The restaurant has a really nice, classy, romantic and cozy ambiance. There were huge open windows in the kitchen, I had a blast watching the chefs prepare the dishes.
Not knowing what to order, I decided to go for the Tasting Menu. The Tasting Menu changes from time to time, this is what was on the menu that night.
|Tasting Menu - Php2,500++
Complimentary warm dinner rolls and herb butter was served.
|Dinner Rolls with Herb Butter
We also ordered an additional starter of Caesar Salad. The salad was really nice, the lettuce was fresh, there were huge chunks of crispy thick-cut bacon, the boiled egg has a soft creamy yolk and the amount of dressing was just right.
|Caesar Salad - Php420
The first course of the tasting menu was the Seared Foie Gras and Roasted French Quail. It looked really good until I took first bite. I loved Foie Gras and this one tasted wrong, it was supposed to be seared, not burnt. The outer layer tasted bitter and burnt, it was such a waste. The quail was decent though it failed compared to what I had at Antonio's before, I found it a tad dry and overcooked.
|Seared Foie Gras and Roasted French Quail
The second course was the Poached Langoustine, Seared Scallops and Grilled Prawn with Mushroom Ravioli in Oyster Cream Sauce. The scallops and prawns were top notch, it was delicately flavored and cooked to perfection. The Ravioli was also really nice and flavorful. Everything would have been perfect if not for the poached Langoustine, it smelled and tasted fishy. I guess the Langoustine used were not fresh at all.
|Poached Langoustine, Seared Scallops and Grilled Prawn with Mushroom Ravioli in Oyster Cream Sauce
To clean and give our palettes a break, the Raspberry Sorbet did what it was supposed to do. It was cleverly served on top of a small clay teapot with smoke coming out of its spout.
For the main course, a beautiful Lamb Cutlet in Pastry Crust with Lamb Sweetbread Ragout' with Vegetable Quenelle was placed in front of me. It looked so promising but as I break the crust to reveal what's inside, the gamey smell of the lamb overwhelmed me. What's worst I felt that I was eating steamed lamb, it tasted so gamey and the texture was rubbery. I didn't even bother on finishing up the gamey smelling pastry. Among all the dishes, this was the biggest disappointment.
|Lamb Cutlet in Pastry Crust with Lamb Sweetbread Ragout' with Vegetable Quenelle
For dessert, Dark Chocolate Flan with Fresh Berries and White Chocolate Praline, Macadamia Nut Tartlet with Mustard and Kaffir Lime Ice Cream. The dark chocolate flan tasted superb, it was creamy 'choco-ful' and not too sweet. Though the flavor of the ice cream was unique and nice, the consistency was off. It didn't come off as ice cream. The tartlet tasted awful, it felt like eating a cardboard box.
|Dark Chocolate Flan with Fresh Berries and White Chocolate Praline, Macadamia Nut Tartlet with Mustard and Kaffir Lime Ice Cream
I've tasted Chef Manuel's food before and I know he prepares great tasting food, dining and trying out the tasting menu at Lolo Dad's was utterly and unbelievably disappointing. With high regards to him, I hope I'll have better a meal on my next visit.
|Lolo Dad's Cafe
Adress: 899 Pres. Quirino Ave. cor Leon Guinto St., Malate, Manila
Tel No: 522-2941, 524-2295 (reservation is a must)