Flight chronicles of the backpacker Tutubi, with travelogues, pictures/photos/videos, travel guides, independent and honest reviews, affordable, recommended resorts and hotels (including inns, guesthouses, pension houses, lodges, hostels, condotels, bed and breakfast and other cheap accommodations), commuting guides, routes (sometimes street maps and GPS coordinates/waypoints) and driving directions to answer "how to get there" questions, information and tips on tourism, budget travel and living in Philippines, Exotic Asia and beyond!
Backpacking, independent travel, and flashpacking are cheaper than the "cheapest package tours" and promotional offers around but you can also use travel information for family vacations, even romantic honeymoon destinations.
More than the usual tourist spots and "places to see," this blog advocates heritage conservation, environmental protection, and history awareness for Filipinos, foreigners, and ex-pats wishing to explore Paradise Philippines and Exotic Asia!
One of Tutubi's favorite restaurant in the small town of Liliw, Laguna famous for shoes and tsinelas (and where the annual Tsinelas Festival is held annually on Gat Tayaw St), a nice restaurant owned by a brother of the owner of Duo Steakhouse and Wine Bar at Serendra Piazza, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Here you can enjoy steaks at prices unbelievably lower than it's more elegant relative at The Fort.
Chef Mau Mobile fastfood, as it delivers food on wheels to Liliw town center (it being quite far from where the action is), was visited several times by Tutubi with his parents in tow just to eat out, about 40 minutes drive from Paete, Laguna via Pagsanjan, who finds the quaint house turned into a restaurant with very limited seating capacity.
Homey interiors and ambiance but with limited space for just 3 big tables plus two small ones for a total seating capacity of 20 (roughly), the dishes on the menu are a combination of pinoy all time favorites, fusion and steaks.
Sample Menu and Recommended Dishes:
a big bowl of steaming hot bulalo for only P180.00 (about half the price from other restaurants)
Tutubi's favorite Thai-style tilapia, st. peter's fish fried with salty, sweet, sour and spicy sauce, signature thai...quite easy to dupiclate recipe :P spicy laing, not really spicy but mellowed down but yet still a recommended dish pork lechon, chef mau style fiddlehead fern salad (ensaladang paco), not too fresh when served as it's nightime already. Tutubi knows these ferns, bought cheap in Laguna and Quezon, don't stay fresh more than a day. better order them in the morning. Tutubi just loves Chef Mau's salad dressing accentuated by the itlog na maalat (salted egg) slice
Sample Menu prices of Chef Mau Restaurant:
Thai Tilapia: PhP100.00 Special Bulalo: PhP180.00 (serves 3-4 people) Paco Salad: PhP50.00 Spicy Laing: PhP60 Steamed Banana Heart: PhP60.00 Pancit Lechon: PhP95.00 Beef Steak Tagalog (bistek tagalog): PhP180 Plain Rice: PhP12.00 softdrinks in cans and juices at PhP30.00/each Coke 1.5L: PhP45.00 (almost same as sari-sari store price)
And now Tutubi has given you one of his secret favorite restaurants, something he does not regularly post in this blog due to lack of time. It's a combination of good food, ambiance and low price that makes him go back to the place. Chef Mau is a certified frugal food find in this part of Laguna :P
Chef Mau Mobile Fastfood Address: Barangay Bungkol, Liliw Laguna Mobile: +63.915.926.7824; +63.917.507.1798; +63.921.494.8826 Telephone number: +63.49.573.6290 last remarks: please call chef mau restaurant contact number for your inquiries. As always, Tutubi is not affiliated with the establishment nor did he receive anything for this post.