I’ve been writing about restaurants since last week (and I still have two more in my drafts plus a couple of travel posts!). Bear with me — I’m just trying to clear my overdue drafts and I’ll be back in regular programming.
A couple of months ago, we had dinner at Kuya J. I’ve been hearing and reading about Kuya J on my social media fans that I just couldn’t resist trying it! The good news? It was so worth it — we had a hearty meal at an affordable price. Read on!
First, here are the interiors at Kuya J, SM Lanang Premier branch.
Interiors are mainly of clean, straight lines with neutral colours. I remember taking a picture of it (but I can’t find it now?), but one wall is lined with shelves (you can see part of it in the first picture) of books and toys. There was a red firetruck that Yuri wanted so badly. I had to convince him that it was glued solid to the shelf…
While waiting for our food, we went outside to watch the mall’s fountain show:
And here’s what we ordered:
I wasn’t able to eat a lot of the ensalada. I love ensalayda, but my dad was enjoying it so much I just gave him my share lol. (There are many things my dad is not allowed to eat.)
Their pinakbet is a winner for me. It was a little on the sweet side, which I am not used to, but I still liked it nonetheless. I love how crisp and flavourful the veggies were!
Honestly there was nothing special about this chicken. It did taste good, but maybe I was just spoiled by Yellow Fin’s greaseless chicken haha. Yuri and my sister enjoyed it though.
I am huge fan of dinuguan so I see to it to always order a dinuguan dish in each restaurant I visit if it’s available. Unfortunately, this fell short of my expectations. If you’re used to the dry kind of dinuguan, you might like this. But my type of dinuguan is the saucy, sour kind with hints of espada sili heat. The meat was tender and crunchy though!
This was hands-down my favourite dish of the night. I love how the combination of soft and gooey and crispy-crunchy textures. It was also really flavourful, with the egg enhancing its appeal. I would still order this next time!
Their leche flan is p-e-r-f. It was supeerrr silky smooth and it was just the right amount of sweet. And for 45 pesos? Win-win!
This dessert was also a winner for me. The contrast between the tangy mangoes and the creamy sweetness of milk and pandan jelly was just awesome. I am a fan of the presentation!
Service in Kuya J, SM Lanang Premier is superb. When we went there, the A/C was not working (it was at the height of the power interruptions in the city). We opted to go to another restaurant instead, but we saw them setting up our table with an electric fan especially directed to us (I think they prioritised us because we had a senior citizen in tow?), and we just didn’t have the heart to turn back after the thoughtful gesture. The wait staff was also generally attentive to all our needs.
PS: Their fan worked greatly haha; we almost didn’t notice there was no A/C!
Location is great especially for Davaenos who frequent SM Lanang Premier. However, if you live quite far, I should say it’s still worth the trip. 😉
Almost everything in the menu is affordable! The servings are not particularly big, but they are not small, too. They are just perfect for a small group. You won’t burn a hole in your pocket eating at Kuya J!
Oh, and here’s the menu. There are quite a lot of pages, so just click on each thumbnail to enlarge.