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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Downtown Pizza & Pasta, Tagaytay

A big change happened in my life, and this is the reason why this blog hasn’t been updated for a month (I’m still adjusting). God, I really miss wandering, waking up late, and owning my time; I’ve been doing that for one year and seven months. However, there was a part of me that longed to embrace changes and accept one opportunity that was presented to me.

It has been ages since I last felt the exhaustion of being an employee. Now that I’m currently employed, the energy-zapping feeling came back. It was a good thing that one my friends during my teenage years invited me  on a road trip to Tagaytay!

from Sky Ranch view
from Sky Ranch view

From the bustling city of Manila to the Sky Ranch, my friend and I went up to see this picturesque view.DSC_3943

After going to the Sky Ranch, we decided to fill up at Downtown Pizza & Pasta. If you take the name literally, you’d notice that it’s quite ironic to be dining on a restaurant called Downtown when you’re in an elevated place. Okay, I hope you get my unwitty joke. Lol.Downtown (5)

We were originally planning to eat bulalo at that time, but since my friend loves pesto, we tried out Downtown Pizza & Pasta. We ordered Pasta Pesto (P 305), a very simple dish, but the way it was created was perfect for us. It was neither dry nor salty, and the pasta was served al dente.Downtown (3)

Meanwhile the 12-inch Bacon Mushroom Melt (P 435) pizza that we ordered was made using pomodoro sauce topped with onions, beef, sinful melted cheese, and (our favorite) bacon. The pizza was bursting with flavors!Downtown (4)

Just in case you might wonder, Downtown and Red Engine share the same space, so upon sitting, the attentive wait staff would give you one menu for Downtown and one menu for Red Engine. The place is spacious and wisely makes use of the fresh cool air that Tagaytay is known for. The price we paid matched the quality of the dishes we ordered. If only this place is very near to me, I would surely keep coming back for their pizza and pasta!Downtown (6)

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

Downtown Pizza & Pasta

Sky Ranch, Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City

046 4131396

Disclaimer: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I do not have material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned.

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Skippy’s Bar & Grill, Bonifacio Global City

The 28th of June marks the opening of Australian restaurant Skippy’s Bar & Grill at the Bonifacio Global City. Skippy’s Bar & Grill is owned by two lovey-dovey couple, Miss Cristina Sarabia and Sir Stephen Bird.Image

My co-bloggers and I  talked with Miss Gella, the brand’s marketing employee, and she told us about the symbols and paraphernalia attached to the walls of the establishment. The pictures below have significance for Australians. She also mentioned that the market of Skippy’s are expats.skippy_paraphernalia

After that, we got an hour of Aussie treat. Here’s the food we had!

Battered Dim Sims (P 250.00) is a popular snack in Australia and it is like a dumpling, and it is fried. Its size is like a nugget, but bigger. Before eating, it must be sprinkled with a seasoning (that is a bit salty), and a mayo dip.Image

Aside from lettuce, Skippy’s Salad (P 250.00) is made of ham, grilled chicken, egg, and cheese. The vegetables are thinly sliced. I bet that eating this alone can already make you full.Image

Meanwhile, the Green Salad (P 200.00) has more greens than Skippy’s Salad. It comes with the same dressing, too.Image

I totally like the Shepherd’s Pie (P 450.00) because it is far different from the homemade pies I have tasted. This one contains ground lamb and the stuffed mashed potatoes make the dish even more delicious. Image

Meanwhile, the Chicken Parmigiana (P 450.00) is an oven baked crumbed chicken with tomato sauce and cheese. I also like this dish! Plus, the criss-cross fries are very presentable.Image

Cranberry Juice (P 100.00) helped me wash down all of the food I ate. Their juice is good! Meanwhile, Carol ordered for Four Seasons (P 100.00)Image

Going back to the food, the Baby Back Ribs (P195.00 PROMO) is tender, of course. However, I find it a bit oily.Image

Both their Baby Back Ribs, the Salisbury Steak are served with coleslaw. The burger is a bit small, but the taste is not that bad.Image

The Shawarma Pizza is a must-try for it is overloaded with toppings like onion, tomato, cucumber, lettuce, cumin, mozarella, grilled sirloin, and it has yogurt too!Image

Meanwhile, The Big Breakfast has 2 eggs, bacon, sausage, baked beans, tomato, mushrooms, hash brown, toasted bread, butter, and an unlimited brewed coffee or glass of iced tea for only P 310.00. This is so worth it!Image

After eating, they offered us cocktails. I had their Strawberry Margarita (P 230.00). Their Strawberry Margarita is less strong than Chihuahua’s. After that, they present to us their Flaming Lambhorgini (P450.00) which was shot by Aldous. Thanks for inviting me again, Aldous.Image

The PR delightfully shared us their oozing promotions like:

serves breakfast for as low as P165 with great selection to choose from. They serve breakfast from 9AM to 3 PM

*affordable lunch menu for only P195 serving from 11AM to 7PM.

*drink till you drop unli-cocktail promotion happening every Sunday to Thursday. For a meager price of P379, one can drink to his heart’s desire with over 40 selections to choose from.

*Skippy’s offer a 4+1 local beer selection during its crazy long happy hour starting from 10AM to 8PM every Monday to Saturday, and all-day during Sunday Fun Day.

*Skippy’s flavorful chicken wings –14 pieces of this delectable intense wings are up for grabs for only P150 from Sunday to Tuesday when availing of the 4+1 local beer promo.

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From the interiors to the dishes they offer, I absolutely love the ambience of the restaurant, because its appearance is pretty much like what we see in international films. Moreover, I also like places where the bar is located at the center. I’m just really particular with this one, sorry. Their air conditioner is not working properly, but they told us that they are working on it as well as their WiFi connection. In addition, they have different activities each day. We visited the place on a Tuesday so we had an acoustic night! As for the pricing, I’d say that the prices and serving size were well-assessed for the food and serving., I would definitely enjoy the food if I am not on a diet. The servers are all bubbly, I swear.Image

Ambiance: 4/5
Price: 5/5
Serving: 5/5
Service: 5/5
Taste: 3.5/5

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Skippy’s Bar & Grill

Unit 1-8 The Forum, Federacion Dr, Taguig

09:00-02:00

0949 888 9300

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