Mama Lou’s, Ayala the 30th

Homey and warm, this is how I would describe Mama Lou’s Restaurant as soon as I enter the dining area. Its French windows painted in green colors and the walls made of bricks already implies that the restaurant offers Italian cuisine even without looking at the menu yet.Mama Lou’s Restaurant

As the name suggests, Mama Lou’s is a family business who’s behind is a woman sharing her craft in delivering scrumptious food. However, the restaurant did not start out purely as an Italian but French-Italian. It was then they discovered that Filipinos are closer to Italian and so they stick into it that makes Mama Lou’s what they are today.

Appetizer

Bacon Poutine (P230) was served to us, bloggers, to whet our appetite. It’s French fries topped with brown gravy. It’s not the gravy I certainly would not expect to the fast food chain because of its authentic flavor.
Bacon Poutine

Thinly sliced beef is the meat of our Carpaccio di Manzo (P375) flavored with olive oil and balsamic vinegar that tap our healthy options.
Carpaccio di Manzo

Pizza

Their pizza is thin, surely the crust is cooked in a brick oven. We tried the Quattro Formaggi Large (P425) where the toppings are bursting in colors of orange and yellow made of tomato, mozzarella, cheddar, blue cheese, and brie. I would suggest ordering this if you are a fan of CHEEZZEEE! Meanwhile, the Bianca Large (P395) is less intense as it’s made of cream, mozzarella, mushroom, and bacon.
Quattro Formaggi Large

Pizza Bianca

Pasta

The drool-worthy Vesuvio (P495), was the first pasta served to us and so I think is the star of the night. The name itself would leave you clueless what it is but it’s a rigatoni positioned vertically arranged in round shape. The dripping ricotta adds to the beauty of this dish. The taste is also beautiful, I would say. It’s perfect – beautiful inside and out.
Vesuvio

The Truffle Mac & Cheese (P325) left us all in awe as we spooned to try it. Just lifting the spoon already satisfied our hunger because of the sticky melted mozzarella.
Truffle Mac & Cheese

The Spaghetti con Tuyo Filleto (P295) certainly has oil but surprisingly it is not oily. It is topped with our favorite tuyo, tomatoes, and arugula. Mama Lou’s observed to offer fresh ingredients!
Spaghetti con Tuyo Filleto

All of the three plates of pasta served are recommended. I cannot choose which of the three is the best as they have their own charm.

Meat

The Chicken Marsala (P390) sauce is made up of marsala wine but the dish is saltier because of the caper sauce. It also has ham and mozzarella with mashed potatoes on the side.
Chicken Marsala

The Rosemary Lamb Rack (P695) has an intriguing green sauce which would make you think it’s wasabi. By looking at the picture below, you would notice that I focused it less to the meat since I want you to see the green sauce that appealed to me on the dish. It has a hint of mint which makes me devour more of the grilled New Zealand lamb with rosemary.
Rosemary Lamb Rack

Risotto

The Risotto Tarfuto Funghi (P325) has the wild mushroom and truffle cream. It has the same taste of Vesuvio pasta.
Risotto

Seafood

They also let us try their seafood dish which is Prawns Thermidor (P695). The head of the prawns was made as the plating then the flesh was chopped in cubes drowned in creamy sauce. The dish has the taste of coconut milk.
Prawns Thermidor

Dessert

To end our exploration of Mama Lou’s, they let us try the Italian Tiramisu (P160). The cake is not that much impressive as compared to the second dessert served to us which is the Take the Cannoli. The plating is very much presentable. The homemade cocoa-marsala shell is filled with Italian mascarpone cheese that plays the hard and soft texture in my mouth while savoring it. I definitely recommend this.
Italian Tiramisu

Take the Cannoli

The Mama Lou’s Iced Tea (P75) is very unique. It has a mint after taste that cleanses our palate. I think it also detoxifies me since I kept on peeing. LOL. Or maybe it’s just me.
Mama Lou's Iced Tea

As I have mentioned, the place is well-ventilated and it was full-house when we got there and there are some diners who are patiently waiting at the reception area. The interior has a painting of Mona Lisa, a portrait of Marilou and a display of plates in the pastel color. The price is reasonable to the taste and serving of the food. The waitstaff accommodated us as fast as they can and were friendly. All of the dishes tasted great except for the Chicken Marsala and the Tiramisu. I would definitely want my parents to try this restaurant and so should you. What are you waiting for, try and visit their fourth branch here in Ayala the 30th!

Ambiance: 4/5
Price: 5/5
Serving: 4/5
Service: 5/5
Taste: 4.5/5

Disclaimer: This review was sponsored but not swayed to provide a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Address1605, 30 Meralco Ave, San Antonio, Pasig, Metro Manila

Hours

Open today · 11AM–10PM

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The Backyard Reservoir, Malingap Street

Most of the foodies in Metro Manila know that Maginhawa Street is a go-to place for those looking for affordable holes-in-the-wall. There’s a new place in Teachers Village where people are raving about – The Zone in Malingap Street. The Zone is a compound made up of a number of medium scale restaurants.

The Backyard Reservoir, where I was invited for an event, can be found at The Zone. I arrived late at the venue since I came from another event. It was a good thing I found The Zone’s striking yellow signage easily. When I arrived, people were already busy chattering while eating in different restaurants. I walked toward the right corner where The Backyard Reservoir is located.Backyard (3)

The Backyard Reservoir opened last Valentine’s Day. It is owned by Sir Mark and Sir Tertius Latonio who have been friends for a very long time. My photos are limited, because the bloggers were almost finished when I arrived. So, I would only mention the food that I highly recommend.

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I like how their Curly Fries (P 65) were cooked ,because it is not like the usual fries we eat at fast food chains. I like the El Pago (P 230) the best. The dish is named after their cook.

curly fries
curly fries

The sandwich that I adored the most is their Pastrami (P 150) as it has an exemplary taste. The flavor is unrivaled! Meanwhile, I really enjoyed their Spicy Marinara (P 145). I find their pasta offerings ordinary though.

seafood marinara
spicy marinara

The place has a hippie vibe to it as there are artworks on the walls, a handwritten menu on a chalkboard, and dim lighting. On the contrary, I’m not telling that this is a hippie restaurant as their theme is Italian. The Backyard Reservoir can accommodate up to 20-25 persons only (for now, at least). The price is very affordable and their serving is humungous. The owners are accommodating, too. When it comes to the taste, I like their food but they need to improve their pasta dishes more.

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Ambiance: 4/5
Price: 5/5
Serving: 5/5
Service: 4/5
Taste: 4/5

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The Backyard Reservoir

33A Malingap Street, Teachers Village Quezon City

+63 915 973 3432

+63 927 277 1588

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