Abe (ah-beh), noun.
1. Capampangan word for friend, companion, and getting together.
2. Nickname of a beloved son of Pampanga, Emilio Aguilar Cruz (1915-1991), writer, editor, painter, connoisseur, bon vivant and legendary eater outer.
3. Means good “Filipino” food!

Finally, a Serendra restaurant that is relatively cheaper with a filipino food quality that can rival the best Filipino restos. Of course, expect only the best from this restaurant which is a loving tribute to Larry Cruz’s Father, Abe. This is part of the LJC group of companies and you should not be surprised to see some of the menu items from Cafe Adriatico, Bistro Remedios, etc. etc. What I like about this is that it serves true Filipino food and I always believe that Campampangan dishes are the authentic Filipino food that have little influence from our colonizers.

Also, if I would have foreign visitors, this is the type of place that I want to bring them to experience Filipino cuisine. This is not your modern fusion cuisine but Capampangan dishes at its finest. Think about Kamayan + Cabalen with a touch of Chef Laudico into the quality and presentation. The menu items are P200-P400 and if you just stick to the P200 menu items, this would be the best deal in Serendra restos! Also, rice is bottomless @ P45++ so you can eat all you want ] as most Filipinos do. The Buro or what they call balo balo relish is superbly done. Rey, the manager who has been with the LJC group of companies for the longest time, provides very good customer service. I do hope he gets to train the rest of the staff quickly.

In the past, I have a star rating system for restaurants with 5 as the highest rating. I would rate this a 4.5 overall because of the overall ambiance, quality of food, value for money and friendly service. The only thing is that it is not kids friendly and they don’t have a high chair. Check it out and let me know what you think!

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This is the A-be ambiance with lots of artist photos and artworks. They also have a private room for 10-12 people (I think).

Here is a quick preview of Abe’s Menu:
Abe’s Cover Menu
Meaning of Abe’
Small Dishes and Vegetables Relishes & Salads Menu
Hearty Soup Dishes, Abe’s Specialties and Grills, Stews and Fries Menu
Old Chinatown and Our Spanish Heritage and Artists’, Writers’ Favorites Dishes Menu
Travels with Abe Menu


You should look and have a chat with Rey when you are here. He gives excellent recommendation and shares with you the story of the menu and of the resto. Although, just be careful because he is a veteran sales person that can upsell you with fresh Tamarind Juice that could cost P115++!


Pritong Baby Hito (P175++). Young Catfish fried crisp and served with balo balo relish and mustasa leaves.

This dish passes all campampangan standards and you can enjoy one of the best buro I ever tasted. It is not too slimmy and will make you forget that this is fermented rice.


Mutton Adobo with Popped Garlic (P275++). A dish the keeps forever, “kambing” adobo is best with fragrant rice.

We were suppose to get the Lamb Adobo which is suppose to be good. But since they run out of this, Rey gave this complimentary mutton dish instead. I like the garlicky strong adobo sauce. The mutton meat is soft and taste better than beef.


Abe’s Chicken Supreme (P495++). Spring Chicken stuffed with galapong rice, chestnuts and raisins. Good for two served with a light soup.

I love this oven baked chicken far from your usual andok’s manok or roasted chicken variation out there. The stuffing which taste like Machang goes well with the chicken. Overall, this is value for money because this could serve 4-5 people already.


This is the picture of Abe. Someday, I would also like to setup a place as a loving tribute to my father.

If you want to try more of LJC’s restaurant, here are the different restos under this group:

ABÉ, G/F Serendra,
Global City, Taguig City.
Call 8560526 for reservations.

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