Restaurants come up with themes and surprises to attract customers and we have seen most of them. But pairing the Philippine’s king of the road and the Filipino’s love for food is an impressive idea all rolled into one at Gerry’s Jeepney.
Welcome to your gastronomic route
Our host, Ms. Lani Roche toured us around the place and the amazing food they offer. She exclaims that Gerry’s Jeepney is circled around the Filipino “masa” thus the ambiance is paired with the Filipino’s preferred way of eating – with your barehands! So on your visit here, get ready for one gastronomic delight boodle fight style!
Gerry’s Jeepney was conceptualized by owner Mr. Gerry Javier who has been active in the restaurant business for some time now. His marvelous adaptation of the country’s chief form of public transportation is nothing less than brilliant. As you enter the place, you will be greeted with everything Filipino – bamboo walls, bahay kubo, and of course the highlight of it all, the Jeepney. Five colorful jeepneys are lined up that serves as the main dining table for guests.
The Philippine jeepney is world-renowned not only as being a means of public transport but also as a reflection of the Filipino’s ingenuity, creativity, and perseverance. All of which is apparent in Gerry’s Jeepney, and incorporating it with the Filipino budget, your visit here will be truly worthwhile.
The food served were equally mesmerizing, one need not investigate more because this place is a constant blockbuster. People would actually fall on a queue for hours just to get served. This place is so great, it has been featured on TV shows and has seen its share of celebrity guests.
Gerry’s Jeepney is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11:00 am to 12 midnight. Be cautious though, as earlier stated, lunches specially dinner times are when people flock here to dine. With the influx of patrons coming in, the restaurant can only take reservations every Tuesdays and Thursdays only and if you are 15 minutes late, you automatically forfeit the reservation.
We were amazed by the dishes they serve not only because they were truly delicious but also because of their names. Their main courses are boodle fight servings named after the famous jeepney routes in Metro Manila. So it is ideal to bring in your friends and family for one delightful treat. There are single servings however called the Driver’s Tipid Meal.
Pang-pamilya na kayang kaya ng bulsa!
We had Byaheng Ayala – a boodle fight good for 2-4 persons. Good for two if they are both sumo wrestlers fresh off a rigid exercise or good for 4 if you have hungry basketball players. The serving is really bountiful it can actually fill 6 persons easily.
Byaheng Ayala is composed of Gerry’s Jeepney’s signature rice - fried rice peppered with cruncy dilis, chopped tomatoes, shredded scrambled eggs, spring onions, and salted eggs. The rice is overly flavorful by itself.
Inihaw na Bangus and Liempo, Sinangag, Deep-fried Hipon, Tomatoes, and KBL
Grilled Boneless Bangus is traditionally cooked and stuffed with pleasant ingredients. The pork liempo was grilled perfectly giving a nice consistency with every bite. Ensaladang talong and deep-fried shrimps complete the meal but the best part of the dining table is the KBL – Kamatis Bagoong Luya, add some chili and you are all set to fire up your belly.
Gerry’s Jeepney has its own version of the pork sisig on a sizzling plate. Traditional sisig served with a freshly cracked egg.
Served Sizzling Hot Php 190
Binagoongang Lechon Kawali is a must try at Gerry’s Jeepney. crunchilicious Lechon kawali immersed in sumptuous bagoong alamang (shrimp paste) that is not too salty nor sweet – just perfect. Added with inihaw na talong, this dish is heavenly.
Generous serving for less - Php 210
While preparing for your “hands-on” dining, wash stations are nearby; the place is remarkably clean from the grounds to the restrooms. To complete the Filipino experience, a sari-sari store is within the compound selling favorites from 25cent candies to plastic balloons.
Bili na po!
Each of Gerry’s Jeeps is of varying sizes and can accommodate groups from 8 – 10. If there are more persons, simply say “sabit” and the staff will prepare to extend your dining table from the rear of the jeepney.
Signaling the waiter to check out? Just tell them “Para” and they’ll have the bill ready in no time, and excellent way to cap off your meal at Gerry’s Jeepney. The place is unbelievably crowded especially during and after holidays and payday weekends. Ms. Lani recounted having a queue of 235 people waiting for their turn at Gerry’s Jeepney.
Gerry’s Jeepney is located at 7-B Maginhawa Street, Up Village, Dilliman, Quezon City. Call them at 435.6824