Yours truly with the Younghusband brothers James and Phil during the opening of Kuya J Restaurant
MY KUYA J HAS JUST ARRIVED
I have no Kuya, because I’m the eldest amongst the males in the family. So no Kuya cooks from home except , me. I thought, maybe it would be great to have a Kuya who will protect you and will cook for you and the entire family once in a while especially when there are family gatherings and celebrations.
Today, I am happy to note that a “Kuya” has just arrived in Bacolod City to cook for every Negrenses.
Fresh Fruit Shakes
Kuya J , a casual dining restaurant serving Filipino cuisines has just opened at SM City Northwing their 27th of the 100 outlets they plan to open in 2015. We were lucky to be amongst the first to try their food and brand of service in Bacolod City.
The opening ceremony was attended by the local officials, people from the media, Negros Bloggers ,Skyscrapers and friends.The Younghusband brothers James and Phil flew in to Bacolod City to grace the event.
Grilled Scallops topped with butter and cheeze
Now the food tasting…I’m sorry, that was food indulging. Lol.
As soon as we were seated their waiters who were very nice started to get our orders for drinks. All bloggers at the table ordered for fresh fruit shakes. I tried first their water melon shake and found it to be very refreshing. As we take our drink the ribbon cutting and a short program begin.
After a while, the first food was served. This time we have been trying their Grilled scallops topped with butter and cheese. The Grilled scallops were simply yummy. Another starter Chorizo Dinamitas was served just in time that we’re done with the scallops. It’s red chilly filled with chorizo, fried and served with special sauce. The Chorizo Dinamitas was not really that hot, especially when dipped in a sauce, but it gives you a distinct bite on your last chew.
Then the Pochero Tagalog was served. I love sweets so each time I cooked my own pochero, I really put a lot of bananas and sugar. Kuya J’s pochero tagalog has a hint spiciness . I can feel the taste of the pepper. But the meat was really tender and nice. The serving was good for 2-3 persons , but there were 6 of us in the table, so I was not able to have enough of the soup, but it’s okay because another dish came as soon as I had my last sip.
Then my most favorite of all the Kare Kare and Bagoong Rice. What I love most about Kuya J’s Kare Kare was the level of thickness and consistency of the soup. Fellow blogger Runel of AdventureToTheMax.Com and a co-writer of TopOnMyList.Com, had really enjoyed the Kare Kare . The bagoong that goes with it was just perfect. I should say that the perfect partner for the Kare kare was the Bagoong Rice topped with bagnet, strips of green mangoes,green and red pepper and slice onions.
More dishes came, the Pinakbet ,CrispyPata and Crispy Catfish. Fellow blogger Martin of Foodunters.Com vowed to return for the Crispy Catfish served with tuba-soy sauce and bagoong mayo. I seemed to feel that each one of us in the table has its own favorite, but everyone simply love Kuya J’s Crispy Pata. I have noticed that while Kuya J served the common Filipino Dishes they had added some twist on its preparation especially on its sauces and deeps which really enhances the flavor of the food.
Finally, we also had the chance to taste the favorite” Panghimagas” (desserts) ni Kuya. The Mango Pandan which was similar to our common Buko Pandan and an exciting Fried Halo-Halo with Vanilla Ice Cream , the usual Halo halo ingredients such as ube, white beans, corn, nata de coco, langka and brown beans were wrapped in batter and flash-fried, then served with whipped cream and vanilla ice cream on top.
That was indeed an enjoyable gastronomic experience at Kuya J. With the kind of food that they serve and their price range, I’m sure that this restaurant will be here to stay. Kuya J. ikaw na ang masarap!
The Negros Bloggers with Phil and James Younghusband