Lola Maria Restaurant Introduces Eight New Delectable Dishes

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I was one of the lucky mommy bloggers who were invited to the exclusive food tasting at Lola Maria Restaurant at The Legend Villas last Friday, January 21, 2011. Because I had a wonderful experience at The Legend Villas during the Mommy Bloggers’ Christmas party last December 11, 2010, I didn’t think twice about going, although I had work that day.

The Legend Villas’ bountiful feast

The mommy bloggers in our table with The Legend Villas Chef Michael Martinez

We were warmly welcomed by Ms. Ginger Villavicencio, the Chief Operating Officer of The Legend Villas and Ms. Jingjing Romero, the PR Consultant of STRATOS, Inc.

Ms. Ginger King-Villavicencio, Chief Operating Officer of The Legend Villas

Ms. Jingjing Villanueva-Romero, PR Consultant, STRATOS, Inc., with yours truly

First, we were made to choose our drinks to get a strong consensus on what could be The Legend Villas’ signature drink. I chose Dalandan Slush with Mint because I find it cool, clean and refreshing.

From top to bottom: Pandan Iced Tea, Dalandan Slush with Mint and Pomelo/Pineapple

Then, food tasting officially began. According to Ms. Villavicencio, the eight new dishes were shared by celebrity friends, which make them truly special. To make it more exciting, each dish was given that distinct Lola Maria Restaurant twist.
Vegetable Quiche by fashion designer Randy Ortiz (Php155.00, 5 pcs.)

Vegetable Quiche is baked tender pasty crust with fresh vegetables, topped with a dollop of sour cream.

Prawn Cakes by show car maker Atoy Llave (Php225.00, 6 pcs.)

Prawn Cakes are oriental style minced shrimps coated with bread crumbs, served with hoisin sauce

Fish Pinipig by actress/host/endorser Iza Calzado (Php210.00, 6pcs.)

Fish Pinipig is cream dory fillet covered with crispy pinipig flakes, dipped in tartare sauce

Cocido, a favorite of food blogger Anton Diaz (Php360.00, single serving)

Cocido are beef ribs stewed in rich tomato sauce with chorizo and fresh vegetables.

Rosemary and Garlic Rib-eye by actress Ara Mina (Php650.00, single serving)

Rosemary and Garlic Rib-eye is best cut of beef seared and marinated with fresh garlic and rosemary.

Ube and Langka Panna Cotta by actress Sherilyn Reyes-Tan (Php120.00, single serving)

Ube and Langka Panna Cotta is a light Italian dessert of fresh cream, flavored with vanilla.

Ensaymada Pudding by Ford supermodel grand winner Danica Magpantay (Php80.00, single serving)

Ensaymada Pudding is day-old ensaymada with custard, baked and topped with queso de bola.

Fried Suman at Tsokolate by actress/host/model Wilma Doesn’t (Php155.00, 6 pcs.)

Fried Suman at Tsokolate is fried suman sa ibos dipped in creamy chocolate.

I liked everything they served! Because I love vegetables and seafood, the Vegetable Quiche, Prawn Cakes and Fish Pinipig are a hit with me. The two beef dishes agreed with my palate, too, but I particularly love Cocido with its super tender beef ribs and creamy tomato sauce! My favorite dessert is Fried Suman at Tsokolate, although when I brought home a box of Ensaymada Pudding, everyone in the house said it was delicious!

The mommy boggers with Ms. Ginger Villavicencio and Ms. Jingjing Romero

The mommy bloggers beside The Legend Villas swimming pool

Jen, Tetcha and Joy

Lola Maria Restaurant is the main dining outlet of The Legend Villas. It offers delectable home-style meals, mostly Filipino specialties, like kare-kare, lechon kawali, beef steak and chicken gallantina. They’re also regularly introducing international dishes to add variety to their menu. Some of their tasty international offerings include baked fish with garlic mayo, beef lasagna and salmon with pesto.

The Legend Villas is 100% Filipino-owned. It’s an elegant hotel in the heart of Mandaluyong that offers comforting amenities and friendly service that make guests feel at home. Aside from family rooms, they also have function rooms that are ideal for holding meetings and seminars or banquet socials. They have swimming pool, outdoor jacuzzi, business center and fitness gym. Guests can also enjoy the high-speed Wi-Fi Internet connection in the hotel, which can be accessed for FREE in the room and public areas.

Lola Maria Restaurant
Telephone: (632) 702-2793

The Legend Villas
60 Pioneer corner Madison Streets, Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Telephone: (632) 633-1501 to 10
Facsimile: (632) 632-0845

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5 Responses

  1. Wow naman! sana naman na-invite din ako diyan, for sure khit me pasok ako, go din ako diyan! O kaya half day ako kasi mejo malapit sa ofc yan! 🙂

    mukhang masarap lahat, gusto ko un Ube and Langka Panna Cotta ska un Ensaimada Pudding, sweet tooth kasi ako 🙂

  2. wow, the food looks great! I read this event from pehpot, sayang di ako invited, haha!

    thanks for the link and i linked you back too!

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