The fourth branch of Kuya J Restaurant opened in SM Novaliches last Saturday, October 25, attended by its executives, staff, and celebrities John Prats and sister Camille, as well as brothers Phil and James Younghusband.
Bloggers and members of the press, including PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), were invited to the restaurant opening to try some of their signature dishes.
Kuya J offers Filipino cuisine such kare-kare, crispy pata, caldereta, pochero, and lechon kawali.
The business aims to serve delicious dishes at affordable prices.
Let’s find out if Kuya J lived up to its promise of affordable good food:
Grilled Scallops. This is one of the restaurant’s specialties. Each shell is topped with butter and cheese and then grilled. The popular appetizer is rich in taste and just a bit salty. P210
Chorizo Dinamitas. Finger chilis stuffed with chorizo meat. This spicy dish dipped in a white, creamy sauce packs a real kick. P170
Lumpia Presko. What sets this apart from other fresh lumpia is the filling — sautéed crab meat and bamboo shoots rolled in a thin wrap sprinkled with bits of malunggay and served with garlic sauce. P95
Mangga Tuna Salad. If you like tasty and healthy, this hits the spot. Fresh lettuce, slices of ripe mango, and tuna flakes served with a sweet dressing. P175
Crispy Pata. But is it crispy? You'll know the moment the knife crunches through the meat. The soy sauce dip highlights the dish's finger-licking taste. P485 (Regular) P650 (Family)
Beef Pochero Tagalog. Unlike the usual pochero, the sauce is runny, not thick, and a bit generous. Still, its sweet-sour taste makes up for its shortcomings. P375
Tablea flan w/ Coffee Syrup. Made with Batangas tablea and coffee caramel. A perfect dessert if you want something different but still Pinoy. P85
Mangga cheesecake. This layered dessert has a muscovado graham crust at the bottom and then topped with cream cheese, and fresh Cebu mangoes. Rich, creamy with a sweet-and-sour tang, it's a great way to end a memorable dining experience. P135