When we checked out of Canyon Cove in Nasugbu, Batangas, we were still quite full. But as soon as we reached picturesque Tagaytay, our tummies started growling and grumbling altogether. Within minutes, we saw a series of hole-in-the-wall eateries situated one after another, which seemed too interesting to ignore. After some moments of indecision on which eatery to go to, we finally settled for M & M Bulalohan which claimed to be an expert in whipping up the proverbial Bulalo, among others.
We were greeted by this cute monkey which turned out to be not that lovable considering that it pulled a kid’s hair just moments after we arrived. It turned out that the creature was quite notorious for doing these rather annoying things to customers which made me wonder on why there wasn’t any warning sign plastered on its cage? Restaurateurs should take the initiative to remove the monkey from its present location or better-yet, if they really want it to be their “official greeter,” they should build a better cage to keep any pesky hair-pulling incidents at bay.
As expected, the eatery looked fairly simple; but, clean. The plastic, checkered table tops emitted that charming “carinderia feel” which is very much intrinsic in Pinoy food culture. Aside from our family, there was also a bunch of runners who seemed to have been there for quite a while. My sis-in-law Momshie Leng and I started chatting with one of them and since he was very nice, I even asked him for some tips on how we, too, can start our very own running program. Teehee. 🙂
After our friendly banter, Momshie Leng and I moved toward the balcony with the lovely Taal Lake & Volcano as a fitting backdrop.
We postponed our photo-ops for later since we were really famished at that point. The family ordered several servings of the following dishes to accommodate our huge appetites. I believe I might have missed a dish or two from our menu that day, but here are the dishes that I’ve managed to take photos of.
M & M’s Trademark Bulalo (Pinoy Beef Marrow Soup). A flavorful mixture of shank and kenchi beef slices, baguio beans, cabbage, corn and pechay. Bulalo is one of my faves growing up because my mom normally cooked this for me during major school exams. I liked the soft, chewy meat but I found the soup to be lacking in flavor. Perhaps an additional sibot (spice mixture), beef bouillon and even sweet potatoes might do the trick. 🙂
M & M Calamares (Breaded Fried Squid). I found this dish to be really good because it was crunchy and served steaming hot. Even my son Tutapel kept nudging me for a second and third helping.
M & M Pork Sisig. Chopped pig parts, like snout and ears plus a dash of chicken liver were made even richer by the addition of egg, not mayo. The end result was flavorful and quite appetizing.
As far as drinks are concerned, most of us preferred unadulterated coconut juice served in infamous shells for added effect. If only they were served chilled, then it would have been really good.
While the rest of the family were busy talking and dining at the same time, Momshie Leng and her cutie kids RJ and Erika joined Tutapel and myself for this memorable photo-op.