In her 2016 movie Kusina, Judy Ann Santos played the character of Juanita, a woman born during the Japanese occupation era of the country. The character imparts love and affection to other people through her cooking which she learned from her grandmother. From Juanita’s childhood to her maiden years, her story was laid out in the four corners of the kitchen, it being the silent witness to her journey. Just like Juanita, Judy Ann shares a deep passion for food and how a single dish can unite even the most opposite of people.
Taking her passion to the next course, Judy Ann together with her husband.
The idea of opening the restaurant originated from the couple’s sweet love quarrels. And that was what the couple had while traveling in Los Angeles. Judy Ann intend to cook adobo for their friends in the States that could last for two weeks and can be easily heated whenever a call of hunger strikes. Silencereigned their place and Ryan was sent to the stores with a list of ingredients to buy. It was close to midnight when he came back, he dumped all of the ingredients in the kitchen counter and when straight to bed. When he woke up, he was surprised to see his wife still cooking without taking a break for a sleep. And looking at a bowl of rice topped with that dark steamy adobo, is where ‘angrydobo’ originated.
From special bao, sweet potato fries, and fully loaded nachos to their classic Angrydobo dish that also comes in chicken, shortribs, and sardines, the dishes are served in heart-shaped plates by staff wearing their striped “Mahalinkitad’yan eh” uniform proving that everything that comes out in the kitchen is a labor of love.
Get a taste of their Judy Ann’s gastronomic offerings at Angrydobo located at 2456 Taft Ave., Manila, in front of DLSU, now on their soft opening.