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Memory Lane by Jolina Magdangal

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Memory Lane is a homey restaurant / salon/ souvenir shop with 50's and 60's vibe set in a newly built structure nestled in Tagaytay. The homey antinquity is cute but the food needs improvement for it to really be memorable.

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The dining area is a bit small. The room  is anchored by  a small counter bar plastered with witty signs and artifacts from the 50's and 60's. The chairs are made from heavy solid steel-- not entriely comfortable but these  cannot be easily knocked down by kids which is  important for parents like us.

Memory Lane MenuAppetizers, Starters, and Chicken | Breakfast and Snacks, Rice | Pork, Beef, Fish & Seafoods, Vegetables | Desserts, Refreshing Drinks | Alcoholic Beverages

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There are old movie posters  that may entertain those who want to peruse the walls while waiting for food. There is one  that struck our fancy; it is the"The Seven Year Itch" poster which brought smile to our faces because Rache and I are on the 7th year of our marriage. The objet d'art from the past like old telephone, electric fans, and televisions keep the conversation going while enjoying your grub. 

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The Papemelroti-ish specialty gift shop is interesting if you are into the homey,cutesy stuff. Don't forget to check out the  Memory Lane Facebook Page for information on when new stuff becomes available.

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Joshua's favorite is this wooden automobile which  cost around P350. 

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Dad's adobong kangkong with Chicharon Topping (P170)

We started with vegetables with generous toppings of chicharon. The food is served cold and the chicharon is more airy than crispy. A bit expensive for a simple dish like this. 

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The outdoor grill kitchen is a  nice touch visually but this could be the culprit for the food being served cold. 

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We can see that the chicken is already half-cooked and grilled on low-heat charcoal.

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Memory Lane Country Grilled Chicken (P185).  

When this  chicken was served it had cooled down already. We are not impressed when we sliced it and discovered that some parts of the meat were still a bit raw. I understand that they are still on soft-opening but I wonder how they will make  this outside cooking work during the months of December / January when the cool weather of Tagaytay is at its peak. 

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Kare - Kare (good for two) (P410).

The Kare-kare is a big disappointment.  The price does not justify the serving which has more vegetables and a few pieces of  meat. The sauce tastes different too, kinda weird; there's no fresh taste of peanuts. We don't recommend this. They should change their  Kare-kare recipe.

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Memory Lane Refrigerator Cake (P95) + American Brewed Coffee (P75)

Instead of trying the signature Ice Cream Tempura (which I am now regretting), we tried the graham with cream and oreo cake.  Just Ok-- nothing to write home about. This paired well with our coffee. 

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We love taking family portraits in mirrors and this is the only time that Aidan is not able to join us because of school. Nagtampo nga siya sa amin ng konti.

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The beauty salon is also open. You can have a foot spa or the special healing massage while you hang-out. 

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A separate house/pavillion is located at the back which can be reserved for special celebrations. 

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I like the effort in creating a different dining experience in Tagaytay but the food really needs to stand out.  You can have the best ambiance but if you don't deliver on the food, all is lost. It becomes forgettable.

Memory Lane
A homey, 50s and 60s inspired Restaurant, Specialty Gift Shop and Beauty Salon in one.
Address: Magallanes Drive, Tagaytay City, Philippines
Telephone: +63917-8581950, +63922-8298487
Mon: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wed - Fri: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Website: Memory Lane Facebook Page

Directions:
- Go towards Robinson's 
- When you see Starbuck's on your left and 7-11 on your right, take the next RIGHT turn (Magallanes Drive).
- Go STRAIGHT for a few hundred meters
- You'll see Memory Lane on your left, right after the main gate of Palm Crest subdivision. Parking is at the back.

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Disclosure: Nothing to disclose. We paid for our meals and we are not connected with the owners in any way.  

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Yes, you're right about the quality of the food. In fact food should come first before anything else. That is the reason why people visit the place. I like the ambiance though.

Now this is a bold review! I like it since the place looks nice and promising. They should be challenged to improve and to give a better package. Will try them out one of these days.

Thanks Anton!

Hey Anton, long time lurker here, but this is my first to comment:)

I was in Memory Lane last August. I got the grilled chicken too, and just like yours, mine was a bit raw also. The owner (father or Jolina I think) was around at that time so I mentioned it to him in a nice way. He just said he'll advice the cook next time --- then he left right away. No apologies or offers whatsoever :( The place is cute, but the food was not worth the drive to Tagaytay.

hi Sir Anton...been in the place...ordered lechon paksiw and a chicken...the food was good reasonable for the price and the place so cozy.....thanks for the review..been waiting for your review of it..im saving for my marcia adams dining or antonios...More Power sir Anton..God Bless:)

WOW, a bit surprised at the prices. Photos pa lang parang it makes me think twice na. Considering it's a long drive from the Metro pa. But I still want to experience Memory Lane! :)

Went there, didn't try the food but visited the gift shop instead since my daughter likes collecting key chains, 220 pesos for a small plastic keychain!

I plan to go here. I hope they already improve the food in two years since this review was written

you're close every tuesday?:(

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