I have been frequenting the southern towns of Laguna ever since I called this province home almost a decade ago. I have went as far as Liliw and even dropped by at Majayjay. Nagcarlan, the neighboring town,also boasts of several tourist spots worth mentioning. However, I have discovered a nice dining place in the lesser known town of Rizal.
I was smiling at first when I heard that some names of the baranggays in this 5th-class municipality is named after the actual towns of Rizal province like Antipolo and Taytay. A relative of a friend lives here so we used to visit this place often.
En route to Nagcarlan and Liliw several years back, we first visited Lucy and Elsie's cuisine when it was just a simple but cozy eatery in the area. Upon stepping inside its grounds, I quickly fell in love with it because the place is filled with Pinoy decorations and even a few pieces of antique furniture. Having dinner on the second floor of the main building, which sort of looked like an oversized nipa hut, is a must. I can still imagine the hot soup of my all-time favorite Sinigang na Baboy (sold at only P200 good for 4 persons) warming my stomach with the cold breeze passing through its large windows. A meal in the morning comes with a refreshing view of a nearby hill.
Lucy and Elsie cuisine is located along the national road. Public jeepneys ply the route San Pablo to Liliw. Coming from San Pablo City, the restaurant is located on the right side, a few blocks past Rizal Municipal Hall.
Whenever we dine here, my meal will not be complete without the following : Sinigang na Baboy, Pork Shanghai (15 pcs at 70 php) and their own version of Hototay. Rice is served in a mini-platter at Php 25 which is already good for two. Other notables dishes are the Tengang Kawali and Adobong Manok. Their menu mostly consists of original Filipino home-cooked dishes.
|Antique iron and sewing machine on display|
|Shanghai rolls, Hototay and Adobong manok|
|With the very welcoming Aling Lucy|
|Main dining hall|
From San Pablo City, ride jeepneys bound for Liliw/Nagcarlan. The terminal is across San Pablo Cathedral, past the fire station. Fare at less than P20 per head.
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