One of my best memories with my kuya when I was a child was when he cooks comfort food for me and my ate during rainy days. My brother and I have a 13-year gap and even with that kind of gap, we became really close. He even takes me on dates when I was 10 – we watched movies and ate out. That’s our favorite activity — eating really good food.
That was how I perceived Kuya J when I first heard about it. Kuya J is everybody’s kuya — someone who will cook good food for you, somewhere to go to when you want to celebrate, someone to introduce to friends, someone who has to be there during family dinners. What can I say, I love my kuya and I found a new kuya in Kuya J!
Kuya J Restaurant has already been making noise around the net for serving superb Pinoy dishes. Last September 14, I was able to try if for myself when they welcomed their new celebrity endorser Jericho Rosales at their Megamall Branch! Yes, even their endorser’s name starts with “J”.
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Chef Sheena Koseki also graced the event and discussed several items from the menu! Everything they offer was delicious pinoy fare we are all familiar with but somehow Kuya J cooked and presented it in a way that made me feel like I’m meeting those dishes for the first time.
They have several drinks on the menu but I chose the Cucumber Shake which turned out to be a refreshing beverage.
They served us two kinds of appetizers that evening. The first one was the Grilled Scallops (₱230) which was cheesy and buttery. I think I could finish off a plate of this in one sitting! It was really good and could easily become your favorite at Kuya J’s.
Second was the Chorizo Dinamitas (₱ 170) which was not too spicy but equally flavorful.
These appetizer just prepared our tastebuds for all the wonderful dishes that followed….
Lumpia Presko (₱ 95) – a healthier version of fresh lumpia that’s made up of sautéed crabmeat and bamboo shoots all wrapped inside a malunggay infused wrapper.
Sizzling Sisig with Egg (₱190) – one of the best sisig I’ve tried that’s made up of crispy pork belly
Humbinagoongan Rice Platter (₱175) – tasty bagoong rice topped with pork humba, green mango, belle peppers, and onion slices.
Danggit Rice Platter (₱175) – this has got to be the best tasting fried rice I’ve tried! It’s filled with none other than danggit bits and that’s what makes it fantastic.
Kare-Kare (₱399) – Kuya J’s Kare-Kare is made with tender oxtail with a peanut sauce so creamy and buttery, you surely won’t get enough of.
This Crispy Catfish (₱295) is battered and then deep-fried. It is served with chili tuba sauce and bagoong mayo.
Pochero Bulalo Tagalog (₱375) – slow-cooked tender beef shank in rich tomato sauce. Need I say more? Pochero is one of my favorite dishes!
Kuya’s version of Pinakbet (₱170) is how all Pinakbet should be cooked!
Bam-I (₱185) – sotanghon and egg noodles cooked with shrimp, squid balls,and fresh veggies.
And now, the star of the evening and our most awaited ULAM of all — Jericho Rosales!!!!
Just kidding. It’s none other than Kuya J’s Crispy Pata, of course!
Kuya J’s Crispy Pata (Regular ₱490 | Family ₱695) is perfectly deep-fried. It has über crispy skin and juicy meat. It’s Kuya J’s specialty, after all.
Jericho was even game enough to cut and serve the Crispy Pata!
A perfect evening deserves a perfect ending — desserts!
Mango Pandan (₱80) – Creamy pandan and sweet mango topped with sugar floss!
I find this Tablea Coffee Flan (₱85) so unique. It’s Batangas tablea flavored flan with coffee caramel sauce and sprinkled with dried coconut on top. If you’re not into chocolate and coffee, then opt for the classic, all time favorite Leche Flan (₱50).
If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can try the Cebuano Mangga Cheesecake (₱130) and the Fried Halo-Halo with Vanilla Ice Cream (₱135).
Kuya J Restaurant has a clean, homey, relaxing vibe for everyone to enjoy… I can’t wait to bring my family and my sister here.
It was nice that I was able to have a photo opp with Jericho and fellow bloggers during the event.
Visit Kuya J Restaurant at the ground floor of SM Megamall.