Kuya J

Fox Square Bldg., 53 Connecticut St., Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila

Kuya J
3.0 Stars

6 Reviewers

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AlwaysHungryPh P.
3.0 Stars

Kuya J is one franchise that continues to expand, being a threat to a number of established casual dining Filipino brands. They are present not only in malls but also outside of it. It showcases a combination of our favorites and some with their own renditions.

One reason for a 3.0. It wasn’t a full house but we waited more than 30 minutes to eat. This is just a bigger thing because I was actually hungry. Good thing, everything came out in one go.

The Pochero Bulalo had ample tender beef portions and sweet potatoes but lacking other vegetables. Its soup although delicious should have been thicker. I was hoping for that dense slurp.

Sizzling Seafood wasn’t exactly Filipino but I liked its spicy sweet flavors. The only downside was value. Too expensive for a few pieces of shrimps, squid and fish.

Chicken Barbecue lacked its purpose. Outside was burnt, inside bland without much barbecue presence. For its price it was expensive because its only a quarter.

Pinakbet was good. It was not your very salty vegetable with powerful shrimp paste. It was quite light and fresh. The sauce though was watery and had unnecessary amounts of fat from pork.

For desserts, skip the water chestnuts. Nothing interesting except the way it looks. The Mango Cheesecake though was surprisingly appetizing. It has a nice contrast of sweet with sourness of mango, rich salty cheese and grainy texture of graham as its crust.

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Manila E.
4.0 Stars

I know Kuya J has been in Manila for quite sometime, but only got to try this one out over the weekend and it was great! Quirky interiors and food was flavorful and delicious which is highly recommended and ideal for group sharing.

What we ordered:
Medley of Palabok + Halo-Halo
Squid rings calamares
Chorizo dinamitas

Not a fan of their halo-halo since I find it very rich and too sweet. But perfectly fried calamares and dinamitas! Sulit since we even ordered some shakes too. For merienda, this is is a big win for me and my folks. The cherry on top of this experience is that we only spent roughly P800. I would be back and try their grilled and sizzling dishes. Heard their bulalo is a must try.

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Aldwin D.
4.0 Stars

I thought we will be served with Kuya J's typical small serving last night. But I was wrong with the appetizers. Chorizodinamita (Kuya J original menu) and Calamares is enough to feed a group of 5 person. Taste is also good. The staff is very helpful. Pork sinigang and garlic rice is just plain normal though.

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Will C.
1.0 Stars

My first experience with kuya j was good and it was at another branch. Saw this branch just opened so we decided to dine here instead of other options like tuanx2 and others.

We ordered karex2 bagnet but was given bagnet only instead, we were hoping that karex2 would be a nice mix to our meal since other dish was a grilled one. But then it was already served and were very hungry so we just accepted it, the one that really makes this a terrible experience was the other dish (tuna belly) that really stinks, the more that were closing in on the belly the more the smells worsened. We call the attention of the server and they acknowledge the smell while offering us if we want to order another dish which at that time we already lost our appetite.

We ask for an explanation but all of them were clueless. Since we already consume some part of it, we ask if they could provide us some report so that if ever something happened to us, there would be a baseline on what happned that night, we were played along that night as they shifted from they will produce a report to not wanting to do one. We later learn from the one in charged that night that there were similar incidents like these happened on other branches. 128544

And lastly it was a tasteless remark from their server to tell us that the fish was almost finished when we call their attention. It was consumed 1/4 and we call their attention afterwards. Such @$$//_&.

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Muffy T.
2.0 Stars

Heard good things about Kuya Js and i was excited to try it out. Ordered what we were craving for: crispy pata, tokwa't baboy, and chorizo fried rice.

Quite a few items were not available so we settled for the chorizo rice. It really wasnt "chorizo" as it was just sweet ground pork mixed in orange rice. Serving was adequate, but it wasnt savoury enough.

Expected the classic "bits of pork and tofu swimming in a sweet-salty-sour sauce" tokwat baboy; but got the pretentious version of it. This dish was oddly plated and disappointing. Tofu was sooo dry and there was very little pork. The sauce was also more like sweet soy sauce - it was over reduced and the flavours were not balanced.

The crispy pata was the only good thing we experienced from Kuya Js that night. Flavourful, crispy, and tender! Unfortunately, it wasnt enough to change how i felt about the place.

Overall, food was so-so and service wasnt all that good either. Theres a reception area without a receptionist to seat you. The servers had no idea what was available and what wasnt; and they were a bit slow to respond to our needs even though there were only 3 tables occupied. Nobody smiled either, and they seemed pretty bummed to be there.

Had high hopes, and i guess today just wasnt anybodys day.

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Alexandra N.
3.0 Stars

Service was super slow 128566

Food was okay

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