Located along the open-air area of Market! Market!, Juan and Joe is a bit easy to miss. If you’re coming from the mall itself, the restaurant is to your far left, almost out of sight if you walk straight ahead (leading you to the flower shops, market, and open food court). If you’re coming from the parking area, you’ll naturally go through the open food court through to the mall entrance, with Juan and Joe once again out of sight.
It took me a couple of sightings before deciding to go over to that side and eat there. And I’m glad I did.
In line with their East meets West theme, you are welcomed by two different doors- one that has a homey wood finish and the other steel one that’s typical of a diner. Inside, they have cool memorabilia from both sides of the continent- there’s a Captain America shield, a Panday figurine, a framed Beatles concert ticket, old Pepsi and Pop Cola bottles.
The menu is decidedly unique, with the bottom half decorated in American blue and white stripes and the other half made of the local abaca dyed in solid red. What’s on the menu is a fun mix of American and Filipino staples, omelettes and pancakes next to tapsilog and lugaw, roast beef and steak next to pares and sisig.
For starters, we decided to try the Nachos, priced relatively fairly at p180. It’s good enough for sharing and is loaded with a ton of beef, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, and jalapenos. I honestly did not expect much of it but it was surprisingly good. For the main meal, I decided to get a Beef Pares, a Filipino staple. The best ones are those that are sold from carts on the streets, if you don’t mind the risk of getting Hepa B. I’m glad to report that Juan and Joe’s version was pretty tasty, rivaling that of the best Pares food carts on the dirtiest street corners, minus the dirty part.
We also tried Joe’s
Eggs Omelette,which is a typcal ham and onion omelette served with a slices of toast with butter and jam. It’s a go-to breakfast meal that can be had at any time of the day (erm, as long as Juan and Joe is open of course)! What’s also good is the Dinamita (p160), or spicy cheese sticks- oozing cheese inside a scraped jalapeno pepper and wrapped in egg roll wrapper and deep fried to crispy perfection. I loved it! It is very spicy though, so if you do not like a burning feeling in your mouth, I would advise that you do not order this.
Juan and Joe has a limited air conditioned dining area, the few tables inside feel a bit cramped and sort of stuffy but if you feel like having a smoke during the meal (and drinks) or having drinks with friends and being slightly more rambunctious than usual without having to bother any squares, you may opt to sit at the al fresco dining area. Besides that, Juan and Joe gets a thumbs up from us at BaconTunaMelt.
Rating: 4 out of 5 bacons! Although it’s not a place to take a classy date, Juan and Joe has an interesting theme and offers reliable menu choices, all at very affordable prices.
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