Posts Tagged ‘bagoong’

Fely J’s Kitchen is a Filipino restaurant that specializes in Kapampangan food. It is part of the very popular LJC group of restaurants along with ABE, Lorenzo’s Way, Café Adriatico and Café Havana. After watching Guardians of the Galaxy 2 in the very cold Uptown Mall Cinema last weekend, I was craving for hot soup to warm me up. After a lot o wandering around, we ended up at Fely J’s mainly because the restaurant wasn’t as crowded as others and also because they have liempo, LOL.

Upon taking our order, they served us complimentary kropek which we munched on while waiting for our food to arrive. It came in this very pretty native bowl which I wanted to take home haha!

In an attempt to be ~healthy~, I ordered Ensalada ni Nanay (Php165). It came with slices of green mango, tomatoes, onions, salted egg, okra and eggplant. The sautéed bagoong was good – a little bit sweet and not too salty.

For our rice, we got the Fely J’s Dilis-cious Rice (Php225). It’s your regular steamed rice topped with deep-fried dilis and taosi and what I think might be fried shallots or onions. Honestly, the toppings were almost like ulam already but I loved how delicately flavored the crispy toppings were that they did not overpower the steamed rice.

Of course we got sinigang. This is the Fely J’s Pork Rib Sinigang (Php395). You have a choice between guava and tamarind broth. I’ve tried guava sinigang before and I didn’t like it so I opted for the classic tamarind. I like how they used pork rib so the meat wasn’t too fatty. Given that the pork was a bit on the leaner side, I was surprised to learn that they still managed to make it soft and tender. I loved dipping the meat into my patis-sili dipping sauce.

Last but not the least is the love of my life, Pork Liempo (Php225). If you know me well enough, you would know that I love LOVE liempo. Fely J’s version could be more tastier but it’s nothing a good toyo-mansi dipping sauce can’t remedy. 

Fely J’s Kitchen was surprisingly good. Not being much of a rice lover, it is a surprise that my favorite that night was the Dilis Rice. I could have the rice and the soup of the sinigang alone and I would honestly be a happy camper. 

The Iscreamist’s frozen s’mores were very interesting and entertaining to eat (read more about it here.) After getting our fill of liquid Nitrogen, we trooped out of their cozy shop and decided to kill some time by walking around the area. Luckily, there’s a small park just a few steps away. The kid in me became giddy as I sat down one of the swings. Childhood memories came rushing back in.

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After quite some time, the real kids started to arrive and we hesitantly made way for the kiddo’s playtime. As if on cue, I saw a vendor sitting under a mango tree. As far as my blurry vision could tell, he sells mango and jicama halves. I’ll have one of that, please! 🙂 Sour and very tangy mango half, topped with a generous dollop of sautéed small shrimps that was a perfect mix of sweet, salty and spicy.

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After that little detour, we made our way to BRGR Project. Upon approaching the restaurant, you are greeted with a quirkily designed alfresco seating area. The outdoor chimney is like a promise of customized burger goodness waiting inside for us to partake in. The indoor decorations have the same theme – burger ingredients written all over the walls.

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Above the counter area was a huge arrow lit up American diner style. BRGR Project allows you to fully customize your burger according to your liking. For the less adventurous or for those who just can’t be bothered, you can choose from their signature burgers handwritten and displayed in a huge board. All their toppings and sauces are also laid out in the counter. Drool worthy!

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We decided to split two burgers among the four of us and got additional two orders of fries done two ways – plain and topped with Mexican chili and cheese. I do not remember what was in the other burger, but my burger (which we dubbed “Angel’s Burger” as a joke) had fried portobello mushrooms in it. THEY WERE DIVINE! I love mushrooms in general but those were just battered and deep-fried to perfection.

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Not pictured were our drinks – soda for the boys and homemade iced tea for me. Their iced tea is ~imported~ from their sister company, PINO Restaurant.

I would go back to BRGR Project again if only to get more of those fried portobello mushrooms LOL. I am hooked! 😀