Food Trip: Lola Ote’s

One who hasn’t tried a good old barbecue grilled on a barbecue stand along a busy corner in a neighborhood is probably missing a lot!

Back when we were living in our house in Cavite, we were fortunate enough to be in front of a house who sells the most delicious barbecue I have ever tasted.  Too bad we are too far away now!

Barbecue is a staple to many Filipinos’ food table during special occasions.  Just the aroma of the barbecue grilling will make you hungry.

The food we call barbecue is actually grilled pork meat on a stick.  It can be grilled chicken on a stick as well. 

Lola Ote’s is a resto that serves these barbecues with a twist.  Instead of serving it on a wooden stick and on a plate, they serve it with style on these customized stainless skewers that are hanging.

Can’t get what I am talking about.  See for yourself.

Can have these bbqs by 12 or 18 inches.  

Aside from these, they also serve other Pinoy BBQ Favorites.

What’s nice about Lola Ote is that the owners are hands on.  You could see her going around the resto.  She is very accommodating and helpful.

Here are some of our own pics when we were there.

So there, if you are looking for a place to eat some yummy bbqs, drop by Lola Ote’s.  Make sure to do so early as the place gets packed.

Follow Lola Ote at their Instagram Page, lolaote.

And yes, there is a Lola Ote in real life.

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Food Trip: Meat Depot

New concept.  New idea.  New place.

Meat Depot is it!  Somewhere along Banawe, you’ll see a black and white signage.  It says Meat Depot / Wholesale Retail / Better Meat Better Price.

It definitely says it all.  So what do we expect? I’ll take you through the experience.

Upon entering the shop, it looks like your regular meat shop. All four walls surrounded by huge freezers.  There’s also the production area where everything is prepared.

Aside from being a meat shop where you purchase and take your meat home, you can immediately devour and satisfy the carnivore in you by simply going to the 2nd floor and have your meat cooked.

You only need to go through 5 easy steps.

1) choose your meat
From the open freezer, there are a variety of meat.  It’s vaccuum sealed so it’s not messy.  It’s already priced according to its type.  Packed in different sizes as well.

2) fill out your order slip

After choosing, you can go to the next step.  Fill up a form (one per meat).  Write your name and type of meat. Choose how you want your meat cooked, they call it the level of doneness.  You can pick the kind of sauce as well and of course, the sides – which are all carbs anyway.

3) choose your drinks and pay

Proceed to the cashier and pay for your orders.  Take note though that on top of the price of the meat, there is a cooking fee of Php100.00 per meat. It’s a fixed price so no need to worry about their weight.

Wide variety of drinks are also available.  Pairing steak with wine is normal so they have 3 kinds for you to try.  They also have sodas and some coffee.  They also serve desserts.

4) get utensils, spices and water at the self service station

While waiting for them to cook your food.  Prepare your utensils, get some spices and a glass of water at the self service station.

5) claim your cooked meat

During Step 2, you should have gotten a number which you’ll use to claim your order.

For 3 persons, we are on beast mode.  Picked 5 kinds of meat: 3 pork, 1 lamb and 1 beef.  Posted according its likeability.

The chicharon bulaklak tastes good but lacks crunchiness.  Love the vinegar dip though.

Shouldn’t have ordered the bacon.  Not crispy because it’s grilled.  You can feel that you’re chewing the fats.

The beef is tender but there were some parts that are very very chewy.  

The Lamb Chops is up in my list.  Tender and meaty.  Sarap to the bones!

The Marinated Pork Chop is my favorite of all!  Tastier.  Meatier.  Just choose a packet that has lesser fats and you’re good to go!

Oh wait! The mashed potato is the bomb!  Freshly made with only pepper and salt.  No preservatives at all and surely not a pre mix! 

I like that they specified how to go through the process.  I also love the industrial, no frill set up.

I will be back.  There’s so many others to try.  Will still purchase that Porkchop though!

Check Meat Depot’s Facebook Page  or drop by their Instagram Page to see what I’m talking about. 

See you there!

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