The Famous Batangas Bulalo

On the way home to Manila after a whole week of stressful work in Batangas, I coerced some colleagues to pass by the famous Bulalo place, Rose and Grace Restaurant: The Home of the Famous Batangas Bulalo for a quick dinner, before forging ahead to the potentially unendurable SLEX traffic. The restaurant is just off the entrance to STAR Tollway – no more than 10 minutes away – along Maharlika Hi-way, Sto. Tomas, Batangas.

“Rose and Grace” is a “turo-turo” type restaurant, not too fancy, not too expensive, but there is a lot of variety in the dishes they offer – from meaty dishes like lechon kawali, bulalo and crispy pata, to seafood like squid in oyster sauce, grilled fish, crispy shrimp and the like.

Must try of course, is the famous Special Batangas Bulalo (P350) – a hearty bowl of warm bulalo soup complete vegetables, and a massive portion of beef and bone, just the way bulalo should be. And don’t forget the “utak” or bone marrow – for the ultimate cholesterol high. Haha! Awesome. It is recommended to share – a bowl is good for 2 to 3 people. And for those who love to sip hot bulalo “sabaw”, it’s refillable!

Bulalo-Rose and Grace

With our bulalo, we ordered some Squid in oyster sauce (P220) and some very crunchy Lechon Kawali (P150). Their rice portions are also more than sufficient, and so we found ourselves with stomachs full and happy after dinner.

Squid and Lechon Kawali

Before continuing on our jouney home, we took advantage of the Pasalubong section in Rose and Grace and got some special polvoron, spicy dilis (anchovy) and peanuts with garlic. A quick homage to the statue of the Virgin Mary by the door on the way out, and we were off.

As it turned out, SLEX was heavy with traffic – the trip took longer than expected and so the stopover at Rose at Grace became so much more worth our while. I’m definitely going back again!






34 responses to “The Famous Batangas Bulalo”

  1. jehzlau Avatar

    Wow! Parang gusto ko pumunta ng batangas maka kain lang nyan! hehe

  2. micamyx Avatar

    Matagal ko na tong gustong puntahan pero hindi ako makapunta-punta T_T Sugod tayo mga PG! Ask natin si Benj wehehe ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. elmot l PinoySoundingBoard Avatar

    Wow! Tsarap! Sugod na sa Batangas…

    Ay sa Tagaytay meron din nyan pala!

    By the way, ReyJr, ibang level ka na talaga ah…official PGB ka na!!! Congrats dude!

  4. reyjr Avatar

    @jehz – haha – lapit lang yan – about 20 minutes after you exit SLEX going to Batangas. Hehe.

    @micamyx – Sugod na! Baka maka discount pa tayo (ehem.. Benj..ehem)…

  5. Kelvin Servigon Avatar

    cool, you’re a Patay Gutom blogger now..

    Bulalo is one of my favorites.. masarap din kumain ng tulad nian sa Marikina Riverbanks.. ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Zorlone Avatar


    Astig ang mga shots mo! he he he! At siyempre nakakagutom ang post. Napaglaway din ako. hmmm…

    Libre naman dyan!


  7. reyjr Avatar

    @elmot – Salamat po Kuya elmot. hehe. Tara punta tayo Tagaytay – dami dun masasarap na restoran. =)

    @Kelvin – oo nga, nagulat din ako – pag gising ko na lang isang araw, isa na akong Patay Gutom! haha! Sarap bulalo – lalo na yung may utak. slurp. ๐Ÿ˜€

    @Doc Z – Salamat. Libre kita bulalo. Offer good until today lang ha. hehe!

  8. jehzlau Avatar

    @reyjr – oh? 20 mins? Ganun lang kalapit? Parang pumunta lang ako ng Trinoma nyan ah from EDSA Taft via MRT.. wooooooooot!

    Sana may MRT na to Batangas. hehe

  9. reyjr Avatar

    @jehz – oo nga 20 mins lang – kaya lang ang matagal minsan ay yung SLEX mismo. Heheh. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. dishesandplaces Avatar

    yah, it’s nice to see how rose and grace managed to stay successful through the years. i remember eating there as far back as 30 years ago

    just make sure you ask for the bone when you order. sometimes if you just say “bulalo” you’ll get all laman. and where’s the fun in that? ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. reyjr Avatar

    @dishesandplaces – oops your age is showing. hehe. joke. joke. – – I agree, they’ve been around quite a while, no? I believe I saw branches in Northbound SLEX Total station and one in Laguna.

    Bulalo should be with UTAK! That’s the best part. Yum.

  12. madz Avatar

    Kaya pala nahigh-blood si Rey, LOL!

