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Food Trips | Batangas Bulalo @ Rose and Grace Restaurant

Batangas, one of the provinces in the Southern Tagalog Region; home of kapeng barako, Batangas lomi and of course, the famous Batangas bulalo.  Being one of the main producers of cattle in the country, Batangas is known for its bulalo, a classic Filipino dish consisting of beef shanks with bone marrow boiled and cooked slowly in a broth until the meat is tender.

Rose & Grace's Batangas Bulalo - PhP400.00 (w/ veggies); PhP370.00 (w/o veggies)
Last weekend, my friend and I had gone to a road-cum-food trip in Batangas.  Actually, we went there to visit the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Lipa City but part of our road trip of course, is to try and have a taste of the famous Batangas bulalo from one of the famous bulaluhan in Batangas, the Rose & Grace Restaurant in Sto. Tomas, Batangas.  We left Quezon City at around 11:30AM and reached Sto. Tomas at around 1PM.  It’s almost past lunch time but since 'twas a weekend, the restaurant is still full of customers; all tables are occupied except for one (reserved for us?! hehe!).

Rose & Grace Restaurant, Sto. Tomas, Batangas
I am a Batanguena (and I am proud to be one) but I’m not really fond of beef dishes.  However, we’re here to taste this very popular beef dish of Batangas, of course, we ordered one.  We also ordered crispy tawilis (a small freshwater fish which can only be found in the lake of Taal), fresh watermelon for dessert and samalamig (cantaloupe-flavored juice drink) for our drinks.  Not quite sure if I would enjoy the bulalo so I also ordered a stick of pork barbeque.

Rose & Grace's (not-so) Crispy Tawilis - PhP80.00 per order
An order of the hearty bulalo could serve  2-3 persons and, with the added vegetables (Rose & Grace's bulalo can also be ordered plain; that is, no added veggies) and the refillable broth, it really is enough for 3 persons.  Batangas bulalo is best served with a dip of soy sauce, calamansi and chili so we prepared one.  After around 10-15 minutes of waiting, our foods were served.  It's past 1PM, my friend and I were both starving so immediately, we "attacked" the bulalo until only the bone is left.

Rose & Grace's bulalo is so delicious; the soup is steaming hot, the vegetables not overcooked and the meat is so tender, it falls off the bones - literally! This is the best-tasting bulalo I've had, so far.  Even my friend who so loved beef dishes said that so far, this is the most delicious bulalo he ever tasted.  We enjoyed this dish so much we almost forgot the barbecue and the (not so) crispy tawilis . :-P

Be forewarned though, bulalo is very high in cholesterol so to those with hypertension, this dish is not for you.  But if you can't resist, eat in moderation and refrain from sucking the marrow (bulalo without the marrow? impossible, I'm sure hehe!).

did we enjoy Batangas bulalo? you be the judge...hehe!
 For this hearty meal, we only spent PhP780.00, very affordable right? ;)

This food trip is one of the best we had; we both enjoyed the food, a rare chance because we have different "likes" and "dislikes" when it comes to food.  Come visit Batangas and drop by at Rose & Grace Restaurant, one of the best, if not the best bulaluhan in Batangas. :)

Ala eh! Kasarap ga ng bulalo dine, sinsay muna kayo at ng are'y inyong malasahan!!! 

~ oo00oo ~

Rose and Grace Restaurant
Maharlika Highway
Sto. Tomas, Batangas
Date of Visit: March 11, 2012

41 comments:

  1. Ala ey, buto na lang ang natira... Nadadaanan ko yata yan pag umuuwi ko sa amin sa quezon... Parang pamilyar sa kin yong place.

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    1. Oo, buto na lang natira, ehehe! Yup, madadaanan mo sya kung sto. tomas-san pablo way mo, nasa highway kase sya. :)

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  2. You should be the tourism officer of the philippines lol.
    Here in Laoag, meron ding bulaluhan, " express meal" small karinderya lng siya pero they serve bulalo din na siguradong magpapa wow sa iyo hehehe.
    I love road trip, it's just so sad i am not allowed to drive as of the moment.:((
    But anyhoo, u guys seems had the best day, cool.:))

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    1. Haha, di tayo pwede dun, malamang makadagdag pa ko sa reasons why Sieczka hates the Philippines (which I don't want to happen), I would just blog about my positive experiences, sana makatulong. :) I would love to go to Ilocos Norte kaya lang most likely next year na, ala na budget...hehe!

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  3. Di makukumpleto ang Batangas (and Tagaytay) trip kapag di nakakain ng bulalo! I miss family road trips to the south :(

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    1. Tama, di kumpleto Batangas/Tagaytay trip pag alang bulalo...hehe! When you finish your RTW trip, uwi na ulit ng Pinas. :)

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  4. Wow, natakam ako sa bulalo. It's also one of my favorite Pinoy dishes. I like it with patis, kalamansi at syempre sili hehe.

    First time to explore your blog, natutuwa ako sa twitter bird. Ang kulit habang nagbabasa ka at scrolling down the page. Ang cute LOL.

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    1. Hi Lagalag! First time ko na-appreciate ang bulalo, di ako mahilig sa mga beef dishes eh.

      Add mo na si twitter bird, saw it from other blogs kaya add ko din, pangulit lang...hehe. Anyway, salamat sa pagdalaw. :)

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  5. uhhhh... nakakagutom naman... drooling in the deep hahaaha...
    Bawal sa high blood.

    P.S. Natawa naman ako sa only table as if it is waiting for you, havey!

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    1. Yup Edmar, bawal sa highblood. Haha, reserved for us, isa na lang kase available na table ng dumating kami, punuan kase weekend. :)

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  6. Na miss ko bigla ang bulalao! kami pag kumain nyan naghahati hati talaga sa kakarimpot na bone marrow! hehehe! Sobrang bitin!

