Kuya J

3/F SM City Sta. Mesa, Ramon Magsaysay Blvd. cor. Araneta Ave., Sta. Mesa Heights, Quezon City, Metro Manila

Kuya J
3.9
4.0 Stars

16 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 5
  • 4 stars 6
  • 3 stars 4
  • 2 stars 1
  • 1 star 0
  • 17 Reviews
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  • 16 Reviewers
Category:
Filipino
Business Hours
Reopens: 10:00a - 9:00p
Phone
+6322548148

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Monday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Thursday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Friday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Saturday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p

Payment Options

Cash, MasterCard, Visa

Most Recent Reviews

Camille S.
3.0 Stars
4

First to arrive among our orders is the Kuya J’s Bulalo. It came in an uneven bowl and extra pitcher of soup. It was good that they prepare extra soup but I’m not sure if you can request for more. The beef was not tender and I hard a hard time slicing it. The vegetables were just okay. For me, the soup lacked a bit of saltiness into it. Knowing that this is their signature dish, they might want to review how it is cooked/done.

We also ordered Sizzling Sisig with Egg and Sizzling Pork Chops. The sisig was good and the serving was good enough for at least 3 people. It was not crunchy and the meat was so delicious. It was so flavorful that you 1 cup of rice might not be enough. Haha. The pork chops were big, thick and tender. The meat is a lot better than the one in the Bulalo because this was easier to slice and bite. The Bistek-style sauce was okay, too.

The place was a bit cramped also. The tables and chairs were so close to each other and a lot of kids almost bumped into the waiters.

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Alexandra N.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Chelsea D.
3.0 Stars

Kuya J Halo halo @ 99.00

After our dinner at Yasuo, we went to Kuya J for dessert. I was not happy, mixing was a struggle! I guess the shaved ice was too compact. It wasn't creamy at all. *cries*

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Rosey D.
4.0 Stars

Dinner with my kids and line was a bit long but only waited for 10mins or so. We ordered ginataang monggo (not in this photo), their specialty sisig pork, lumpiang gulay, 4 cups of rice.

My kids loved the new twist of ginataang monggo that I usually cooked at home. The gata made additional flavor with a crunchy chicharon on it. The sisig pork was crunchy, the way we liked it. Also liked the lumpia but thought it would be served 2 pcs haha just how it presented it their menu. Bitin for 1 piece but since it was only me who ate it so ok na rin.

We wanted to try their dessert but it wasn't available that time. The place was crowded that time and lots still a long que waiting outside to think it was already 8pm. Price of food are affordable and caters Filipino dishes, maybe it's the reason why a lot of diners are coming out here.

Will be back I guess to try their other specialties.

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Faith M.
3.0 Stars
2

We ordered the Sizzling Pork Steak, 3 cups of rice and a pitcher of Iced Tea.

Sizzling Pork Steak - They used porkchops for these.m, put them on a sizzling plate, they just added some onion springs and toasted garlic and there you go, sizzling porkchops. 128514 there's nothing special or some unforgettable flavors in this dish, actually, you can also make this at home. 128514 in fairness huh, the chops are tender!

The Staff - Attentive naman sila. Sa sobrang attentive nila binigay na nila agad yung bill namin kahit hindi pa namin hinihingi. 128514 hindi naman crowded yung place or may pila. Wala lang, attentive lang talaga sila. 128514

Will I go back? - Maybe yes, to try their other specialties pero my friend keep on telling me na wala namang masyadong special or masarap sa Kuya J.

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Ann Valerie R.
3.0 Stars

I am a dessert lover but this dessert is not a thumbs up for me. Mas masarap pa ang mango in a jar ng chef kally dito.

Maasim ang mangga
Maasim pa creamcheese
Edi tofal eh maasim na lahat
I tasted that before having the crushed graham with sugar at the bottom
What i like about this is the cool spoon that looks a bit weird at first but it cathed my eyes like i want to bring them home and display it bwahahaha!

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Cyrill Jane A.
5.0 Stars

Traditional Filipino food witH a twist. Kare kareng Bagnet the best and also the desserts, especially the tablea coffee flan. Perfect! 9996

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Chelsea D.
4.0 Stars

When your dorm mate was that generous to treat us here!

Loved their sizzling sisig!

Everything we tried was good!—Sinigang na Bangus, Sizzling Sisig and Grilled Boneless Bangus.

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North R.
2.0 Stars

The service is bad! Or was our waiter just plain dumb? He missed several orders which had to be corrected. Di tuloy ako nag-iwan ng tip.

The palabok is the worst I have ever tried. Walang lasa! Lumpiang ubod was bland as well.

Saving grace lang yung crispy pata which was excellent but overall the reto is still not worth the money para sa akin.

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Pamela M.
4.0 Stars

I love the ambiance and the food definitely!! 128525 Kuya J was newly established during the time of our visit and since were planning to have our dinner we decided to try try Kuya J. 128522

We did not regret having to dine here coz guess what their food was really great they offer good Filipino dishes!! 128069

We had their Gambas it was spicy tho so if you're not a lover of spicy foods then you may ask the server to adjust the level of spiciness that'll suit your taste. 128513

We also had their Crispy Pata served on a board for easy cutting. 128077 It was very crunchy while the meat was very tender. 128522

Ampalaya con carne was also good! 128513 then lastly we had the Baked Oysters very delish indeed!! Hihi! 128522

The stay was very sulit + budget friendly and also it's good for sharing too!! ✔️

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Angeli D.
5.0 Stars

Took my family out to Kuya J's restaurant for dinner last Friday night. This is my third time to dine at Kuya J's and i was hoping that they would love the food as much as i enjoyed my first two dining experiences here.

