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Jus and Jerry’s Food Co.: Good Value, Great Chicken!


If that’s not a selling point, I don’t know what is.

Move over Manang’s and Bon Chon Chicken, there’s a new (and old) “extra-crispy” in town! Jus and Jerry’s Food Co., a Chinese fast food restaurant in EGI Taft Tower, reopened to the public last week after renovating and recreating themselves, and they have come back with a bang! From a small, less-than-appealing looking restaurant that seems to get lost in the shouting contest of the DLSU food service war, Jus and Jerry’s has transformed into an eye-catching and trendy hot spot in De La Salle University.

Dishes Ordered

  • 1-Piece Fried Chicken (with drink) – P95
  • Milk Tea – P1
  • Chicken Pao- P85
  • Fish Ball Noodles Soup – P90
  • 4-Piece Shark’s Fin Siomai – P35

The Restaurant

The restaurant is split into three main sections: an inner section, smoking area, and second floor. The inner section consists of twelve seats; these include two 4-tops and one bench. The smoking area outside seats up to sixteen with one 4-top and two 6-tops. The upstairs is the best of the three sections, seating up to fifty six with six 6-tops and five 4-tops. This sets a grand total of about 84 seats, the most I’ve ever counted in a restaurant here in Taft.

If I described the restaurant in a phrase, it would have to be “Level Up”. Although I had never been in the previous one, I am pretty sure that I never really wanted to either. This time around, however, Jus and Jerry’s has managed to recreate itself successfully, and has the look of a potential top-quality food chain.

If Tokyo Tokyo and McDonald’s had a baby on steroids, this would be it.

The first thing I noticed about the place was that it’s surprisingly spacious. During its renovation, J&J’s absorbed a few of its neighbors into their real estate, including the Archer’s Hole, and have maximized on this newly acquired land. Upon walking into the restaurant, you can feel the very sleek and modern design that they put into it. Similar to a McDonald’s, Jus and Jerry’s has a fast-food style ordering counter surrounded by comfortable chairs and spacious tables. The furniture follows the red and black of the logo, and is very pleasing to the eyes.

Jus and Jerry’s co-owner is happy owner.

Aside from the aesthetics, the restaurant is also spotless. Granted, I did visit on a Saturday, but it was still very well-kept. It will be interesting to see how well that’s maintained. Air conditioning is very good also, although some are built a little too close to the chairs, and start to drip after a while. Wi-Fi has yet to be set up, but should be there soon, according to the manager. I would usually poo-poo on that statement, but since they just reopened, I’ll let it pass.

Lastly, their lighting is very nice, as they are directed on the table like spotlights, making their food the star of the show.

The Food

This is the future of chicken in DLSU.

As a Chinese fast food restaurant, Jus and Jerry’s menu ranges from sweet and sour pork to buchi balls to milk tea. However, their main event meal is their signature Fried Chicken. This chicken runs in the same family as the Bon Chon or Manang’s style: extra crispy with a chinese-stye sauce. They have two options for the sauce: soy garlic and spicy ginger. You can’t go wrong with either. The soy garlic is very savory, and goes perfectly with rice. The spicy ginger seems like something that can stand alone better, and has a strong ginger taste that isn’t unpleasant the way many ginger dishes are. Compared to Bon Chon and Manang’s, the chicken at J&J’s has a superior price and, although I would need to try them side by side to make sure, a superior flavor.

The most incredible thing in the world.

Aside from selling their chicken per piece with rice, J&J’s also sandwichizes. The unique thing about their sandwich: the bread is siopao! The chicken pao sandwich is the best chicken sandwich I’ve had in Taft, and could possibly be the best chicken sandwich I’ve ever had. Jus and Jerry’s puts a healthy serving of their signature fried chicken into a large siopao bun with some lettuce and mayo as an accompaniment. The crisp and juicy chicken’s texture is accentuated with the soft bun, and the taste is phenomenal. In terms of size, it could span the palm of your hand easily. This is the meal that I will come back to Jus and Jerry’s for every single time.

If you could eat for two, this could be for you.

The last remaining menu entries, the fried shark’s fin and fish ball noodle soup, are nothing out of the ordinary. The shark’s fin is crispy and hot, and the noodle soup is the standard mami that you’ll find in most traditional restaurants. However, they are both quite big, which is a nice selling point for them. The noodles are particularly large, and could easily feed two people. If you’re looking for traditional Chinese fair at a good price, then these would fit your bill perfectly.

Milk Tea: P2. The feeling of buying Milk Tea for P2: Priceless.

