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4.21.2012

Foodie Goodie | Cozy at Cafe Arabela.

Here in the South (or in the Philippines, for that matter) whenever we say 'tsinelas' (slippers), we think of Liliw. About 45 minutes away from the city where I live, Liliw is a small, highland town best known for its native delicacies and world-class shoe industry.

These days, whenever 'Liliw' is mentioned, 'Arabela' also comes to mind.

Photo credit: Chewy of EatPrayMakeLove
It's a cozy little corner cafe, with a menu that boasts of pizza, pasta, steaks, and the most sinful desserts ever.

Arabela gets a little too cozy at times (read: cramped) most of the time, because of the steady flow of diners. Patrons from all ages (kids, teens, adults, babies even!), and groups of all sorts (families, friends, officemates, lovebirds) all hie off to enjoy the great food that Arabela has to offer.

Little Miss Margaret at Arabela. :)
We went to Liliw last Saturday, and because it's the weekend, Arabela was at its busiest. It took about 10- minutes for us to be seated, and around 10 more minutes before our orders were served.

Fixated at this lamp while waiting for my pasta.
But when you're having food as great as theirs, it was worth the wait.

Pancetta Magretta, Php 220.
We had a hearty breakfast at the resort hotel earlier that day, so I opted for pasta this time. I had Pancetta Magretta - pasta with Italian bacon, lemon, and olive oil. For Php 220, you get a hefty serving that's good enough for sharing. (Or perhaps my tummy was still reeling from the breakfast that we had, lol.)


Chicken Roll, Php 190.
Yue wanted chicken so I got him this Chicken Roll. As described on the menu: Rolled chicken breast fillet with ham, carrots, and pickles served with mixed vegetables and rice.


In short, it's Chicken Cordon Bleu - one of my favorite dishes when I was still pregnant with the little man. Or in Tagalog, nung ako ay naglilihi. :)


No complaints about this dish. Everything was perfect from the chicken, to the dipping, even to how the rice was cooked. And the buttered vegetables were too tasty to be true! They must have been cooked in loads and loads of butter. And no, I'm not complaining.

T-bone Steak, Php 260.
The T-Bone Steak is the restaurant's best seller, which is what my siblings had. I wasn't able to taste it for myself, but my brother - who wolfed it down leisurely - vouches for the taste.

Dulce de Leche cheesecake, Php 85.

Desserts are a must-try at Arabela's. Never leave Liliw without having a bite of these sumptuous and sinful treats. This Dulce de Leche cheesecake was the first thing I noticed when we entered the restaurant, and from there, I was dead-set on ending my meal with this.


On the other side of the table, Maggie was frustrated because no one wanted to give her a sip of this ripe mango shake. LOL.

Ripe Mango Shake, Php 95.
If you're going to Liliw make sure to stop by at this cozy little cafe. It's a dining experience you surely wouldn't want to miss.

Cafe Arabela is located at 503 Rizal Street, Liliw, Laguna. 
Contact number: +63(917) 2041447


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28 replies:

Shannon Milholland said...

Okay you're making me want to take an international trip. What a delightful cafe! No wonder they're so busy!

Jacqueline said...

The best Dulce de Leche Cheesecake I ever had was actually in Manila so I can bet this is amazing stuff!

Familytravelsonabudget said...

That cheesecake made my mouth water! I just got home from Paris and miss the food terribly. International cuisine!!! YUM! :)

Kim, USA said...

That looks really yummy!

Maja Blanca

michi said...

i've tried their pizza and pasta before but looking at your post, i want to go back there again. =)

Aileen said...

Would love to try that pasta and the chicken of course. :-) Looks really yummy!

the food dude said...

Tat T-Bone looks delicious! Awesome food, definitely worth the wait!

Mei said...

Ive never been there but I think I have heard of it before.
If ever we could have the chance to go to Laguna, I might suggest to visit that place. Ang nakakuha ng attention ko is the shake and also the dessert! Yum yum!

ruthhill74 said...

Okay, now I want to go! The pasta looks fantastic!

i♥pinkc00kies said...

i wish we can try!! the Pancetta Magretta looks yummy

Mom-Friday said...

Wow, I want that pasta, steak, and cheesecake!!! :)
I think I haven't been to Liliw, Laguna yet but their native tsinelas and espadrille shoes are really what I know about this place.

Lizzie said...

I also love pasta. But right now, I'm craving for Dulce de Leche cheesecake.

xoxoMrsMartinez | Mrs-Martinez.com said...

I didn't know that there's a hidden gem in Liliw, Laguna. This will be included on my list of restaurants to visit if I go there.

xoxo
MrsMartinez

Tetcha said...

The T-bone steak looks appetizing, and yes, I'd like to try their cakes, too! Here's my FTF entry: http://www.delightmyappetite.com/2012/04/a-cantonese-dinner-at-luk-yuen/

Rowena Wendy Lei said...

Wow, P260 for a T-Bone Steak? That's really cheap!

bev said...

your post made me hungry! Pancetta Magretta and the T-Bone Steak looks so yummy!

honney said...

awww, lalo akong nagutom. i've never heard about the place, but their food looks really yummy. i must keep this cafe in mind.

Sumi Go said...

Oh my, all those food look really good! And at very affordable prices pa! Unfortunately though, Liliw is quite far from my place. But when we take a trip to Laguna, I'll make sure to visit Liliw.. :)

Btw, Maggie looks super adorable on her first photo! <3 She looked frustrated indeed on her 2nd photo though.. XD And I can really sympathize with her 'cause I want to have a sip of that ripe mango shake!

Sharyl said...

Thanks for sharing this outing with us! That cheesecake is what I'm wanting! :-)

Czjai Reyes-Ocampo said...

Thank you for the wonderful comments, everyone! I have to admit, I crave for these food myself each time I see the photos. :)

wifetoalineman02 said...

all the foods looks very delicious Sis :-) the cheese cake makes it a sweet treat to have :-) Dropping by from YS

http://www.homecookingwithjessy.com/nestles-cookies-n-cream-crunch/

wifetoalineman02 said...

the noodles looks so inviting Sis :-)
Dropping by from FTF

http://www.homecookingwithjessy.com/dinner-at-applebees-restaurant/

wifetoalineman02 said...

steak is my fave meal and it makes me drool Sis :-) Dropping by from FF

http://www.homecookingwithjessy.com/egg-sandwich-for-lunch/

Dexie said...

Everything looks great, especially that cheesecake :)

missmeggy said...

I have a huge weakness for cheesecakes and the cheesecake you got here looks so delightful..yuuuum! :)

maiylah said...

have been to Liliw eons ago, when i accompanied my roommate (it was her mom's hometown)...i loved the quiet place. looks like it's booming now! :)

appreciate much your sharing over at Food Friday, sis

The Pepperrific Life said...

I wonder why the boyfriend didn't take me to Arabela's when we went to Liliw a few months ago. Oh yes, he doesn't like crowds :). But I certainly wouldn't mind, if the food was that great! :)

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