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August 13, 2009

Are you a Crescent Moon Cafe Virgin?

August 13, 2009

Are you a Crescent Moon Cafe Virgin?

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Yes, it was my first time to visit Crescent Moon Cafe last month. We were doing a research trip for an upcoming Culinary Tour of Antipolo that will feature the best art places and culinary destinations in Antipolo, Rizal. Lanelle Abueva-Fernando's Crescent Moon Cafe will definitely be part of the tour because of its signature alagaw appetizers, home-cooked dishes,and suman/mango dessert. I also love buying Lanelle's pottery here, especially the bargain ones that are sold for P200 per kilo.

Some trivia about the place:
- Crescent Moon Cafe in Antipolo pioneered the pottery/restaurant format. It started even before Ugu Bigyan in Tiaong, Quezon.
- Lanelle is the niece of the National Artist for Sculpture Napoleon Abueva and daughter of former University of the Philippines President Jose Abueva.
- This is Antipolo's restaurant secret, together with Vieux Chalet.


(Full Disclosure: We were treated by our host, who introduced us to the different Antipolo destinations.)

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Alagaw leaves are used like lumpia wrapper and have a distinct felt-like texture. Appreciating alagaw leaves is an acquired taste. Some people like the tingling sensation from the leaf, while others don't like its aftertaste.

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You can put green chili, mango, onions, garlic, ginger, basil, shrimps and a secret sweet dark sauce with nuts inside the alagaw leaves. Then, you wrap it like a lumpia and eat it. :)

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Crescent Moon Cafe is only open during lunch time (12nn to 2pm) from Tuesdays to Saturdays (P350/head set meal) and every Sunday (P450/head set meal). There is no predetermined menu. The menu of the day depends on the available fresh ingredients. The set meal comes with the alagaw appetizer, soup, the main dishes of fish/seafood/chicken, vegetables, and its signature suman/mango dessert.

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The meal starts with the alagaw appetizer and soup.

Below are the samples of the main dishes (it changes every day and they only know what's on the menu on the day itself):

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A chicken dish is usually served curry style. The curry sauce is light and tastes like it was cooked by your mom at home.

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Shrimps... I usually like my shrimps served halabos style.

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Labong vegetable dish. This is a very Filipino dish but only a few people can appreciate it. :)

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Fish Fillet with Sweet Chili Sauce. Not too oily, just crispy perfect with the sweet sauce.

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Don't miss Crescent Moon's signature suman with mango for dessert!


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Your kids can explore the garden, cafe or studio. Aidan and Joshua had fun feeding the koi. :)


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The kids could also feed the pet turtles who stare at you hypnotically when they are hungry.

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The outdoor wash basin was interestingly designed for kids. :)

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Rache's favorite place is the pottery bargain at the back of the cafe.


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You can buy plates, saucers, cups or containers for your home or your restaurant business. :)


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All of the items are on sale for P200 per kilo only. Some of the items have minor defects while some were rejected by their customers for some reason. Since it is pottery art, sometimes imperfection is OK.

We bought a very nice cake stand and a couple of bowls.

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Overall, Crescent Moon Cafe is a good out-of-town, garden-type destination in Antipolo. The place is recommended for those interested in Lanelle's pottery and need an out-of-town lunch adventure. If you ask me, Vieux Chalet and Ugu Bigyan are still better in terms of food.

Have you tried Crescent Moon Cafe? What was your experience?

The Crescent Moon Cafe
Ascencion Road, Barangay Dalig, Antipolo City
Telephone Number: 658-3866
Telephone Fax Number: 630-5854

Opening Hours
Tuesday - Sunday
12nn to 2pm Set Menu Lunch (P350-Weekday/Saturday, P450-Sunday)
2pm to 4pm For Suman/ Mango Merienda
Strictly by Reservation Only

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Sapang Buho, Ascencion Road
Barangay Dalig, Antipolo City
Open from 9am to 4pm

Telephone/ Fax: +632 630-5854
Residential Number: +632 658-3866
Mobile Number: +63917 523-2356

Driving Directions (from Waypoints.ph)

First objective here is to get to Antipolo.  For those who are not familiar with how to get to Antipolo, you can start from the EDSA shrine at the intersection of EDSA and Ortigas Avenue. From the EDSA shrine, head eastward along Ortigas Avenue all the way (about 10+km) to the Tikling Highway junction at the foot of the mountains of Antipolo. At the junction, follow the road to the left. This will take you through winding roads up to the mountain until you reach a Y-junction with a monument and the big Ynares Center building behind it. This is now Antipolo.

At the Y-junction in Antipolo, follow the road veering southward to the right. This is a circumferential road; follow the road as it loops back eastward, passing through the following landmarks: Unciano Medical Center on the right, Imperial Theater on the left, a major junction, and then a Uniwide Store on the right until you see a Flying-V Gasoline station behind a tri-forked junction. At the junction, just follow the road veering southeastward to the right. 850 meters from the junction, after a Shell gasoline station and the Milagros Subdivision entrance on the right side, turn right on Ascension Road. Lanelle's Crescent Moon Cafe is just 240 meters down Ascension Road on the left side.

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