Foodies will rejoice that our favorite Filipino Restaurant is now at the Fort. Cafe Juanita at the Fort is the official "extension" of the original Cafe Juanita in Pasig. It still has its kitschy ambiance (more things are being added), signature Filipino warm service and Filipino food that we can showcase to Tourists, Foreigners, and Balikbayans. As an added charm, it is managed by one of the most lovely restaurant managers in town — Verna Chiongbian, who will make sure that you'll have an awesome experience.
For me, Cafe Juanita at the Fort is the best Filipino Restaurant in town. (What's your favorite Filipino restaurant?)
I prefer to dine on the second floor, which you can reserve for a private function. Some of the items here were transferred from Pasig, like the chandeliers and some of the decorations. It is still evolving to become the kitschiest place to be at the Fort.
If I were to open a restaurant, it would revolve around the concept of "social kitschiness". All the restaurant-goers would be encouraged to contribute their own pieces of decor or things that they don't need anymore at home because they are considered "baduy". Over time, the place would reflect the collective personalities of all the people going to the restaurant.
This circular table for 5 is also good because it is in the middle of the second floor and is well lit because of the overhanging lamp. All of the lamps have a hanging bell, which you can ring to catch the attention of the waiters.
The menu is a bit limited right now and focused on the best sellers of Cafe Juanita in Pasig.
First, they will serve you a tasting portion of the Sinigang soup so that you can fine-tune its saltiness and sourness to your preference. The fish and vegetables are fresh, and the broth is cooked like how it is done at home. This bowl is good for 3-4 servings.
I love Cafe Juanita's Kare Kare — the sauce is consistently smooth with a swabe taste of peanuts and with less oil. It has generous servings of ox tail meat and vegetables. The only thing is that the bagoong is too strong and too salty. It complements the Kare Kare because the sauce is a bit bland. Maybe they can offer a sweeter kind of bagoong.
We love lengua, and this one is cooked to perfection. The Ox tongue is soft and tasty all throughout. The tomato sauce can be used as a meal in itself and the olives give it a satisfying finish.
We noticed that the serving sizes are a bit small (good for one only) versus Pasig's, but the waiters told us that they use the same bowls.
A simple dessert with 3 hot turons and ice cream for the kids.
I love their cassava cake, especially when it is served hot and literally melts in your mouse with the creamy sauce.
We were not able to appreciate their signature dessert anymore, maybe because we were too full already. The kids loved the bread and ice cream with the sweet sauce though.
Cafe Juanita at the Fort
Unit WS-2 Burgos Circle, Forbestown Center,
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, 1634
Telephone: +632 403-1952
Mobile: +63 929-8794442 (Charvy)
Burgos Circle is around the corner from Basilio's in the Fort. There is basement parking in the Forbestown center, but right now, they allow people to park their cars around the rotunda itself. You'll see a lot of restaurants opening here on this side of the Fort because of the relatively cheaper rent. However, this is the only place in the Fort that got flooded, which would give you an idea on the quality of the developer. 🙂
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