We Did a Jollijeep Crawl in Makati and Here are Our Top PicksSeptember 6, 2019
Makati is home to a handful of cozy cafes and posh restaurants, but jollijeeps are what feed the working force with its home-cooked style Filipino meals. These gray carts serve lunch and merienda daily to the thousands of employees and other workers who frequent the city. A few of these eateries have made a mark in the country’s working force and in this list, we round up some of the jollijeeps known for their cheap but tasty meals.
Porkchop along Palanca Street
It’s not hard to miss this jollijeep if you’re entering from Paseo de Roxas. From 12 noon and until around 2pm, people are lined up as the vendors hack each porkchop for the next order. The smallest orders are at PHP 40, medium sized chops at PHP 50, and an entire slab at PHP 80. One bite of their pork and you’ll end up lining up the next day for it again: the fat is tender, the meat perfectly seasoned, and the breading crisp to the bite. No need for soy sauce for extra flavor: it’s that tasty.
Across Greenbelt Excelsior
Mang Lirio’s, Palanca Street
Considered pricey against the usual PHP 40 to PHP 50 range of jollijeeps, Mang Lirio’s justifies the additional 20 to 30 expense with its diverse menu choice and mixing and matching of viands with side dishes. This jollijeep’s choices include Pork Binagoongan, Pakbet Tagalog, Bicol Express, Pork Tocino, and Lechon Kawali. We had Roast Beef with Gravy for our visit, which was savory and creamy. The meal became extra hearty with a cup of cream of potato soup; both orders added up to 90, but can reach up to PHP 100 with rice. Other items customers can order include sushi mix or California maki for PHP 55 and siomai for PHP 25.
In front of Plantation
I was first introduced to this back when I worked in Pasong Tamo. A few officemates would make the journey all the way to Rada just to have a taste of this unforgettable take on a Filipino favorite. One bite from three years back left me speechless: it was spicy enough to warm the mouth and the pork was mixed in with egg bits that made the dish more filling. Years later and the quality of this sisig hasn’t changed. Employees near the area probably practice some serious self-control from ordering this everyday, as the sisig with rice only costs PHP 53.
In front of Planter’s Bank
Bulalo and Pares from Esteban
The jollijeep right in front of CEU serves hearty and flavorful bowls of gotong bulalo and pares for just PHP 35 (without rice). The pares’ broth is seeped in the beef’s natural flavor; we ended up sipping out of the bowl instead of eating off the spoon. We imagine that the gotong Batangas na may utak (ox’s brain) has just as much flavor but a little more texture. Other menu items include adobong baka and isaw.
In front of CEU
Jollijeep behind Mercury Drug, Valero Street
Most jollijeeps have more of the same: sisig, kaldereta, menudo, etc. But the jollijeep along Valero Access Road 2 includes kare-kare, lengua, beef with broccoli, and isaw in their choices. Their viands rotate per day so regulars will always have something new or a favorite to return to but never get sick of. On our visit, the isaw was the most popular choice and one bite answered why. The meat was seeped in gizzard bits and juice; the spice demanded a balance with just enough rice. Viands with rice usually go for about PHP 50.
Valero Access Road 2,
Behind Mercury Drug
Jollijeep Behind Dela Rosa Car Park
Several contacts who work in Makati instantly referred this jollijeep for its famous lechon kawali. By the time we got here, only a few pieces were left but one bite of it indicated just how discerning lunch eaters are when it comes to taste. You can enjoy this straightforward but tasty meal for just PHP 40 (without rice).
Dela Rosa Access Road 2,
Third Jollijeep if coming from the left side of Dela Rosa Access Road 2
Jollijeep in front of Citibank
Another jollijeep that enjoys high customer traffic not only for its location, but also for its own take on sisig. Don’t let the pork parts’ white to gray hues fool you: the soft texture yet rightly seasoned flavor makes for a satisfying lunch. Plus the inexpensive PHP 50 (with rice) isn’t heavy on the wallet, but the meal heavy enough to lull you into a siesta.