Our lunch-outs/dinner-outs these days are mostly unplanned, and these usually happen when we have nothing else to do at home (after chores and school work are done) and there’s still time for a quick getaway before we call it a day. Such was the case when we went to BGC on the last Sunday of August. We didn’t have any restaurant in mind that time, so we scouted around and decided to have dinner at Jonas, the home of the Original Pares. We ordered two of their hot dishes, Original Jonas Pares and Chicken Salted Egg, plus Bihon Guisado. Their hot dishes are served with fried rice and soup.
Because everything is served on a bowl for hot dishes orders, our small table looked overcrowded. Since hubby and I each ordered the Original Jonas Pares and there’s another hot dish for our son, that means we actually have three hot dishes on our table, hence 9 bowls for the three of us, including a plate for the Bihon Guisado. Lol!
The Original Jonas Pares is their best-seller. Diners come to Jonas for this, so it’s a must for us to try this, too. Well, the beef is tender and flavorful. I also enjoyed the tasty and aromatic sauce. The beef pares is nicely complemented by the lightly seasoned and non-greasy fried rice. The clear soup is a heartwarming addition to this highly popular Jonas hot dish, too.
Based on his main dish choices lately, our son seems to have a penchant for meat with salted egg recipes. He usually orders Salted Egg Pork at Makansutra. Here at Jonas, he ordered Chicken Salted Egg. One bite and you’d know that the chicken was crispy. The salted egg yolks likewise enhanced the flavor of the chicken meat. Our son said he liked it. He also the crunchy Kropek (fried prawn-flavored crackers) underneath the chicken. He wasn’t able to finish everything, though, as the serving was quite big for an 11-year-old.
Hubby wanted to try their Bihon Guisado, which did not fail to deliver as well. We like that it’s not dry or too saucy but somewhere in the middle. It had generous servings of meat and veggies, too. What’s missing, according to my husband, is the presence and taste of pork/chicken liver, and I agree.
There’s really nothing special about this Gulaman, so try their other drinks when you visit Jonas.
We enjoyed our stay at Jonas BGC overall. The food is good, the place is spacious, and the waitstaff are personable. We actually went back again to Jonas a few days ago.
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