Jonas’ Original Pares in Cubao

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I always believed that good food need not be expensive. For me, it’s always a matter of finding the right food place that suits your taste. Sure, hotels and High Street will always house the best culinary talents, but these gourmet celebrities have always had their humble beginnings, such as in the canteen, panciteria, carinderia or turo-turo. To weed out these possible gourmet geniuses, I’ve always made sure to feature restaurants that the average employee can dine at, being one myself. My personal rule, good food should be available to anyone with a P500 peso bill (US$ 11.75). Though I have managed to dine at more opulent restaurants, my favorite restaurants have always been those that do not require an SSS loan to enjoy. So far, I believe I have adhered to this rule. I am hopeful that the price of food will not go up too high that my Ninoy will still be enough for a dinner and a movie. Wishful thinking, some might say.

So I continue to scour the streets of the Metro and was finally rewarded with a nice surprise during one of my Cubao outings. Jonas’ claims to have started the pares (braised beef stew served with plain rice) craze that has become the mainstay of every Pinoy worker’s lunch hour. Inside Ali Mall (yes, it was named after Muhammad Ali when he came to the Philippines sometime in the 1960s to fight Joe Frazer in what has been eternally known as the “Thrilla in Manila”), Jonas is situated alongside strong competitors such as Ted’s Batchoy and Kentucky Fried Chicken. At P88.00 (US$2.07) per meal, you get a tasty dish of your choice, a large bowl of fried or plain rice and a cup of soup. Water served is purified and, best of all, still free. Pares continues to be their bestseller.

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There was a lot of sweet and sour fish in the plate and this could actually be shared by two people.

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The lechon paksiw is actually lechon kawali then sauteed in a little vinegar and lechon sauce. Truly yummy and very soft to the bite.

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The bestseller and star of the show remains to be the Pares. Started in 1979, Jonas claims to be the fastfood restaurant with a conscience and, indeed, it still seems that way now. According to them, the owner Lolly Tiu coined the term “pares” which means to pair two items together. It was Tiu’s belief that the pairing of beef and fried garlic was the most filling combination there is. And right she was.

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Try to drop by this place when you’re in the Cubao neighborhood. Surely, you will enjoy dining there!

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28 comments

  1. Posted by bong, at Reply

    i love Jonas!!! :) sa may.. hmm qc area.. near retiro ba un? haha i forgot, that’s the fave pares house of my dad.. basta dun sa may area na yun! meron pala sa cubao? i didn’t know that! :))

  2. Posted by nina, at Reply

    Nyek, I was in Ali Mall just last week. Syempre I didn’t think to check out the food court because the last time I was there it was… icky. lol. Will definitely check this out when my sweldo comes in!

  3. Posted by Tom, at Reply

    I like pares too. Masarap na, mura pa. I have not been to Cubao for a long time. Would check this out when I do.

  4. Posted by marielle, at Reply

    i grew up on jonas pares…. sabi nga nila ito daw ang orig…. pag Sunday after Mass…. pares na kame…. noon carinderia set-up pa lang sila at kahit mga driver ng jip dito nanananghali– sabi nila yung mga ibang nagsulputang “orig” pares mga nangpirate ng cook ng jonas…. may pares laki at pares liit pa noon….. ngayon…. airconditioned na ang jonas at family crowd na siya…. was able to eat sa jonas branch sa sm san lazaro. i think yung dun franchise…. iba yung lasa ng sabaw parang basta…. iba cant say why….under 50php lang nun ang pares medyo nagmahal na talaga relatively speaking pero puede na din…. dating pagkaing driver ngayon pang mall set na…. miss ko na ang jonas: pares laki with order of siomai na hahaluan ng sauce ng siopao ang toyo at kalamansi, soup na mainit at pepsi….. kagu2m!

  5. Posted by The Zen Bitch, at Reply

    used to go to jonas in retiro. my mom loves their pares and noodles. meron na pala sa cubao?

