As Filipinos love celebrating and there’s nothing we look forward to the most than Christmas. We love Christmas even if it comes with a lot of stress from different angles – gifts giving, decorations, traffic, and food preparations.
Chef Laudico Guevarra’s is taking off one less thing to worry about this holiday season because it is now possible to feast on your Guevarra’s favorites anywhere with Guevarra’s Handaan Kahit Saan party trays. Most of the dishes are available in two sizes, servings good for 12 to 15 and 6 to 8 persons.
Guevarra’s Handaan Kahit Saan includes the mainstays of the restaurant buffet. “These are the items that are most requested, we get complaints when they’re not available,” chuckles chef Jac.
I have visited their restaurant in San Juan twice but not during the holidays yet (I always assume that it’s full packed). The place is great and the food is amazing. The place has a huge yard surrounded by trees. The restaurant is an old home transformed in to a huge dining area. The floors, walls and ceiling were well preserved. It’s a perfect home for the modern and classic Filipino dishes.
Number one on the menu is Lechon that’s charcoal spit-roasted to perfection. There’s also Pugon-Roasted Pork Bellychon and Pugon-Roasted US Angus Beef Shortplate. Also on the list are Kare Kare, Kaldereta, and Grilled Beef Tapa – all made with US Angus beef. Chicken options are Tamarind and Lemongrass-Spiced Roast Chicken Sinampalukan which is best served with Kamote Salad, and Fried Chicken Adobo. For the noodles and pasta, choices are Pansit Bihon Guisado, Pansit Canton Guisado, Palabok, and Party Spaghetti.
Speaking of Party Spaghetti, we got our delivery and it was still hot when we got it. It was my first time trying their spaghetti because I don’t usually don’t eat spaghetti at buffets because I’m saving my tummy space for other dishes I might miss when spaghetti takes over. The spaghetti – it’s like having a party at home and your mom wants to impress the guests so she whipped out her Italian cooking skills but deep inside she’s still a Filipina which reflected in the sweetness in her spaghetti and the guests loved it.
Reasonably-priced, this is an excellent alternative to doing the cooking yourself. If you are organizing a gathering, you can order several items and put together your own Guevarra’s buffet wherever you want. If you’re looking for something to bring to a potluck reunion or give as a gift, Guevarra’s can help you too.
Make your celebrations stress-free and leave the food preparation to the experts. At Guevarra’s, everything is prepared from scratch, the way chef Lau learned while growing up. “I still remember our family Sunday brunches. We didn’t rely on convenience products or instant stuff and part of the enjoyment was in the preparation. It took a lot of time and effort but it was worth it since the food was absolutely delicious. That’s the same dedication that I instill in my kitchen staff, to do everything the long and traditional way, the way how our lolas and lolos cooked but with my own signature style,” explains chef Lau.
Chef Jac’s expertise is reflected in the desserts. She also combines the old with the new in her Strawberry Shortcake, Brazo de Calamansi, Mocha Cake, and Brigaderos. They make great presents, along with other goodies in small packages that are light on the pocket and easy to hand out. Among the line up are Butterscotch, Crinkles, Brigaderos Balls (yema and dark chocolate truffles), Kalabasa Pastillas Balls (milk candies lightened with squash), Maja Blanca, and Cassava Cake Flan.
I’m not a fan of cakes but since I have kids I learned to like it. Besides you only get to eat them on special occasions. The Brigaderos cake doesn’t have the “umay” factor like most cake do. The balls on top caused a little argument between my kids because they wanted more of it. It’s chocolate covered pastillas (I think), but it isn’t as sweet as it normally would which is why they fought over it.
With get togethers happening left and right and balikbayan relatives flying in for the holidays, Guevarra’s Handaan Kahit Saan can be a real life saver. Not only during this season but anytime. All items are available year-round. So on days when you’re simply too tired for any kitchen work and prefer to just kick back and relax at home, you may also call Guevarra’s.
Guevarra’s Handaan Kahit Saan items can be picked up from Chef Laudico Guevarra’s at 387 P. Guevarra corner Argonne Streets, Addition Hills, San Juan or sent through the various delivery services available such as Grab and Lalamove.
For orders and inquiries, you may call (02) 8705-1811, (02) 8705-1874, (0917) 3112222. For more information, follow @guevarrasrestaurant on Facebook and @guevarras_ on Instagram. #GuevarrasHandaanKahitSaan