Adventurous foodies that we are, we headed all the way south to BF Homes, Paranaque one night to enjoy Mama Lou’s offerings. I’ve been to the place before and had lunch with girlfriends and liked the food enough to recommend it to my brother and my hubby. It was a Friday night and I knew that the place was going to be packed so I had the good sense of calling ahead for a reservation. The earliest we could get was for 9 p.m.
Mama Lou’s is situated far from the cluster of restaurants and commercial establishments at Aguirre or Presidents Avenue. The spacious family place is the converted home of restaurant owner Richard Tremblay and his late wife, Mama Lou, whom the place was named after.
Mr. Tremblay is a former IT guy, or so the hubby says. I’m not sure on the exact number of restaurants he’s had, he used to own Cafe Francais in Aguirre avenue, but the place was torn down and replaced by Mulligans
People hear of Mama Lou’s through word of mouth. They don’t post any ads, people just keep turning up. I was there at lunch time on a weekday and the place was full. So, if you want to come for dinner, you almost always need a reservation. Being a renovated home, it has a warm and cozy atmosphere. The walls are painted in warm colors and are dotted with paintings and portraits. There a couple of sections that have been partitioned and this is ideal for meetings or functions.
I recognized some of the wait staff from the old Cafe Francais, the waiters are mostly in their mid 20s or early 30s and are knowledgeable enough to make suggestions to customers who can’t decide which dishes to pick from the menu.
WHAT WE ATE: Mama Lou’s always serves a starter of sliced bread, butter, and red and green pesto. We had the Bacon Poutine (PHP195) which was served hot and oozing with cheese and gravy. It was salty and sinful and we loved every morsel of it. We also had the French Onion soup (PHP250), but it was just so-so. The kickers were the generous servings of Ravioli Epinard in pomodoro sauce (PHP325) and the creamy and rich Wild Mushroom and Truffle Cream Rissotto (PHP 325). I was never a fan of rissotto but this was really worth mentioning. Since I was in the company of two bottomless pits, my husband insisted that we also get the 14-inch Quattro Formaggi pizza (PHP375) which was so thin and crispy we must have downed all the slices in record time. The homestyle cooked food was washed down with a bottle of slightly sweet French red wine.
WE MADE ROOM FOR DESSERT: Mama Lou’s blueberry cheesecake (PHP180) was soft and creamy, but it was the Tiramisu (PHP160) that deserved to be called plate-licking worthy. Stuffed and sated, we could not order anything else – not even coffee!
Cost: About PHP4,000+ for three people; our bottle of red wine cost PHP900.
Cleanliness: The place is well-maintained and have very clean restrooms. Wine glasses have been polished well and no fingerprints were seen on the dishes.
Service: Prompt and attentive.
Sound level: A family style place is always conducive to conversation and banter. You will also hear a lot of cameras clicking on the background.
Lighting: Just right.
Reminder: Walk in customers may wait quite a while as people are in no hurry to finish their food.
Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen
B1 L36 , Tropical Ave. cor Palace St.
B.F International Village, Las Piñas
+6325191977 , +63917834MAMA (6262)
Hours of Operation:
Mon – Thu: 11:00 – 00:00
Fri – Sat: 11:00 – 01:00
Sun: 11:00 – 00:00