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Lolo and Lola Filipino Eatery

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Published September 26th 2018
Filipino food made with Canberra love
For many Filipinos, there are two things that matter the most in life: family and food. These two things are wonderfully celebrated at Lolo and Lola Filipino Eatery in Watson.

"At Lolo and Lola, we're not just serving Filipino fare on a plate," co-owner Kim Prieto says. "We're also serving up a way to honour every Filipino's lolo (grandfather) and lola (grandmother) who are the keepers of our delicious and exquisite traditions."

What is Filipino food?
When you think of Asian cuisine, you usually think of Chinese or Thai or Vietnamese or Malaysian. You don't usually think of Filipino food. In fact, unless you are of Filipino background (like me) or married to one (like my husband) or if you have Filipino friends or have been to the Philippines, then you probably have never tried Filipino food in your life.

But Lolo and Lola aim to showcase Filipino cuisine to the world, with Canberra love. Filipino food is a delicate combination of Indo-Malay, Chinese, Spanish, and American flavours, highlighting the rich cultural history and diversity of the Philippine islands.

I'm very fortunate to have eaten Filipino food all my life (thanks, Mum!) but because of the Philippines' great diversity (there are over 7000 islands making up the Philippines and more than 100 language groups), there's just so much more that I haven't tried. Lolo and Lola Filipino Eatery does a very good job of celebrating that diversity.

"We have decided to change our menu every week so that we may be able to share and showcase the many regional dishes of the Philippines," Kim says. "One of our goals is to let Canberra and the whole world to know that there is so much more to Filipino cuisine than your usual lumpia (spring rolls), pansit (noodles), and balut (boiled duck egg with embryo)."


The Lolo and Lola story
Kim and her husband Jay started out by selling Filipino baked goods such as ensaymadas, pan de coco, Spanish bread and Sans Rival at markets and via home delivery. Then in January 2016, they opened Lolo and Lola as a Filipino bakery and eatery situated in a shipping container at Westside Acton Park. As time went by, they developed a loyal customer base in the ACT and even in NSW, giving them the opportunity to broaden their horizons. Finally, in July 2017, Kim and Jay opened up a proper restaurant in Watson. And so Lolo and Lola Filipino Eatery was born. Kim and Jay were joined later by their long-time friend, Cristina Uy, who is now the Executive Pastry Chef of Lolo and Lola.

Lolo and Lola Filipino Eatery aim to offer Canberrans the best Filipino dining experience whilst giving Filipino-Australians a familiar and comforting taste of home. It is a no-booking eatery that offers lunch and dinner. They also offer a monthly afternoon tea (or merienda cena) which, I have to say, is one of the best afternoon teas I've ever had. Of course, I'm Filipino, so I am utterly and unashamedly biased. But I've indulged in plenty of afternoon/high teas over the last ten years, and the merienda cena is definitely one of my favourites.

The merienda cena, or Filipino afternoon tea
Lolo and Lola's merienda cena is a monthly celebration of Filipino flavours featuring both classic and contemporary treats. For $39 per person, you get a selection of savoury treats, a selection of bite-size sweet treats, and unlimited drinks from the menu.

The menu changes monthly, so when my friends and I visited, our savoury selection included pork BBQ skewers, fried chicken spring rolls served with banana ketchup, and sotanghon guisado, stir-fried vermicelli noodles with squid, prawns and vegetables.

As for the sweet treats, we had mini Brazo de Mercedes, a soft meringue filled with yema (which is a classic Filipino custard); ube bibingkinitan, a yummy baked purple yam coconut rice cake with salted duck egg, and a dangerously irresistible banana chocolate tart, a toffee banana and baked dark chocolate filled tart.

Drinks on the menu included kapeng barako (Filipino brewed coffee), calamansi juice (a household Philippine lemon juice that I've drunk all my life), and sago't gulaman, a popular drink in the Philippines sold at roadside stalls and by street vendors.

One of my friends has special dietary requirements and the wonderful staff at Lolo and Lola went out of their way to prepare special servings for her which she thoroughly enjoyed.

Lolo and Lola offer the merienda cena once a month on a Sunday from 3.30pm-5.30pm. However, due to their increasing popularity, all of the merienda cenas are now booked out for the rest of 2018. But Lolo and Lola are offering a very special Christmas merienda cena throughout the month of December. Taking place on December 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 3.30pm-5.30pm, the Christmas merienda cena costs $45 per person (children aged 5-12 $35). Merienda cenas are the only bookings that Lolo and Lola take so make sure you book your table soon as places fill up very quickly. Go to Lolo and Lola to book your table for Christmas.

Lolo and Lola Filipino Eatery
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Lolo and Lola Filipino Eatery is a very welcome addition to the ever-growing Canberra foodie scene, with their fresh unique flavours, mouth-watering delights, scrumptious baked goodies, warm smiles and the passion and love that Kim and Jay Prieto have for the Philippines and Filipino food.

Come to Lolo and Lola, and fall in love with Filipino food!

Lolo and Lola Filipino Eatery is located at 3 Watson Place, Watson. They are open for dinner 5.00pm-9.00pm Wednesday and Thursday, lunch 11.30am-2.30pm and dinner 5.00pm-9.00pm on Friday and Saturday, and lunch only 11.00am-3.00pm on Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

The merienda cena is available on the last Sunday of the month from 3.30pm-5.30pm.

For more information, visit their website here.

"Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious."
Ruth Reichl

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Why? Taste the unique fresh flavours of the Philippines, made with Canberra love
When: Open for dinner 5.00pm-9.00pm Wednesday and Thursday, lunch 11.30am-2.30pm and dinner 5.00pm-9.00pm on Friday and Saturday, and lunch only 11.00am-3.00pm on Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Merienda cena held on the last Sunday of the month (bookin
Where: 3 Watson Place, Watson ACT 2602
Cost: Merienda cena costs $39 per person.
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