In celebration of their reopening, J&J’s has a special deal on their Milk Tea. No, that wasn’t a typo when I put Milk Tea at P1. Whenever you purchase a meal with a drink, you simply add P1 to it and you can get a regular-size Milk Tea! Their options include Taro, Hong Kong style, and Traditional Boba. I got the Taro, my favorite flavor, and was happy with it. It comes with custard and isn’t too thin, a common fault in some lesser Taro teas. The other flavor I tried was the Traditional, which had a caramel taste mixed with coffee jelly. It’s a standard milk tea, made incredible at a P1 price tag ūüôā

The Verdict

Restaurant: Metropolitan design. Spacious. Comfortable temperature. Impeccably clean. Smoking area. Wi-Fi. What else are you looking for in a restaurant? Rating for the restaurant: 9/10.

Now you can’t say you didn’t see it.

Food:¬†With what could be the best chicken sandwich I’ve ever had, I could stop this review right here and give a terrific score. But that’s not all Jus and Jerry’s has in their repertoire, and I’m not complaining about that either. Their fried chicken rivals Bon Chon and Manang’s, the two top franchises in Taft, and could even be superior. Their other Chinese fare is standard, but is still able to impress my taste buds. If you’re looking for good eats at a good price, then this is the place for you. The only downside is a bit of a wait for your meal, between 10 to 20 minutes. For that Chicken Pao, though, I’d say that’s a small price to pay. ¬†Rating for the food: 9/10.

Staff:¬†The staff at Jus and Jerry’s was very welcoming and provided service with a smile. One of the co-owners was in as well, and managed the place effortlessly. Although they did get a few orders wrong, I never felt like I was being rushed or mistreated. Very accommodating staff.¬†Rating for the staff: 8/10.

Overall: 9/10.

NOMG

Instead of a little descriptive spiel that’s usually at the end of the review, I would like to suggest something instead.

TRY THIS PLACE NOW!

With the best chicken sandwich in Taft and P1 Milk Tea until July 4, 2012, this is the place to be! If you’re reading this today, July 2, you should be heading here for lunch or dinner. Bring your friends and order a lot. You will not regret it. Trust me ūüôā

You can find out more about Jus and Jerry’s on their Facebook Page, where they post promotions, updates, and complete menus. While you’re there, check out Extra Rice too,¬†on our Facebook and Twitter! Remember, every follow and share helps us bring you a better blog!

Heaven in a bun.

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Nomi Nomi Nomi!


A picture says a thousand words. This one says six.

Today I pay homage to one of the most popular holes in the wall of DLSU, known as¬†much for its hangout vibe as its mouthwatering¬†burgers.¬†A gem of a restaurant that used to bring in droves to the¬†now defunct¬†Archer’s Lair, Nomi Mono has since moved to the Agno area and become Nomi, the consistently packed restaurant where students eat, play Monopoly deal, or just take a smoke break outside. Luckily, I was able to catch them at a relatively slow period of the day, and was finally able to review the burgers, shakes, and sides¬†that make Nomi one of DLSU’s culinary stalwarts.

Dishes Ordered

  • Nomi Burger – P100/P130
  • Gyudon Pepper Steak – P135
  • Buffalo Chicken Burger – P100/P130
  • Chicken Tenders with Rice – P105
  • Mango Teriyaki Burger – P110/P140
  • Watermelon Aloe – P65
  • Mango Coco – P60

The Restaurant

This picture is actual size.

As I mentioned in the introduction, I found myself lucky to find a table at Nomi when I entered. Although the restaurant keeps the population trend that I’ve been seeing in all the Taft restaurants, it is almost impossible to get adequate seating, especially when with friends.¬†Nomi keeps around 13 tables for¬†roughly 50 students, but often finds itself seating even more than that at a time. Talk about popular.

Cramped Space for this? Totally worth it.

Since the fates had smiled on me enough to allow me to find the restaurant only a third full when I entered, I was able to get a better look at the restaurant in general. My first observation was that the restaurant has no business placing 50 chairs in their area. I had to squeeze through every passageway to get to the counter, and had a difficult time getting anywhere efficiently. That, I remind you, is with only one-third of their seats occupied.

Aside from the inability to perform motor functions, Nomi¬†gave me little to complain about. That’s probably because there’s so little restaurant to judge.¬†The tables were clean and the floor was¬†well-kept, most likely¬†because there’s¬†barely any floor to keep. The seats, while hard,¬†fit in well with the black-and-white decor of the restaurant. Overall, not a good experience to be in.¬†I highly suggest a relocation, an expansion, or a drive-thru window.

The Food

With burgers like these, who needs friends?

Now that I’m done ranting about what Nomi does wrong, which still doesn’t stop it from being jam-packed daily,¬†I can turn to their menu, and focus on what they do right.

