For fresh and authentic Filipino cuisine, I suggest visiting the heart of Quezon City specifically Road 1 corner Road 33, Project 6. There you will find a beautiful and 100% compliant green building called Florville housing a farm to table restaurant called Rolando’s.
Farm to Table Restaurant
Rolando’s Farm to Table Restaurant is indeed an oasis in the midst of the city. Why? Well, there may be cafes and restaurants in the area but food parks still dominate. Set a few meters away from the nearest food park, Rolando’s is able to offer it’s guests a hassle-free dining experience.
But before I get to that part, let’s talk more about the people behind the concept.
The restaurant is the brainchild of Engr. Rolando Mangulabnan and his wife Mrs. Flor Mangulabnan. They own two farms in Bulacan – Norzagaray and San Jose del Monte – where they raise ducks, lambs, a wide variety of fish and wild native pigs as well as fruits and vegetables. Since they both love authentic Filipino dishes and have a great source, the farm to table restaurant was born.
Celebrating at Rolando’s
Since I live in the area, I’ve seen the building. Then one day the restaurant signage but there was no open sign yet. Come early September while searching for restaurants for mi abuela’s birthday, I saw my blogger friend’s review. Confirming that the restaurant is now open, I decided to take her at Rolando’s Farm to Table Restaurant for her birthday lunch.
First time visitors won’t have a problem ordering because Rolando’s Farm to Table Restaurant menu is simple and detailed. Simply look over their choices for Appetizers, Salads, Soups, Main Course – pork, poultry, beef, vegetables and seafood – Rice and Dessert. You will surely find something you will enjoy.
Onion Rings with Parmesan: Thick-cut deep-fried onion rings dusted with Parmesan cheese sided with Rolando’s special dip.
Rolando’s Ensalada: Rolando’s Caesar Salad version with lettuce, cheese, croutons sided with special dressing.
Suam na Mais: Corn puree soup shrimp flavors with sauce and capsicum leaves.
Crispy Baby Squid: Bite-sized (coasted with home-breading) with special dipping sauce.
Crispy Bagnet: Juicy pork ribs deep-fried to perfection.
Pakbet: Filipino vegetables stew made with long beans, eggplant, squash, okra, bitter-melon cooked in shrimp paste.
Yellow Rice: White rice mixed with onions and turmeric.
Rolando’s Farm to Table Restaurant truly serves food made from fresh quality ingredients. All the dishes we ordered were delicious but there are some that I would love to taste again along with my co-blogger Jean.
First on my list is the thick-cut deep-fried onion rings with Parmesan. The size of the onion rings; not to mention, quantity and taste is worth every penny. Another great choice for appetizer is the bite-sized crispy baby squid. If you don’t like cheese, go for this one. Your family and/or friends will enjoy feasting on these two while waiting for the main dishes.
Apart from these two, I also enjoyed the Pakbet because I’m part Ilocano. The Bulig was okay, too. It’s just that prior to this fish we ordered Red Tilapia Pinalutong. Unfortunately, it wasn’t available but fish is a must for us. So we ordered whatever was available and easy to cook because the rest of the dishes were already served.
Despite that one set back, mi familia especially mi abuela enjoyed the lunch. The food was great as well as the setting. The staff were kind, too.
Moreover, before our meal was served one of the staff gave us a tour. The Florville Building has three floors. The first is where the restaurant and a function room is. The second floor features a spacious event hall that can accommodate 300pax, and a roofdeck also suitable for special occasions.
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Are you ready to dine or celebrate at Rolando’s Farm to Table Restaurant? Visit them at #88 Florville Building, Road 1 corner Road 33, Project 6, Quezon City. Open 7 days a week, serving lunch (10am-2pm) and dinner (5pm-10:30pm).