I’ve been thinking of dropping Friday Food Trip for some time now so I can make Sandiestar a full time blog on food (among other things). But then again, I thought, if I pushed through with the plan, what else would make Friday special? (Haha what a dilemma.)
Anyway, since I have a ton of food post backlog on my plate (I eat too much, and one day to tell you all about my food adventures isn’t enough!), I figured it would be okay to not limit my food posts to just Friday for the time being.
So for today, let me tell you about Lorenzo’s Way. This restaurant offers bestsellers sold across the LJC restaurants: Abe, Abe’s Farm, Bistro Burgos, Bistro Remedios, Bollywood, Cafe Adriatico, Cafe Havana, Fely J’s, Larry’s Cafe and Bar, Solana Restaurant. Of course, “best” is highly subjective, so safe to say Lorenzo’s lineup is comprised of dishes they deem best.
First up is their Onion Soup Gratinee (Php160). Larry’s style onion soup with Gruyere and crusty bread gratin. Jae had this as we waited for the main dishes and he seemed to thoroughly enjoy it. Bread palang winner na; after all, it is smothered in melted Gruyere.
Their Lumpiang Sariwa (Php155) was likewise delightful, but I can’t say it was the best I’ve ever had. Nothing special, too, in terms of presentation, so this dish was satisfactory at best.
Mom went crazy for their Kesong Puti (Php275). Soft Laguna cheese with tomatoes and fresh basil pesto, from prega. How crazy? Crazy enough to get two servings. A must try if you are into Laguna cheese like mom!
We shared a plate of Beef Tenderloin Salpicao (Php370). Tenderloin tips sauteed in garlic and olive oil. To be honest, I’ve had better, but Lorenzo’s wasn’t bad, perhaps just a bit too tangy for my taste. It is a Cafe Havana bestseller though!
What is a Pinoy lineup without some good old crispy pata? In Lorenzo’s Way, they’re called Knockout Knuckles (Php595) and are paired with a special sauce and a small portion of atchara. Really good crispy pata, I would’ve hoped it came with more meat than bone though.
KKK (Php300). Short for kare-kare klab, it is oxtail, tripe and vegetables in a peanut flavored sauce from Bistro Burgos. Here’s a really good take on Kare-Kare that you must try! Their solo serving is all right to share among five provided that you have other dishes on the table.
Per Jae’s request, we had Sugpo sa Aligue (Php595), too. This seafood on seafood dish is well recommended! It does cost quite a lot though, so make sure to savor each bite!
We paired everything with some Bamboo Rice (Php240). Fried rice with bamboo shoots, shrimps, chicken and wood ear mushrooms from Abe. Mom had been raving about this since forever, and for good reason.The rice is a perfectly seasoned; you can’t go wrong with it.
For dessert, we split three varieties (which is the usual). Dessert #1 is their Mango and Almond Panna Cotta (Php195). Creamy Italian style custard with sliced mangoes and honey sauce. The almond + mangoes pairing is always most welcome, and for these ingredients to come with a creamy custard… surely that makes for heaven in the mouth.
We equally loved their Espesyal na Turon(Php95). Deep fried saba banana, yam and jack fruit in wrapper. We’re all suckers for turon and ube and this dish had both. To die for!
Their Porcupine Tart (Php165), meanwhile, is a new find. Chilled cheesecake and chocolate filling on a graham crust with chocolate chips and almonds. It’s the type of too-good-for-words cake that you could devour in under five minutes.
Two thumbs up are in order for the awesome desserts at Lorenzo’s Way! =)
For our drinks, us four had the usual (soft drinks for my dad and Josh; water for mom and myself), while Jae had Chocolate Eh (Php100), a small serving of incredibly rich hot chocolate.
All in all an okay Lorenzo’s Way food trip. We went on a Sunday though so the place was packed and noisy; ergo, the servers were all over the place. Poor service aside, Lorenzo’s Way still is a go-to place for great Filipino dishes.
Taste – 4/5 | Ambience – 5/5 |Variety – 4.5/5 | Service – 3/5 | Pricing – 3/5 | Would Go Back? – Yes
Lorenzo’s Way | Greenbelt 5; 2F Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City