7/25/11

Cebu Secret Chows: Cebu's Burger King -- Dong Juan

      I resided at Guadalupe since I was in grade school until 2009 and the only decent restaurant nearby that most of the community knew then was Mooon Café. But right along the street where Mooon is situated, a small house that seemed to be a restaurant caught my eye every time I passed by. The signage read “Dong Juan”. The anything local junkie that I am, the name interested me and made me wonder what kind of food they served. I was in high school then and only got the opportunity to dine there when I got to college because a friend of mine recommended the place to me for their juicy burgers. 

     I like Flame It but I was never a huge fan of burgers.... until the day I tasted Dong Juan's. The day Dong Juan's burger touched down on my tongue was the day I officially fell in love with burgers. I'd only settle for Flame It since Dong Juan isn't in Ayala. No other burger could compare to the sensation Dong Juan left me.
 

     Dong Juan first opened in December 8, 2007 at Guadalupe with a concept that catered to the Cebuano palate and  not to mention, pocket. It is a family-owned business and was intended to be a burger and pizza place where middle class to upper class can enjoy good meals at value for money. I have only dined there 4x but am always satisfied. I've tried their Dong Juan burger, sisig, pizza and gambas al ajillo pasta. I loved the pasta. It was topped with bonito flakes which gave a distinct flavor to the dish. I'd always recommend their burgers and pasta to friends who ask me about Dong Juan or a place to go for a food trip. This hidden treasure has flourished solely by word-of-mouth.


     Aside from the good food, one other item that contributed greatly to their popularity is the glass they use to serve their iced tea. They use a sake glass which is actually exclusively made for them. Their food is exceptionally tasty because most of their dishes and the corresponding components are made from scratch such as the sauces, coatings and even potato chips. They  also use quality ingredients.

     Last May, the second branch finally opened at Persimmon, M.J. Cuenco, Mabolo; near Ayala. The setting here is different from the pioneer branch in Guadalupe; a simple yet sleek interior retaining little signature details like their wooden bench chairs. Seating capacity can accommodate up to 60 pax and reservations for special occasions are also accepted. Before the second branch opened, Dong Juan was already packed even on weekdays since this year. Thus, reservation is strongly recommended.  


 
     I checked out this new branch with 3 of my college friends. Carl and Natasha got the Dong Juan burgers, I had the Chili burger and Jillian had the burger steak. We also ordered the onion rings for our appetizer. The onion rings really surprised me because they weren't just onion rings. They were ONION RINGS. HUGE! Battered and breaded and accompanied by a citrus chili sauce. That had to be one of the best appetizers I've ever had and definitely the best onion rings I've ever had so far. Dong Juan sure knows how to play with senses, entertaining both eyes and taste buds.   

ONION RINGS @ 109 php

Sizzling Burger Steak - 99 php

Their burgers are succulent and flavorful, half an inch thick. Burgers range from 99-149 php.

my chili burger - 149 php


Their pizza and pasta are also among their hot-selling items. Pizza range from 199-259 php. Pasta are at 99-149.

from left clockwise: Natasha, this writer, Carl and Jillian

Dong Juan is the place to be for great food, great company, and great value. 85% of the menu is worth trying.

P.S. I would like to apologize for not posting any entries for so long. I've been so swamped with school but I hope I can post something at least once a week.

I'd also like to thank Mrs. Aubrey Borja for sparing me her time to answer some of my questions about Dong Juan. 
      
You can visit or call for reservation at either of the branches of Dong Juan located at:

999 Emilio St., Guadalupe, Cebu City - 256 1796


Persimmon, MJ Cuenco Ave., Mabolo, Cebu City - 266 5826




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20 comments:

  1. aaah, I missed your entries! hehe love have you heard of akits?

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  2. awww. thanks, love! i miss you more. hahaha. akits? nope. wuddat? :)

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  3. Hi Justinne. This is such a thorough review of Dong Juan's and their business is really expanding. They're even opening a branch in Mango but the one in Guadalupe is my all-time favorite.

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  4. Hi, Chy! So sorry for the uber late reply. Didn't notice I got a new comment. Haha. Anyhoo, I didn't know their planning to open at Mango. That would be cool. And yes, their Guadalupe branch does have a sentimental value to the patrons who knew about it since it was there. I'm one of them! :)

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  5. Great Food blog. I am kinda a newbie into blogging so I find great inspiration to write about food after seeing this. :)

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  6. Thanks so much, sixfingeredwanderer! That's very nice to know and it means a lot to me. God bless with yout blogging! :)

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  7. big chili burger i want :DD dang i should try it someday

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  8. you should! no better place to go than Dong Juan. :D

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  9. Hi, can i ask for your E-mail Address?

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    1. Hi, it's justinnego@gmail.com. :)

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  10. I've always wanted to try Dong Juan's. Your review is very helpful. :) Followed you. :)

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    1. Hi, thanks! I actually wanna do a more updated post on Dong Juan sometime. Hopefully soon. Haha. Actually, not just Dong Juan. Kinda like a roundup of my top burger picks. :)

      Thanks for the follow! :D

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  11. Found this from 40 Bloggers who qualified in Cebu Blogs awards. Looking to work with other Cebuano bloggers.

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    1. Hi, YesCebu!

      Wow, cool! Would love to work with other Cebuano bloggers as well. Feel free to contact me through my email: justinnego@gmail.com

      Hope to hear from you! :)

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  12. I like their name very bisaya. and their food of course. The dong Juan in Persimmon however seem to have a very limited space.

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    1. Yes, food here is good. Almost anything you choose on the menu doesn't disappoint. And yes, the space is quite limited so it's best to call for reservation. You can find a lot of franchised branches around already though. Like in One Mango, J Centre Mall, A.S. Fortuna and Crossroads. :)

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  13. HI justine .. your blog is super nice ... nice meeting you at CICC last nov.3o .. Group 10's FC rocks

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    1. Hey Chaii!

      thanks for dropping by! Nice meeting you at CBC3. Glad to be in a group with you, too! See you around! :D

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  14. WOW! ( My reaction after reading every inch of your blog.) I'm into food too and that's where 70% of my salary goes. I cant wait to read new posts from places you dined in. Your blog will now be my directory on where to go every payday.

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    1. Hi Muffy!

      Thanks so much for the kind comment! Really appreciate it. And I can totally relate to spending the biggest chunk of my money on food! Hahaha. Hope you'll continue to find interesting reads on my blog. :D

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