Philippine Daily Inquirer / 02:16 AM November 03, 2016
Having done restaurant reviews for some time now, we believe that revisits would be sensible if only to check if dining outlets have improved or maintained the quality of their food and service, or have deteriorated.
So, we revisited three restaurants: a member of a chain; another recently opened branch; and the third, a newbie.
Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen
Vista Mall, Daang Hari,
Molino, Bacoor, Cavite
This is a new outlet of a popular chain that started in a secluded part of BF Homes Parañaque, where it gained a following of satisfied foodies.
Dining area—More spacious than those in BF and Nuvali. The interiors bear the colors of the Italian flag, green and red, carried over to the staff uniforms.
A long counter, with green divider, includes the bar and cashier.
Service—Kitchen is efficiently run, not much waiting time.
Staff—Gracious and solicitous. The menu is handed right away. Kaila, apparently a senior staff, checked if we were satisfied.
Suggested orders—The answer to Kaila’s question: quality has been maintained. The Mushroom chicharon is crispy, the Risotto with Truffle perfectly moist, the Chicken Marsala good second course.
Rating – 3 Spoons.
Molito Lifestyle complex,
Note that parking fee here has been doubled at P40 with a free allowance of 15 minutes. But who can finish a meal in 15 minutes?
Dining area—This is comparatively small, but there is a mezzanine. The main item served is lechon, slices of which are attractively placed under a heating light to maintain its crispy skin.
Staff—They wear welcoming smiles as diners enter. They are knowledgeable and help the diner make orders; they will even recommend the wine to match the meal.
Suggested orders—They specialize in Spanish cuisine, hence the chorizo is a main ingredient in most dishes, such as the Croquetas, Omelette and of course, Paella.
The Black Paella is highly recommended; one gets delighted by the many blended flavors. The fish is not quite what we expected, but on the whole, the meal is greatly satisfying.
Rating – 2 Spoons
2/L, Vista Mall, Molino,
This resto is a spin-off of the popular Voila in Tagaytay, but offers a different cuisine.
Dining area—Interiors show typical home décor. But the writing on the walls and glass are delightful distractions.
Service—Not much waiting time
Suggested orders—Angus Beef Belly with mushroom sauce and Beef Brisket with barbecue sauce, are both served with mashed potatoes and a mix of vegetables. The chef has acquitted himself well: the beef is fork-tender and full of flavors.