Abe’s Farm is located in Magalang Pampanga. Sis and I wanted to go there for the longest time. So when a trip to La Union was planned and booked, we saw a chance to give Abe’s Farm a visit. It became our stopover and we stayed there for one night.
We left Caloocan early in the morning and arrived at the resort just in time for lunch. We’ve heard so many good things about Abe’s that we’re reaaaaalllllly excited to have lunch first before anything else. Our first stop? the restaurant, of course.
There are many branches of Abe’s Farm in Manila but nothing beats dining in this antique resthouse. Almost everything is made of bamboo and some other kind of wood. One would feel very close to nature when dining here. Look! there’s a Banana Tree in the center of the restaurant!
While this table makes me feel like I’m cozily dining in my lola’s house.Oh how I love that big, antique glass jar!
We chose to sit by the window overlooking the lush greens and the swimming pool. We told the kids they should eat well or else they won’t go swimming…LOL! Who can resist that bluish water that’s glistening in the sunlight? Well, that’s appetizer enough for the kids…hee.
I find Paco Fern & Tomato Salad (₱155) irresistible whenever I see it listed on the menu. Their version of Pako Salad includes salted egg, shallots, and tomatoes in a light sour dressing.
Abe’s Bamboo Rice (₱250) is a must-try. It’s mountain rice cooked with shrimp, mushroom, and some kind of special sauce inside a bamboo. You can eat it even without any viand because it’s flavorful as it is. One order is already good for 3-4 people.
We ordered Sinigang na Bangus sa Bayabas (₱395) so we can have something hot to warm our tummies and something we can slurp. This did not disappoint. I can tell from the rich, thick soup that many guavas were pureéd to make this happen.
Their House Iced Tea did not disappoint either. I can tell from it’s taste that it’s not made from instant iced tea.
Like what I always say, there will always be Fried Chicken (half – ₱295) on the table when there are kids around….
You simply don’t eat in a Capampangan restaurant without ordering Binukadkad na Pla-Pla with Balo-Balo & Mustasa (₱395). This is how I learned to eat balo-balo (or burong hipon). You simply get a small piece of fish, wrap it in mustasa leaves, and garnish it with balo-balo
And we just had order extra mustasa leave and balo-balo because it was sooo good!
Sizzling Sisig (₱195) is also another thing that you shouldn’t miss when you’re eating in a Capampangan restaurant. It’s fatty, and simple..a nd good for my soul..hee.
It was such a satisfying lunch and one that called for a 2-hour siesta the moment we checked into our rooms. We had to give in, after all, it was noon and it was too hot for swimming and gallivanting.
Will tell you more about our dinner and breakfast on my next posts…If you want to see our room at Abe’s Farm, click here: Abe’s Farm Staycation (Part 1)
The bamboo rice looks great! That looks like a nice place and I wish I could go.
I wish I could take you here!
Once again I am totally enjoying your travel posts. I feel like I am becoming a bit of an ‘insider’. Ha. This looks like a place I would totally enjoy. The ambiance, the food and looks relaxing. Makes for a winning comb for me.
I haven’t been back to the Philippines in about 10 years (I grew up in New York)— but oh man, one thing I can’t forget is that people say Pampangans are some of the best cooks in the country… All that food looks so good! Especially the sisig!!!! Really delicious sizzling sisig is hard to come by around here. 🙁 Or maybe my standards are just too high lol.
Kapampangan are really good cook and the food at Abe’s are some of the best I’ve tried!
I missed a lot of food ingredients and techniques here like the bamboo rice, pako and that fish. I am so jealous.
LOL! Just visit Abe’s when you visit the Philippines 🙂
Wow, amazing blog!!! I’m searching for where to eat in Pampanga. I’m so glad that I across your blog. Thank you for sharing your travel. Same vibes in traveling and food hunting.