Kuya’s at the Fort / Jed & Julian’s: A 2-in-1 Restaurant Catering to All Generations
When in Manila, there’s something about good old family recipes that make our dining experiences a little bit more memorable. Unassumingly located at Fort Bonifacio, the Bautistas open their doors to their family’s own homemade gastronomic concoctions in the form of a 2-in-1 restaurant: Kuya’s at the Fort, which offers Filipino food, and Jed & Julian’s — which serves “pizza, burgers, and then some.” Derived from their paternal and maternal grandmothers’ original recipes, they create new meals alongside the inherited ones to complete their menu.
Here are the must-try Filipino dishes from Kuya’s at the Fort:
For your appetizer, I highly recommend the Dulong (tiny fish). Cooked in olive oil and served with crackers, this meal has the perfect hint of saltiness and the right amount of spicy to prep your taste buds for your main course. They also sell these in bottles, so you can take them home for your own enjoyment. They’re good for snacking too.
Served on a sizzling plate with lots of bell peppers and sweet onion rings, one word comes to mind to describe this meal: Malinamnam. Perfect with a cup of rice.
The Bautistas give this traditional Filipino food a twist by cooking adobo twice (hence the name). The result? Tender and crunchy goodness, with adobo sauce fully embedded in the ulam.
Freshly made, this famous dish has everything you want your bibingka to have: cheese, salted egg, niyog, and just a bit more cheese.
Now, THIS is what you DEFINITELY have to try. This dish made all of us go “Mmmm!” I tell you: the taste and texture of their puto bumbong were just… WOW.
Meanwhile, if your taste buds are craving for some flavors from the West, check out these bombastic dishes from Jed & Julian’s:
Their homemade Margherita Pizza is quite simple, but it has an ingredient that make it stand out from the rest: ANCHOVIES. Yes, you read that right. Who would’ve thought that combination would make such an astounding taste? The Bautistas certainly did so.
Two reasons that will make you like this: 1) They’re not greasy at all, and 2) They’re sprinkled with CINNAMON! (which is surprisingly a perfect match with the fries)
Homemade tender patty paired with sweet onion rings in a bun will create explosive bursts of flavor in your mouth. This may look small, but don’t be deceived. It’s more filling than it looks.
The ambience of the restaurant is quite modest. Not too heavily decorated, the environment simply allows you to sit comfortably in your seat, enjoy the food, and have conversations with your family and friends.
The unpretentious ambience welcomes people from different backgrounds, regardless of their age.
When in Manila, check out Kuya’s at the Fort and Jed & Julian’s, and see for yourself how the past and the present, when mixed together, can give you that remarkable dining experience you dare not miss.
Kuya’s at the Fort / Jed & Julian’s
Mon-Thurs & Sun: 11am-12am
Fri & Sat: 11am – 2am
21 Bayani Road, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
889-0240 / 7822902
Photographs by Charlie Ledesma
For related articles, see: https://www.wheninmanila.com/adobo-connection-serves-affordable-and-homey-adobo-for-everyone-in-the-metro/ and https://www.wheninmanila.com/comfort-food-to-beat-the-rainy-day-blues/