    Gusto ko ‘yung pasalubong, ‘yung spicy dilis ;D

    1. reyjr Avatar

      @madz Na high blood nga tas hinimatay kaya naospital. lol!
      Si Doc Z ang may kasalanan ng lahat! :p

  13. jan geronimo Avatar

    Tamang tama I’m going home to Mindoro today. Madadaanan ba ito? Malapit sa highway? Ah well – that is kung gising pa ako by the time dumaan ang provincial bus to Batangas pier. lols.

    Congrats, Rey. Lovely post – di lang masarap. Punung puno pa ng katalinuhan pagkakagawa – sa dami ba naman siguro ng yutak ng bulalo na nilantakan mo. Ahehehe.

    1. reyjr Avatar

      Yutak yummy.

      Lolo Jan – coming from Manila, it’s before you enter STAR Tollway – further down the road then turn LEFT at the fork. You will then see it on the right side of the road. ๐Ÿ™‚ Lapit na lang after the left turn.

  14. Jena Isle Avatar

    Hello Rey,

    Mouth watering naman ang mga shots mo – nakakagutom. Patay gutom ka na nga.

    Jehz, honorary member ba siya? Puede ba ako? mahilig din kasi ako sa food, kaya nakikita sa aking pangangatawan- healthy. Tamang tama- dito sa food capital na Pampanga….(kidding) Kaya lang, parang masaydo yatang “ma-cholesterol” and utak para sa akin.

    Anyway, sana makakain nga si Jan on his way home…ang sarap ng mainit na sabaw ng bulalo.

    A well-written post Rey. Bravo!

  15. Dee Avatar

    Sabi ko na nga ba magugutom ako pagdating ko dito! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Wow, I love bulalo! I’ll make a point to try the place when we happen to be in Batangas…

    Oh, and by the way, we’re having bulalo for dinner, just finished cooking it. No kidding! ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. reyjr Avatar

    @Jena Isle – Haha! Hinay hinay lang sa cholesterol. Hehe! Thanks for dropping by!

    @Dee – patikim naman ng bulalo! ๐Ÿ˜€ My mom makes excellent bulalo as well – yummy.

  17. Lyle Avatar

    I just broke my fast. It’s safe to watch the pictures now. Can’t stare at these pictures while fasting hahaha. But nice food review. Yummy!

  18. Lyle Avatar

    And on the other note, di ako pwede masobrahan sa bulalo. Baka ma highblood ako. LAWL

  19. Holly Jahangiri Avatar

    Great post! I had to look this up – you make it sound so delicious, Rey, and unfortunately, I know I won’t be able to try it at Rose & Grace any time soon. I did find a recipe here: Looks good – I’ll have to give it a try!

  20. reyjr Avatar

    @Lyle – How is Ramadan so far? Ramadan Mubarak! Once in a while lang naman ang bulaluhan natin. ๐Ÿ˜€

    @Holly – Wow! It’d be great if you could try it – and tell us what you think. I know you’re a pretty good cook yourself. “Bulalo” is a favorite indulgence of Filipinos (hehe) and should be taken in moderation lest you want a shortcut to the ER! ๐Ÿ˜€

  21. ceblogger Avatar

    wow, sarap naman ng bulalo! nakakagutom! wished to have that for lunch today.

  22. benj Avatar

    Reyjr is part of Pataygutom?! How, why?!

    I love this restaurant. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. reyjr Avatar

    @ceblogger – eto o i send ko sayo! =D +++beam+>>> tanggap mo na?

    @benj –
    Reyjr is part of Pataygutom?! > Yeah, I’m the youngest newest member!
    How, why?! > Er.. coz I’m a patay gutom. doh! :p hehehe!
    I love this restaurant. > :p Of course! The food is great!

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  25. erika Avatar

    hi…=) you should have tried their crispy tadyang ng baka. really REALLY good…! =p

  26. reyjr Avatar

    Hi erika! There’s always a next time! Next time pramis! ๐Ÿ˜€

  27. deng Avatar

    pano kya ng start ung bisnes,can you pls give me a tip on how to start a bulaluhanmatagal ko n pangarap mgka resto n knyan

  28. patty Avatar

    Rose and Grace!

    Whenever we go home to Manila after a Batangas trip, we stop by Rose and Grace. You should’ve also tried their Kare-kare.

    Super sarap

  29. reyjr Avatar

    @deng – better ask Benj instead. lol.

    but seriously, why not start small? There’s a restaurant in UP called “Lutong Bahay” where the actualy restaurant area is just their living room and their garage. That makes for a low startup cost. And if you have a killer Bulalo recipe, then you’re good to go!

    @patty – Thanks for the suggestion patty. OK next time I’ll have some Kare-kare and Crispy Pata. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  30. arturo d. zambrano Avatar
    arturo d. zambrano

    im from mindanao and i wish i could have the same recipe of bulalo from batangas, am lawys traveling to atimonan and eagr to buy that yuro? pls advice.

  31. aajao Avatar



  32. Jean Bolanon Avatar
    Jean Bolanon

    where is it exactly located in tagaytay?

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