Thursday, May 15, 2014

First bite: Fat Juan

Place: Clean and spacious. The decor is pleasant; the colors are warm and homey. The furnishings are modern and sturdy. The small restroom is clean, spotless.

Food: Generally delicious. We ordered the two bestselling dishes: the PBQ and the Chix N' Gravy.

The PBQ (Php 99): a stick of pork barbecue, unlimited serving of rice, and a small serving of atchara. The barbecue is peppery and not teeming with sugary sweetness; its flavor is not punctuated. The atchara has the right acidity and complements the meat well.

The Chix N' Gravy (Php 159): roasted chicken, rice, vegetables, and gravy, all served on a sizzling plate. The chicken is moist, well-seasoned, and tender. The gravy, interestingly, has hints of curry flavor. And we like when it gets an added layer of charred flavor when it hits the sizzling plate. Its consistency though needs a lot of improvement. The vegetables are a tad too soft, bordering on mushy.

Our meals come with free soup: a hot clear soup filled with spring onions and fat. Yum!

Price: Considering serving size and taste, we find the food just a little overpriced.

Service: The waiters are friendly but inattentive.

Fat Juan is in SM North EDSA Annex.

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