  6. Posted by Arpee, at Reply

    to Bong and marielle: you’re are right. the original branch is in retiro, which was confirmed to me by the cubao branch staff.

    to the zen bitch: i’m not sure if the one in cubao measures up to the reputation of the retiro branch. perhaps i should go there one of these days…

  7. Posted by ayi, at Reply

    hay! nagutom ako upon seeing the pictures.promis me sa next vacation namin kakain tau jan.

  8. Posted by jhed, at Reply

    mas masarap sa jonas kung ililibre ako ni arpee! yan ha di ako demanding…di xa one of the “opulent” restos you have been into!

  9. Posted by melvin, at Reply

    hey arpee!

    i’m so lucky my first experience in eating pares was in the original branch in Retiro. According to my dad, who went with me that day, that branch was only a carinderia before way back from its humble beginnings and people would lined up on your back even if you are not yet finished eating your meal just to order because the pares was so damn good! It’s his favorite place to eat whenever he had some business dealings in quezon city and manila way back in the ’80s.
    The branch in Retiro was already restructured to a much customer-friendly place because it is now air-conditioned and the ambiance is good.
    There are so many restaurants now that claimed they have the original and best pares in town, but nothing can imitate the original taste of Jonas’ pares.
    Its always a treat in dining at Jonas and I can’t wait to come back!

  10. Posted by Arpee, at Reply

    to jhed: jonas lang ba! sige, txt mo lang ako kung kelan tyo magkikita.

    to melvin: the original branch is indeed in retiro. one of these days, join me and jhed and i’ll treat you guys to lunch there.

  11. Posted by jared, at Reply

    Jonas also has a branch at the 3rd floor of SM City San Lazaro. Check it out…

  12. Posted by Arpee, at Reply

    to jared: thanks for the tip. now i know where to eat when i go to sm san lazaro. thanks for gracing my blog!

  13. Posted by Santi, at Reply

    Ever since nabukas yang Jonas kumakain na kami dyan dahil halos katabi lang yan ng tinitirhan namin. I was there sometime last year but their pares is not the same as before. yong “Original Pares” sa may Retiro malapit sa may Sacread Heart, yon ang talagang lasa ng pares sa Jonas noon. I even saw the Original Cook ng Jonas doon who was pirated by the former Rudy’s Mami House then pirated by this “Original Pares” nga. Nahuli ng “Original Pares” ang talagang ambiance ng Jonas noon dahil talagang pipila ka pa ngayon pag gusto mo kumain, at mapipilitan kang bilisan kumain dahil may nakapila na naman sa likod. Nostalgic.

  14. Posted by nicole, at Reply

    hiring ba kyo? bka naman pwde mg apply dyan?
    thanks

  15. Posted by Robert Real, at Reply

    I just ate at Jonas SM Megamall today. Nasayang lang ang excitement ko ng asarin ako ng kahera/tindera nila. Matagal na akong di nakakain sa Jonas, siguro mga 15 years na since lumipat kami sa Antipolo. Ganito ang nagyari, pagdating ko sa outlet, hinanap ko agad ang pamosong “Pares” at umorder ako, pinindot nya agad ang order ko…pero nakita ko na may “wow Pares” pala na may drinks and siomai na kasama, kaya,sinabi ko, yung wow pares nalang ang gusto ibigay mo sa akin, ang sabi nya” Eh sir, na punch ko na eh”, sabay poker face, ang sabi ko, malay ko ba, eh ngayong lang ako kumain dito sa store nyo, to make the story short, binigay naman niya yung gusto ko, pero habang kumakain ako, nababasa ko sa bibig nya kausap yung dalawang helper nya sa loob ng cooking area na ako ang pinag uusapan nila at yung insidente. Try, nyo ang Jona Pares sa SM Megamall, may masarap na beef stew with kapares na masungit na tindera!!!! siguradong maasar kayo. Calling the management of Jonas, sana hindi nyo hinahayaan ang ganitong klaseng empleyado, I’m sure walang malasakit sa inyo ito at nakakasira sa impression ng mga kostomer na katulad ko. Pero dahil paborito ko ang Jonas, babalik ulit ako ulit at kakain sa kanila, sana wala na yung masungit na na tindera nyo, konti nalang nga eh kunin ko yung name nya and ireport sa SM Admin, pero naawa din ako, baka mawalan ng trabaho, sana lang masabihan siya at magbago ng trato sa mga kostomer.

