Café Juanita: Classic Filipino Dishes With A Flair

A sinigang (specifically Corned Beef Sinigang) craving one rainy night has led us to Café Juanita at Burgos Circle. The restaurant boasts of superb Filipino dishes with a certain flair that landed them a feature in Time Travel.

In a sea of modern, clean, contemporary restaurant design nowadays, the eclectic interiors of Café Juanita is actually a good breather. The place is overflowing with virtu that gives a lot of character to the area. The interior is like Arabian Nights meets fortune-teller tent. The crystal and gypsy chandeliers are a sight to behold. 

Gambas ala Jillo PhP 237

Succulent shrimps swimming in the delicious garlic herbs and spices sauce. 

Chicharon Bulaklak  PhP 229

Chicharon bulaklak is one of the reasons why we love being Filipinos. This fine heart attack inducing Filipino delicacy is epic beyond proportions. Contrary to popular belief, this one is made from the porcine omentum and not intestines. Omentum is a tissue located underneath the muscles where fat is stored. In humans, it is referred to as beer gut.

Cafe Juanita's chicharon bulaklak has less of the chewy part (inner) and more of the crispy part (outer) which we love! 

Corned Beef Sinigang  PhP497

Corned Beef Sinigang is a dish that will win every Filipino's heart. The perfect mix of the sourness of the soup and the saltiness of the cured beef was magnificent! One cup of rice will not be enough with this kind of sinigang! 

They adjust the level of sourness and saltiness of the soup according to your preference. You'll be asked to take a sip of the soup before the dish is served.

Tanigue Tail  PhP 498
The Tanigue Tail's fried to perfection. It was golden crispy on the outside and tender on inside. The juicy meat becomes heavenly when mixed with the ensaladang magga, bagoong, and tomato salsa.

Ginataang Gulay  PhP 258
We like that the Guinataang Gulay's sauce had the right kind of thickness. The whole dish was a combination of rich flavor and texture. 

Lapu-Lapu with Tamarind Sauce PhP 548
One of Café Juanita's signature dishes is the Lapu-Lapu with Tamarind Sauce. Crispy fillet dipped in the tangy, sweet, and a bit spicy sauce concoction is really something to rave about. 

Two-way Pork Adobo Ribs PhP 495
We like the tenderness of the ribs and the richness of the sauce. Again, the texture is worth the extra commendation. The crispy adobo flakes makes a distinct difference to this Filipino favorite.

Crispy Pata PhP 645
The Crispy Pata would have been really great had the skin been crispy. The meat was a bit dry too. We ordered two of this and they both turned out the same.

Sisig on Tofu  PhP 345
My husband who considers tofu as an enemy gave two thumbs up to Café Juanita's Sisig on Tofu. The otherwise cholesterol pumped dish is given a "healthy" (and delicious) twist with the addition of tofu.

Apologies for not giving justice to the dishes through photographs. I am aware that using flash is a no-no.  I'm still in the process of learning the fine art of photography. I'm hoping to become better in five years time. 

A taste of Café Juanita's dishes will bring out a sense of patriotic feeling in you. They make the Filipino cuisine stand out. Their dishes puts truth in the statement that award winning chef  Andrew Zimmern made - Filipino food "is going to be the next big thing"!

Quality: 4/5
Service: 5/5
Price: 4/5
Ambiance: 5/5
Cleanliness: 4/5

Café Juanita
Burgos Circle
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 403-1952
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-2pm
                                Mon-Sun 6pm-10pm

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