Smash which is their version of whiskey sour.

Out of all dishes, I would recommend getting the Salpicao, Alugbati and Kesong Puti Salad, Calamansi Smash, and the Tablea cake. 9786

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Peanut D, Roegan T, and Odell R for the invite! And Lola for feeding us! 128514

It was nice meeting you Vinny L, Hannah V, Muffy T, Luisa E, Martin E! 9786

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Muffy T.
5.0 Stars

Lola is a converted residential place with cool and comfortable interiors, as well as spacious dining areas. Eating here makes me feel less like im eating at a restaurant, but more like hanging-out at a friends home.

I must admit, i was tempted to stay home because of the unpredictable weather and whatever excuse i had in my head - but im really really glad i came to Lola. This place is a hidden culinary gem along the many narrow streets of Tomas Morato. It's getting to try places like these that add pleasure to weekend dining.

Sir Howard, together with Chef Mon and Chef John, explained that Lola serves elevated, improved, and personalized 'traditional Filipino food'. Theres no 'fusion' here, folks.

Our meal came in four "courses" (or "intervals" because it sure did feel like an eating-marathon) over a few hours. Also, most of the food we got to try were either just released or still in their version 1.0/beta stage.

First served were the appetizers - Wagyu Salpicao, Chipirones, and Bone Marrow Sisig. Then we got to try our first mains: the Bagoong Rice, Molo Soup, Pansit Palabok with Squid Ink, and Alugbati Salad. With these two courses also came some drinks.. With alcohol (yaz!) - espresso cocktail, filipino mule, and calamnsi smash - filipino versions or our favourite beach drinks. The filipino mule was tops because it tasted like a more refreshing version of an amaretto sour.

The apps were all a hit. The group favourite, the wagyu salpicao topped with garlic, was perfectly seasoned and seared. The chiporones was a fried baby calamari dish served with pako, radishes, and a house blend vinegar dipping sauce. I found the chipirones a little bit salty, but good overall. Although the two were appetizing enough, i went bat-sh*t-crazy for the bone marrow sisig. I loooove sisig. I love grilled bone marrow. Then the chefs decided to marry the two, and gave us something both out of a culinary dream and medical nightmare.

The mains were as good as the apps. I heard the alugbati salad and the palabok were good, but i didn't get to try them. The molo soup was my favourite dish of the day! Basta try it - Its pretty hard to describe how kesong puti, bonito flakes, pork meatballs, and broth could work - but the dish was absolutely perfect. The bagoong rice was interesting to say the least. Its a traditional bagoong rice, served with homemade tocino, chicharon, and burong mangga. Hindi yung tocino na pink; imagine instead 'caramelized pork liempo'. My only comment for this dish is sana crushed nalang yung chicharon kasi mahirap kainin.

As if those weren't enough, more food came! Next we got to try the Fried Bangus in Gata, Bistek Tagalog, and Crispy Maskara (Fried pig's face) This part was a blur since i think i was entering a food coma na. 128517 I remember liking the bangus withe gata a whole lot.

Then dessert: a tablea cheesecake with milo mousse, and barquillos; and a strawberry pavlova. Not exactly traditional filipino food, but most of the ingredients were sourced from local suppliers. The chefs were very generous with mixing the tablea chocolate into the cheesecake. That little touch made it very choclatey, rich, and yummy. The pavlova was sweet yet well-balanced. Both desserts are best shared.

Overall, it was an absolutely enjoyable experience at Lola's. The ambiance, food, and company were perfect for a rainy afternoon like today's. I cannot wait to come back again. 9786

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* For more details, see April H Vinny L Julie J Martin E Hannah V Luisa E Jenn N's reviews 128517 *
It was nice to meet everyone. thank you Peanut D Roegan T Odell R for the invite!

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