Stick ’em up! This is what I felt like when we had finished our almost P900 meal (for 4 people = P200+/person, and no drinks yet!) at this little hole-in-the-wall in my hometown, Los Banos. But if you’re willing to pay hotel prices for, at best, pretentious small-town dining, you’ll be fine.
Seriously, this place needs to evaluate their pricing. I’ve been feeling pretty good that finally, more decent restaurants are opening up in Los Banos. But Mio Cusina, if it wants to stick around, needs to give more bang for their customers’ buck — lest contend with complaints like mine. I may return to Mio Cusina in a pinch, but I’m not returning any time soon.
(Unfortunately for me, I didn’t have my camera on me at the time and you will need to take my word for it! Though you can do a quick Google, and you’ll see how big their orders are. )
Pricing — this is what we ordered:
2 pumpkin soups = P100 each. Granted, the leaf shaped soup bowl was pretty, but there were only about 5 spoonfuls of soup. You could only dip your spoon in a third of way, and you’d already grazed the bottom of the bowl! It did taste good though, though the soup was very watery (not your usually thick and creamy as you’d expect of a pumpkin soup) and a little heavy on the bacon taste.
= P200 pesos and still 2 very hungry little girls who appetites were further whetted because the next dish was taking a while to come…
1 order of beef salpicao = P260. This was the very first item in the list of beef dishes all of which were in this price range. It was also the first entree to be put on our table … and I swear that I thought there was mistake when we saw 8-10 small bite-sized pieces (a one-peso coin is MUCH bigger!) in the middle of an oily little cast-iron pan. Holy-moly — was there gold inside each of those pieces? Hell no. Taste-wise, it was nothing extraordinary so I wonder why each of those pieces cost roughly P25 each!?
= total now up to P460. Still grumbling tummies.
1 order of dinuguan = approx P200.* I actually liked this dish of pork in a mild coconut blood soup. Let’s call this dish this meal’s saving grace.
1 order of pansit luglog = P160. This was acceptable pricing for what you get. Though if your ordered this alone, this would be good for one person only, so imagine how big err, small, this serving was! Tastewise, it was again, something that I could’ve gotten at a fraction of a cost elsewhere.
3 orders of rice = P25 each. We only ordered 3 because we thought that the pansit would be more than enough. We probably should’ve ordered another just to fill up on rice because those itty-bitty portions just don’t cut it!
(* estimated only based on the total we paid. Come on, I was out there to eat, not to blog)
Hurry up and eat! we want to go home! We arrived at Mio at 8:30 pm. When we placed our order, they immediately said, please order what you want because we’re closing soon! I dismissed it. But when they started serving us, at around 9:00 pm, they repeated this again: any last orders? The clincher: we had barely finished our meal at 9:30 pm when the waitress comes in with our bill and “Sorry, I hope you don’t mind me coming in with the bill. But please stay a little longer.” Ok, we got the message.
10395 Lopez Avenue, Los Banos, Laguna
Located behind Community Cable Building along the road leading to UP Los Banos