  16. Posted by CA, at Reply

    Robert, pede un, ayaw lang nila mapagalitan kasi napunch na nila, tatawagin nila ung manager para ireset or alisin ung na punch na, pero ang bait mo dapat nireklamo mo ung ugali niya. i would not like to eat in a place kung saan ganyan ang staff. pero masarap pa din talaga sa jonas!

  17. Posted by Kent, at Reply

    ahahaha i love jonas,sa kanila ko natikman ung pinaka masarap na pares,marami n ako nakainan na resto na ganito pero sa jonas ko lng tlga msasabi ung pinaka masarap at tlgang ang lambot ng beef nila tsaka ang laki ng servings solve solve k tlga…sa mga ndi alam kung saan sa cubao dun po cya sa ali mall sa hilera po ng jollibee sa tapat ng dating rustans…hehehe punta kyo at itry nyo din…sulit tlga ok sa alright…

  18. Posted by joanna, at Reply

    hi good day! ask ko lang po if your still hiring.. i’m willing to apply as a dining crew/waitress… heres my contact 09129773138.

    thank you and godbless!!!

  19. Posted by jerome, at Reply

    I agree with Santi, mas masarap talaga ang pares sa “Original Pares” along retiro going to la loma, ung Jonas actually sa Mayon sya situated, malapit lang sya sa traffic light ng retiro. For 15 years I have been eating pares and I can say that I have pretty much tried every pares house in metro manila, even tried jonas. Pero wala talagang makakatalo sa lasa ng pares sa “Original Pares” along retiro, actually in my opinion, itong pares house na ‘to ang talagang pinipilahan, as in ang hirap makahanap ng mauupuan dahil palaging puno. Simple lang ang pares na ‘to, usual pares house that you will see around the metro. Hindi sya airconditioned but ang food the best, sulit ang paghihintay mo at ang pera mo d2, I think the meal was 75 pesos each, Pares,Garlic Rice and Soup. 68 or 65 pesos yata kapag ung ulam lang. Kung hindi mo pa nattry kumain dun and really like pares, I would suggest for you to go there para macompare mo dn. :)

  20. Posted by Boyet, at Reply

    Tama na…..Gutom na ako…Wala nyan dito sa ME..

  21. Posted by abegail, at Reply

    ask ko lang po kung still hiring ? willing po akong mag-apply.
    if ever po i2 number ko 09334765371 .. tnx

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  24. Posted by NEL Cui, at Reply

    I ate at Jonas Mayon and there was a body part of a small cockroach! They dont know what to do I just asked for my money back and left. I will never eat there again. Sad I like Jonas before now I have doubts.

  25. Posted by onin, at Reply

    masarap dyan sa jonas, sa mga pinsan ko at mga pamangkin ko nalaman yan taga mayon kasi sila, pamilya cruz

  26. Posted by sean, at Reply

    ang natikman kung pares yung kay kabayan yung sa kanto ng yakal masarap yung pares nya. pagpapawisan ka talaga pagkatapos tuwing gabe lang sya nandun.

  27. Posted by Joel Tuazon, at Reply

    Hi good day,

    sarap ng food sa jonas,tanong ko lang nagpapafrachise ba ang jonas,,if ever can i franchise the jonas pares and can you please kindy send to my email add your business proposal and all details,,interesado kc akong magtayo ng jonas pares dito sa Cavite…

    Thank you…

  28. Posted by Andy, at Reply

    Went to Alimall and Megamall. Sarado na Jona’s branches nila doon. Sa sobrang takam ko, I’m going to Robinsons Pioneer tomorrow to eat at Jonas!