We Pinoys have a special relationship with our homegrown food.
No matter the number of new cuisines we are exposed to, we almost always go back to Filipino food, whether these come in the form of heritage recipes that we grow up with or more exotic viands from various regions.
When I recently attended an event in Boni High Street, I was pleasantly surprised when we were served lunch at Lorenzo’s Way, an upscale Filipino food restaurant in the area.
Lorenzo’s Way is the namesake of Larry J. Cruz (“LJC”), the founder of the LJC Group of Restaurants, which also includes popular and beloved concepts such as Café Adriatico, Cafe Adriatico Express, Abe, Café Havana, Bistro Remedios, Fely J’s Kitchen, Larry’s Café and Bar, Polka Dot Bakeshop, Abe’s Farm and The LJC Catering Service.
This particular restaurant’s menu serves as the greatest hits list of winning dishes from other LJC restaurants. This includes delicious dishes that bring a mixture of comfort and nostalgia as only Pinoy food can, such as:
Beef Salpicao (Php590). Tender morsels of beef sauteed in garlic and olive oil.
Crispy Baby Squid (Php310). Baby squid coated in light batter and fried crisp as popularized by Bistro Remedios.
Spanish Garlic Chicken (Php445). Boned chicken baked with garlic cloves and olive oil.
Binukadkad na Pla-Pla (Php495). Butterflied giant tilapia fish served with balo-balo (Kapampangan fermented rice) and fresh mustard leaves, a Bistro Remedios original.
KKK (Php725). Bistro Burgos’ highly celebrated take on the classic Kare-Kare made with a chopped oxtail neatly surrounded by the dish’s vegetables and doused in the rich and nutty sauce. This dish spawned the Kare-Kare Klub of journalists, bankers and PR practitioners who used to meet every Thursday at Bistro Burgos to catch up as they savored this dish.
Sikreto ni Maria Clara (Php225). Sweet sticky rice and ripe mango slices and topped with coconut ice cream.
In keeping with the family-style way of serving Pinoy meals, my fellow attendees and I shared multiple generous orders of these dishes among ourselves, chatting with each other while eating our fill.
Fresh fruit shakes also round out our meal.
So if you feel like sinking your teeth into the delicious comfort and nostalgia of Filipino cuisine, be sure to head to Lorenzo’s Way.
This Lorenzo’s Way branch is located at 2nd Level, C2 Building, Bonifacio High Street Central, 7th Avenue, Taguig City, open for dine-in, takeout and delivery Sundays to Thursdays from 11am to 9pm and Fridays to Saturdays from 11am to 10pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 76213163, +63 2 76213164 or +63 917 5284206.
Another branch is located at Ground Floor, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 77290013 or +63 917 5522733.
Know more about its menu and offers by following Lorenzo’s Way on Facebook and Instagram.
One thought on “Nostalgia and comfort over Filipino food at Lorenzo’s Way, BGC”
Saraaaap! I’ve never been to BGC.