Popo Jeb’s is a two-story establishment with the restaurant on the second floor, complete with outdoor balcony, and the bar downstairs. Never a bad idea to have the bar closest to the street.
The restaurant is revered for its authentic Filipino cuisine, and with a large contingent from that country living in Grand Cayman, the place is consistently busy.
The bar opens at 7 p.m. on every night of the week and that’s where you’ll usually find Elpedio Tonquin serving up the drinks.
Elpedio was born in the Philippines and took a two-year course in hotel and restaurant management in his home country before moving out to Cayman in 2010.
“It was the perfect course for me, because I love to mix drinks and eat,” he says, laughing.
He has spent seven years working in the service industry and brought that experience to Popo Jeb’s when he joined the staff in March 2016.
When asked what he likes about working at the quirky venue, he says, “The owner is a good friend of mine and I love serving people, particularly those from my own country. It’s a popular bar.”
Flor de Caña rum has become a top seller at Popo Jeb’s. “It’s just got a great taste and mixes well in drinks,” says Elpedio. “It’s the brand of choice for me and my friends.”
Head to Popo Jeb’s any night of the week for some karaoke and cocktails created by Elpedio Tonquin. We guarantee a unique and unforgettable experience.
- 2 oz Flor de Caña 7 rum
- 1 oz Amaretto liqueur
- 1 tbsp chopped gelatin
- 1 tbsp tapioca pearls
- Brown simple syrup with vanilla flavor
Put the pearls in the bottom of a tall glass then add the gelatin. Follow with the Flor de Caña 7 rum and amaretto liqueur. Add ice, then finally top with the simple syrup and stir.