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?)



The first floor is quite small and a bit crowded. During typhoon Ondoy, this part of the Fort around Burgos Circle, was flooded up to the knee but it immediately subsided in the afternoon.

This table would have been a perfect place to sit since it’s a bit secluded, but it has poor acoustics — you can listen in clearly to the conversations if you are on the upper floor.

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.

For a one-on-one date, you can reserve this table for two on the second floor. It has a great view of Burgos Circle.

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.

Cafe Juanita at the Fort Menu
Appetizers, Soups, Salads, Pasta, Filipino Favorites | Drinks & Wine
Asian Favorites, Mediterranean Entrees, Steaks, Sidings, Desserts

The menu is a bit limited right now and focused on the best sellers of Cafe Juanita in Pasig.




Even the toys for kids are well thought out. They offer interesting blocks to keep the toddlers entertained for some time.

Maya-Maya sa Miso (P328 +10%sc)

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.

Kare Kare (P495 +10%sc) Ox tail and tripe stewed in peanuts and toasted rice with tropical vegetables.

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.

Lengua Estofado (P385 +10%sc) Tender Ox tongue gently stewed in tomato sauce.

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.

Aidan and Joshua love to play with the hanging curtains…

Mini Turon (P85 +10%sc)

A simple dessert with 3 hot turons and ice cream for the kids.

Cassava Cake (P89 +10%sc)

I love their cassava cake, especially when it is served hot and literally melts in your mouse with the creamy sauce.

Sticky Toffee Pudding (P89 +10%sc)

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.

No doubt, Cafe Juanita at the Burgos Circle will be the hottest place to be this coming holiday season. I can’t wait for them to offer a Sunday Brunch buffet…


Cafe Juanita at the Fort
Unit WS-2 Burgos Circle, Forbestown Center,
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, 1634
Telephone: +632 403-1952
Email: [email protected]
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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Anton Diaz
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