Abé Restaurant Review: Good Food for Good Friends at Abé

I like the idea of dining family style or what I call the “salu-salo factor”. This was a consideration in picking a restaurant when a couple of our friends from Singapore visited. That and, of course, they should serve Filipino food.

So we came upon Abé near the entertainment block of SM Mall of Asia. The catchphrase “Where good friends dine” spoke to us. Hehe!

Abé Restaurant at MOA, Where good friends dine

Here’s a list of Abé’s branches with their location, phone number and business hours. You may also check their website and facebook page for more information.

Abé Serendra

Location: Serendra Plaza, Fort Bonifacio
Phone: 856-0526

Business Hours:
Monday – Sunday
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
5:00 pm – 12:00 am

Abé TriNoma

Location: Level M3, Trinoma Mall, North EDSA, Quezon City
Phone: 901-5691 / 901-5692

Business Hours:
Monday – Sunday
11:00 am – 11:00 pm

Abé MOA

Location: Entertainment Section SM Mall of Asia, Bay City, Pasay City
Phone: 556-0608

Business Hours:
Monday – Sunday
11:00 am – 11:00 pm

Abé Alabang Town Center

Location: Lifestyle Strip, Alabang Town Center, Commerce Avenue, Muntinlupa City
Phone: 623-0899 / 804-2148 to 49 / (917) 550-6033

Business Hours:
Monday – Sunday
11 am – 11 pm

Abé’s contemporary interiors are highlighted by splashes of color on the walls, which are adorned by black and white photos (I presume) of Mr. Emilio Aguilar Cruz, whose nickname is the restaurant’s namesake.

Abé Restaurant's interiors. Abé Restaurant at MOA, where good friends dine

You have the option to dine alfresco at the veranda with a view of Manila Bay or inside at the main dining area. We opted for the air-conditioned comfort of dining inside. The main dining area can accommodate up to 80 people. Abé’s staff are consistent in immediately clearing the mess left by diners, making sure to keep the small space clean.

Abé’s wait staff are courteous and attentive. Menus and cold water were provided as soon as we’re seated.

Surprisingly, the food didn’t take that long to be prepared. Whenever I dine at a proper restaurant, I expect to wait no less than 15 minutes for the food to be served. It took much shorter than that at Abé.

We ordered Liempo Hamonado (Php 370), Manuk sa Luyang Dilaw (Php 350), Laing with Tinapa (Php 255) and Sikreto ni Maria (Php 165) for dessert.

Abé’s Liempo Hamonado is my favorite among the bunch. The charred, smoky, sweet and savory flavors come together nicely. All that in a tender meat that require little to no effort to pull apart.

A Pinoy version of chicken curry, Abé’s Manuk sa Luyang Dilaw is super creamy. The portions left us wanting though.

Despite being Bicolano, it is only in recent days that I found an appreciation for Laing (taro leaves cooked in coconut milk). Abé’s version of this Bicolano classic was able to beautifully marry the creaminess of gata (coconut  milk) and the smokiness of tinapa (smoked fish).

So what is Maria’s secret? Hidden under the layers of vanilla ice cream and slices of mango are suman. There’s nothing out of the ordinary with this dessert, it tasted okay.

Capampangans have been dubbed many times as one of the best cooks in the Philippines. Dining at Abé substantiates this appellation.

Abé Restaurant at MOA, where good friends dine

Food is really good at Abé. The servings are decent given the price. The only thing that got a bit of frown was the dessert, though it was okay, I think it was a bit steeply priced. Such a creative name like Sikreto ni Maria deserves something more… surprising.

Service is also on the positive note. The way the restaurant is kept clean and the pro-activeness of Abé’s wait staff makes a lot of difference.

All in all, it was a favorable experience worthy of recommendation and subsequent visits.

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25 Responses to Abé Restaurant Review: Good Food for Good Friends at Abé

  1. Denise Sarmiento 12 May 2014 at 2:55 pm #

    Rainbow Journal yeah thats what me and the hubby do foodtrips and discovering new places

  2. Rainbow Journal 12 May 2014 at 10:32 am #

    Glad you found a place to meet with friends through this post. Hope you and your friends have a good time! :)

  3. Rainbow Journal 12 May 2014 at 10:31 am #

    I can understand why Abe is his favorite restaurant… :)
    Hope you'd enjoy the food as we did.

  4. Rainbow Journal 12 May 2014 at 10:30 am #

    Food at Abe is worth the spend.
    Thanks! I spent a few good hours achieving the look of my blog. :D

  5. Rainbow Journal 12 May 2014 at 10:29 am #

    Was going through your blog and I wanted to visit some of the restaurants you've been to.

  6. Rainbow Journal 12 May 2014 at 10:27 am #

    Exactly, I guess part of the reason why Pinoys love to eat is because of the salu-salo concept. :)

  7. Alaine Yambot-Alejandrino 10 May 2014 at 8:31 am #

    Wow. Another must try restaurant. I love the "salu-salo" concept. Very Filipino, indeed.

  8. Denise Sarmiento 8 May 2014 at 9:15 am #

    i love discovering new dining places,, interior looks good!!

  9. Ma Katrina Camille Enerva 8 May 2014 at 6:15 am #

    I like how you used tabs for your blog. Looks good. I hope its worth the spend :D

  10. Gabriela Fernandez 8 May 2014 at 6:14 am #

    Ahhh! Mouth watering. Abe is my boss' favorite restaurant. :) Will try it next week.

  11. Andy Dela Cruz 8 May 2014 at 4:52 am #

    Interesting. I'll check this out this weekend since I'm meeting friends in the SOuth area. thanks

  12. Rainbow Journal 6 May 2014 at 4:16 am #

    True, service really makes the difference. Hope you'd quench that Laing craving at Abe soon. :)

  13. Rainbow Journal 6 May 2014 at 4:15 am #

    Hope you'd have a great dining experience at Abe as we had. :)

  14. Not Your Ordinary Mum Millie 5 May 2014 at 11:33 pm #

    I love the interiors and how you wrote this review! I always go for customer service and the rest follows.. Now, I am craving for laing… :) Maybe we will try and visit the ATC branch!

  15. Cla Martinez Badong 5 May 2014 at 5:33 pm #

    Nice recommendation. Now I have a reason to visit Alabang Town Center again. :)

  16. Rainbow Journal 5 May 2014 at 5:14 pm #

    Abe's food makes the price worth it. :)

  17. Rainbow Journal 5 May 2014 at 5:08 pm #

    Abe's liempo hamonado was really good. Come to think of it, there are lots of tasty pork recipes from Pampanga. :D

  18. Cristal Maramag 5 May 2014 at 5:07 pm #

    Havent tried on this one… but after looking at the interiors and the food, it sure looks like a great place to dine in! The price is kinda pricey though but we'll see…

  19. Rainbow Journal 5 May 2014 at 5:06 pm #

    There are a lot of good restaurants in MOA. Hopefully you'd get to visit soon and experience them for yourself. :)

  20. Maria Theresa Dalagan 5 May 2014 at 2:33 pm #

    Not surprised that you found the liempo great. I believe if there's one ingredient that Kapampangan cuisine has mastered well, it's pork. Nice recommendation though :D

  21. Ma Theresa Montino 5 May 2014 at 2:22 pm #

    The reason why I want to visit Manila is to tour around SM MOA and experience restos like that.

  22. Rainbow Journal 5 May 2014 at 2:13 pm #

    I can't imagine not having Filipino food for a long time. A couple of weeks vacation outside of the country makes me miss it.

  23. Rainbow Journal 5 May 2014 at 2:11 pm #

    Do share how your dining experience at Abe Trinoma goes. :)

  24. Raymond Nicolas 5 May 2014 at 3:28 am #

    Haven't tried this place yet. Thanks for recommending. I might try it when I pass by Trinoma. Thanks! :-)

  25. Jerome Lupisan 4 May 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    Sounds like something I'd like to try. Now that I am based abroad, a trip to a proper Filipino restaurant within the week of arrival is a must. I'm going to consider this for sure next time.