Italian Cuisine in Mama Lou's Restaurant in Nuvali, Laguna

Mama Lou's in Nuvali, Laguna

During the previous long weekend, we had the opportunity to have a family bonding. My mom was quick to suggest Nuvali, Laguna (learn more). Hence, we all geared up that day and headed to the place where we ended up spending our entire afternoon and evening.

Mama Lou's Branch in Solenad 2, Nuvali, Laguna

When we were trying to stroll around the place, we got curious to drop by Solenad 2. I didn't expect to find much because during the last time I was in the area, all I could find there were some outlet stores and a few number of restaurants. However, I was given a huge surprise when I stumbled upon a wide array of stores and restaurants! Well, apparently, Ayala has been developing the area giving it the BGC feel.

Mama Lou's Interior in Solenad 2, Nuvali, Laguna

Now, just like the one in BF Homes, this Mmaa Lou's branch features a homey feel that makes dining light, easy and comforting. It somehow sends out a feeling as if your mother is preparing dinner/lunch for you.

Well, anyway, let's talk about some of the dishes you may find here. Let's begin with the Mama Lou's Special!

Mama Lou's Special || P350 - 12" || P450 - 14"
Tomato, mozzarella, prosciutto, mango, arugula, balsamic cream
Mama Lou's Special

Although I was a disappointed with the non-availability of the 14" size, I just tried to shrug it off, so it won't affect my "food mood". Unfortunately, it still did.

Now, as for the taste, it was just fine but fell a little short of my expectation. I got to taste the same variant in the BF Homes branch, and the experience there was just WOW!

Pizza Bianca || P275 - 12" || P375 - 14"
Cream, mozzarella, mushroom, bacon
Pizza Bianca of Mama Lou's

This Pizza Bianca was rather regular, and sadly, it fell short of my expectations considering that this is Mama Lou's! Well, to put it more clearly, this was overly plain and un-exciting.

Spaghetti Meatballs || P295
Spaghetti with mouth-watering homemade meatballs
Spaghetti Meatballs of Mama Lou's

This pasta was incredible especially with its authentic tomato goodness that was finely sour and lightly sweet. The meatball, on the other hand, slightly missed in complementing the taste of the pasta. Overall, it was still nice.

Truffle Mac and Cheese || P285 
Comforting blend of cheese and truffle cream over tender elbow macaroni, topped with melted mozzarella and cheddar cheese
Truffle Mac and Cheese of Mama Lou's

The mac and cheese had the same goodness of the Risotto Tartufo (which you will learn more about later) but much cheesier and tastier! The fun thing about this is that it gets stretchy suggesting that there was indeed a lot of cheese in it.

Risotto Tartufo Funghi || P325
Wild mushroom and truffle cream risotto
Risotto Tartufo Funghi of Mama Lou's

This Risotto Tartufo Funghi featured a balanced yet awesome taste. It also got a great hint of truffle essence without being too harsh on the palate. Some may consider this extremely light, but for those who are not that exposed to truffle flavor, they will truly appreciate this dish.

Beef Salpicao || P295
Tenderloin tips sauteed in olive oil with garlic and bell pepper
Beef Salpicao in Mama Lou's

The Beef Salpicao was comfortingly tender that had this minor yet noticeable melt in your mouth sensation. It was rightly salted and spiced making it a great dish!

Chicken Parmigiana || P390
Deep fried chicken breast filet stuffed wit ham and mozzarella cheese
Chicken Parmigiana in Mama Lou's

The chicken parmigiana was nicely prepared with a visual creativity; however, it tasted rather regular and, at some point, boring.

Before I end this blog post, permit me to share this photo of us in Mama Lou's:
A Not-So-Popular Kid in Mama Lou's, Nuvali

Mama Lou's - Overall Ratings and Summary

Note: Unshaded stars are equivalents of half-stars. The ratings apply solely to this dining experience.
Place ★★
Taste  ★★
Value for Money ★★
Budget: At least P350 each for a sharing-type of dining experience for a group of at least 4

Overall, I was able to find my experience here in Mama Lou just okay. Well, maybe my experience in the BF Homes branch was too superb, and that I had an extremely high expectation for this second visit (but this time in a different branch). Food were okay to great, but not enough to really make our dinner out fantastic.

Anyway, I will say that the original branch is still definitely and way better in terms of food quality, taste and even service (though I still liked the service here in this branch).

Mama Lou's
Location: Solenad 2, NUVALI, Santa Rosa, Luzon, Philippines

Contact No.: +63 493 020752
Service Charge: 10% on price

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