The first time I tried Batangas-style lomi was when I was in that city for a work-related trip. I was surprised by how full the dish was of meat and topped with chicharon. I love lomi but, until then, have mainly tried the one with smaller servings of meat and more vegetables. I guess the Batangas version celebrates the livestock industry in the province.
But I loved the Batangas-style lomi the first time I tried it about three years ago. First and last, it turned out. I haven’t been able to find a restaurant or eatery that served it until this year.
When a friend shared photos on Facebook about a Batangas-style lomi being served by an eatery in Lapu-Lapu City, I immediately arranged to try it out.
The eatery is named Lomi Boss, recently opened by new owners who took over the eatery serving the same dish at its current location. It is located on Pusok Road near the St. Dominic Savio School. It’s the road at the back of the Lapu-Lapu City Hall.
The place is unpretentious. It’s just like any regular neighborhood eatery, with several tables for diners. Lomi Boss is open air – which is perfect for the pandemic times that we’re living in.
Marlen and I ordered the lomi and tried out the spicy pancit chami, sisig, and pork belly. The lomi was as good as I remember the one I tried in Batangas. Lomi Boss can claim authenticity in serving Batangas-style lomi. The pansit chami, which I had for the first time, was also delicious. The chami came with a sauce that you could slather into the dish to your spiciness level. It also had minced onions on the side. But I’m the type of diner who doesn’t bother with garnishes and sauces. I take it as is and the pansit chami is delicious as is.
The sisig and pork belly were also good – as good as those you could order in well-known restaurants in Cebu. Even better than some.
But the lomi is the dish it stakes its name on. Even for just that, you’d do well to head to Lomi Boss. And the chami. With the low prices, you can have a feast in Lomi Boss without going broke.
Lomi Boss also delivers. You can place your orders through their Facebook page.