METRO MANILA | Lola Ely’s Tapsilog Atbp.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Lola Ely's Tapsilog in Manila

Forever hearing about this legendary tapsi place in Bambang, Manila, I finally asked L to accompany me and check it out. I had been passing through this road all through my college years en route to UST but never did I notice Lola Ely’s eatery.

The carinderia had been sitting at the corner of Bambang and Felix Huertas street for more than 20 years. Originally an ancestral house, the lower floors had been converted as a 24-hour breakfast place in the 1980’s.

We came in at around 8:30am and a few people were already having their tapsi fix. We followed suit and ordered their tapsilog (fried beef jerky, fried rice and fried egg; fried everything).

The place looked like your typical house-turned-into-a-carinderia affair. Checkered vinyl floorings, custom-made wooden Formica tables and wrought iron garden chairs. It was open on two sides, negating the need for The Open Dining Area at Lola Ely's Tapsilog in Manilaair-conditioning. A few old-school ceiling fans and the fanfare of jeepneys passing by completed the ambience.

Our food arrived after five minutes. For Php40.00, serving size was more than okay.

Their tapa was tender and tasty but really did not stand out from all the other ones I’ve tried. I dig their fried rice though as most of the ones I’ve tried before, I can’t even taste the flavor of being fried; it went really well with the fried tapa and egg.

We tried to order a few more dishes; maling and fried lumpiang togue but both were unavailable, so we settled for their lumpiang shanghai. It came hot off the kitchen, but tasted pretty average.

All in all, I was a bit disappointed with Lola Ely’s Tapsilogan as with all the hype I’ve heard, I expected their tapa to be really legendary. But that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy my meal, for the price it was quite satisfying.

The longevity of this place, it seems, stems from their reliability to serve the breakfast staple of every Manileños at very affordable prices without compromising serving size and taste everyday for 20 years. If I live within the neighborhood, I’d surely be here daily at the break of dawn having my tapsilog and a cup of hot coffee while being accompanied by the sounds of the speeding jeepneys. This is the quintessential kanto breakfast (corner street) experience in Manila.

Lola Ely's Portrait at Lola Ely's Tapsilog in Manila The Kitchen Portal at Lola Ely's Tapsilog in ManilaFacade of Lola Ely's Tapsilog in Manila


Lola Ely's Tapsilogan Atbp.
Address: Bambang cor. Felix Huertas Street. Sta. Cruz, Manila
Contact Number: (02) 711-9798
Open Hours: 24 hours daily

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  1. 40 Php is definitely a good deal for me! kaya ngayon, gutom na naman ako. haha

  2. Rodick's tapsilog is still the best. :D

  3. Kim
    Do share naman kung saan yung Rodick's =)

  4. klasik to sir!, it's near our place.. did you noticed the local celebrity pics posted sa wall?

    I suggest you try "Chades" pronounced as "tyades" , it's like 2 blocks away.. klasik din yun hehe

  5. Charisse
    Oo nga gusto ko rin try yung Chades, post ko dito pag nakakain ako dun hehe

  6. dito ko po natikman ang pinakauna kong Tapsilog noong early 90's pa. batang-bata pa ako noon pero tandang tanda ko na nagpabili pa ako ulit kasi sobrang nasarapan ako. balang araw babalik ako dito para matikman ulit ang classic Tapsilog ni Lola Ely.

    1. Wow now that's a story to hear, talagang institusyon na ang Lola Ely's sa lugar na yan :)