THE CRESCENT MOON CAFÉ
Nature, native food, and local culture come together in this Antipolo sanctuary called the Crescent Moon Café. Its name was crafted by restaurateur Lanelle Abueva-Fernando’s then four-year-old daughter. Lanelle shares that her daughter loves to play as if she were in a restaurant. When asked about the name of her diner, she looked up at the wall and saw crescent moon designs, and that was how the café got its name. Crescent Moon offers an ever-changing menu to complement the creative culture that they foster in this restaurant. For starters, aside from preparing delicious luncheon dishes made from locally sourced products, Lanelle offers dining essentials (as in the plates, cups, and saucers) for sale at an outlet located outside. This restaurant is said to be the pioneer in the pottery-restaurant format, which is a perfect !t for the owner since she is a niece of National Artist for Sculpture Napoleon Abueva and daughter of former University of the Philippines President Jose Abueva. The Crescent Moon Café is only open during lunch time from Tuesdays to Sundays, and there is no predetermined menu, but each set meal comes with an alagaw (fragrant premna, an aromatic leaf) appetizer, soup, the main dishes of !sh/seafood/ chicken, vegetables, and its signature suman/mango dessert. The alagaw appetizer can be !lled with green chili, mango, onions, garlic, ginger, basil, shrimps, along with a secret, sweet, dark sauce with nuts. The alagaw leaf is said to have herbal bene!ts, such as helping with cough relief. It is also included in that ubiquitous healing tea called the Pito-pito. The rest of the items on the menu have a homestyle feel to them.
Ascencion Rd., Brgy. Dalig, Antipolo, Rizal
630 5854 658 3866
Crescent Moon Cafe and Studio Pottery
Tue to Sun: 9am to 4pm