My best friend and I were able to finally eat at Abe (ah-beh) in TriNoma, a restaurant put up by journalist Larry J. Cruz as a tribute to his father, Emilio Aguilar Cruz, who is popularly known as “Abe” to family and friends. We’ve been wanting to dine here for quite some time but it is always packed every time we visit the place.
As soon as we were seated, we knew right away why diners keep patronizing the place: the homey feel and the good food.
The interiors will surely remind you of a typical Filipino home – the chairs are inspired by ‘banig’, the dining tables are made of wood and there’s even a divider/wall that’s made from ‘capiz’. Kundiman songs serve as background music.
Abe serves Filipino food, mostly Kapampangan in origin, and other gourmet dishes. We opted to try:
Spicy Sisig Pampanga (Php 195). Minced pork jowl and chicken livers sauteed in garlic spice
Although the chopped onions were much lesser compared to other sisig recipes, its strong taste remains.
Crispy Shrimp Binondo (Php 195). Finger picking little salted shrimps fried to a crisp in their shell
Green Mango with Bagoong Salad (Php 95). Julienne of green mango tossed with spicy homemade salted shrimp paste
We loved the sweet taste of the shrimp paste.
They also offer unlimited plain rice for Php 62 but we opted for the garlic rice that goes well with the viands that we had.
Although the service is not outstanding, Abe is still a good place to dine in especially if you have foreign or balikbayan friends with you.
(The guest blogger is the editor-in-chief of Pinoy Gazette, a monthly newspaper circulated in Japan. She is set to launch her own blog soon.)
If you love the legendary Aristocrat Restaurant, then there’s no reason for you not to like Serye, Café Filipino, as well.
Serye, Café Filipino is one of the many restaurant brands owned by the Reyes clan who are known in the country for their exemplary culinary tradition.
Its name is a play on the letters of the family name “Reyes”.
Some of the best sellers here are barbecues, honey styled fried chicken and crispy pata.
It was my first time to eat at Serye in Quezon City Circle. I couldn’t help but admire the cleanliness of the entire place.
The 8-year old branch is spacious enough to accommodate a maximum of 200 guests. It has a separate function room for special events and social gatherings.
Boneless Chicken Barbecue (PhP 330)
Buko Shell (Php 80), Pineapple Juice (Php 95)
Ensaladang Mangga at Kamatis (Php 50)
Laing (PhP 195)
Pancit Luglog (PhP 175)
Decadent Chocolate Cake (Php 125)
The food was beyond delicious. Truly Pinoy! =)