Lola Cafe + Bar: A Foodie’s Haven in Quezon City
Quezon City has grown to become a foodie’s go-to place, what with all the restaurants sprouting left and right. There’s the long stretch of restaurants along Katipunan and Esteban Abada, mostly with student-friendly prices; not to mention the newly-opened UP Town Center, and of course, who could forget the infamous Maginhawa area? But another area in Quezon City that’s slowly gaining the spotlight is Tomas Morato, where old houses have been refurbished to establish restaurants that boast just some of the best comfort food.
That’s exactly what Lola Cafe + Bar has to offer situated along the quiet street of Scout Lozano amidst the hustle and bustle of Tomas Morato. I visited the other night with my family and easily found it due to its well-lit sign, intricate exteriors and cozy-looking interiors.
Their menu had a variety of dishes, all of which looked so scrumptious. I even had the chance to sit down and chat with restaurant owner, Howard Dee, who explained the concept behind Lola Cafe + Bar.
The restaurant is about to celebrate its second year this August 2014. Upon seeing it up close, it’s quite evident that Lola Cafe + Bar used to be a house, which, Howard explained, belonged to a family. When the family’s mother passed away, they were able to convince them to have the house rented out–promising that they would refurbish it and name the restaurant after their mother, Lola.
Since then, Lola Cafe + Bar has soared, gaining its popularity through word-of-mouth. What started out as a simple menu of pastas and salads evolved into more dishes, adjusting to the demands of their market – mainly Quezon City residents.
It’s an ideal place for an intimate dinner or even to have drinks with friends as they’re open late. The inside is cool and quiet, while the outside caters to those who want to enjoy cocktails or glasses of wine.
I was fortunate enough to have tried their best-selling dishes from appetizers to desserts. Their menu isn’t specific to any type of cuisine as it’s a fusion of both local and intercontinental taste.