Word of advice: thou shall not go on a food trip or try a new food establishment with a full stomach. It was the main issue that prevented me from enjoying Kangaroo Jack in SM Manila. I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to give you a fair review because when I’m stuffed my sense of taste is automatically reduced. But oh well, let’s do this anyway. I’m not sure if Kangaroon Jack is Australian or Filipino owned, but the theme of the resto is obviously of the former; the boomerangs and the kangaroo most commonly seen in the Land Down Under are on display in this resto.
KJ’s specialty is steak and food served on sizzling plates. I am fan of sizzling food, just because they are fun to eat. By the way, I shared this KJ adventure with my friends, Ana and Christine.
Ana ordered Bangus Pobre (PHP 150), served on a sizzling plate. Since the fish was breaded, Ana thought she was served the wrong food. The bangus is not boneless by the way so eating it was a bit of a challenge.
Christine had Beef Morcon (PHP 180). It was tasty, a bit sour but at least the beef was tender enough.
I am a fan of dory fish, and I mean the edible fish not the Finding Nemo character, which by the way, is a blue tang. Dory is one of those fish that is easy to eat. I love that it is dainty, goes well with butter and lemon, and doesn’t require you to spend a great amount of time trying to pick those fish bones. So when I saw that they have Cream Dory (PHP 140) on the menu, I didn’t think twice and ordered it right away.
Unfortunately, I didn’t find the dish satisfying because it was too damn oily and salty. The only thing that helped me get through it at all is that piece of corn on the side. It served as a pantanggal umay, in Filipino it means any food that you take in between, just to wash down the unpleasant taste of whatever it is that you are eating.
Since KJ is a steak house, Ana and Christine decided to order a steak dish that we could all share. So we picked a sizzling plate of Sirloin Steak (PHP 185). I didn’t get to eat much of it because my loaded tummy could take no more.
As you may have noticed, every dish comes with a piece of corn, some veggies, and yellow-colored rice. The rice,by the way, is a generous serving, a big yay for the rice lovers.
Kangaroo Jack has other branches in Araneta Center Cubao, Robinson’s Place Manila, and SM City North Edsa. I think I need to come back and next time I’ll make sure I’ll go with an empty stomach.
Unit 30 LGF SM City Manila
Concepcion Cor. Arroceros & San Marcelino Sts
Business Hours: Monday – Sunday 10AM – 9PM