When one thinks of food in Liliw, what first comes to mind is Arabela. Arabela what? I never heard of it until my brother mentioned that a cousin insisted they have lunch there during those tsinelas shopping spree our mothers had last summer.
The restaurant’s name is combination of the names of the owner’s daughters. Yes, Ara y Bela. They even have a photo inside their sala! How did I know? Well, it so happened that while we were waiting for the restaurant to be open, my aunt chatted with one of the owners of the ancestral house whom she knowa. Well, you do know your neighbors in a small town like Liliw.
As we made our way to the foyer, I can’t help but be in awe with the collections. Are you looking for an old world charm without being segunda mano scary? This is it!
Entresuelo pa lang, ulam na.
My sister had a field day posing even at the nearest jar! You can’t get enough with an old house with so much character. The only modern part is the kitchen.
The restaurant is actually located below the ancestral house (as you can see from the photo). It was converted to one because of the love for cooking! Upon entrance, you are welcomed with sights of pastries tempting you to have desserts first.
Curio items line up the walls and the counters that even Stitch can’t help but pose. Just be mindful of the low ceiling while walking towards your table. I think one needs to stoop a bit, unless you’re Frodo and friends. A little sacrifice is good in exchange of delicious pizza and pasta.
They say that to know how good a pizza place is – one has to order the basic pizza – Margherita! Cheese, tomatoes and basil. Ahhhmm, I was expecting for a hand teared basil leaves but the dry one is the next best thing!
All I can say, we left Liliw not just with nice shoes but with good memories from relatives over delicious food.