Good food, classy ambiance and good old friends spells the difference between fine dining and a memorable one.
After attending a Rizal Blogger and Media event at SM San Mateo, my hubby met with a dear friend, who lives just across SM San Mateo.
I have read a lot about "Kuya J" a restaurant originating from Cebu. Kuya J serves native Filipino dishes. I love Filipino cooking, so decided to meet here.
I was initially taken aback, the restaurant looked rather costly. I was surprise to see that menu options are actually quiet affordable.
(Kuya J's SM San Mateo has elegant and well lighted interiors)
Grilled scallop with cheesy butter topping (P230)
Fritos Dinamitas (P170)
It is a pastry wrap, deep fried jalapeno with Cebu chorizo with cheddar cheese, dipped in garlic mayo.
Lumpia Presko (P95)
Made of sauteed crabmeat and bamboo shoots using malungay infused lumpia wrapper. Something healthy before the sinfully delicious crispy pata.
The famous Kuya J's Crispy Pata (Regular P490 / Family P695)
This is by far one of the best Crispy Pata, I have tasted, real tender and juicy. The meat literally fall off from the bone ~ perfect dipped in vinegar and soy sauce.
Relyenong Talong (P120)
It is a pan-fried talong omelet with ground pork. I am not a real fan of this one, its a little too much pork "giniling" for me. I prefer my torta ~ plain.
Tablea coffee flan (P85) a Batangas tablea flavored flan, topped with coconut sprinkles.
Creamy Mango Pandan (P80)
Look at that wonderful sugar art. Ingenious way to add sugar to a creamy mango pandan.
- Kuya Jay's offers a complete dining experience. I think it is perfect for celebrating special family occasions and welcoming Balikbayans.
- Though they serve known Filipino dishes, Kuya J's version is special and nowhere near ordinary. And food presentation was fancy served on fine plates with heavy utensils.
- Price is reasonable with servings enough for 2-3 hungry pax.
- Service is fast and efficient; Staff are very personable and amiable.
Thumbs Up for Kuya J!
For additional information check their facebook page: Kuya J (SM San Mateo)