Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Abe: Where Good Friends Dine

Everytime we pass by Abe at Serendra, we usually joke about that catchy phrase "Where Good Friends Dine". We should try Abe some time since that is where good friends dine. So when Mama Merlyn visited us one weekend, we decided to treat her to Abe. After all, Manong hasn't tried Abe before so it's a first for him, too.

It was a Saturday and a weekend with a pay day so as expected, there were a lot of people in the area. We had to wait to be seated. I think it took 30 minutes before we were able to get in the restaurant. The place exuded class - a lot of alta-looking people where there, lights were a bit softer and had instrumental music playing on the background. But since it was jam packed that night, it was noisy with chatters.

We ordered Adobong Puso ng Saging, Morcon, Pork Sinigang sa Sampaloc and Bihod Rice.

The Pork Sinigang sa Sampaloc (P330) was a bit ordinary. It wasn't as sour as I thought it would be. The meat was tender and the vegetable crisp enough, though, so somehow it compensated. Then came the Adobong Puso ng Saging (P220). It was soaked in vinegar. And as was with my previous impression, it tasted ordinary.

The "dish" that made an impression was the Bihod Rice (P330); fried rice garnished with fish roe. It was delicious and at the same time the serving was generous enough for 4 people.

Sadly, though, our Morcon (P330) wasn't served. We kept on asking the server for our order but said it was still being cooked. In the end, we had it for take out because Abe's kitchen forgot to cook the dish on time, as the server finally admitted. She came up with the lame excuse that kitchen forgot to cook the Morcon with its sauce, hence the delay. Had I been my usual self, they would have found themselves being rant at and shouldering the expense of the Morcon. Good for them, Mama Merlyn was there, so I let it go.

I found the place to be pricey for its taste and service. But then, maybe we haven't really tried their house specialties so (I hope) what we got instead are the ordinary dishes. I may try Abe some other time but I think it won't be anytime sooner.

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