THE CRES­CENT MOON CAFÉ

FILIPINO

Eats - - RIZAL -

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.

AD­DRESS

As­cen­cion Rd., Brgy. Dalig, An­tipolo, Rizal

TELE­PHONE NUM­BERS

630 5854 658 3866

FACE­BOOK

Cres­cent Moon Cafe and Stu­dio Pot­tery

OP­ER­AT­ING HOURS

Tue to Sun: 9am to 4pm

PRICE RANGE

P400/per­son

PAY­MENT MODE

Cash

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