Aristocrat is one of the first restaurants I’ve known since childhood. I remember their branch in Grand Central in Monumento, my favorite is their Chicken Barbecue and Java rice. We would always eat there on Sundays and on special occasions. There are a lot of new tastes and restaurants that I’ve tried since then, but whenever I pass by the Aristocrat at Roxas Boulevard, I can always say that they have indeed the best Chicken Barbecue in town.
I had the opportunity to rediscover the Aristocrat restaurant. This time, we visited their Subic branch. The Aristocrat in Subic is the first franchise of the restaurant, having met the stringent requirements of the Reyes family before approval.
Upon arrival, our hungry tummies immediately feasted on Arisocrat’s bestsellers. Of course, we were each served with Chicken Barbecue paired with Java Rice.
Equally delicious offerings from their extensive menu were also served.
Their Lumpiang Shanghai is crunchy and meaty. Unlike other lumpiang shanghai that has more lumpia wrapper than filling, this will definitely fill your tummy with meaty goodness.
Aristocrat truly has that distinct Filipino taste. From its humble beginning as a snack mobile in 1936, the Aristocrat has grown into a restaurant enterprise with branches in Metro Manila and some provinces in Luzon, all serving the same quality foods that have made it “The Philippines’ Most Popular Restaurant”.
In a sit-down interview with Subic branch owner, Mr. Jay Ramos, I asked him his favorites in the menu aside from Chicken Barbecue. He mentioned Chicken Honey, Pork Barbecue, Mechado, Crispy Pata, Pinakbet and Lumpiang Shanghai. Actually, he mentioned a lot, he is really proud of how Aristocrat maintains the quality of their food. That’s why without too much advertising, the restaurant is still popular, “It’s really the food that brings people back”, Mr. Jay Ramos said.
Lola Asiang’s Big 4 Merienda
We were treated like royalties that day at the Aristocrat in Subic. We were still full from our lunch and yet it’s time for merienda! And to mark Lola Asiang’s 121st birthday, The Aristocrat showcases Lola Asiang’s “Big 4” namely, Lumpiang Ubod Sariwa, Dinuguan at Puto, Arroz Caldo, and Pancit Luglog.
Their Dinuguan uses beef instead of pork. The puto (steamed rice cake) is so soft, a perfect complement to dinuguan.
I really love this combination among the merienda dishes.
I love the simplicity of their Pancit Luglug, just the right amount of toppings mixed with the flavorful sauce. Even the noodles are tasty when eaten alone.
Other merienda offerings to try are Pancit Bihon Guisado, Adobo Flying Saucer and Halo-Halo.
It was a great day to rediscover the familiar comforting taste of Aristocrat’s Chicken Barbecue, but it’s also great that there are a lot of delicious choices that is surely worth more visits.
You can also take home Aristocrat’s Achara, Bagoong and their famous Java Sauce.
If I made you hungry with this post, go to the nearest Aristocrat branch near you and satisfy your cravings!
The Aristocrat now has 10 branches located at Roxas Boulevard in Malate (open 24 hours), Jupiter in Makati, SM Mall of Asia, SM San Lazaro, The Block in SM North EDSA, Robinsons Place Manila, SM Manila, Subic Bay, San Pablo, Laguna and at Banawe St. Sta. Mesa Heights, Quezon City. The Aristocrat is Opening Soon in SM Dasmariñas Cavite.