Alejandro’s Filipino Resto amazingly transforms into a buzzling geeky party during the middle of the week. After this unassuming restaurant launched an entertaining Trivia Night back in February, Wednesday evenings in Cebu City was never the same. Since then, the event has gained a growing patronage from the Mensa-grade intellectual elites, the everyday joes and the young professionals who want to indulge in a stress-free diversion while battling wits and common sense with everyone else.
I must say that we belong to the latter crowd. It was then out of pure curiosity why my co-workers tried out the Trivia Night last month. We called ourselves “Jason’s Bestfriends” which is a cheesy joke that is also fast becoming an urban legend in our group. We never reviewed any of our highschool lessons because the online reviews suggested that the questions are just about anything under the sun.
True enough, no one could be really prepared for the random and sometimes quirky categories. That evening we had Mortal Combat, Philippine Presidents, Amazing Thailand for the first set; Current Events, Filipino Language, Alanis Morissette for the second; Explorers, Independence Day of the World, Urban Dictionary for the third; and Kid’s Literature, Color Black and Zombie Movies for the final installment.
Much to our surprise, we were in the top five during the first two rounds. But the categories during the third eventually became our Waterloo. We got only three questions right in that set and everything else went downhill after that.But there were some teams who amazingly knew the difference between a nerd, a geek and a dork; the independence days of Mozambique, Rwanda and Uganda; and the different Spanish conquistadors who led successful explorations in the Americas. I must laud them for either having extremely retentive memories or being so good in making logical deductions. Eitherway, the TTFKALG (The Team Formerly Known as Lady Gaga) truly deserve the title. They went home with a Php2500 gift check from a local boutique which was the sponsor that week.
At the end of the night, Jason’s Bestfriends also went away with the distinction of being the team with the wackiest answers: shodi abas, chaka and churvaness. Heck, these terms could easily answer every other question in the universe. We laughed our hearts out when we we wrote those and other hilarious mistakes in our little whiteboard.
By the way, the question in the photograph above was “What is now Phuket’s major industry?” It is tourism of course. But I actually thought that it was a trick question that’s why I suggested that unfortunate answer instead. When Alexis, the quizmaster, read that aloud, it almost brought the house down. Lesson learned: Occam’s razor. You could never go wrong in settling for the obvious.
Aside from this weekday quiz show, Alejandro’s is also famous for their mouthwatering crispypata (deep-fried pork leg). After trying it out in three different occasions, I could really say that their cholesterol-laden delicacy leaves all other versions clearly wanting. The pork skin is fried to crisp perfection while the meat is still kept tender inside. For the health conscious, this dish is very worthy of a guilty concession once in a while.
The crispy pata plus the Trivia Night equals an evening like no other. This uncanny combination resulted to a unique experience that our team enjoyed even if our best was not good enough. For TTFKALG and the rest of the bunch that night, Jason’s Bestfriends will certainly be back for more.
For those who are interested in joining the Trivia Night,
a reservation fee of Php500.00 (consumable) is required. You also need to specify the number of people and the name of your team. Aside from that, I suggest that you call in your orders in advance too. Trust me when I say that the small venue would be really jam-packed to overflowing every time. Our meals were served after an hour as a result. You may take your dinner elsewhere and just make sure that you’ll be at the venue before 8:00 PM. Your team could then have some late night drinks and crispy patas during the actual event which usually ends up at around 11:00 PM.
Update: There is no reservation fee necessary now. They have a bigger space now, so there’s enough table for everyone. 🙂
Alejandro’s Crispy Pata
Century Plaza Commercial Complex
Juana Osmeña St, Cebu City, Philippines