Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen, UP Town Center

I am so happy that UP town center is just as much as a few grand jetés away from our village.  I had been wanting to try Mama Lou’s since it opened here in Katipunan. You’ll find a lot of good reviews about this place especially about their branch in the south. You’ll even find a certification of Mama Lou’s displayed before their restaurant featured in Philippine Tatler as one of its best restaurants in 2014. The best I’ve read about the place is on Appetizingadventure.com they even have a full history and story of how the place started. (Linked in case you are interested)

We were first served with bread which came with pesto and pomodoro sauce. It was free and unlimited, my sister ate a whole basket and even asked for another basket of bread. The menu was comprised of all things Italian of course. They serve Pasta, Risotto, Carne, Pollo, Pizza and Seafood. I like that they have a good menu its not as confusing when you eat Italian food because you can always share!

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Quatro Formaggi Pizza Php 325 small size 12″. I loved the blue cheese in this pizza. It’s probably the first time I ever thought “wow” on the first bite of a pizza.

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Lasagna, Php 295. Wow that cream sauce is something to come back for.

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Spaghetti Seafood Olio, Php 315. This was one of my favorites, if you love seafood you will love this. This pasta was cooked perfectly.

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Amatriciana, Php 275. SPICY! But it was really good. I love the homemade pomodoro sauce that they make here. It was definitely a good spaghetti!

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I got a free Tiramisu cake when my mom mentioned that I would blog about the place. This cake was really good and it was wet. My mom said that Italians like to put a lot of syrup in their cakes. I really just enjoyed the really good free dessert. They know what to serve and how to make “sip sip” 😉

The staff were a bit all over the place at first but I think food wise this place really impressed me. For the price we paid it was really worth it. My parents also mentioned that the pasta was cooked Aldente. A lot of restaurants here in Manila make the mistake of overcooking pasta. I guess it’s really easy to mess up the cook on pasta noodles.

They have a best seller, the Risotto. That I’ll surely try when I come back here. It’s a good place for some pasta and comfort food. Its a very friend and family friendly place. Definitely a new go to place for me here in the north.

MAMA LOU’S ITALIAN KITCHEN, UPTC

Facebook: Mama Lous Italian Kitchen
Twitter: @mama_lous
Instagram: #mamalous

2nd’s, Bonifacio Global City

This was my second time back at 2nd’s, and I was excited to try their “Good Morning Carbonara”. Mainly because it was listed as one of the top 10 Manilas best Carbonara dishes online. I really love it here at 2nd’s because of the space, I love the ambiance here and the people who come here as well. There is a very comforting feel to the place, matching the many different “comfort food” kind of dishes.

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Lamb shepherd’s pie, Php350. I love Lamb and I really loved this dish. Although it was a bit small for me, it was really filling.

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The Good Morning Carbonara, Php 360. It may look small but wow is it filling. I loved the Bacon and Egg in this Carbonara. Of course I have had better Carbonaras but this is your typical tasting good, comfort food Carbonara.

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Leche Flan Turon, Php 290. BEST IDEA EVER. Seriously. I was looking through the menu and I just couldn’t understand how something hot like turon could have leche flan inside it. This is something I would want to come back for.

Back for 2nd’s? A definite YES.

I would come back here just because its a good place to bring a few friends and or have a gathering. I just really love how its not overcrowded and noisy. The food is also affordable and could be for sharing. They also have a buy one get one free promo on some of their alcoholic beverages in case you’d want to try it out.

2nd’s, BGC

2nd floor, Building 1, B3, 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City
Open 11:30am- 11:30pm
FACEBOOK THEM AT: 2nd’s Facebook