Doing errands at the mall is always a good excuse to check out restos I haven’t tried out yet. Half a day of walking always makes me hungry and looking for comfort food. Luckily, a Kuya J restaurant had a lot of empty tables after the lunchtime rush.
The menu was pretty clear about what they were offering- Pinoy comfort food with a twist. To start with, I ordered one of their specialties, Grilled Scallops topped with butter and cheese.
The platter was full and good to share but the round seafood was oddly brownish instead of white like a thumb-sized burger patty. The garlic topping was pre-cooked and the flavor did not seep in which made the dish taste like cheese and butter. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of processed dairy but I was expecting it to complement the salty-sweet of fresh scallops.
Good thing I had the Lumpiang Presko after. The sauteed crab meat and labong (bamboo shoot) was prettily wrapped in malungay-flavored egg-wrapper with the sweet garlic sauce sauce and freshly crushed peanuts on the side.
To top the meal, I had Adobo sa Mangga, pork belly stewed in soy sauce and vinegar sweetened by ripe, yellow mangoes. The pork was tender enough but the sauce is just too sweet for me.
Kuya J: http: www.kuyaj.ph