House of Lasagna (Unit 1-B G&L Building J. Abad Santos cor V. Cruz St., Little Baguio, San Juan City)

Date visited: August 2013

What we ordered:

Southern Fried Chicken Skin, Beef Lasagna, Chicken Lasagna and Three Cheese Lasagna

Taste = 5/5

–          House of lasagna indeed! We’ve frequented this place several times already and we’ve never been disappointed. The chicken skin was very crunchy and its saltiness went very well with vinegar. When we tried their assortment of lasagnas, we thought that they would taste the same regardless of the ingredients. We were pleasantly surprised when each one of them had distinct flavors. The best lasagna for me was the beef lasagna while Lyn preferred the chicken lasagna. The beef lasagna tasted very meaty with the tomato sauce at the background while the flavour of the chicken lasagna highlighted the herbs. I thought the three cheese lasagna would be too cheesy but I was wrong. The cheeses blended very well to the point that it seemed like it they used just one very good cheese. It was so good that adding other ingredients to it would probably destroy the taste. Almost forgot to mention that their lasagnas come with unlimited yummy garlic bread!

Service = 5/5

–          Everytime we came here, we saw only one server for the whole restaurant but that didn’t stop her from giving us great service. Sure she wasn’t quick with our requests all the time but we saw that she was giving maximum effort.

Ambience = 4/5

–          The restaurant is a little hard to find in San Juan and the dining area is small. Good thing they renovated a little and removed some of the large display cabinets and created some extra space.

Value for money = 5/5

–          The prices of their lasagnas were on the expensive side but the superior taste, quality and serving size made us feel happy during payment. The small dining area didn’t dissuade us from having a great time eating there.

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Elar’s Lechon (151 Quezon Ave. cor Speaker Perez St. Doña Imelda, Quezon City)

PhotoGrid_1376064954192Date visited: July 2013

What we ordered:

¼ Lechon and Adobong Baka

 

Taste = 5/5

–          Lechon is suckling pig and Adobong Baka is beef in vinegar and soy sauce. For me, Elar’s (not to be confused with Elarz) makes the best roasted lechon. I’ve tasted lechon that cost five times more but the taste and quality wasn’t even close to Elar’s. The perfectly orange skin was super crispy and the thin fat layer underneath it gave a very good contrast in texture. The pork meat was almost melt-in-your-mouth and really asserted its premium quality. The Lechon sauce was sweet, a little peppery and livery – just excellent. When I put crispy skin, pork meat, sauce and rice on one mouthful, I went to heaven and cried a little. Lyn doesn’t really eat much pork so she ordered the Adobong Baka. It was on the tough side but the sauce was on the salty side and was good.

 

Service = 4.5/5

–          It was a self-service set-up but there were lots of attendants who helped us with our trays, drinks and utensils.

 

Ambience = 3.5/5

–          The place looked more like a cafeteria than a restaurant. It was quite apparent that they had low-cost utensils but it just made us focus more on deliciousness of their Lechon.

 

Value for money = 5/5

–          Even if we were talking about just the Lechon, the prices they charged were very reasonable. The dishes were just priced right but what will make me come back here again and again is definitely their Lechon.

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Sunrise Buckets (Unit 1 Madison Square, Madison St, Greenhills, San Juan)

PhotoGrid_1373818729493Date visited: July 2013

What we ordered:

Black Peppered Chicken Wings (Wipeout)

 

Taste = 5/5

–          This place serves our favourite chicken wings! Who wouldn’t love those very deliciously-spiced, very tender, and juicy chicken wings served with a sour-cream-based dip? We’ve tried several of their flavours already but the taste of liquid butter combined with the salty, sweet and very peppery coating on the crispy chicken skin always discourages us to try other flavours. Combined with rice on every bite … heaven!

 

Service = 4.5/5

–          It was a semi self-service restaurant but when asked, the waitresses granted our requests. Most of the time, they were friendly and attentive.

 

Ambience = 4.5/5

–          We have been to this particular branch several times already and they continuously improve their dining area. Large surfboards, various pictures, a message board and a relaxed vibe are probably what give this place its unique appeal.

 

Value for money = 4.5/5

–          Their prices are probably the highest for chicken wings but we think that the high quality and taste of their wings makes them worth every peso.

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Lola Cafe + Bar (99 Sct Lozano St., South Triangle, Quezon City)

PhotoGrid_1370538052901Date visited: June 2013

What we ordered:

Kare-kare and Adobo Balsamic Chicken

Taste = 4.5/5

–          The Adobo was simply delightful – large pieces of chicken with a very dark balsamic sauce. The balsamic vinegar gave the dish a more European flavour but it was still on the sweeter side. The chicken meat was well-cooked and the portions were large. The Kare-kare was nicely-cooked also although it was the bagoong that brought life to the kare-kare (the peanut sauce was a little bland).  The meat in the Kare-kare tasted fresh including the tripe, fortunately.

Service = 3.5/5

–          The restaurant was not even at half capacity but we still had to exert effort to even just call the waiters’ attention.

Ambience = 4.5/5

–          The place felt welcoming and the dining areas were clean. It had a clean contemporary look and the place had a vibrant atmosphere.

Value for money = 4/5

–          Because of the large serving sizes, the prices of the items we ordered were very reasonable. Both Lyn and I couldn’t finish half of our orders. If only they could improve the service to all the diners, they would probably have more returning customers.