Imus’ Famous Big Ben’s Kitchen

It was a long trip to Imus, Cavite last 17 March 2018 but it was very worth it. I got a chance to dine in at Big Ben’s Kitchen, the home of the famous Imus longganisa. So what’s so special about it? I packed my tennis bag and my taste buds to know more about this restaurant.

Big Ben’s Kitchen

Big Ben’s Kitchen started from a dream. From small batches of longganisa (delivered to office mates and friends of Mr. Gene Gutierrez) made in the working kitchen, it became a full size restaurant. Big Ben’s Kitchen got its name from the grandfather of the owner of the restaurant, Gene Gutierrez. He was really inspired by their family tradition of making tasty heirloom longganisa and he wanted the recipe to be back for everyone to enjoy. The ground floor of the family residence is the current location of the restaurant which opened last July 2015.

Isn’t it cool?

The restaurant had a cozy and fresh vibe. You can feel the past gastronomic experiences of the patrons through their writings in the walls of the restaurant.

If you had a chance to dine in, what will you write in the wall?

The longganisa that they serve contains quality pork and devoid using preservatives, extenders or nitrates. In short, you get the best and fresh longganisa from Imus.

Big Ben’s Kitchen Menu

Here are some of the best picks I had during my visit:

Calamansi Cucumber Honey

I started off with Calamansi Cucumber Honey. It was the perfect thirst quencher. Would you believe that I had 4 servings of this drink? It was that good! Refreshing and tangy, it was also cool and palate cleanser. I’ll give it an ACE.

Batchoy Tagalog

Batchoy Tagalog was served steaming hot. I like it because it reminds me of my grandmother’s batchoy. They added malunggay leaves making it healthier. I tried my noodle pull but then it was too thin. I’ll try it again next time. My verdict? I’ll give it a HIT.

Fiesta Menudo

Fiesta Menudo was the next dish I tried. I must say, it was not the typical household menudo. It was a bit smoky and savory. It would work perfectly with a nice bowl of plain rice or slices of fresh loaf bread. It’s actually one of my favorites during my visit. I’ll give it an ACE.

Party Nachos

Sometimes I love eating my appetizers late or in the middle of my meal. I tried their Party Nachos. It was made of organic corn and the sauce was made with their special seasonings and ingredients. I like the presentation but it can be improved with toppings on it. I’ll give it a HIT.

Fiesta Kare-Kare

The Fiesta Kare-Kare reminds me of my mom’s version of kare-kare. The sauce was made with freshly grounded peanuts. It was topped with fresh vegetables from farm to table. It was paired with fresh beef maskara slowly boiled for 8 hours. It can be paired with bagoong or alamang to add saltiness to it. I’ll give it an ACE.

Linguini Pasta

I’m a big pasta guy! I tried their Linguini Pasta. Well, did not meet much of my standards but then it has its positive points. I just love how firm their pasta is. It was the perfect al dente. Oh and look at the presentation. Isn’t it cute? I’ll give it a HIT.

Big Ben’s Breakfast (Grass Fed Tapa + D’Famous Imus Longganisa)

Let’s move on to Big Ben’s Breakfast. So I picked the Grass Fed Tapa + D’Famous Imus Longganisa combination. The longganisa was so good. If you’re a fan of the classic garlic and pepper taste, then you’ll agree with my taste buds. It was cooked well. Not too oily and it was not soggy. It was paired with garlic rice and a hearty sunny side egg. The grass fed tapa was firm and tender. You can really taste the flavor of the beef in every bite. I’ll give it an ACE.

Special Sylvanas

I love desserts. I picked Special Sylvanas. It’s perfect with coffee or an afternoon tea. It is best served chilled. My grade? A HIT.

Leche Flan w/ Macapuno

Leche Flan w/ Macapuno was my favorite dessert. I literally finished it. The macapuno at the bottom of the flan gave a different crunchy texture from the usual firm and smooth flan. It was not too sweet too. My verdict? Of course, a BIG ACE.

They also sell pre-packaged goodies in the restaurant.

Will I be back at Big Ben’s Kitchen? Yes! For sure! I love the Imus longganisa and the Fiesta Kare-Kare. I definitely enjoyed the refreshing Calamansi Cucumber HoneyLeche Flan w/ Macapuno is a big plus for me. I’ll definitely come back for more!

Big Ben’s Kitchen is located at 385 Medicion 1st D 410, Imus, Cavite. They are open from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm everyday. For any inquiries, you may call them at 09151371888 or (046) 4351967. You can also like their Facebook page at Big Ben’s Kitchen and follow their Instagram page – @bigbenskitchen.

 

20 thoughts on “Imus’ Famous Big Ben’s Kitchen”

  1. This looks like a lovely place to dine. I like the wall where you can write a message I bet it’s really interesting to read!

  2. Wow! Now, I am hungry.

    Great photos by the way. The food looks delicious and the place so inviting. I am surprised at the similarities between Mexican food and Filipino dishes: the Menudo, the nachos (more tex-mex but still counts), and the FLAN! I want to try that flan.

    I have to admit that I am disappointed in myself for never before trying food from the Philippines. Thanks for sharing this blog. You have encouraged me to go out in search of authentic Filipino food in TEXAS!

  3. Oh goodness!This lovely pictures are sending my stomach into a series of rumbles; I’d really eat Fiesta Menudo and the Big Ben’s breakfast especially.They look so delicious. Such a treat you truly had at Big Ben’s Kitchen. So lucky you are!

  4. This reminds me of a restaurant I went to as a child in Chicago… we got to write our names on the wall and I thought it was the coolest thing ever to be a part of history there (some day I should go back and try to find my name)
    That dessert looks amazing, I’ll have to keep this in mind when I’m in that area! thanks!

  5. You tasted such a wide variety of dishes, many of which I have not encountered, so thanks for sharing. I have many Filipino colleagues and will definitely let them know about this place in the event they are ever in the vicinity.

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