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    1. Hi Anney! K lang sharing sa marrow, kaka-high blood sya pag marami. Punta na sa Tagaytay tas daan ka Sta. Rosa, meron dun Rose & Grace, try mo...hehe!

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  7. Hello eto na ko! Kaya lang heto nagugutom sa mga sightings ng bulalo mo :(

    Salamat sa pagdalaw sa blog ko and good luck sa tag ni Gracie ;) I followed you on GFC but I think google is retiring GFC soon, so follow na lang tayo on other social media :)

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    1. Hi Balut! haha, napilitan ka ba dahil sa comment ko?. :) I read the news about GFC kaya sige, sa ibang social media din, now following you on twitter. Thanks for visiting... :)

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  8. Bulalo ya-an ah! Uy nanggugutom sya! Sarap nyan, penge tom jones na ako pls! E pano yan mukhang buto nalang natira? Kasya kaya yung tawilis sa ating lahat?

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    1. Ay tama ka diyan, bulalo nga are, kain na...hahahah! Ubos na rin tawilis eh, ala din natira, takaw kami eh...hehe.

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    2. Ang mura pa, very affordable nga. Siyanga pala, you gotta check out my new entry ha? http://graciegoesgaga.blogspot.com/2012/03/surprise-supplies.html, see ya thanks!

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    3. sumingit ako dito sa usapan nyo at baka may give-away ha ha ha.
      nahiya na ako mag comment dun sa thread kay Gracie kasi dalawa na ulet lamang netong si TPW ha ha ha. surrender na ako lol!

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    4. @Balut: hahaha, surrender ka naman kagad eh, kaya pa yan, 2 lang naman pala lamang ko eh, dali pa habulin yun, hahha. Salamat muli sa pagdalaw, add na kita sa blogroll ko. ;)

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    5. Sent you an email, check it out, you forgot something to include e. Thanks!

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  9. It's been a while since I've eaten Bulalo and have been to Batangas! :D Gusto ko rin tuloy ng Bulalo ngayon.. <3 Btw sis, thanks for dropping a comment on my blog and for following on GFC. Followed back! :) I really like your blog!

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    1. Hi Sumi! Satisfy your cravings for bulalo, visit Batangas or Tagaytay this coming weekend, lapit lang naman eh...hehe. Anyways, thanks for visiting and following, too. :)

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  10. Wotwoww,, sobrang namiss q ang bulalong batangas wala aq makita dito sa visayas,,, hayzt pag uwi q sa holyweek nasa list q na ang batangas bulalo wew,,,

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    1. Hi Jeff/TM! So you're from Luzon talaga? Sarap naman ng work mo, daming gala, from Visayas you're now in Mindanao, luzviminda ang gala mo, libre pa, galing! Salamat sa pagdalaw dito, enjoy sa bulalo pag-uwi mo pero hinay-hinay lang ha, baka ma-high blood. hehe...

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  11. i tried rose & grace once but never their bulalo, will try this when we go home this may :) so what did u do with your bbq??

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    1. Hi McRich! My friend had it, satisfied na ko sa bulalo & tawilis eh...hehe!

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  12. ang sarap nito! lalo na kung naulan-ulan at malamig lamig. gooodaaaah! :)

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    1. Korek KM, mas masarap ang bulalo kung umuulan. :)

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  13. Ohh! my! ohhh mY!! ang sarap naman nyan...gusto ko na tuloy umuwi sa pinas ngayon.hehhehe...ang tagal ko nang di nakakain nyan..hehhehe

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    1. uwi na Mhie, pasyal na ulit dito sa Pinas. :)

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  14. Sige Ate, i-bookmark ko yan. Di pa yata ako nakakatikim ng bulalo evar - I`m not sure though. Pero gustong gusto ko i-try yan. Grabe, nagutom ako bigla. Hehe.

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    1. Talaga, di ka pa nakatikim ng bulalo?! you're missing half of your life...hahaha, joke lang, punta ka Batangas/Tagaytay minsan tas try mo, sarap yan, promise. :)

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  15. parang like ko pumunta ng batangas para dyan sa bulalo :D

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    1. Punta na ng Batangas o Tagaytay Donnie, sarap ng bulalo dun. :)

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  16. the place looks vaguely familiar, and i think i have been here once as a side trip too when we went to a beach in Batangas.. oo masarap ang bulalo. favorite ko talaga ito. pero kailangan ko talaga ang marrow, otherwise di ko ma-feel ang bulalo! :D

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    1. Wow naman, you're making/leaving your mark now Gigsterrr, certified blogger!! Welcome to my world, nyahaha (mommy-razz peram ng linya mo..hehe). ;)

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  17. Nakakabata yan, sobrang nakakabata hehehe. Buti na lang walang mga baka sa Samar hehehe. Pero tempting talaga ang bulalo. I used to visit the bulalo stalls in Tagaytay.

    Alis na ako, parang galit na sa akin si twitter bird eh hahaha!

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    1. Nakaka-abala ba si twitter bird Ms. N? sensya na natuwa lang sa makulit na bird...hehe.

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  18. mukang masarap ung bulalo na kaka gutom

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  19. We passed here last time we went to laiya...dapat pala we tried dining in Rose and Grace...sa bulalo really looks good :-)

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  20. Thank you for writing this review a while back! :) We are both happy and humbled that you appreciated our dishes! Our bulalo recipe has been virtually unchanged over the past 45 years and we're happy that the modern diner appreciates our take on bulalo in 2015. We hope to see you soon. :)

    Rose and Grace Restaurant
    https://www.facebook.com/roseandgracerestaurant/

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