Elar’s Lechon (151 Quezon Ave. cor Speaker Perez St. Doña Imelda, Quezon City)

PhotoGrid_1376064954192Date visited: July 2013

What we ordered:

¼ Lechon and Adobong Baka

 

Taste = 5/5

–          Lechon is suckling pig and Adobong Baka is beef in vinegar and soy sauce. For me, Elar’s (not to be confused with Elarz) makes the best roasted lechon. I’ve tasted lechon that cost five times more but the taste and quality wasn’t even close to Elar’s. The perfectly orange skin was super crispy and the thin fat layer underneath it gave a very good contrast in texture. The pork meat was almost melt-in-your-mouth and really asserted its premium quality. The Lechon sauce was sweet, a little peppery and livery – just excellent. When I put crispy skin, pork meat, sauce and rice on one mouthful, I went to heaven and cried a little. Lyn doesn’t really eat much pork so she ordered the Adobong Baka. It was on the tough side but the sauce was on the salty side and was good.

 

Service = 4.5/5

–          It was a self-service set-up but there were lots of attendants who helped us with our trays, drinks and utensils.

 

Ambience = 3.5/5

–          The place looked more like a cafeteria than a restaurant. It was quite apparent that they had low-cost utensils but it just made us focus more on deliciousness of their Lechon.

 

Value for money = 5/5

–          Even if we were talking about just the Lechon, the prices they charged were very reasonable. The dishes were just priced right but what will make me come back here again and again is definitely their Lechon.

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Tender Bob’s (Greenhills Promenade, Greenhills, San Juan)

Tender Bob'sDate visited: May 2013

What we ate:

Rib-eye Steak with Jave rice and Sea Burger

 

Taste = 4/5

–          The steak was great as expected. Whenever we want good steak at a reasonable price in Greenhills, we go to Tender Bob’s. Both Lyn and I prefer our steaks medium-well because we don’t really want too much blood on our meat. The steak was tender in the middle part and a little bit tougher on the edges. I know it’s hard to cook meat evenly but the toughness on the edges were too obvious. The overall taste was nice. We could really taste good-quality beef and it really went well with the gravy. We experimented on the steak and barbecue sauces but we thought that it went best with the gravy. The sea burger was also nice. The fish tasted fresh and the crust was crunchy. The onion rings were huge and was great with ketchup.

 

Service = 3/5

–          The place was almost full but that doesn’t mean the customers will receive poor service. Since they placed that amount of chairs, they should be able to cater to full capacity.

 

Ambience = 4/5

–          The air-conditioned area was great for dining and chatting. Unfortunately, we were only able to sit on the al fresco area but good thing it was a cool night. The seats were soft and the dining area was clean and tidy but the tables (on the al fresco area) were a bit too close to the walkway of those just passing through.

 

Value for money = 4/5

–          The prices of their steaks and sea burger are reasonable considering the size and quality. I just hope they can improve their service.

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