What began as a family’s ancestral home is now home to some of the finest food in the country. Lolo Dad’s Café has been in Malate since 1941, but back then it was simply the house of the Ayuyao family. It has since been converted into a restaurant which opened on February 14, 2000, yet still bears some of the wartime memories which makes it not only a unique gastronomical but also a historical place. The wooden walls still have bullet holes; the floor at the restaurant’s entrance is hollow because beneath it is the family’s air raid shelter – remnants of Manila’s scars from World War II.
Today, Lolo Dad’s Café is also home to four chefs who have all won gold medals in various culinary competitions. Here you will find the restaurant’s famous Foie Gras, pan-fried with a bouquet of Mesclun greens and wine poached pear. There is also the Rack of Lamb and Chilean Seabass for which the place has become known. The unique dining place named after Conrado “Lolo Dad” Ayuyao is continued by Christopher Ayuyao and Carminia Ayuyao Manuel with her husband chef Ariel Manuel as they dish out creative dishes at Lolo Dad’s Cafe.
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