Us Northern folks have been dying to try Mama Lou’s Kitchen for ages and are glad that a branch has finally travelled all the way to U.P. Town Center!
Literally went UP! We have been waiting for you, Mama Lou’s. Skipping music please.
Situated in the same complex as Merkado (the supermarket), Mama Lou’s is quite easy to spot, since it houses (and invites) the most patrons.
What’s not easy to traverse though is the Katipunan traffic, but that’s an entirely different sob story to be reserved for a churros party!
Mama Lou’s Kitchen has the homey Italian vibe, complete with brick walls and complimentary bread for the hangry. That’s right, if you’re hangry and on a first date, best to calm down and have a bruschetta.The photo stating “Stay dreamy, stay creamy” is no joke. I got it from Mama Lou’s and succeeding dishes will testify to this undying creaminess of a feast.
Starting off with the Oriental Salad, you will realize that this is the “diet” food in the bunch. I speak of diet but it does have a smorgasbord of Asian fusion toppings: kani, apple slices and soy sesame dressing reminiscent of Kewpie.
Bacon Poutine in an Italian restaurant may be a bit left-out but this was received ample Ahhhs probably because it was topped with mozzarella cheese and bacon .
Something you’d want to take along in a movie and eat alone… with all that cheese!
When the Escargots came, I nearly fell off my seat in excitement!
How sophisticated and they came in their special scooping container–and every bite was filled with a buttery cheesy concoction!
Food coma in the making, and I didn’t even reach out for the equally buttery bread.
The Truffle Mac and Cheese is my favorite from our evening roster, since cheesy truffle cream sauce is just something that makes you forget calories and just chew some more.
Seriously that awesome, I could eat it alone and forego dessert. Or maybe eat both!
The Spaghetti Seafood Olio is brimming with shellfish and other seafood, so it is just right to serve it oil-based. Buttery oil-based best topped with parmesan still.
The “meaty” dishes were just as resplendent and succulent.
The Marbled Rib Eye Steak was gone in a matter of seconds, whilst the Chicken Fra Diavalo‘s herbed chicken concoction gives off that irresistible roasted flavour that goes well with the mashed potato.
Another heavy and creamy dish was the Risotto Tartufo Funghi. Delectable and cheesy, but make sure you bring a giant appetite if you wish to challenge this rice dish!
Pizza is, of course, an inevitable order and with Mama Lou’s roll-it-up-with-alfalfa-and-arugula, the more fun it is to eat!
Bianca Pizza, as the name suggests, is the cream-based white pizza made for bacon and mushroom lovers.
Mama Lou’s Pizza has prosciutto, arugula, mango slices and balsamic cream, so that’s like attacking a myriad of flavours in each satisfying bite. On the side, it looks amazing!
Despite an already heavy dinner, there is always room for more cream… yes, dessert!
The Blueberry Cheesecake was pitted against the Chocolate Cake but the vote seems divided.
The Chocolate Cake is not killer sweet, as it is tempered by the layers of cream. However the Blueberry Cheesecake retaliates by offering smooth creamy cheesecake for its gooey blueberry topping.
Best to just eat them in alternate bites. Everybody happy!
Capping off the meal was the Mango Crepe with hints of hazelnut and topped with ice cream.
Don’t forget to order tea, since Mama Lou’s has an extensive offering–so I had peppermint tea!
Now if this meal still does not make us dream of creamy cheesy splendor, I don’t know what will!
Mama Lou’s Kitchen certainly warrants future visits, whether we’re craving for yummy Italian fares or just in plain need of a happy-creamy-gooey meal.
Stay creamy, stay dreamy!