For some reason, Filipinos really like eating meat especially beef and pork. There is something about its texture that makes us crave for it a lot. Out of all the dishes, Beef Pares is one of the cheapest, most accessible and not to mention, the easiest one to make.
Beef Pares, or Pares for short, is the Filipino’s take on Braised Beef. The term pares literally means “pair.” in Filipino. Back in the day, people liked ordering braised beef and rice. Sometimes soup is also part of the Pares meal.
There are many food establishments who serve Pares especially in small eateries because of its convenience and simplicity. One famous establishment is Jonas that is credited for the starting pares and for offering the original beef pares.
From their humble beginnings of a carinderia or small eatery, Jonas has grown into a restaurant with several branches. I didn’t grow up eating their pares like those who have eaten in their original branch. However, coming from the South, I find comfort that eating their food is more easily attainable now that they have a branch in Bonifacio Global City/BGC.
I still haven’t been to Jonas other branches, but I think what they did with their restaurant was great. The interior was minimalistic yet sleek looking to suit the taste of the BGC crowd.
There is something comforting with the color scheme of the place. Add to it the messages of customers posted on walls.
What Jonas BGC branch distinctly has over other branches is that there is a band performance every Friday. I was told by the owner that these are needed changes in order to be competitive in BGC, a place filled with really good restaurants and bars. Live music certainly keeps the customers awake and is a delight to those enjoys such.
Going over to the food, I was blessed to try out a lot from their menu that is enough to give my thoughts.
It was natural that I try out first their bread and butter, the ORIGINAL JONAS PARES, PhP 198 (or 4.01 USD). Served with the JONAS FRIED RICE, PhP 48 (or 0.99 USD), their beef pares is as classic it can be. How is it? The beef was tender and the stew was seasoned nicely but don’t expect anything special. I liked the fact though that they kept the simplicity of the dish. Theirs is the original beef pares after all.
Jonas BEEF NOODLE, PhP 195 (or 4.04 USD) is very good. See above the noodle soup with Beef Pares on top. The combination is just perfect. The Beef Pares on top really complemented well with the noodles creating a one of a kind experience for me.
For something a bit unusual, I went and dig-in at their CHICKEN + SALTED EGG YOLK, PhP 245 (or 5.08 USD). Placed under a bed of crackers, these egg yolk covered chicken honestly doesn’t look appetizing, to say the least. However, after having a bite at it, it was clearly a good example of “don’t judge a book by its cover.” It tasted nice with the egg yolk adding a salted savory texture to the chicken.
For my drink/ dessert combo, I tried out their ALMOND GULAMAN, PhP 52 (or 1.08 USD). It’s basically the famous Filipino drink but they used almond jellies for its sinkers. The almond flavor clearly overpowered the whole drink which is a bit disappointing for me because I was hoping to taste more of Gulaman. Nonetheless, it was a pretty good enough drink.
Other food items you may want to try are the following:
CAESAR SALAD + CHICKEN, PhP 188 (or 3.9 USD)
SIOMAI, PhP 45 (or 0.93 USD)
PORK RIBS SALT & PEPPER
LECHON PAKSIW, PhP 195 (or 4.04 USD)
Jonas is Reasonable
Ultimately, I find Jonas to be reasonable. The Orginal Jonas Pares is true to its name that it’s truly original. No frills just simple good pares. Jonas restaurant also has a lot of other good dishes like the Beef Mami and the Chicken + salted egg yolk which is an alternative for those who want to eat something different. I think the prices of Jonas meals are really affordable by BGC standards. Added inclusions like a really nice ambiance and a pop-up band performance during Friday nights is a major plus too. I can’t wait to return here with Me-An to have a late night snack.
The Fort Strip, 26th Street Corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.
Operating Hours: 8AM to 10PM (Mon. to Thurs.), 8AM to 2AM (Fri.), and 8AM to 9PM (Sun.).