A Little-Known Country
The Philippines is a magnificent country in Asia made up of more than 5,000 islands. It has a reputation for the good mood of its people and the beauty of its landscapes. This corner of the world, which is still not frequented by tourists, definitely deserves to be discovered.
Jojo, the owner of Junior, a restaurant in the Little Burgundy neighbourhood that's filled with with Filipino flavour, is no exception to the rule, and will surprise many with his little-known cuisine.
We really wanted to create a place where people could find the specialties of our country. We wanted them to taste the Philippines and for people to recognize or discover our flavours.- Jojo Flores, owner
A Much Richer Culinary Culture than People Think
One look at Junior's menu and it's clear that the gastronomic repertoire of the Phillipines is perhaps more colourful and tasty than many think. Rice with garlic, eggs, pork and eggplant are the main ingredients on the menu, and they're exquisitely prepared. Whether it's braised pork, refried beans or chicken with lemongrass, the cuisine is reminiscent of an exotic taste that transports diners into the depths of Manila.
The arrival of Junior has been like a breath of fresh air, especially for the Montreal Filipino community who only had a few restaurants offering traditional, homemade dishes to choose from. Though some Filipino fare can be had in the Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhood, the country's native dishes can't be found elsewhere in Montreal.
A Restaurant that Evokes the Islands
Junior praises the symbolic characteristics of the Philippines: it's a small space overlooking an open kitchen; there are wooden tables and turquoise-and-orange iron chairs, photos of Jeepneys (colourful buses that are a popular form of public transport in the Philippines),garage doors, the country's flag, and bottles of banana sauce adorning the tables. Jojo's restaurant is charming, welcoming and typically Asian. One can't help but to smile when they step inside.
In addition to Filipino cuisine, Junior also offers a lager beer called Jeepney, that's brewed in Montreal. Run by four ambitious owners and open four nights a week, this restaurant has what it takes to charm those who are thirsty for discovery and culinary changes.