My folks, fiancé and I decided to take advantage of the long weekend during the Papal visit and went for a day trip to Abe’s Farm in Pampanga. I really didn’t know what to expect, except great food since Kapampangans are known for their cuisine; plus, I’ve always been a fan of Abe’s restaurant in Manila.
Just so you know, Abe’s is part of the LJC Group, a local restaurant chain managing other resto brands such as Fely J’s Kitchen, Café Adriatico and Café Havana to name a few. If you’ve tried eating in any of those restaurants, you’ll discover that they never disappoint.
The food in Abe’s Farm exceeded my expectations. They serve all time Filipino favorites like sinigang and chicharon bulaklak but we decided to be adventurous with our lunch order.
Paco Fern & Tomato Salad features young rainforest fern with tomato in a light salad dressing. I never thought I’d get to taste plants used in flower arrangements, much more enjoy it, but I did!
Another order I really enjoyed is the Binukadkad na Pla-Pla. I discovered that pla-pla is actually an oversized tilapia. Great for a person with an oversized appetite!
Then for my ultimate challenge – Arobung Kamaru which are farm crickets sautéed in tomatoes and onions. Scary at first but after a bite, I didn’t care what the main ingredient was anymore. It was a bit spicy but incredibly tasty!
To cap it all off, we ordered Sikreto ni Maria for dessert. It really is a secret because our server wouldn’t dare say what it was, only that it’s absolutely delicious. So let the secret remain a secret until you decide to pay a visit to Abe’s Farm. For now, just be content with this photo and guess what the ingredients of the delectable dessert are.
Oh, and what made the experience even more fun is the genuine hospitality of the people working there. Meet Jc, our entertaining waiter and skilled photographer. 🙂
Abe’s Farm isn’t just about food though. If you’d like to stay for a night or two, they have Ifugao huts for the adventurous and family suites for those who want it less exotic. Both types of lodging are comfortable and air-conditioned.
Being a museum fan, I was delighted to find out that Abe’s Farm is the home of the E. Aguilar Cruz Museum. There, you’ll find the works of the founders of Abe’s Farm and the LJC Restaurant Group. The 1930’s house turned museum with a predominantly art deco theme is definitely worth seeing and worth the short “hike”.
Time seemed to slow down while we were in Abe’s Farm which is a great thing for busy people who just need a break from it all.