Anybody living in the city knows the value of a home-cooked meal. Being a city dweller living alone, it is usually bothersome when you have to cook your own meals. Work can be a jealous mistress that demands so much of your time. So where to go in the wee hours of the morning with a grumbling belly? Lola’s Best.
Found this little gem of a food place a few night ago while I was driving around and looking for something to eat. Mind you, I live in Makati where there is no dearth of 24-hour food places. However, the good ones are almost always open in the daytime where the bulk of diners abound. This place is truly a good find because I do appreciate the value of a home-cooked meal, being the lone occupant of a small apartment. I have been trying to cook my own food but for someone living by himself in a small apartment, cooking is a quite a chore and can be more expensive than just buying take out. Thankfully, my long search for a good home-cooked dining place has been rewarded with Lola’s Best.
Prices are mostly P95 pesos per meal complete with soup and citrus drink. Their veggie dishes are wonderful. I had Rellenong Talong and Lengua Estofado (not exactly the best combination, but at least I ate my vegetables.) The aubergine, P55 while the ox tongue P95. Not bad.
I love their Lengua Estofado (braised ox tongue). Very soft to the bite, plus they give you more than adequate portions. Their stuffed eggplant is equally wonderful. It is actually crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.
This is one of their signature dishes, Bangus Sardines. For P95 pesos, you get a whole small bangus (Philippine Milkfish) made into a sardine, along with atchara and a scoop of rice on a banana leaf, plus soup and citrus drink. This is not as salty as it may look. I loved it.
You eat it bones, scales and all. It is soft, tender and has no sharp bits. Easy to swallow and very flavorful. No wonder they never run out of Bangus sardines!
Their Tinolang Tahong is only P30. The seafood is fresh and the soup is sharp, distinct and comforting.
They have all kinds of merienda and panghimagas fare. I chose their Fruit Salad (P35). Not too sweet and rich, this dessert can give leche flan a run for its money. For afternoon merienda, they also have Champorado and Tuyo. Yes, even at 2 in the morning.
Lolas’s best is located at the back of the Executive Building Center, Sen Gil Puyat Avenue corner Makati Avenue, Makati City. The back of this building faces Jupiter St so you will have to come in from there.