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Lolo Dad'sAugust 29, 2005 Monday

Lolo Dads

As food-fortune would have it, it get an invite to a birthday dinner at Lolo Dads. I just came across a magazine release about their bagging a culinary award for besting all applicants a la Iron Chef - now...that's bragging rights. I've also heard from people-in-the-know (food-wise) that Lolo Dads is one eating experience. I took a light lunch and prepared myself for a gastronomic encounter.

The place sits smack at the corner of Leon Guinto and Quirino Avenue. It boasts a big open kichen where you see everyone busying up on the delicate task of food preparation. It's an ingenious selling point. I can just stay there and watch them do their thing the whole day. Below is part of what was ordered from our table:

Appetizer Assortment
An assortment of gazpacho,
Prosciuto ham,
Individual presentation of creamed tomatoes and mushrooms with fleuron,
Romaine Caesar salad,
Almost Nicoise salad,
Mediterranean salad and
Marinated salmon tart

Herb de Provence-crusted rack of lamb on Roquefort cheese, risotto and forty melted garlic-tomato confit
Maine lobster thermidor with saffron, mashed potatoes and gratinated tomatoes

Fresh long stemmed strawberries
Assortment of tartlets with Vanilla bean ice cream

The Verdict
Food is good. Blow-your-doors-off good? Well...I'll stop at saying it's good. Presentation is well done. Service is a bit spotty (it took a few follow ups but I guess it was busy for the staff). Value for the money? Hmmm....the appetizer assortment was P2,240.00! Better yet, here's the menu. At this gastronomic level, it's hard not to compare Lolo Dad's with Antonio's. I think it's fair to say we're comparing apples with apples. Where would I put my money on the next meal? Probably neither since they're both expensive, but if it's a choice, I think Antonio's has better value for the money. Additionally, I came away having a more pleasant dining experience at Antonio's. Don't ask me why. It's one of those intangibles you can't put on a balance sheet but goes a long way.

--- TheLoneRider

Aug 29, 2005

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