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Adobo Connection


First thing to expect? Lines.

Today we check out a new restaurant that’s been making a big buzz recently, and has gathered quite a following on Facebook. The Adobo Connection recently had its soft opening in One Archer’s Place, and we’re here to see if it really lives up to the hype.

Dishes Ordered

  • Classic Pork Adobo – P99
  • Macaroni Soup – P19
  • Adobo Flakes – P49
  • Adobo Fried Siopao – P49

The Restaurant

Two mounds of tasty

Like all eating establishments in One Archer’s, Adobo Connection boasts a spotless and well-designed interior. With seating for a maximum of about 80, they are able to fully maximize their real estate. The furniture consists of mostly wooden chairs and tables, and brick and marble walls, giving the whole restaurant a cozy, suburban feel. It adds a little urban to its design with nice lighting fixtures and a TV running music videos for ambience. All in all, it’s a very nice place to sit and eat for awhile, even with the serpentine lines and massive crowds.

The Food

Two mounds of mainstream

After being impressed by the stunning restaurant design, the next thing I encountered was the food. Being of limited funds, I had to resort to only one full meal, the classic pork adobo, and three small sides.

Classic Pork Adobo is the cornerstone and flagship dish of Adobo Connection, which features two pieces of pork adobo with a cup of white rice. My verdict? Meh. It was a mainstream dish, one that I could find at any other side canteen in the country. Heck, my mom makes a better adobo. It’s not that it was bad, but that it was overly praised by all recounts I had heard.

Bargain dining at its finest

Next in the lineup was the macaroni soup, which consists of a bowl of chicken broth mixed in with macaroni noodles and chopped vegetables. At P19, I wasn’t expecting much. But for an add-on, it’s not bad. Value-wise, it ranks off the charts, and taste-wise, it was exactly what you would expect from a macaroni soup. It tasted a bit like it came from a can, but at least it came from a brand that I probably like, so I was pleasantly surprised.

Golden-Brown Not-so-delicious

Third came the adobo fried siopao. In a phrase, “I wouldn’t recommend it”. The serving size isn’t the problem; each of the three golden orbs of fried dough and adobo are just the right size, which is about three-quarters of the palm of my hand. My issue was with the taste. When I get adobo, I expect something that screams soy and vinegar, which is a nice meaty flavor. Instead, the shell of the siopao is sweet, and the insides taste more like asado, with a sauce reminiscent of the sweet barbecue types. If you’re looking for a fried treat, this fits the bill appearance-wise, but don’t expect to have those expectations met once you bite into it.

Best thing on the menu

The last dish (which arrived after about eight minutes, well above average) that arrived were the adobo flakes. Now if you do ever go to the Adobo Connection for lunch, this is what you should be ordering. Adobo flakes is two cups of adobo fried rice topped with scrambled egg bits and crispy adobo tidbits. It was hands down the best item on my order list, mixing the strong savory taste of the flakes with the subtle sweet-and-sour of the rice. At P49, this is a steal, and should be on your receipts.

The interior is terrific. The food…

If there is something that really stood out in Adobo Connection, it’s the speed of service and price of the food. None of my meals went over P100, but I didn’t feel like there was something missing afterwards. And given how quickly the food gets to you (two to three minutes a dish), you’d still have time to find another place to eat before your break ends!

Adobo Connection has the game down in terms of speed and price. If they can find a way to perfect the taste of everything, then they’d be set for a long run of success.

The Verdict

Restaurant: Even with the crowds, Adobo Connection’s restaurant design allows you to have a comfortable and fun eating experience.  Rating for the restaurant: 9/10.

Food: The food at Adobo Connection is good, but it also tastes like something I could make just as easily at home. However, it is served lightning-quick at an affordable price, which at least gives the pedestrian food a speed boost.  Rating for the food: 7/10.

Staff: Maybe this is a bit unfair, since this is a soft opening, but the staff at Adobo Connection really made it feel like a soft opening. They seemed rushed, confused, and didn’t really give you that “service-with-a-smile”. “Service-with-a-smile” is really important to me. Rating for the staff: 6/10.

Overall: 7/10.

For a restaurant with such a huge fanbase, I think I may have failed to see what all the hype was. I had plenty of ups about this trip, but also plenty of downs to accompany them. Although the restaurant was a very new and welcome experience, the food didn’t match up as much as I would’ve hoped. It was inexpensive and fast, but nothing out of the ordinary, which didn’t do justice to the great interior. Add in a sub-par waitstaff and you get an average score. It’ll be interesting to see how they do when they have their full opening, though, and I’ll make sure I go and see if they can remedy these faults.

 

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Meets expectations. That is all.

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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 🙂

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 🙂

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Heaven in a bun.

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