Pig Out Sessions with Larry Cortez I: Uncle Cheffy & Kuse

Does the name Larry Cortez ring a bell?

Probably not.

After all, he is just the co-owner of Chef's quarter group which consists of 10 restaurants in its fold so far including Uncle Cheffy, Kuse Traditional Filipino Cuisine and Chef's Quarter Restaurant.  Now, those bells hurt a lot eh?  

The story behind Larry Cortez is an inspiring one as he went from a security guard in a restaurant to what he is now.  I was lucky enough to host his blogger event along with my co-organizer Vanessa Pane and it was a really fun night.  Larry was more than happy to share how he went from rags to riches and it's because hard work and perseverance pays off in more ways than one.

I have to admit I am not really a good listener though especially when in front all these delicious food:

 Uncle Cheffy Salad (P395)

I did not get much of the salad due to the fact that Vanessa told me that the bloggers should not eat lunch since we should expect something heavy for dinner.  The Uncle Cheffy Salad is unlike any other salad as it boasts the combination of crispy pork belly, asparagus, potato and mesclun in dijonaise dressing.

Grilled Prawns and Pomelo Salad (P495)

The name of this salad tells you all you need to know about what is in it.  My companions loved it and the fact that it is in roasted sesame vinaigrette does not hurt either.

Lovely Jenny Salad (P230)

This salad was named after Larry's lovely wife Jenny.  The presence of salmon in french dressing is kind of new to me as it is put in green apple and aragula salad.  This salad sure is lovelier than it looks.

 East meets West (P495)

Uncle Cheffy's panizzas completely stole the show as they were all baked on charcoal brick oven.  All the panizzas come with 3 cheese and East meets West also includes salami, salted eggs, mango, tomatoes, kesong puti and parmaham.  The assortment of toppings make this panizza a must try.

 All Meat Barbequed (P450)

Added to the 3 cheese topping is loads of meat including chicken barbeque, pork and beef terriyaki.  This one will make you full even if it does not look that way.

Uncle Cheffy Favorites (P395)

The mushroom garlic is without a doubt the highlight of this panizza and it also includes anchovy and oven dried tomatoes.  It was my favorite panizza among the three that was served and I would order this again when I get back here.  I immediately became a big fan of panizzas.

Seafood Tom Yang Gang Soup (P410)

This one was mildly spicy and its got a lot of seafood in it like squid and clams. 

Cream Dory Munierre- (295- 500grams / 595- 1,000grams)

I don't eat fish that much but their Dory is a must try.  The sauce made it a real winner.

Roasted Chicken Maurino (250- 500grams/ 495- 1,000grams)

The roasted chicken maurino tastes as good as it looks.  There is a blend of mild Indian spices in it after being marinated in Yogurt.

Asian Fried Rice- 120.00 / 220.00 (Sharing)

There is a mix of Asian flavors in this fried rice.  It certainly goes well with their specialties as people who want to avoid rice would change their mind because of this.

ADOBO RICE- 120.00

I have to admit I wanted to avoid eating rice on this night since I wanted to save my appetite.  However, I just could not resist when the adobo rice came out.  It was a good thing I was able to taste it before it ran out because their version is really good.

Garlic Studded Pork Belly Lechon (95.00 per 100grams)

When I first saw their pork belly lechon, I thought to myself that I should really start my diet on another day.  Oh man! I really dug this dish in more ways than one.


Larry Cortez himself told us that Vigan Bagnet is the best seller of Kuse and I believe him.  This dish made me forget about the other bagnets I have tasted.

 New England Pot Roast Beef- 495.00

I am a huge fan of roast beef and I like how they cooked their version.  It was indeed a keeper and it was also mixed with numerous veggies for a delightful taste.


Who does not like bulalo soup?  Kuse's version was an instant classic to me.  It was such a shame it came at a time when everyone was already gasping for air because of how full they were.  I enjoyed it a lot though because I prepared for this occasion.

Chocolate Roulade- 150.00

Chocolate lovers will love this dessert.  It is just too bad I was not able to taste it since I am not that fond of chocolate.  My friends told me it was great for those who has the sweet tooth.

 Cheesecake- 150.00

Chocolate Parfait- 125.00

I love the fact that the Chocolate ice cream was wrapped in pandan crepe along with Vanilla ice cream and walnut bits.  This was one of the highlights of the dessert list in my opinion.

Sapin-Sapin Creme Brulee (P195)

This dessert was one of the desserts featured in the Inquirer Lifestyle's Best Desserts of 2013.  When I got to taste it, I quickly understood why it was included in that list.  It was creamy on the inside and tasty on the outside.  

If the food is going to be this good then I can't wait for part 2.

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