It was still Christmas time when we dined here. Christmas Eve to be exact. The decorations lit up so brightly that it shone for the few diners. A good place to dine for some good Filipino and Asian dishes, this was just apt for some pre-Noche Buena meals.
The interior design of the place is consistent with other LJC restaurants such as Abe and Lorenzo’s Way. It was filled with wood details, and had this homey feel to it. There were also several picture frames of Felicidad de Jesus-Cruz who the restaurant was named after.
These little bits sure packed up some crunch yet maintained that soft interior of the shrimp. It wasn’t fried all the way through, and lightly coated with some breading on its exterior. Dip it in some vinegar for added flavor.
One can either have this classic style or in a guava-based broth. You can also choose from either having boneless milkfish (P 395), pork rib (P 395) or prawns (P 565). We chose the guava version with boneless milkfish in. Warm and a bit creamy, this was perfect for the somewhat cold weather that night. The guava broth wasn’t that strong but you could taste the fruit in the soup. It adds this sweet twist to the traditional sour taste of sinigang.
The pork chunks on this one had indeed a crisp outer layer but still moist and tender inside. It’s not your usual adobo which is very flavorful. The taste was just right that would leave you wanting for more after one bite.
An original dish from their Bistro Remedios restaurant, Sikreto ni Maria Clara or Maria Clara’s secret is one that just needs to be revealed. Covered in seemingly snowlike vanilla ice cream, this dessert was topped with some brown sugar. As one takes a spoonful of this, one gets to uncover the secret which are some mangoes and suman (sweetened rice cake). I really wanted more of the rice cake as it was very good.
This is always a good place to dine with your family whatever the occasion maybe. Backed up with good service and delicious dishes, I’m sure you’ll have good memories and a fun family time at this place.
Fely J’s Kitchen
2/F Greenbelt 5,
Ayala Center, Makati City
Official website: http://ljcrestaurants.com.ph/fely-j/