Carinderia crawl: Carol's Eatery on Retiro Avenue, QC

By Lester Babiera, Coconuts Manila

Posted at Mar 25 2014 01:08 PM | Updated as of Mar 26 2014 06:58 PM

Jerry Razon, 45 years old, has been a barber for about 25 years.

He says he did not have a formal training and mastered the skill through experience; his father taught him the trade. The Pampanga local recalls that when he was young, he traveled a lot with his scissors so that he could cut hair and earn money while enjoying new sights. Razon now works at Roy’s Barber Shop along Retiro Avenue in Quezon City.

On this installment of Carinderia Crawl, he goes to Carol’s Eatery and orders the Ilocano vegetable dish dinengdeng and fried lapu-lapu (grouper).

What’s nice about Carol’s Eatery is that they know how to please their customers. Even though many orders are coming during lunch time, they still deliver the food quickly. The carinderia also knows how to present their dishes well and they keep their space clean.

Razon liked the dinengdeng because, he says, it tasted different from what he's used to eating in Pampanga. He also commends the fried lapu-lapu because it is freshly cooked and not oily. According to him, the combination of dinengdeng and lapu-lapu with atchara was a good choice for lunch.

WHAT HE ATE: Dinengdeng, lapu-lapu with atchara and two cups of rice for P140.

WHAT HE THINKS: He could taste the different flavors of each vegetable used in dinengdeng, while the lapu-lapu with atchara, though it tasted ordinary, was still noteworthy because of the big serving portion.

WORDS OF WISDOM: “Masama ang loob ko sa ‘kwentong barbero’ kasi wala namang taong perpekto. Ang ibig sabihin kasi noon, kapag barbero ka, sinungaling ka na. Hindi naman lahat ng barbero sinungaling.”

Carol’s Eatery, 21 CDC corner Labo Sts, La Loma, Quezon City; +63 2 5163309. Monday to Saturday, 9am to 9pm.

Roy’s Barber Shop, 75 Retiro St, La Loma, Quezon City. Daily from 7am to 10pm.

Read more Carinderia Crawl stories at the Coconuts Manila website:

KC Tapsilogan at Lugawan on P. Noval St, Sampaloc, Manila

Menes Eatery on E. Remigio Street, Manila

Juan Spoon Eatery on Edison Street, Makati

15th Avenue Carinderia in Cubao, Quezon City