The ultimate tribute to Lorenzo “Larry” Cruz is the creation of a restaurant that showcases the best of the best dishes from all of the LJC restaurants. Lorenzo’s Way in Greenbelt 5 celebrates Larry’s legacy of good and reliable food from his restaurants, which include Abe, Bistro Remedios, Bollywood, Fely J’s, Bistro Burgos, Abe’s Farm, Larry’s Cafe and Bar, Cafe Adriatico, Ang Hang, In the Mood Ballroom Dancing, Cafe Havana and Solana Restaurant.
You can’t go wrong with ordering anything from their menu. There is no compromise on the taste of the food. Everything is just right without the need for additional condiments. The dishes are selected based on nostalgia and invoke images of fun days in any of the LJC restaurants.
One problem with coming up with the Best of the Best is that there is no focus in terms of cuisine. This is contrary to the successful formula of the LJC restaurants, which provide focused and niche cuisines. Also, the best dish may not be your favorite — Ex. I believe that Abe Serendra’s Lamb Adobo Bencab is the best but it isn’t found in Lorenzo’s Way. With Mesa just beside Lorenzo’s Way, the latter’s claim of affordability is in question.
The ambiance is mature and tasteful with the resto’s leather seats, wooden panels, carefully selected paintings and a comfortable romantic mood, which is a signature trait of Cafe Adriatico.
It feels a bit old when compared to Mesa. The look is still geared towards the Baby Boomers and some members of Gen X. I’m sure Aidan’s generation won’t appreciate this kind of ambiance anymore.
Garlic sticks are served for free. It has the right crunch and just enough carbo to stir up your appetite. A great way to start the meal.
Onion Soup Gratinee (P145 +10%sc) Larry’s-style onion soup with Gruyere and crusty bread au gratin.