The Nomi burger is a perfectly cooked patty that is served with chili that is out of this world. It is the restaurant’s staple, and definitely a must try for those who have never been to the place. While the burger satisfies the patty cravings, the chili adds another flavor dimension, with a deep beef-and-tomato flavor. The two other burgers orderred¬†were¬†a pair of¬†exotic¬†choices:¬†the Japanese inspired¬†Mango-Teriyaki Burger, and the Classic American Buffalo Chicken Burger. The Mango-Teriyaki Burger is a sweet-and-savory package of a variety of food groups, and the teriyaki pork (I think it’s pork) inside is succulent and tender. The Buffalo Chicken Burger, on the other hand, is a crispy fillet of chicken that’s slightly spicy, but is not like the Buffalo Wings that you might be expecting. Rather, it is a chicken chop with a fancy name, but still a worthwhile eat.

I want to go back. Now.

Each burger also came with three choices of sides: french¬†fries, chicken fingers, or fish “furai”. Deciding to make a pass on the fries, I tried the latter two. The chicken fingers, while many, are small, and could actually be fingers befitting of a chicken. They have a nice outer crust, a soft, peppery interior, and are served with a mayo-based dip. The same goes for the fish, which are peppery and crispy, and have a fresh seafood taste, rather than a fishy taste. They were also served with a mayo-based dip. Regardless of which side you choose, I think you can’t really go wrong.

Where's The Beef?

After the burgers and sides came¬†the rice meals. I tried a pair of them: the Gyudon Pepper Steak, and the Chicken Fingers. The latter is a bit redundant, though, as it is a side dish, so I’ll leave that out for now.

If you like the taste of fake corn-syrupy fruit juice, this is not for you.

The Gyudon was very deceptively served, as the first thing I saw was a rice barrier that was almost daring me to try and find the meat inside. Once I had broken in, though, I was greeted with the sweet smell of browned meat. The Gyudon boasts a deep flavor that touches on all palate senses, and is a definite go-to if you’re not in the mood for burgers.

Oh.

To accompany my meal, I ordered a pair of Nomi’s signature drinks to wash it all down: The Mango Coco and the Watermelon Aloe. The Mango Coco is a creamy mango shake that is served with tapioca balls, and is absolutely to die for. The tapioca is frozen and hard, allowing it to serve as ice cubes that don’t dilute the drink. The watermelon aloe, on the other hand, is far from creamy, but just as tasty. It comes with deliciously soft aloe jellies, and tastes of actual fruit, rather than an artificial fruit mix. Overall, the two drinks were definite winners, and defnitely worth a trip to Nomi for, even if you don’t want food.

Overall, Nomi provides a fabulous menu at highly affordable prices. It’s definitely a place to go if you’re looking for a satisfying rice meal, a refreshing drink, or just a very well prepared burger.

The Staff

Worth It.

To say that Nomi has a floor staff is almost an overstatement. The team of visible servers at the establishment consists of one lady to take orders, and one to bring the food to their customers. Now it’s not often that I find myself entering a restaurant with more friends than the restaurant has employees, but I almost felt bad for outnumbering them like that.

Fortunately, the Nomi staff takes it in stride, and still manages to bang out orders, working with an average wait time of¬†10 minutes, from the order leaving my lips, to the order getting back in my mouth. I also think that it’s a huge advantage that they can operate with diminished numbers, as they end up taking up less space in the restaurant, and don’t run the risk of colliding into each other at a busy rush.

Overall, I couldn’t complain about the staff. They weren’t spectacular, but they did their job efficiently and quietly. I still feel bad, though, bringing a gang bigger than them into their territory.

The Verdict

A side dish so good, it became a main.

Restaurant: If Nomi had decided to invest more in their real estate, and space out their chairs, then they would be rolling in profits. Unfortunately, they decided to keep it small, cramping up the tables and forcing territorial instincts on the students, who will claim a spot for hours at a time. With no space to move and less space to eat, Nomi gets a pretty blah interior score. Rating for the restaurant: 7/10.

Food: What Nomi lacks in its interior design, it more than makes up for in food. With great prices and the terrific idea to transcend the french fries that traditionally accompany the burger, Nomi puts twists on all of its meals. Yet, it still tries to keep a bit of traditionalism as a burger joint, serving their food in baskets that do more than a plate could ever do for presentation. Rating for the food: 8.5/10.

Staff: With a minimalistic staff of one cashier and one server, Nomi proves that it thinks their restaurant layout over thoroughly, knowing that any more than that would lower their restaurant score even more. Aside from that, what criticisms can you make that are befitting a floor staff of two? With an average wait time of 10 minutes from kitchen to basket, Nomi has very adequate speed, exactly what I would expect from a burger restaurant. Rating for the staff: 7.5/10.

Overall: 7.5/10.

It’s really a shame that Nomi has to be where it is in Taft Avenue. With a better location, they could definitely be on top. But for now, I guess I’ll just have to fight through the cramped location to get to this:

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