Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Lola Idang's

Place: The chairs and tables are amply spacious. Decor and colors are kitschy. The toilet is clean enough.

Food: Generally delicious and fresh. We ordered some of their bestsellers: Lumpiang Shanghai, Kare-Kare, Crispy Pata, and Pancit Malabon. We had Sago't Gulaman and Calamansi Juice for drinks.

The Lumpiang Shanghai (Php 70) was tasty; the filling was well seasoned (we think ground sausage was used). Each piece though was a little oily. Maybe they were fried while the oil was not hot enough. The dish came with a good sweet & sour dip.

The Kare-Kare (Php 185) was delicious. It's sweet (because of peanut butter, we guess) and its flavor was punctuated. The sauce had the right consistency, the right thickness. The vegetables (sitaw, eggplant, and pechay) were fresh and crisp. We were disappointed however when the dish only came with two small pieces of ox tripe and one big chunk of beef fat. We felt short-changed.

The Crispy Pata (Php 295) was good. The dish was well cooked --- the meat was juicy and the skin, super crispy. It was also seasoned well. The soy-vinegar dip was a tad too acidic though.

The Pancit Malabon (Php 60) was O-K. The fat noodles were not soggy and the sauce had good meaty, chicharon flavor. We loved the fact that the dish didn't have too much sauce, but just enough to coat the noodles. What we didn't like was the squid; the squid pieces were so pungent, they almost overpowered the dish.

The Sago't Gulaman (Php 25) was good but it wasn't cold enough (tip: use crushed ice, not tube ice) and the Calamansi Juice (Php 25) was too sweet.

To be fair, the food we had was good. The thing is, the dishes weren't great enough, not memorable enough to make us go back to the place.

Must-eats: Lumpiang Shanghai, Kare-Kare

Price: Considering serving size, food quality, and taste, food here is cheap.

Service: Twas OK. The attendants were attentive and looked neat.

Lola Idang's is at Barangay White Plains, Quezon City.