Saturday, January 1, 2011

Joseph and Jaemark's Family Grill is Back to Redefine Tuna

I have discovered a restaurant—a comfortable and peaceful place—along Sgt. Esguerra St., Quezon City that offers the best tuna recipes in town. Joseph and Jaemark’s Family Grill, that is.
First Visit

The first time I heard about it, thru a blogger friend’s invite, there’s no turning back—I said I’m going. I was really curious then, knowing that years ago, it was the same restaurant at the Cuneta Astrodome, Cubao that conquered the hearts of tuna lovers from all over the town. So I tried it, and yes, the food was awesome. I had no regrets and promised to myself I shall return.
Crispy Buntot (Tuna Tail), Large, P415

Oh-la-la! The best crispy buntot (tuna tail) ever! It tastes just like lechon kawali, less the cholesterol, and plus the Omega 3. The sauce perfectly matches the dish; it is made up of soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, and margarine.

Here are the other dishes Joseph and Jaemark's prepared for us:

Tuna Belly, Medium, P270

Catfish Salad, P200

Coco Prawns, P450

Pork Spareribs, P220

Stuffed Pechay, P160

Bicol Express, P145

Pork Balls, not yet included in the menu

Second Visit
The second visit was more special as it was our college barkada’s reunion. After several years, we found time to gather together and share what has happened to us after graduation. It was heartwarming to see them again, and to talk about our lives while sharing good food and good music.

The food on our table:
Crispy Buntot (Tuna Tail), Large, P415

Inihaw na Liempo, P150

Stuffed Pechay, P160

We also ordered Pork Binagoongan (P225), Grilled Pusit (P175), and Chopsuey (P130) but too unfortunate to take photos.  

Third Visit

Abbie is here! Abbie is one of my closest friends in the blogging community. She is now based in Cebu and seldom do we see each other. When she visited Manila, together with Edel and Mee-i, we decided to spend a night together at Joseph and Jaemark’s because we knew it would be the perfect place where we could have dinner, chat, and laugh out loud at small things that, for others, are non-sense (but for us, it’s—ahmmm—yes, something to ponder on).

And here are what we ordered:
Pork Sisig, P200

 Lechon Kangkong, P120

We also tried Laing (P120), and ordered our most favorite veggie dish, Stuffed Pechay.

What can I say about the...

Food: Joseph and Jaemark's Family Grill offers a wide variety of Filipino dishes that satisfies the taste of every customer. May it be a tuna, pork, or vegetable delicacy, it would never disappoint the diner because one thing is for sure, it is delicioso!

Place: The resto is a nice place, really. When you are inside, you can have a home-y experience. Not to mention the structure and architecture of the facade, walls, windows, doors and furniture that have a touch of Spanish culture. The back yard is transformed into a zen garden with wooden chairs and tables (with big umbrellas like Starbucks'). It is a perfect nook to have an ice-cold beer or two, with your friends while listening to good music and enjoying the cool breeze of the night. And yes, the restrooms are clean.

Service: The waiters, cashiers, cook, and guards are friendly and approachable, always on call when you need them. Even the owners are kind and charming. I am glad that I had the chance to meet them in person.

Alex Dizon
Edel Mabalay
Mee-i Velasco