Zola Restaurant and Cafe

Location: Dagupan

Zola Cafe and Restaurant is a casual, urban hip place located in Dagupan City.

The Asian Inspired Lamp

Facade-wise, Zola looks like a typical red and black themed restaurant. The Japanese inspired signage is a nice touch, reminding every customers who enters its doors that the management means business.

The interior of the restaurant is familiar and cozy. The light fixtures that hangs on the restaurant’s ceiling is evidence that the management didn’t leave anything to chance when they designed the place.

From the looks of their furniture inside, the management wants its customers to relish their dining experience. They also have a super fast internet Wi-fi connection that will surely attract those people who can’t leave their house without hauling their laptops or netbooks.

The Interior

Garlic and Mushroom Soup

For my appetizer, I ordered their garlic and mushroom soup. The creamy soup has a distinctive quality that adds piquancy. It’s a simple soup that will surely get your appetite going. It is very light, and it has a gentle aroma that is unmistakably pinoy. The soup is garnished with fried garlic, and garlic oil to give it a little kick.

Their version of sizzling pork sisig is not that special, but its not bad. I wish they could have added something more, something distinct.

Sizzling Pork Sisig Sisig is a Filipino delicacy that is made of pork, beef, or chicken marinated in soy sauce. It is sautéed in onion, garlic, and spices. Different restaurants have their way of cooking this food, some even have their own family secret recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation.

Because the food is so common in the Philippines, its very hard to find a place where the perfect sisig is being cooked and served.


The calamares was served in a dish with tartar sauce dip, and garnished with shredded cabbage.

The dish was OK. But there’s nothing special about it. I’ve had better calamari before.

I don’t really get the point of the shredded cabbage in a calamari plate. I think it would be better if they just put lemon slices instead of shredded vegetable leaves.

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu Chicken Cordon Bleu

For my main course, I ordered the chicken cordon blue. The dish is a popular boneless chicken rolled out in breading and stuffed with cheese and ham. Chicken cordon bleu is either baked or fried.

Zola’s version of the popular diner dish is excellent. The chicken is cooked to perfection, and the cheese inside it was just awesome. I don’t know what that yellow stuff was doing there, but I couldn’t care less. What ever that stuff was, I’m glad that it’s there because it gives the dish that extra something that I couldn’t really explain.

Their wait staff were all very cordial and they made us feel welcome, which is a big plus.

So, if you are only going for the good food, you won’t get disappointed but it’s more about the atmosphere than anything else in Zola.

Cheat Sheet

Location: Dagupan
Bring: PHP 400
Connectivity: Free Wi-fi
Smoking Area: Yes
Alcohol: Yes

Zola Restaurant and Cafe Zola Restaurant and Cafe Reviewed by Wicked Sago on 9:17:00 AM Rating: 5


  1. the food look tasty...
    i think there will be lots of customer enjoy the place there since they provide free wifi and smoking area... good for those who enjoy to hang out with some beer buddies...

    btw, thanks for ur kind comment ya! will follow ur blog :D

  2. Those foods looks tasty with those sauces. Making me drooling already. I love things with a lot of sauce. :D

    Regards from cr3ap

  3. Oh my, I didn't realise you could eat like this in Dagupan (yeah, i'm ignorant like that sometimes.hehehe).

  4. Oh my, I didn't realise you could eat like this in Dagupan (yeah, i'm ignorant like that sometimes.hehehe).

  5. yeah, there are plenty of nice restaurants to dine in dagupan. you just have to know where to look. :)

  6. i love a good sauce too. thanks for the comment cr3ap. i really appreciate you visiting my blog.

    PS: you have a really weird nickname.

  7. hey henry, thanks for the follow.

    yes, it seems like more and more establishments are installing free wifi nowadays. seems like its attracting different breeds of customers.

  8. nice blog here!
    pls visit and follow my blog

  9. Bring: PHP 400 --> good for 6bottles san mig light and P200 worth of pulutan. ayos la tan!


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