Kuya J, one of the fastest rising Filipino restaurants in the Philippines, is the latest restaurant to open in SM Megamall. It is formerly known as "Ang Kan-anan ni Kuya J". It started as a humble eatery along the streets of Cebu. But with its undeniably delicious dishes, words quickly spread around town and it instantly became one of Cebu's favorite restaurants. Luckily, I had a chance to partake its scrumptious food last Monday night along with good friends from the blogging industry.
I seldom accept event invites these days due to conflicting schedules but I found myself giving my "Yes!" so I can meet in person the one and only, Jericho Rosales- Kuya J's "Bidang Endorser" and at the same time, taste the scrumptious dishes at Kuya J.
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The restaurant is spacious and well-lit. Tables are well organized, there are several round tables, square table and tables with couches on the side. The staff was very welcoming and I felt right at home.
I was seated with fellow moms and lifestyle bloggers and the following mouthwatering dishes were served to us...
|Grilled Scallops Php 230|
Kuya J's Grilled Scallops is undoubtedly one of its best sellers! Each scallop is filled with cheesy butter topping. It is so delicious, one scallop is not enough!
|Chorizo Dinamitas with Garlic DIp Php 170|
At first, I was afraid to touch Chorizo Dinamitas, thinking it would be too hot for me to handle. When my fellow moms started to ooh and aah at the same time, I decided to give it a try. Surprisingly, it was neither hot nor spicy. It was, in fact, delectable especially when dipped in garlic mayo.
|Lumpia Presko Php 95|
A Kuya J Signature, Lumpia Presko is very filling. Crabmeat and bamboo shoots were sauteed then rolled in malunggay-infused wrapper. The dish is served with sweet garlic sauce on the side. One piece is perfect for a health-conscious mama like me.
|Kare-kare Php 399|
Kare-kare is a staple dish in every Filipino home and at Kuya J restaurant, they served it in traditional style with reinvented peanut sauce to boot!
|Humbinagoongan Rice Platter Php 175|
For meat lovers, this Humbinagoongan Rice Platter is a meal in itself. Binagoongan humba meat was aplenty with green mangoes, bell peppers and red onions on top of sinangag!
|Danggit Rice Php 175|
For certified rice eaters, this is a must-order when dining at Kuya J. The sinangag is topped with danggit bits, chives and 3-pcs. of fried danggit on top. Perfect for Juan and all!
|Crispy Catfish Php 295|
Crispy Catfish is also good. I just don't like taking out all the fish bones!
And just when I thought that every food was already served, Jericho Rosales came out with a tray of Kuya J's Crispy Pata.
|Kuya J's Crispy Pata Family Php 695|
Oh, my! How do I describe Kuya J's Crispy Pata? Let me begin with its perfectly deep-fried pork skin, there's a crunch in every slice! The tender and juicy pata meat is so tasty, you won't be needing the sauce on the side. It's so crispy-licious!
Crispy Pata is also available in Regular size for only Php 490.
While Jericho was table-hopping, I could not pass up the chance to have my photo taken with him. So here's our keso moment...
There are more food that I can handle that night so I promise to be back at Kuya J so I can taste the following dishes....
|Sizzling Pork Sisig with Egg Php 190|
Sizzling Pork Sisig with Egg is an all-time Filipino favorite and it's also one of the best sellers in Kuya J. It is a dish of sizzling, crispy and crumbly chopped pork belly. Thank goodness, there's no chopped pig's face and ears involved!
|Pochero Bulalo Tagalog Php Php 375|
I like the saging na saba in this pot of Pochero Bulalo Tagalog. There's also corn, kamote and Baguio beans.
|Bam-I Php 185|
Bam-I has sotanghon and egg noodles mixed with pork belly strips, squid balls, shrimp, squid and fresh greens.
And for the finale, presenting the desserts...
|Mango Pandan Php 80|
Oh my, I sure made room for dessert! I finished an entire cup of Mango Pandan. I can't resist the mango and pandan cubes in creamy sauce. It's so yummy!
|Cebuano Mangga Cheesecake Php 130|
This Cebuano Mangga Cheesecake has layers of muscovado graham crust, cream cheese and fresh mangoes on top!
|Tablea Coffee Flan|
If you want to taste Batangas tablea, order Kuya J's Tablea Coffee Flan. It has coffee caramel topped with dried coconut sprinkles and cream.
|Fried halo-Halo with Ice Cream on the side Php 135|
For a unique dessert with a Filipino twist, order Fried Halo-halo. It has ube, white beans, corn, nata de coco, langka and brown beans with whipped cream and ice cream on the side.
|Leche Flan Php 50|
If you like traditional dessert, you can never go wrong with Kuya J's Leche Flan with classic caramel sauce.
I can't believe I have tasted all these mouthwatering food in one night! Thanks Kuya J for inviting me over. I sure had so much fun with the salo-salong sarap at Kuya J!
Kuya J is located at LG Floor, SM Megamall Building A.
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