Memory Lane by Jolina Magdangal
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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.
Disclosure: Nothing to disclose. We paid for our meals and we are not connected with the owners in any way.
P.S. The Ultimate Taste Test 5.0 is set on November 5! Will announce soon...