Remedios Circle Crawl: LJC Group’s Excellence for over 3 decades

When you first here the place “Malate“, the common conception nowadays is that there is a nightlife in the area with a lot of expats, and a sort of red light district vibe. Unbeknownst, to most, it’s also a great culinary hub with a variety of authentic Japanese, Filipino, Chinese, and even middle eastern restaurants. Let’s revisit one of the iconic areas in Malate, a small rotunda called Remedios Circle.

Remedios Circle is also known as the Plaza de la Virgen de Los Remedios, Remedios Rotonda, and Rotary Circle is a traffic circle in Malate, Manila. It’s an intersection between Remedios Street and Adriatico Street. Originally a cemetery in colonial times, the circle is known today for being the center of Manila’s nightlife. This is thanks to the Larry J. Cruz, the Founder of the LJC Chain of Restaurants. In 1979 he made a career change and opened his first restaurant, a small café in the corner of the Remedios Circle in Malate. He named the restaurant Café Adriatico, after the street. The Café served classic Spanish and Filipino dishes and had commendable customer service. It became a place where people could commune, enjoy a good cup of coffee and good food. Pretty soon, Café Adriatico became the venue where Manila’s elite celebrities, politicians, and Manila’s oldest families would frequent.

Today the Remedios circle is home to three LJC establishments, Bistro Remedios, Café Adriatico, and Polka Dot Bakeshop.

Ang Bistro sa Remedios

Bistro Remedios can be found right around the Remedios circle. It first opened its doors in 1984 and was named after the street it was on. It’s that place with the wooden door and green roof.

 

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The moment you step in, it’s like going back in time. Antique fixtures, furniture, and art from local artists herald their walls and bring back the Old Manila charm. A live ensemble of Filipino Folk singers serenades you, as you have a traditional Filipino meal.

 

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Pako at Itlog na Maalat 

Forest ferns, itlog na maalat and a light salad dressing.

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Knockout Kare-Kare

Crispy and tender Crispy Pata and a vat of thick peanut sauce. Whenever you think whether you’ll order the Kare Kare or Crispy Pata, Bistro Remedios, bring you both in a single platter. The sauce is perfect with the tender meat of the Kare-Kare and a nice crunch in between each bite.

 

 

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Binusog na Pusit sa bawang

Squid stuffed with tomatoes and onions, grilled then topped with heaps of crunchy garlic. Each bite burst flavors into your mouth. Tender squid with the garlic is just delicious.

 

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Bamboo Rice

Glutenous rice with mushrooms, chicken cooked in a bamboo shoot. The sound of the bamboo resonating, as the waiters, come nearer to serve you this dish. Warm, rich, and comforting.

Ang Bistro sa Remedios is the perfect place to visit if you want no-frills honest to goodness traditional Filipino fare. From the moment you step in, until the end of your meal, you get to experience Filipino hospitality at it’s finest.

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Cafe Adriatico

The original LJC restaurant, Café Adriatico, is a place my family would go to for coffee, breakfast, and afternoon snacks. The place is homey, with wood panels and antique fixtures.

 

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Ensalada Esmeralda

Fresh fruits on a bed of greens, dried cranberries and almond flakes topped with a raspberry yogurt dressing with chia seeds.

 

Prawns Thermidor

Two big pieces of prawns drenched in a hollandaise cream sauce topped with cheese. Served with rice and a grilled tomato.

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Chicken a la Kiev

When you slice open the deep fried chicken there is a gush of butter and garlic that flavors the whole dish. Rich, and delicious. Easily one of the best dishes of the day.

 

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Akuw’a

Tender Ox Tail with a savory stew made up of tomatoes, onion, garlic and some Yemeni spices. This is one of their original dishes. It’s a bit similar to callos.

 

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Canonigo

Light and fluffy, each bite melts in your mouth. Cover it with the custard cream sauce and bite into a piece of mango to balance the sweetness of the dish.

After three generations, my family still frequents it’s halls, in large part to their consistent food, quality, and service.

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Cafe Adriatico Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

Polka dot Bakeshop

The latest addition to the LJC Group is the Polka dot Bakeshop. Its home is right across from Café Adriatico and Bistro Remedios, it’s the perfect place to satisfy your sweet tooth.

 

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Pork Empanadas

Thin layers of fried dough that envelopes their tasty pork filling. The effort it takes to make these are unbelievable, and you can see it with this excellent piece of pastry.

 

Chocolate Decadence

Moist, rich, and velvety smooth chocolate cake.

 

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Yuki Mouse Cake

Light, rich, and creamy. Each bite just melts in your mouth.

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Strawberry Rose Delight

Don’t let this cake fool you. While it seems like strawberry on the outside, it’s actually a light Lemon torte cake. Mild lemon flavors with a strawberry flair.

 

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Walnut Chocolate Gateau Cake

A cherry chocolate walnut chocolate sponge with cherry and topped with walnuts

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Why LJC Matters

The LJC Group has created a number of different restaurants that has been consistent across all venues. They offer Filipino families with traditional home-style meals that meant to be shared. Their no-frills approach and generous use of key spices for Filipino cuisine are unparalleled in making each of their dishes “Malinamnam” or strong umami flavors that keep us coming back. Take a break from your ‘instagrammable’ restaurants or photo perfect food. This is where it’s at. Like we always say the flavor is king.

 

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