It’s truly a memorable experience when you discover a new place that serves good food because it’s not everyday when that happens. When I received an invite to visit Jack Fritos in Angeles Pampanga, I was hesitant at first so I checked on their Facebook page to know more about what kind of food they serve. I saw Bibimbap, Japchae, and a few grilled items that piqued my interest. It’s not a secret that I love Korean food and good Korean food is enough for me to gather up the members of the Adarne family (plus my niece Cyvrine) and drive to Angeles, Pampanga the moment weekend started.
We arrived there at around 3pm and found a cozy, spacious, modern looking place that is very easy on the eyes… almost homey. It doesn’t really look like a Korean restaurant at all. I found out later that the menu wasn’t limited to Korean food, it’s actually a combination of American, Filipino, Japanese, and Korean dishes.
We had Potato Chips (₱95) for starters. Their Potato chips is made from fresh potato with skin on and seasoned with salt and pepper to bring out its natural taste. It’s thicker than commercial potatoes but you’ll be surprised at how crunchy it is.
Guess who took this basket of Potato Chips? Ykaie and Cyvrine, of course! I think I was only able to eat two pieces because they wanted the whole basket all to themselves.
This Beef Mustard Salad (₱285), peanutbutter♥ got all to ourselves. You know how much I love salads — and beef! This is the second time I’ve encountered a salad with beef and I’d say this is much better that the first one. It’s made with fresh romaine, iceberg, and green ice lettuce, cherry tomatoes,and thin slices of cucumber tossed in honey mustard dressing and generously topped with super delicious grilled shortplate strips and alfalfa sprouts. The grilled shortplate strips was perfectly grilled evidenced by its smokey flavor and how tender and juicy it was. The Honey Mustard Dressing didn’t drown out the taste of the salad too. It wasn’t overpowering unlike its mayo-based counterpart, the honey mustard dressing of this salad is more like a sweet and tangy vinaigrette.
Just looking at this Jack Fritos Onion Poutine’s (₱175) photo is making me crave for it. This poutine is made with their house french fries, (also made from fresh potatoes and fried with skin on) that is smothered with beef gravy and onion cheddar sauce. It was served to us freshly cooked and the sauce still hot from the kitchen. At first, I found the sauce to be a little thin but once it cooled down and started to thicken, it began coating each french fry. The gravy and the onion cheddar combination is so flavorful, I had to restrain myself to keep from eating it by the spoonful.
Good thing my attention was diverted to the Japchae (₱295) which I’m sure you all know because it’s a very popular Korean noodle dish. Their version is just how I like my Japchae to be — noodles with a slight shew to the bite, well-seasoned, full- flavored, and freshly cooked.
I just had to take a photo of peanutbutter♥ trying out the Japchae….heehee
Fritos by Jack
My Jack Fritos experience won’t be complete without the “Fritos” or the fried food. They pride themselves of their fried food because it’s healthier than the usual. I was told they use a special fryer to keep it from being too oily.
We tried a sampler of their fried chickens: Original Fried Chicken, Spicy Fried Chicken, Honey Garlic Fried Chicken, Sweet Cashew Nut Fried Chicken, and Curry Fried Chicken. These are available in either 6 pieces (₱360) or 12 pieces (₱580) serving and all served with Crispy Potato Fries and Korean radish Pickles.
The Original Fried Chicken is coated in a special breading that is infused with herbs and spices then deep-fried to a crisp. The inside remained juicy and tender, though.
Jack Fritos wasn’t kidding with the Spicy Fried Chicken! It had me sweating and scrambling for my drink. It has a slightly sweet taste too which makes it quite addictive while making your mouth feel like on fire.
The Honey Garlic Fried Chicken is the most popular one with the kids because of it’s sweet and garlicky flavor.
I find the Sweet Cashew Nut Fried Chicken very unique because of it’s pesto-based sauce and the cashew nut bits. It’s my first time to encounter friedn chicken and nut combination.
The Curry Fried Chicken is a blend of Indian and Japanese curry. Thick curry sauce is poured on top of crispy fried chicken — I’d say this is one chicken flavor I’d love to eat with rice.
This Classic Whole Fried Chicken (₱550) is as good as fried chicken gets. It is fresh whole chicken, seasoned and deep-fried to achieve the crispy skin and tender juicy flesh and served with Fresh Potato Chips, Spicy Kyushu Sauce, Chicken Gravy and Korean Radish Pickles. Their Kyushu sauce is a soy based Japanese Sauce that is soooo good with this fried chicken.
This is what Cyvrine loved among all the fried chickens. She prefers it without sauce, though. That should tell you this fried chicken is great even without the sauce.
Grilled Food Items from Jack Fritos
The grilling station is located outside in the al fresco area. I’m thinking many grilling moments happen here mostly during night time.
The Jack Fritos Classic Burger (₱225) is one of the most popular item in the menu and you know why? It is made with 100% beef patty that is grilled to perfection. Grilling is carefully timed and the patty is basted regularly to ensure that you’re getting a juicy, tender, flavorful burger.
After grilling it is placed inside a buttered and toasted bun, layered with a slice of tomato, caramelized onion, cheese, and generously slathered with thyme mayo and ketchup. You have the option to add bacon (+₱50) or egg (+₱30) if you want.
For those who want their burgers but doesn’t want burger patties, then they can opt for the Jack Fritos Steak Burger (₱275) which has grilled beef strips instead. But just like the burger patty, grilling the beef is also timed to make sure they’re serving juicy and perfect beef strips.
After grilling it is placed inside a buttered and toasted bun, layered with a slice of tomato, caramelized onion, cheese, and generously slathered with thyme mayo and ketchup.
Teriyaki SamGyupSal (₱280/250g) is thicker than the usual SamGyuSal I’m used to. It is also very tender, well-marinated , and grilled to perfection. Tell me, who doesn’t love grilled pork belly with a kiss of teriyaki flavor?
Of course with all these delectable food, we’ll need something to down them…
Bottomless House Iced Tea (₱85) is brewed iced tea with hint of lemon.
I think this Strawberry Shake (₱110) is made from ice cream but I detect something yogurt-y…
Same with the Mango Shake (₱110).
Jack Fritos opened in July of this year but they already acquired many regular customers because of their good food, great service, and friendly staff. Their store is located at Stall No 6 – Building B – F / F Don Juico Ave. Malabanias, Angeles City. It’s near EuroAsia Hotel and right across from SM City Clark. For deliveries, you can call them at: 09153887000(G) / 09398947000(S). They also deliver within Timog, Quezon City and you can call them at: 411 2539.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/j.fritos