I just unearthed my food photos of Cocina Juan, finally! We visited this place months ago based on a friend’s recommendation. And we’ve been back for a few times since then, affordable and good food. Perhaps this is one of the pre-requisites in opening a resto in Maginhawa St., food should be affordable for UP and other university students and must meet their discerning tastebuds. Cruising along Maginhawa St. is surely an adventure for food lovers like me, from Kiss the Cook Cafe, let me introduce you to Central American cuisine of Cocina Juan.
Cocina Juan according to Openrice.com:
Cocina Juan is a central American Inspired restaurant for the Filipino thus the tag line “Inspiration De Centro America, Plato para La Filipino”. The Dish Insipiration revolves around the use of Limon, Tortilla, Celantro, Cumin, Chilli, Chilli Tomate, Parsley, Basil, Tomate, Ajo, Mantikelya and Sibuya. Cocina Juan’s value proposition is to bring you to experience and taste central american inspired food “Comida”. Our concept is simple “We are here to serve Latin American inspired Food so that you may experience the latin Colors, Music, Culture and Art in each bite of each dish we bring out. Bienvendo Cocina Juan”.
Cocina Juan has no-fuss interiors, just plastic tables and chairs but they painted the walls with Mexican inspired colors. They also set up an outdoor dining area because the indoor dining area can only accomodate around 15-20 people. The waiters are very friendly and are pretty much in-the-know with their menu.
Complimentary nachos were served while waiting for our food.
For starters, this Cheesy Corn Soup can prep your tastebuds for the main course. And can you believe it’s only Php 35? If you’re a cheese whiz lover like me, you’ll definitely love this soup, diluted cheese whiz mixed with corn.
When we asked the waiter for their specialty, he recommended this out-of-the-menu specialty, but the name is so long we can’t even start pronouncing it. But this dish has, lamb, sausage, potatoes, corn, salad and rice. You can choose between two sauces. I’m warning you, this one’s for the huge appetite, 2 to 3 people can feast on this.
This is a light meal for weight watchers and fish lovers. The cream dory just melts in your mouth, the sauce is sweet with a hint of spice.
The dish presentation looks dull and unappetizing. But the ground beef inside is still yummy, we asked for extra sauces which the waiter gladly provided because we like our tacos spicy and dripping with sauce.
A treat for burrito lovers because this one’s huge and oozing with flavorful seasoned beef fillings.
From the menu, it’s a Panamanian dessert also known as drunken cake. For me, there’s nothing special about this dessert, just an ordinary lemon/butter cake slice poured with syrup and then topped with ice cream. I guess I’m really not a fan of ala-mode desserts, restaurants can do a lot better than making ordinary cookies, brownies, etc… into a dessert just by adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Not to mention putting a hefty price tag on what seemed to be an effort of putting an ice cream on top.
But don’t let the dessert keep you from going to Cocina Juan, the food is definitely worth a visit!
100 Maginhawa Street
UP Teacher’s Village
Diliman, Quezon City