No. 77 Maginhawa Street
UP Village, Quezon City
Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Saturday
Tel. no. 434-7362
Get your bulalo fix and indulge in Pinoy comfort food staples. Click for more.
(SPOT.ph) Never mind who Jek is. All you have to know is that Jek’s Ku-Bo is one of the most recent additions to the already-bustling restaurant scene of UP Village’s Maginhawa Street. The chow spot debuted on May 29, 2012. In a neighborhood where so-called "hipster hangouts" sprout like rabid mutant mushrooms, it’s a relief to go to a place that serves no-nonsense Pinoy comfort food. In fact, Jek’s Ku-Bo can be described as a jazzed up carinderia-style establishment.
With its easy-on-the-eyes yellow-white-and-gray color motif, one has to do a double-take when confronted with the Jek’s Ku-Bo sign that lists its specialties: Bulalo (₱135) and Ulo-Ulo in Sinigang sa Miso (₱120).
The Jek’s Kubo bulalo has a flavorful broth with a chunk of corn-on-the-cob, chopped Baguio beans, and rough-chopped cabbage. The beef is extraordinarily soft, with just the right amount of fat and just a little bit of bone marrow. It comes in a good-sized bowl that may be shared by two people. (Unless, of course, one of the hypothetical twosome is ravenously hungry.)
Aside from its two "star dishes," Jek’s Ku-Bo offers fare that’s catered to the students who frequent the area. The Ku-Bo Faves such as Salpicao ((₱85) and Adobo Flakes ((₱70) already come with rice. Meanwhile, breakfast staples such as Daing na Bangus (₱65) and Vigan Longganisa (₱70) are served with rice and a fried egg-done sunny-side-up, of course. (Tip: Remember to pick a dish that’s listed as one of te Ku-Bo Faves if you don’t want to shell out extra cash to buy a cup of rice.)
Other dishes that aren’t listed as Ku-Bo Faves include Chicken Curry (₱65), Liempo (₱50), Fried Hito (₱40), and Guinataang Sitaw at Kalabasa (₱45). A cup of rice is priced at ₱15. Sure, those aren’t the rock-bottom prices you’d normally encounter in a carinderia, but, hey, for a good meal that reminds you of home served in a clean, well-ventilated area in a hip neighborhood, that’s certainly not bad at all.
Collage graphics by Warren Espejo and additional photo graphics by Lorie Victoria. All photos taken by Erwin Dwight Valencia.