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“nice place for date night” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lolo Dad's Cafe

Lolo Dad's Cafe
899 Pres. Quirino Ave. | cor. Leon Guinto St., Manila, Luzon, Philippines
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Ranked #110 of 766 Restaurants in Manila
Cuisines: International
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Manila
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99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
“nice place for date night”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

We visited the branch on Quirino, which looked very plain and unprepossessing from the street. However, through the gate is a small albeit charming courtyard, leading to a tiny, cozy restaurant. Inside, the ambience was warm and romantic, making it a good choice for date night. The waiters were attentive and helped us with our choices. The appetizers were just ordinary, except for the pan seared foie gras which was excellent. The seafood mains were pretty good. The sea bass was perfectly cooked and went well with the blue crab sauce. The prawns were tasty, but the scallops were bland and slightly undercooked. The steak was flavorful but a little tough. The desserts that we tried were refreshing and innovative. The food presentation of the entrees and desserts were all very artistic and attractive, adding to the plus points of the meal. After the appetizers, we were served lemon sorbets to cleanse the palate, and they were served in miniature teapots with dry ice -- very cute. The price was a bit steep, though, but then one is paying for the ambience and the presentation aside from the food. This would be a great place to bring a date or to celebrate special occasions.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“One of the best restaurant i have eaten in a long time......”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

The outside appearance of this quaint cafe belies the excellent food served in this cafe. This is one of my most memorable meals in quite a long time, you can even view the chefs working hard in the kitchen preparing your food, the service is superb and everything is plated beautifully. The pan seared foie gras is delicious as it looks and the fresh oysters with angel hair pasta in creamy sauce is heaven. Only downside is the ceiling which is quite needing a new fresh coat of paint and maintenance but we're not here for appearances and ambiance, we're here for their excellent food, quite pricey by the way but you always get what you paid for.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Wow what an experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

They know what they are doing in this kitchen for sure. From the outside, its not a big fuzz, but once inside you are well taken care of by a professional staff. My local host asked the waiter why he was not writing down our order after 4 persons have ordered, upon he repeated our order exactly how we had placed it. The the chef in the kitchen then matched this by cooking our food to perfection just emphasized that very little, if any, is left to chance in this place. All our meals were perfectly cooked and served very elegantly. That we enjoyed our table was placed next the window to the kitchen we could watch the action while enjoying our meal.
Both from the relaxed athmosphere and the food, this place is worth a visit if you are in the neighborhood.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
“Upscale Restaurant where you wouldn't expect it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Although called "Café" this is an amazingly good restaurant that caters to locals as well as foreigners looking for a distinguished meal. The menu being limited in size, it offers beautifully prepared dishes serving meat as well as fish and seafood and using fresh ingredients only. You may choose between a regular and a modest portion which unfortunately cannot be found in many places. The Filipino cook Ariel has worked in several five star hotels in Metro Manila and hence can compete with any high end restaurant. The interior design is simple but elegant and the service is friendly. Very few parking slots.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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