One of the restaurants featured at Lamp Quarters, that cozy haven for food lovers along G. Fernando Ave. that’s winning raves barely a year after it opened, is Dong Juan, which serves Italian, American and some Filipino dishes.
Originally from Cebu, Dong Juan offers gourmet burgers such as its signature Dong Juan burger, cheeseburger, mushroom and cheeseburger red hot chili burger, which it describes on its menu as “a piping hot concoction of zesty, smooth and sweet, red hot Malaysian chili with the natural umami of prawn paste.”
There is also the Dong Juan ultimate bacon burger (naturally smoked thick-cut of bacon on top of bacon), Korean burger (kimichi relish topped burger with Korean pancakes), Japanese burger (kani and wasabi flavored), red hot double “D” burger (red hot chili burger twice the taste) and the double “D” burger (almost half a kilo of beef patties) for the ultimate burger experience.
For pasta lovers, Dong Juan has a variety of flavorful offerings to choose from such as the linguine meatballs in marinara sauce, Cebu native chorizo pasta, Spanish chorizo pasta, linguine carbonara, gambas al ajillo pasta and pacific pasta, that is, past made from assorted seafood in marinara sauce and crab roe.
Then there are the mouth-watering pizzas such as its signature Dong Juan cheese and garlic, Hungarian special, all-meat special. They are available with regular or flavored dough, which is kneaded with basil, oregano, parmesan cheese, and superior grade olive oil imported from Spain.
To provide more variety to its customers, the restaurant also serves some Filipino dishes including its own version of the crispy pata called Asian pork knuckles.
“Dong Juan is actually American-Italian when it started off in Cebu. Then it expanded into a variety of Filipino food simply because we are in the Philippines so we also have to offer what people really like,” says Myla Gonzales, who owns the franchise for the restaurant inside Lamp Quarters.
While everything on the menu looks appetizing, the bestsellers include burgers and pizzas, the gambas pasta, pork knuckles. For drinks, its calamansi blush, which is strawberry juice mixed with calamansi and milk. For dessert, one of its popular offerings is the blueberry cheesecake -- perfect when paired with a sizzling hot coffee.
G. Fernando Ave., Centro De Buenviaje, Sto. Nino, Marikina City
(632) 866 4158/ (63) 917 709 5969
Sunday to Thursday -- 11am to 11pm
Friday and Saturday – 11am to 1am
For more about Dong Juan, please check out the Facebook page of Lamp Quarters: