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adventures in eating

abe’s restaurant, serendra

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These pictures are awful. They were taken in a very harried fashion and in very lowlight. Nevertheless, the meal was epic and one of those places that I always want to introduce people to so we’re gonna talk about it, poor photography cannot stop us.

I took these pictures back in February during a business trip to Manila. The taxi ride to Serendra was memorable bc the taxi uncle was taking his sweet time driving us around in circles and claiming that he did not know where Serendra was but that he knew where Market Market was. Ok, dude, they are across the street from each other.

Annnnywho, we shook the cab ride off and arrived wide eyed at Serendra. As per usual the place was poppin’ with plenty of people milling about, grabbing dinner, and hanging out. I had done my homework and we were gunning for Abe’s which had rave reviews and apparently was restaurant of the year or something in 2008.

The best Filipino restaurant I’ve ever been to. So delicious, great service, lovely menu.

(Looks a bit empty but this is at the end of the night.)

We arrived to the restaurant at the tail end of dinner service so while it was busy most of the other diners were finishing up their meals. We didn’t have to wait long for a table but note that reservations are generally recommended.

As the token Filipino (other were diners include Saemin and his wife who are Korean and Pearl who is Chinese) I get the honor of ordering. Fun fact: Saemin’s wife had visited a friend earlier in the day and that friend had taken her to Abe’s. Buuuut, it was so good she totally didn’t mind going again!

We start off with some sisig. Not sizzling and certainly not their strongest item but tasty and solid nonetheless.

We tried to order the crickets but they were already sold out. As a second appetizer I picked chicharon bulaklak.

Crisp and oily with just a bit of funk (they are entrails afterall). I love to dip chicharon in garlicky or spicy vinegar. The theme for appetizers that evening was ‘things to drink with’. 🙂

Whole deep fried tilapia served with a mostaza relish. Since it’s butterflied the crispy to meaty ratio is awesome. Nothing beats fried fish and steaming white rice. So tasty.

This is pork belly adobo. The sauce on the left is like adobo flavor concentrate. The belly itself is crispy on the outside and fleshy on the inside. The dish is dry so don’t expect a saucy adobo. A slight twist on the original to keep things interesting.

Kare-kare just like mom makes. Seriously, just like my mom makes. Peanutty with fall off the bone meat and a sprinkling of veggies. Plenty of bagoong on the side of course. We totally cleaned this plate out. Or rather, Saemin totally cleaned this plate out.

The entire meal was around PhP2,300 (including drinks, service tax, etc) around USD55. Abe’s a must-eat in Manila. Definitely swing on by if you get a chance.

Abe’s: Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Fort Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines

Written by joann

October 19, 2010 at 2:34 pm

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  1. I agree that Abe is a classy Filipino restaurant. The traditional dishes evoked a sense of nostalgia since I grew up in Australia. Reasonably priced and very tasty food.

    I was fortunate enough to try the crickets and I have to recommend it to those who visit this restaurant. As an Australian, I was at first hesitant in trying such a bizarre choice of meat and I was expecting the flavour to be bitter. However, my preconceptions were all but gone when I took my first spoonful (admittedly with a some rice to dilute any strong, (un)expected flavours. The taste was very acceptable and reminded me of sauteed pork in onions and garlic. The texture wasn’t even that alien and was quite pleasant.

    The other dishes that we ordered included the beef kare-kare, the pork adobo and were both very delicious.

    Highly recommended.


    October 5, 2011 at 11:44 am

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