On Saturday, June 4, 2016, ‘Best Bite of I Love Tansyong” decided to visit the famous Bulalohan among call center agents and office workers in the metro – R & J Bulalo – to review. The said restaurant is located at Plainview Maysilo Circle, Plainview, Mandaluyong City, along Boni Avenue. You will bump on it before you reach Mandaluyong City Hall if you will be coming from EDSA
R & J Bulalo is well-known because of their specialty dish Bulalô . It is a light-colored soup Filipino dish that is made by cooking beef shanks and marrow bones until the collagen and fat melted into the clear broth. Bulalo is native to the Southern Luzon region of the Philippines.
At first glance, R & J is your typical carinderia: open-air dining area, monobloc chairs, walls made of wood and bamboo, and a loud karaoke machine. Filipino native is the ambiance of the said resto. The area is huge enough to accommodate 400-500 guests in one dining. Parking space is also available but they can only accommodate two cars. You can park along Boni Ave though but that’s not secured.
R&J has been in the business for almost 20 years now. They used to serve only bulalo but then their menu expanded and now they offer other Filipino favorites like Tapsilog, Chicharon Bulaklak, Pork and Tofu, Ensaladang Bagnet, Dried Milkfish, Fried Catfish. Beer and liquor are also available for a group of friends or a team who are planning to have a drinking session.
The place is quite hot and not well-ventilated since it is an open area. It is not advisable to grab a bite during daytime especially on lunch. But during night time, the place is very dynamic and vibrant due to its audible music coming from the karaoke and the lightings inside. Hence, the said establishment is open 24 hours.
The food is truly savory and worth the time we spent just to commute and get there. Indeed it is perfect for individuals who are craving for delicious menu and in a tight budget. No wonder, call center agents patronize this resto because of its affordable menu, especially call center subculture and office workers embrace this ORAS DE PELIGRO – days before the payday wherein everybody thriftily spends the money left on them.
Place - 8/10. The place is not well-ventilated and parking slot is scarce
Food - 10/10. Indeed, the food is delicious with affordable prices.
Service: 3/10. They were not able to match the fast-paced service needed in proportion to the number of guests who are waiting for orders. They’re Karaoke is not even working properly and they will no longer refund the money you inserted to the machine.
It is our second week attending zumba session in Marikina Sport Center every Sunday. Indeed, it is our routine also to eat after the intense dancing. This week we will aim to satisfy our gastronomical craving by giving a try on this buffet restaurant within the vicinity of Marikina.
Cocina by Kusina ni Kambal is an eat all you can buffet restaurant located at ground floor Kapitan Moy Building. J.P. Rizal Street ,Sta Elena, Marikina City. It just a walking distance from the Public Market.
Cocina by Kusina ni Kambal also accepts catering services for various events.
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Monday -7:30 AM to 9:30 AM, 11 AM to 2 PM, 7 PM to 10 PM
Tuesday -7:30 AM to 9:30 AM, 11 AM to 2 PM, 7 PM to 10 PM
Wednesday -7:30 AM to 9:30 AM, 11 AM to 2 PM, 7 PM to 10 PM
Thursday -7:30 AM to 9:30 AM, 11 AM to 2 PM, 7 PM to 10 PM
Friday -7:30 AM to 9:30 AM, 11 AM to 2 PM, 7 PM to 10 PM
Saturday - 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM, 11 AM to 2 PM, 7 PM to 10 PM
Sun day 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM, 11 AM to 2 PM, 7 PM to 10 PM
Ok! Let us start to review this restaurant.
Personally, I was amazed of the design because it is very old. The concept of the facade is based on Spanish pre-historic. Since the said restaurant is inside the Capitan Moy Building – they truly maintained and renovated the place to make it functional despite of the oldness.
Nancy noticed the ceiling fan in the middle of the place. It is made of old abaniko - An abaniko (from the Spanish word abanico, meaning fan) is a type of hand-held fan that originated from the Philippines. The abaniko, together with the baro't saya, is a part of a lady's attire. Various ways of using and holding the abaniko may convey different meanings. For example, an open abaniko that covers the chest area is a sign of modesty while rapid fan movements express the lady's displeasure.
She took a picture of that eye-catching ceiling fan.
I also love the lightings of the place. It is quite dim, and you can feel the calmness of the area. Attached on each post is a white tree made of UWAY with series lightings – it gives a dynamic effect to its dull spot.
An old concept of restaurant is incomplete without antiques. On the other corner of the resto is an old piano which truly adds up the detailed design of the place.
