– ★★★★ (2nd Visit on Jan. 1, 2014)
Themed restaurants around the globe, especially here in Cebu, have been a trend for a couple of years because it sounds exciting to experience another country’s food and ambiance. The need to feel part of something different is enticing to people, especially when budget-wise going to Paris, Greece or America is unattainable.
American country houses consist of anything warm and welcoming yet with lux and glamour narrating a socialite family story living in those walls.
An American socialite rendezvous called Simply J’s restaurant, having an American country house experience is located at Escario St., corner Apitong St., Cebu City that will give you the satisfaction of a U.S.A. feel with random delish offers.
Going there is just easy since Simply J’s restaurant is located within/along the vicinity of Ayala Centre Mall and the tall buildings around. It’s just also along the street where Parklane and Golden Peak hotels are located. Jeepneys come and go there.
The place is just enough to hold plenty of people, but not too much, therefore, you should make a reservation ahead. (Telephone number at the end of the post)
They have true affordable offers, since, I’ve ranted about when a price ranges from P250.00 to P300.00; all of the other offers, for my partner and I, are considered EXPENSIVE. And in this restaurant; you can distinguish the affordable from the expensive ones.
Usually, the affordable ones are those dishes that are not complicated to cook like what I’ve ordered which was Lasagna and Caesar’s Salad, and usually the dishes that hits the P300.00 mark are usually beef and all other American style offers.
But, no need to worry since everything will be worth the pay.
I can really appreciate how expensive the place looks yet how affordable their dishes are; and that’s one of the good ways in saying the quote ‘don’t judge the book by its covers’, since I’ve been to restaurants that looks affordable, but the dishes prices are oh so expensive.
But in Simply J’s, everyone can afford.
AMBIANCE and PLACE
The ambiance is PERFECT. The place, as I’ve said, is cozy and looks expensive. It’s a true American Style home with perfect lighting.
There are three portions of the restaurant (We guessed 3), One in the main entrance that deceivingly looked somewhat Victorian, where the walls are painted white and chandeliers are nonchalantly hanging above the ceiling and some fancy wall accents plus picture frames and not to mention a stairway that my partner guessed, their second floor to the second portion. And the 3rd one on the other side of the room which feels warm due to the yellow lighting that feels more of a dining room rather than an entrance hall.
It was all perfect but things got shakey for us when the iced tea of my partner had a huge fly in it and also when the waiter gave us the wrong dessert which we ordered Apple Pie and gave us Brownie Ala Mode.
One thing I’ve learned about good customer service as my partner told me, he said, ‘The trick to good customer service is turning a bad experience to a good one’. And he was right when he said it. What he meant was that they could’ve given us the Brownie Ala Mode as a complementary instead…
But they managed to exchange the said drink/dessert which was quick.
The place is perfect, the food is perfect, price is good and a little bit careful on customer service then everything will be perfect!
CONTACT (for reservations)
Visit their Facebook Page
Lasagna – 9
Caesar’s Salad – 10 (very fresh)
Crispy Pork Belly – 9
Ambiance – 10
Service – 8
Value for money – 8
We got to take our second shot at Simply J’s on a Sinulog time because it’s not crowded.