With so many options to choose from in Katipunan, Jeepney Bistro stands out with its unusual set up. Not only does it have a mini turo-turo area, it also has an adorable little cafe that serves really good coffee blends and pastries, and a Mexican bar which serves amazing Mexican meals at an affordable price. The place is definitely student-friendly because of the homey and quiet ambiance, and the affordable yet amazing meals.
Jeepney Bistro is the main area of the restaurant, where the "turo-turo" is. It looks kind of like your normal cafeteria where they serve their home-cooked meals for PhP 60 and above.
For those of you who are not familiar with the kilawin, it is the Filipino version of the ceviche. This is a dish wherein the fish is marinated in vinegar long enough to "cook" the fish and kill the bacteria. What's special about their version of kilawin is that they also put gata (coconut milk), which makes it a bit more sweet and creamy. It was absolutely delicious!
The restaurant boasts their use of Visayan ingredients and family recipes, and their ginataang native na manok is one of the dishes they're most proud of mainly because they use native chicken. Native chickens are chickens not grown for commercial use. They're the chickens most local farmers just grow in their backyards, so they're organic. Native chicken tends to have a leaner and more flavorful meat, but they cook longer. Overall, the dish was really good. The vegetables, gata, and native chicken worked harmoniously to make a rich and creamy chicken dish.
Lechon paksiw is another great way to eat an all time favorite. This is usually cooked with the lechon sauce as the base but in this case, they only used vinegar which worked amazingly well with the dish! Its perfect sour mix will definitely make you want to eat this for days.
Ceviche is the second part of their restaurant just beside their café. It offers Mexican dishes that are served fresh since they are cooked only after you order them. It's a good place to go to if you're kinda missing Tia Maria's Cantina, the ever loved Mexican resto-bar that used to stand beside Shakey's Katipunan (huhu you will forever be missed).
Their shrimp ceviche is an absolute must-try. It might be a bit expensive for a student, but it's definitely worth it. The ceviche tastes very fresh with the raw cucumber, onions and tomatoes, finishing off with a hint of lemon. It's a great company for when you're studying in the restaurant or when you're having a few drink with friends, since Ceviche also offers margaritas.
Burritos are definitely a Mexican restaurant staple but what makes this burrito different is that it has such a flavorful taste that you will probably finish the whole thing in minutes. It is served in pretty large portions and the tortilla wraps is filled to the brim! The price is definitely worth it.
The beef fajita comes with tortilla wraps, salsa, and mashed corn. We love this dish because you could really taste the spices in the beef. The spiciness is a bit shocking at first, but pair it with the salsa and mashed corn, and you'll feel just like you're in a bar looking towards the Gulf of Mexico. The beef is tender too, which adds 10 points to its deliciousness.
Q Coffee & Tea
Q Coffee & Tea is the café part of the restaurant, located beside the turo-turo area. It has a few couches and plush chairs, creating a cozy atmosphere that's good for when you want to study.
After you've had an amazing meal, you might want to cap it off with some tea. The tea is served in these adorable little teapots and tea cups and it comes in various flavors like Wild Orange and Ginger Peach.
Their Almond Roca Mocha is one of the few drink we really liked in their range of unique coffees, teas, and blends. It's sweet, but it doesn't overpower the coffee.
Now that it's getting a little colder, the Toasted Marshmallow Latte is definitely what you need. Who said marshmallows were only for hot chocolate? This unique blend of flavors is definitely a must try.
If you're craving for some really good dessert that's not that sweet, Jeepney Bistro's pistachio sans rival is a must-try. It's definitely a melt-in-your-mouth, creamy goodness!
Overall, Jeepney Bistro is a great restaurant to eat in with your classmates, friends, and family. Joselito Sydionco, the owner of Jeepney Bistro, did a really good job in bringing a new concept to Katipunan. Mixing a place where inexpensive home-cooked meals are served for those who are homesick, a nice and quiet café, and amazing Mexican resto-bar for your chill nights, and placing it in Katipunan is definitely a smart move.
So go give it a try! They're open every day from 10:30AM to 10PM. Plus, they have free WiFi for your schoolwork and meeting needs.
- Kim Alivia & Marian Plaza