COCINA JUAN

LATIN-AMER­I­CAN/TEX-MEX

Eats - - QUEZON CITY -

Cocina Juan is an uber-ca­sual grilled meats place in Teacher’s Vil­lage, near UP Dil­i­man. A trip to Nicaragua in­spired Cocina Juan’s owner Thomas ‘Tom’ Ad­viento to serve the cui­sine in Manila. To­gether with his brother, Chef Juan Miguel, where the ‘Juan’ in the resto’s name was de­rived from, Tom came up with a con­cept that re­volves around the "avors of Cen­tral Amer­ica. Its menu kicked off with a Mex­i­can theme but later on evolved to a much wider se­lec­tion meant to please the Filipino palate. Cocina Juan’s cui­sine com­bines the "avors of lemon, cilantro, cumin, chili, basil, to­mato, gar­lic, gar­lic and onions. Grilled pork and chicken meats are cooked made-to-or­der and served with the restau­rant’s famed chimichurri sauce (made from pars­ley, oil and lemon), that is Ar­gen­tinian in ori­gin. The other in­ter­est­ing gar­nish must-try is the sofrito sauce for cream dory and mariscos (seafood) spe­cials. The rest of the menu is Tex-Mex, fa­mil­iar to most of us in the form of bur­ri­tos, chimichangas, and na­chos. A com­pli­men­tary serv­ing of Cocina Juan’s na­chos with the restau­rant’s sig­na­ture white sauce comes to the ta­ble while wait­ing for your or­ders, es­pe­cially if you went with the spe­cialty grilled meats. Cocina Juan may seem like a high-brow, !ne-din­ing restau­rant, but it is laid-back as can be, with sim­ple ta­bles and chairs in the din­ing area, rem­i­nis­cent of univer­sity can­teens. To en­ter­tain young chil­dren, Mo­nop­oly, chess, and domi­noes are avail­able for them to play with.

AD­DRESS

100 Mag­in­hawa St., Teacher’s Vil­lage, Que­zon City

TELE­PHONE NUM­BER

434 3911

FACE­BOOK

Cocina Juan

OP­ER­AT­ING HOURS

Mon to Sun: 11am to 10pm

PRICE RANGE

P500/per­son

PAY­MENT MODE

Cash

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