The food business is probably one of the most competitive ventures one could get into, and more so in large metropolitan cities like Metro Manila. There is no shortage of restaurants here, you could even say some areas are over-saturated with them. I consider food however, as one of mankind’s most primitive and greatest passions, and so where ever there is a confluence of people, you could almost be assured of an abundance, and of a variety, of gastronomic surprises.
Just like how only a few good singers are bound to get as much as 15 minutes of fame, only a few good restaurants are bound to get a loyal following. It takes “something special” to make an indelible mark in Manila’s wide and varied culinary landscape, and only a few have earned their stripes, so to speak.
One of these places is Abe, in Serendra at Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig. The BGC is, perhaps, one of the densest places in the metropolis in terms of restaurants per square kilometer, and Abe is one of the few that managed to really stand out…a proverbial rose among the thorns.
They serve Filipino cuisine with Kapampangan culinary flair, turning something as mundane as fried tilapia and lechon kawali into new and exciting versions of tried and tested classics. The place has become synonymous with “good food” in our family, and has almost become a default choice if we want to take guests for the ultimate culinary experience.
One of the first things people consider when dining out of course is the price, and there are some places where you would notice how much you paid, and there are those where you don’t. Abe is one of the latter. The food is good enough to make you forget how much you’re paying for, or at least make you less bothered with it.
We’ve been to Abe several times already, yet each time we go back there feels just as exciting as the first. Now, that is “something special”.
*All photos taken with Olympus E-420 and Zuiko 50mm f2.