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.
100 Maginhawa St., Teacher’s Village, Quezon City
Mon to Sun: 11am to 10pm