* all pictures in this post were taken by cell phone
On my first night in Los Angeles, my friend gave me several options where to eat, of course, I picked Filipino cuisine. Not that there are no Filipino restaurants in San Diego, there are several, but most of them, the "turo-turo" style, or what is called here as, "point-point", literal translation of "turo-turo" as the tagalog word "turo" means "point". LA Rose Cafe Hollywood is one of the few sit-in restaurants in Southern California. It is located on 4749 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA.Though it was so confusing to choose from the long list of menu, we eventually came up with empanada and fresh lumpia for starters, and then, kare-kare, crispy pata and fried milkfish for our main course.
I love their fresh lumpia, it really has the "ubod" or hearts of palm in it. Though their serving of lumpia is huge, but it was definitely one of the best fresh lumpia I've had.
Crispy PataTheir crispy pata is so crisp, crunchy, juicy and has no taste of being previously frozen like in other restaurants I have tried.
Kare-Kare ( tripes, oxtail, and vegetables in peanut butter sauce)Their kare-kare is also good, the meat were thankfully so soft and the sauce was just right in taste for me. Not overly salty, not overly greasy, not thin, nor overly thick.
Daing (fried milkfish), garlic rice and vegetables
Because each serving were huge and we had 3 servings plus appetizers, we had no more room for dessert such as halo-halo.
LA Rose's entrees are presented beautifully. One has a choice of having brown rice or garlic rice or steamed white rice. Aside from gourmet like presentation of food, good taste, and ambiance, what is great here is the hospitality of the owner and his friendly staffs. You can really feel the pride and the joy of sharing good foods.