There's no way you could miss it. People around here talk about it. Drivers point to it like it's an important landmark that must be visited at all cost. When you're hungry and you find yourself in a far-flung town as Liliw, it's Arabela Camello's or bust.
Upon entering the shop, one immediately notices one's head scraping the ceiling. Hmmmm... They're not exactly fond of tall people around here, are they? Well, this is because Arabela was carved out of a house's basement hence the low ceiling. But making up for this little inconvenience (watch out for that beam!) are the shop's bright colors, wonderful collections of knick knacks probably sourced from the owners' travels, paintings, and the multi-colored batibot chairs that make for very comfortable seating. There's also a nice old wooden table at the foyer with magazines to amuse you while you wait for your orders to be served. It wouldn't cost an arm and a leg to dine here, as I soon found out.
For 5 people, we racked up a bill of only Php 810 for four (4) kinds of pasta, one (1) huge pizza for sharing, and five (5) lemon iced teas! The experience: priceless. Forgive me if I am given to cliches lately. I just can't help myself.
The shop is almost always full, I think, judging from the lunch crowd - and this was a Wednesday, mind you! Credit owners Bobby and Tonet Camello for whipping up such heavenly offerings nobody can possibly resist. I am amazed at their business sense, really. Who would have thought a resto like this would be a hit around these parts? (I wasn't being condescending when I said that, hey! The comment is one of true and honest amazement.)
Colorful batibot chairs side by side artworks on walls
I bet Arabela is contributing greatly to Liliw residents' growing girth. Just kidding!
Gaita Fores would be very envious of the Camellos. She's the one on that magazine's cover. She also owns Cibo, Pepato and Cafe Bola back in Manila, but I digress.
ARABELA Camello’s Bakehaus and Coffee Shop
503 Rizal St. Liliw, Laguna.
For inquiries, call (049) 5632495, +639172041447 or +639273860639