On the right side of the room is where the window located at. They did not open that portal hence they put some old antiques like, painted plate, drinking glass, lamp shade and some photos.
There is also Sungka - Sungká is a popular traditional board game. The board is a carved length of wood called a sungkahan and the game involves moving shells or pebbles around the pits carved into the board.
To sum it up, upon sitting the dinette set, it will truly bring you back to the Spanish era. It seems that you are inside Intramuros City. It feels like you’re visiting grandma in the province and she prepared you foods. The homey and classic place will let you remember our history when we were colonized by the Spaniards.
It is also air-conditioned place, so even how hot outside, you can’t feel it from inside. There is also background music which ironically playing Justin Beiber music.
In fairness, the place is clean which a huge factor why customer patronizes this resto.
Ok! Let us start eating and review the foods.
With its reasonable price, no one can afford ignoring this EAT ALL YOU CAN BUFFET compared to those buffet resto which are located inside the mall.
Majority of the foods they served here are Filipino dishes. Philippine cuisine (Filipino: Lutuing Pilipino or Pagkaing Pilipino) consists of the food, preparation methods, and eating customs found in the Philippines. The style of cooking and the food associated with it have evolved over many centuries from their Austronesian origins to a mixed cuisine of Malay, Indian, Spanish, Chinese, and American, as well as other Asian Indian cuisine adapted to indigenous ingredients and the local palate.
Since we arrived at the resto at 8AM, they offered breakfast menu to us.
Belone is available; the sweetness is ok to balance the meat.
Chicken Adobo is perfect for us since we came from the extreme workout. “ang lakas makakanin”. Adobo (from Spanish adobar: "marinade," "sauce" or "seasoning") is a popular dish and cooking process in Philippine cuisine that involves meat, seafood, or vegetables marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic, which is browned in oil, and simmered in the marinade. It is perfect for morning hungry people like us.
Pork Afritada is also one of my favourites. Pork Afritada is simply “Stewed pork in tomato sauce”. This dish is similar to Menudo and Kaldereta (or Caldereta) and is usually cooked with wedges of carrots and potatoes. The Pork is tender enough , perfect for the rice.
Wow Tokwa - perfecr to sa akin lalo na at naghahabol ako ng protina for summer.
Fried Danggit - perfect siya papakpapakin at isawsaw sa suka.
Danggit is the local Philippine name for a fish also known the rabbitfish or spinefoot (part of the Siganus family). Other local names include samaral, taragbago, kitang, or tabago. It can be eaten fresh or dried; dried and salted danggit is a popular Filipino food and is well known as a product of Cebu. When fried, it becomes crispy, and is often eaten dipped in vinegar
Wala ng tatalo sa fried rice sa umaga.
Allan's favorite are the small hotcakes topped with chocolate syrup.
Nancy's favorite is the palitaw. It is a small, flat, sweet rice cake eaten in the Philippines. They are made from washed, soaked, and ground malagkit (sticky rice). After excess water is let out from the grinding process, scoops of the batter are rolled and flattened to a circular shape and cooked by dropping into boiling water; floating to the surface is an indication that they're done. Before serving, they are dipped in grated coconut, and presented with a separate mix of sugar and toasted sesame seeds
Side Orders :
Lechon Baka - PHP29,000
Lechon - PHP 7,000
Lumpia Bar (for 50 pax) - PHP3,000
Halo-Halo Bar - PHP60 per head
Buffet Canapes - PHP 150 per head
Cold cuts - PHP 100 per head
Salad Bar - PHP 100 per head
Pasta Bar - PHP 100 per head
Crepes Bar - PHP 100 per head
Grilled Prawns - - PHP 150 per head
Sushi Bar - PHP 150 per head
Tempura Shrimps - PHP 150 per head
Ice Cream Bar - - PHP 75 per head
Dessert Buffet - - PHP 150 per head
Puto Bungbong (min of 100 pax ) - PHP 80 per head
Puto Bibingka (min. of 100 pax ) - PHP 80 per head
Chocolate fountain - PHP7,000
Take note :
1. Inclusive of Catering Fee
2. Inclusive of EVAT
3. Additional PHP1,500 for below minimum.
4. Minimum of 50 pax reservation within Metro Manila.
5 50% Down payment upon signing the contract, and full payment should be made 3 days before the event.
6. For Out of Town Catarings. 15% Overhead charge for catering venue Alabang, Las Pinas and MuntinLupa.
7. For Out of Town Catarings. 25% Overhead charge for catering venue, Laguna,Cavite and Batangas, Bulacan Minimum reservation of 100 pax (below minimum addtional 10% overhead charge)