Pre-booze Dinner at Kalye Juan

Weekends only mean one thing for us corporate slaves: rest. But for the eternally-stressed, party-hungry yuppies, it also means Getting Drunk Beyond Belief on a Friday! What better reward is there than to mingle with friends, meet new ones, grab a few (a ton of) drinks, and dance to eardrum-shattering music after a hellish work week? It’s something only a crazy night can give!

Since my work is in McKinley Hill, my friends and I usually hangout in The Fort or Makati, but sometimes our more adventurous selves take over. One such night, we chose to meander into the wilderness that is Quezon City. Unmindful of the fact that Timog is usually flocked by the college crowds, we went on and pursued the recklessness of our lost youth, haha!

Every alcoholic knows that drinking without eating first is the surefire recipe for getting wasted. We didn’t want the night to end so early, so naturally we had dinner first. My friend Fran suggested that we eat in Kalye Juan, saying that they serve some kick-ass sisig. Of course, since sisig equals Filipino food which translates to Lots of Rice, I immediately agreed!

I can’t believe I waited this long to try Kalye Juan – their food is totally delicious! Usually, when we’re a big group, we tend to celebrate happy times in Dencio’s, Gilligan’s, or Gerry’s Grill—default choices for the category “grilled food and beer”. I have no problems with the three abovementioned places; it’s just that I found Kalye Juan better! We ordered some pork sisig, beef salpicao, and longganisa. I wish there were more of us, so we could have ordered more items. They all taste superb!

Sisig is perhaps what all Filipino restaurants claim as their best-selling dish—but the question of whether it is also their best dish is often ignored. I am addicted to salpicao, so I can’t tell if sisig won the competition—plus we only ate 3 dishes, so I must try EVERYTHING on their menu first! All I can say regarding Kalye Juan’s sisig is that it’s a no-fuss, unpretentious fare. Like great, no-strings-attached sex (I hope kids below 18 don’t read this). Kalye Juan’s version saw no need for reinventions like egg toppings or mayonnaise (which I loathe) and focused on delivering the most flavorful taste. I’m always a fan of sticking to the classic and just doing it well. Promise, even in dancing! J
Grilled Sisig sa Kalye, P175

The beef salpicao is just so flavorful and delicious and awesome that if I would pay for the ability to Accio the cook to my home for him to cook for me every day.
Beef Salpicao, P250

Kalye Juan’s longganisa is another story. Beyond the cute presentation, they actually taste wonderful—better than Longganisa Sorpresa’s, I believe. These sausages are native Pangasinan longganisa, also known as Alaminos longganisa. Dip them in the vinegar that the dish comes with, and for sure you can’t stop munching.
Native Longganisa, P150
 With all the Pinoy restaurants popping all over the Metro—from casual dining like Gerry’s Grill to posh places like Aracama and Abe—one surely finds it hard to decide where to eat, ultimately leading us to the default choices I earlier cited. It just takes a little audacity and boldness to leave the comforts of our routine choices to actually discover something better. That’s my principle when eating out. Among the casual, affordable places I have tried, Kalye Juan is certainly at the top of my list. I’m looking forward to trying everything on their menu. I must bring in a huge crowd to do that! Who’s with me?
with my super pretty friend, Fran. Follow her on Instagram! :p


Kalye Juan
CKB Center, Tomas Morato Ave
Laging Handa, Quezon City
(02) 376-2508
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