Cafe Adriatico is the flagship of the LJC Restaurant Group. when it first opened its doors in Remedios Circle in Makati, 1979, people from different social clusters starting buzzing about the delicious food and impeccable ambiance the cafe has to offer. The menu boasts of their Spanish-Mediterranean dishes that also reflects on our Filipino heritage. My personal favorite is Lola Ising's Adobo Rice which is basically deep fried pork belly on a bed of rice which is sauteed in adobo sauce, accompanied by a special adobo dip. I love adobo and I will never get sick of anything adobo.
Abe is a restaurant dedicated to LJC's father, Emilio "Abe" Cruz, who was an artist-writer, a gourmet and bon vivant. This restaurant serves traditional Filipino dishes leaning towards the Kapampangan side. These dishes were inspired by Abe's travels around the world.
After the death of Abe, LJC dreamed of setting up a resort and restaurant all in one in memory of his father. Abe's Farm is located near the foot of Mt. Arayat in Pampanga. Aside from the restaurant, there is a pool and a spa for those who want to unwind and relax. You could spend a couple of nights in the wooden Ifugao huts (that are air conditioned, mind you.).
While there is a restaurant dedicated to LJC's father, of course, there is one devoted to his mother, Felicidad De Jesus-Cruz. Fely J.'s dishes serve treasured recipes picked up from Fely's travels in Fely's style: fresh, natural, and attractive. The one and only branch is located in Greenbelt, Makati City.
When Larry J. Cruz passed away in 2008 due to complications from cancer, a tribute in his memory and his personal preference that comprised of baklava, paellas, and tapas, started Lorenzo's Way. This restaurant features the signature dishes of the other popular LJC restaurants.
Going back to where it all started, Ang Bistro sa Remedios offers country cooking in a chic setting. This is the 3rd bistro and 5th restaurant of the LJC Restaurant Group. The two-storey, mid-20th-century home fit for the ilustrados of Manila from the past, comes this restaurant which offers Kapampangan heirloom recipes of the Cruz family. If you're brave enough, you should give their Betute a try! (If you must know, it's stuffed, fried river frogs) Also, don't leave out their Crispy Spiced Camaru (rice field crickets).
-Daniela (∪ ◡ ∪)