For my mom, visiting old-fashioned houses in town was a trip down memory lane. So about a month ago, we took a walk to refresh our minds of the pleasures of the past as we dined in at Jolina Magdangal’s Memory Lane in Tagaytay. I knew from the start my mother would love the place. She loves anything quaint and private, rustic yet dainty. And she also has a CD copy of the famous singer’s hit album, On Memory Lane.
I did not expect the boys to feel the same way but lo and behold, they did enjoy our stay. And it was because of the food.
Memory Lane is a restaurant with a cutesy country home ambiance. Inside, one could feel the 50’s and 60’s vibe as family photos, old movie posters, and vintage items are prominently displayed everywhere.
There is also a small corner for some souvenir shopping though I found some items too unfashionable and outmoded.
The dining space is quite small, making it a perfect venue for a family or two to enjoy the room. But it may also be too crowded if the house went full. Good thing we only shared the restaurant with another big family.
Because we were in Tagaytay, we ordered for Bulalo (P695). We loved Memory Lane’s Tagaytay Bulalo. The beef was extra tender. The vegetables were firm and not droopy. And the soup, heavenly. For me, the best part of bulalo is the bone marrow, and the boys know this already. They always save the utak for me.
We also had Tender Juicy Baby Back Ribs (P520). The children didn’t enjoy it as much as their father did. Though the meat was tender and juicy, I guess it still lacked that right flavor and spice. They may also improve their food presentation to make it more enticing especially for kids. The potatoes, though, were well-seasoned.
Firstborn introduced to me Dynamite Sticks (P265). These are like cheese sticks made of finger chili (siling haba) stuffed with ground pork then wrapped in spring roll wrapper, deep fried until golden brown and crisp, and served with a special dipping sauce. Everyone except Big Bunso and the Little Man tried and liked them.
My mom grew up in Amadeo, Cavite. Her mother used to cook Tawilis a lot, so when husband saw Memory Lane serves Crispy Taal Tawilis (P175), we ordered one. I tried one but didn’t enjoy it. I thought the Tawilis he was referring to was the one wrapped in banana leaves and served inside a pot. I was wrong. But both my mom and husband loved the crispy tawilis.
We also got Chopsuey (P355) to go with our Tawilis and Pork Ribs. I loved how the vegetables were cooked; not at all droopy. Even the boys ate a plateful.
And lastly, for my mom who is always on a diet, she got for herself a bowl of Potato Salad with Bacon Bits (P175). I teased her when I saw her order. The potato salad was not for somehow who wishes to lose weight. It was so heavy with mayonnaise and bacon bits. It looked so tempting as well. I took the bait and had some. It was appetizing.
We were so full we opted to take a walk and head to another place for dessert. The boys though preferred to go straight at Sky Ranch to play and enjoy the rides there. We left Memory Lane with a smile on our faces as the restaurant gave us a comfortable place to enjoy the day, a delightful set of food to warm and fill our stomach, and a beautiful trip down memory lane.
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