A Hole in the Wall indeed

Cocina Juan located at 100 Maginhawa Street is not your typical "hole in the wall" restaurant.  In fact, they are one of the original restaurants to step foot in this street until the place suddenly became a commercial avenue.  It was named Cocina Juan after their brother who migrated over to Canada.  It is owned by the Adviento brothers who are very close to each other.

We were lucky enough to have been entertained by one of the owners, Robert Adviento.  He told us they wanted the restaurant to become a fusion restaurant.  He also told us the food that is served in the restaurant were inspired by his visit to Nicaragua.  

Cocina Juan is also a painting gallery as most of the paintings here were done by local artists and some were done by the owners themselves.  You will get the homey feeling when you are at this restaurant.

We were served Nachos and Tacos for appetizer.  Since we were 10 in the group, I had a hunch all the food were not going to be enough and I was right.  Because of that, I had to take out most of the appetizer even though I was not really a fan of Nachos and Tacos.

A must try is their Chimichurri specials especially the Cerdo Castillo Chimichurri (above).  It is going to take them some time before they serve the main course.  However, I advise everyone that the wait is worth it because their grilled meat is the reason they get a lot of customers.  


Robert Adviento and his brother were all smiles here.  Why wouldn't they?  After countless competitiors, they are still standing and proving that they are here to stay.  I would certainly come back here and order the ones we were not able to eat like the Chicken Chimichurri Cheese.

8 (mga) komento:

Roch ayon kay ...

The one with the eyeglasses looks like my colleague now who's a member of the third sex haha. I feel like I don't like homey restaurants and I'm into those with modern ambiance dominated with grandeur. Presentation of food was okay.

Algene ayon kay ...

Dining in a place with beautiful paintings on the wall is heaven! I would love this visit this place someday. :)

Jonas Labagala ayon kay ...

I love nachos and a big fan of it!

I do love homey ambiance. It makes you feel comfortable while eating. :D

YANI ayon kay ...

Great place with nice dishes and with out of the ordinary ambiance.

Unknown ayon kay ...

I love visiting this kind of restaurants, had gallery to stimulate my visual and good food for my stomach.

Hindi-nagpakilala ayon kay ...

Good food stays no matter the competitions are. Their food looks really appetizing.

Hindi-nagpakilala ayon kay ...

I'd love to visit this place too. Hopefully this coming weekends.

Unknown ayon kay ...

wow, i like restaurants with nice pictures to see while waiting for our order. that restau is perfect for art fans like me :) the taco salad looks good! http://www.heartscontentofamama.com/2013/02/lunch-date-with-friends-at-golden-cowrie.html

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