One of the newly-established GenSan restaurants has steadily been packing it in these days. Clients are mostly from the office-rich area of the local government center of the city who either eat there or have their orders delivered to their nearby working places.
Welcome to downtown GenSan’s best-kept secret – Zheztah Chicken and Burgers!
ZheZtah is owned by Dimpie Zuzon-Lim and her family and is tucked away at their old house along the busy Balimbing Street, adjacent to the OVAL PLAZA. The standing structure now is the newly-renovated portion of their residence. Below is how the new facade looks.
Inside this new GenSan Restaurant is a cozy air-conditioned two-storey dining affair which has been painted in sea greens and sky blues, evoking images of the ocean, since the Zuzon Family members are all accredited divers.
Interestingly enough, the posts of the dining tables are made of old oxygen tanks and there’s even a mini tableau under the stairs representing the family hobby.
Most of their recipes are secrets handed down from Dimpie’s grandparents, who were both Capampangans.
In fact, grandma Lola Mading is the supplier and maker of the famous “Lola Mading’s Pastillas” (which they also sell at the resto). She also happens to be Bariles’ baptismal Godmother.
Currently, one of their best sellers is their GARLIC FRIED CHICKEN, which is the favorite of Bariles’ office mates. Its skin is crispy and yet still juicy and its meat is tender and buttery-tasty.
The portions’ light brown color only means that it was not fried in used oil. A two-piece order with rice costs only P50.
Then there’s the ZheZtah burger, the patty of which is made from “quality pure beef”, according to their menu board.
At P37 bucks, it is quite a steal since you don’t get the usual patty with extenders and instead, you will be served real tender beefy meat, sandwiched in a fresh bun with sesame seeds and garnishings of tomato and fresh lettuce.
A smaller version of the burger, the ZheZtah Jr. Burger can be had for only P27.00. Then there’s also the ZheZtah Ultimate Diver’s Burger which is actually a double-patty burger served with lettuce, cucumber, tomato, onions and fries on the side. This costs P110.00 a pop.
Not to be missed is another dish which will surely make customers come back for more.
This is Papa’s Crispy Pata which is the recipe of Dimpie’s dad, Frannie. At only P380, what you’re having is a big platter with a heap full of soft and uber-delicious deep-fried cut pork thighs with super-crackling skin. It comes served with their very own side dip of vinegar, fish sauce with some secret spices.
And that is not all of course!
ZheZtah Chicken and Burgers still has other dishes to offer including pasta, salads, steaks and sandwiches…. and CAKES!!!! YEY!
Bariles however, wishes to concentrate first on the three bestsellers above but for sure, upon his return, the rest will be given their proper time and space in his ever-growing tummy. 🙂