Started as a hole in the wall restaurant in Guadalupe in 2007, Dong Juan continuously grew and became one of the prominent restaurants in Cebu known for their burgers, pizza and pasta. Dong Juan gives you that homey and family-friendly ambiance.
Dong Juan offers value for money with their consistent dishes that makes you come back for more. But Dong Juan isn’t limited only to what they are known-for, they have Filipino dishes that are a must-try like their Sisig and their Pochero.
Dong Juan’s menu is a fusion of Western and Filipino cuisine that captures the Filipino palate. For starters, Miss Aubrey Borja, the owner, allowed us to try their Mozzarella Sticks and Chili Wings. The Marinara sauce gives of the Mozzarella Sticks give the sticks that playful flavor of the tomatoes. The Chili Wings, on the other hand, is similar to the buffalo wings but with a twist because of the sesame seeds that adds a nutty and crunch to the wings.
For our mains, we’ve feasted on their Fried Rice, Seafood Soup, Babyback Ribs, All Meat Pochero, and Gambas Pasta. For me, the Ribs and Pochero took the spotlight. The Babyback Ribs in Barbecue Sauce can stand alone without the sauce because the meat is already so flavorful and so tender. The meat just falls right of the bones so easily. The All Meat Pochero was definitely a star because of its gravy sauce that has been mixed with milk.
The drinks I’ve had was the Kalamansi Blush. It’s a very interesting drink that has fresh strawberries giving the calamansi a blush of its redness, giving it a sweet end taste aside from the sourness of the calamansi. For the desserts, we’ve had a variety of flavors for their mug cake. The fudge of the mug cake was very outstanding because it simply melts on your mouth. The Red Velvet and the Dark Fudge mug cakes were a major stand out because of their distinctiveness compared to their Salted Caramel, Crunchy Cookie Butter, and S’mores.
But before we ended the meal, Miss Aubrey served its Dong Juan Tablea Collection which was launched last July 22, 2016. In the Collection, there were three dishes topped and infused with Tablea – Spanish Chorizo Pasta with Cacao De Bola, Carbonara with Cacao De Bola, and Linguine Meatballs with Tablea Marinara Sauce. A major stand out, for me, was their Spanish Chorizo Pasta. The chorizo was really an authentic Spanish Chorizo that gives that spiciness. The Cacao topped on the pasta was in perfect sync with chorizo. Definitely this is a must-try!
Dong Juan at Persimmon Mabolo is open from Mondays to Sundays from 11AM to 10PM. Visit Dong Juan now and try their Tablea Collection!