Lola Cafe: a hidden gem in Quezon City
It might be common to turn an ancestral house into a restaurant here in Quezon City. At least I’ve been to couple of places already and its quaint yet modern vibe sets it apart from the others. This restaurant in Scount Lozano, Lola Cafe has that exact vibe – relaxing, cozy, yet stylish.
Fresh Lumpiang Palabok (Php180) – rice paper, vermicelli, crab fat, tinapa, patis mansi, peanut sauce. I love their take on my favorite palabok. It has all the flavor yet you can actually hold it, dip it on your preferred sauce.
Crispy Pancit Lechon (Php280) – fried noodle, lechon kawali. It was indeed crispy – everything on this bowl. The lechon kawali, noodles, even the vegetable. A playful take on our usual boring pancit.
Pasta Negra (Php310) – Squid ink, aligue, baby squid. My favorite dish here in Lola Cafe. That creamy squid ink and aligue in an al dente pasta. Topped with tender baby squid. It was mesmerizing.
Crispy Tadyang (Php260) – deep fried beef brisket, bonito flakes, corn, pickled onions. The beef brisket was tender yet crispy that has marinated sauce that’s almost the same with pares.
Bone Marrow Sisig (Php265) – grilled bonemarrow, sisig, kamias jam. YOLO, right? This is so good and so sinful.
Chicken Tinola Rice Bowl (Php260) – Chicken thigh and leg, ginger, lemongrass rice pilaf, green papaya. This is not your usual Tinola as this bowl does not contain soup. The rice has the flavored soup of Tinola already which won’t make you miss it.
Bistek Tagalog (Php405) – cured beef brisket, soy calamansi sauce, fried shallots with potato strings.
Truffled Lengua (Php575) – Slow cooked ox tongue, wild mushrooms, truffle cream sauce. I am not a fan of Lengua, really, but this dish converted me. The thick and creamy sauce complimented the thinly sliced meat.
Lapu Lapu Alavar (Php550) – fried Lapu-Lapu, spinach, pako, alavar sauce.
Humba Glazed Pork Belly (Php525) – it has some chimichuri and chili. This was really tender and succulent. Another favorite here in Lola Cafe.
Kesong Puti Cheesecake (Php180) – it has salted latik and bukayo. Probably the most delicious cheesecake in town, in my opinion.
It was a lovely dining experience here at Lola Cafe. They also cater to functions for big groups, too.
Can’t wait to be back here.
Address: 99 Scout Lozano Street, Laging Handa, Quezon City