A click on the internet and the proximity of us in Tomas Morato led me to this homey restaurant along Scout Lozano called LoLa Cafe + Bar. It was already night time when we navigated through the unfamiliar place and being a Taft kid that i am, it did not help that I frequent the vicinity only when I have to.
Anyhow, to cut the long story short, we arrived at this homey restaurant after much intuition and some left and right turns here and there. Upon stepping beyond the gate, the homey and comfy vibe of the place can already be felt. These might be due to the fact that this was an ancestral house turned into a restaurant.
Monochromatic in its scheme, the restaurant was splashed and stacked up with colors and paintings to break the monotony and to ignite a vibrant and young atmosphere inside. The green, grass-like texture topping off the counter front of the bar gave off a fresh and earthy feeling to the place.
Walking up the stairs to the 2nd level of LoLa Cafe, you will notice the paintings line up on one side of the wall. The neutral-colored paintings and irregularly placed wall-hangings reinforced the modern and clean attribute of the restaurant.
Even on a rainy night, the place was jampacked with foodies and returnees alike.
The Omurice is the first of the three dishes that we ordered for the night. Home-made longganisa rice wrapped in omelette and capped off with that creamy Aioli sauce and onion gravy, this dish was an instant hit for me. Consuming first the side with the Aioli sauce and progressing thereafter to the darker side of gravy, every bite was an explosion in my mouth. The garlicky taste of the Aioli sauce had it for me. Each bite hit close to the heart.
The pork chop was like no other. Aside from the fact that it is called Pork-Chop (yes, it is hyphenated), this LoLa dish gave a different image to the loved-by-many viand. The meat was so tender and juicy and savoury that it will tick your curiosity how on earth did they make it that way!
This Kare-Kare consisted of a lovely mix of beef brisket and tripe. Pardon me for using this word too often here but yes, the meat was tender as it was; an ultimate proof that this has been done with love and passion as we all know that boiling beef and tripe to softness is a huge effort in itself. Satiating in a good way, this dish made me grow a different kind of fondness with Kare-Kare all the more.
We did not mind that it was raining hard that night while we were munching down the dishes as all the food were spectacular. If there is one restaurant that I could definitely equate the phrase "comfort food" with, I will hands down pick LoLa Cafe. With the homey ambiance and close-to-home choices, your experience here will easily be a lullaby to satiety.
LOLA CAFE + BAR
(add) 99 Sct Lozano Street South Triangle, Quezon City | (phone) +632 501 2620 | (facebook) /Lola Cafe Bar