We ordered: Pinakbet, Baked Scallops, Crispy Dinuguan, Sinigang na Salmon sa Miso, Sizzling Sisig. My brother wanted to try the Cantaloupe Shake. And for dessert we had the Fried Halohalo.

We loved everything! So yummy and the price is so affordable. The servings are good for 2-3 persons already, as well as the rice platter.

Baked scallops for the win! Always! Ang sarap talaga! The sisig too! And the fried halo halo became an instant favorite of ours too! Grabe the twist and the explosion of flavors in my mouth. Sarap!

Would definitely eat here again!

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Myzyl C.
4.0 Stars

Kare-kare and Crispy Pata are good but I don't like their Ensalada.

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Julie J.
4.0 Stars

Fairly new Filipino restaurant in Centerpoint, after browsing through their menu, we decided to give it a try.. 128522

* Sinuglaw @230 -- grilled pork liempo with Tanigue vinegar and coconut (Gata) 128525 loved this!

* Sizzling sisig with egg @190 -- Never say no to Sisig! a little spicy but good 128077

* Grilled Scallops @210 -- cheesy butter topping, tasty, too bad it was over done 128529 tumigas na yung scallops

Overall an ok enough dining experience, I ate way too much rice though 128557128557128557 service a tad slow.. they have an extensive menu and I'd probably come back to try the other dishes 128522

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Kaycee G.
5.0 Stars

whenever we pass at this resto, we never tried to look at their menu. we thought it was just another so-so resto128586 haha one of my friends showed me a pic of their food and told me how good it was. and so we tried it right after duty.128584

we ordered mango tuna salad?, chicharon bulaklak, baked scallops, sizzling sisig and crab rice128513
WE WERE SURPRISED when the food arrived in our table!!128540128561

we loved everything we ordered. one of the best baked scallops and sisig we had128523128523

The price was very affordable and the service was fast. we'll definitely eat here again128514128584128077

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Kamai M.
5.0 Stars

One of the reasons why i go to cebu is in town!! They only have 3 branches and already im wishing they could build one in my own home!! Scallops and chicharon bulaklak must have for sure!!128076 (can anybody tell how happy i am about this review?)

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Neil R.
4.0 Stars

I was fortunate enough to have been invited to an intimate tweetup/eatup at Kuya J a couple of weeks ago.

By adding simple yet exciting twists to basic Filipino comfort food, this import from Cebu is gearing up to grab the foodie foot traffic in SM Sta. Mesa.

Our group chose several dishes, on top of some others recommended by one of the owners and the executive chef.

The result? A delectable smorgasbord of Filipino fare easy to love yet impossible to finish. There was so much food!

✅ Baked Scallops: P230
With the dark undertones surrounding the scallops, this was not a sight to behold. Yet the flavors took this to the finish line. Panalo!

✅ Tokwa't Baboy: P185
This is not the soft traditional version that we are familiar with. Instead, this dish featured fried tokwa (crispy on the outside and divine on the inside) partnered with lechon kawali-like pork and drizzled with a soy sauce and vinegar reduction. This seems too classy to be paired with a bottle of beer, nevertheless they would make the perfect match.

✅ Crispy Catfish: P295
Some restaurants make the mistake of keeping fish in the deep fryer a tad bit too long, thereby robbing it of its velvety qualities. The outside of this catfish is fried to a crisp without compromising the meat inside. I found a few bones in mouthful or two though.

✅ Adobo sa Mangga: P349
A wonderful re-imagination of a Filipino classic. I thought that the sweetness of the mango may overpower or alter the taste of the dish. How wrong I was. The mango took it to a whole new level. The sweetness was evident yet subtle and controlled. And it was obvious that the meat was stewed for a time as pork bits were floating in a quagmire of adobo sauce. If you're part of a group, get it front of the line and dump that sauce onto your rice ASAP.

✅ Crispy Pata: P490
Unlike most versions which are dry, this porky delight is moist and juicy. The dish comes with tongs, scissors and a knife which is a bit of an overkill. Why? Once you get through the crispy skin, you can actually pick the meat with a fork!

✅ Pochero Bulalo Tagalog: P355
To put it succinctly, sabaw palang nito ulam na. Holy bulalo, the flavors in that sauce is bovine! #iseewhatididthere

✅ Chorizo Dinamitas with Garlic Dip: P165
If Charlie had his golden ticket, this is Kuya J's. Incorporating chorizo from Cebu, this is one journey of a dish. Like a roller coaster, a bite takes you through a fairly slow journey as it heads uphill. But once the cars go downhill and begin to accelerate, that subtle heat from the chilies hits you and envelops your oral cavity. For the spice-averse crowd, the garlic sauce adds a whole new dimension to the lumpia. It delays the heat for a second or two, time enough for you to chew and swallow and enjoy. But have a cool drink within reach just the same.

✅ Chorizo Rice: P150
The proverbial square peg in this meal. Not that it wasn't good, mind you. Only that it was a dish on it's own and, for me, clashed with the strong and distinct flavors of the viands. Steamed rice would have been the better partner.

✅ Tableya Coffee Flan: P85
Matched with a cup of brewed local coffee, this was the ideal way to end this feast. It marries the sweet with the bitter making a lovely combination.

A wise man once said, "the best things in life are free." And I couldn't agree more. But if you're hungry and had to pay your own way (individually or as a group), add Kuya J to your short list -- where taste and ingenuity blends exceptionally well with the bang for your buck.

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Princess D.
5.0 Stars

It's they're opening day!!! Ü Must try crispy pata, crab rice and cream of seafood!!! The platings are nice, and the resto itself is very cozy. Eventhough it's not considered as fine dining since the price range is very average, the interior is kinda close to that luxurious feeling(in a subtle way!). Lastly, the staffs are polite and their service is very satisfactory. Ü

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