ABE’S NA­TURE FARM

FILIPINO

Eats - - ANTIPOLO -

Abé’s Na­ture Farm, nes­tled near the foot of Mt. Arayat in Ma­galang, Pam­panga, is named af­ter Emilio Aguilar Cruz, fondly called Abé, which is Ka­pam­pan­gan for “friend,” Abé—a writer, artist and food lover—is the fa­ther of Larry J. Cruz, the late founder of the LJC Restau­rant group that gave us Café Adri­atico, Café Ha­vana, Bistro Reme­dios, Larry’s Cafe and Bar, Abé’s, Fely J’s Kitchen, Lorenzo’s Way, and LaMer. Abé’s Na­ture Farm houses a re­sort, a restau­rant, a mu­seum and a spa. Grassy hills and wide ex­panses are framed by trees, gar­dens, walk­ways, sports fa­cil­i­ties, a pool, and real Ifu­gao huts trans­ported from the Banaue that serve as guest houses. The an­ces­tral home is re­born as the restau­rant, which is walled by wo­ven bam­boo on three sides. One side is left open for an un­re­stricted view of the grounds. The rest­house has an idyl­lic loft draped in cot­ton fab­ric, as well as dis­plays of Abé’s per­sonal be­long­ings. Some rooms are re­served for fam­ily. As ex­pected, Abé’s Na­ture Farm graces us with the full menu of Ka­pam­pan­gan food and sig­na­ture dishes from the LJC restau­rant chain. The house spe­cial­ties are a !eld of dreams: Arobung Ka­maru (Farm Crick­ets), Spicy Sisig Pam­panga, Chicharon Bu­lak­lak, Sini­gang Ban­gus Belly with Ripe Guava, Sin­uam of Fresh Na­tive Corn, Munggo Bean Soup with Smoked Fish (Ti­napa) Flakes and Chicharon, Pinakbet Ka­pam­pan­gan, Gule Ma­galang, Paco Fern & To­mato Salad, Binukad­kad na Pla-Pla with Balo-Balo and Mus­tasa, Tid­tad, Knock­out Knuck­les, Crispy Tadyang “D Orig­i­nal,” Ube Jalea with Maca­puno, Claude’s Dream (Pan­dan gelatin and young co­conut on buf­falo’s milk ice cream), and the mys­te­ri­ous Sikreto ni Maria. Plus points are the Abé’s Farm Spa Vil­lage, which prom­ises re­newal and re­lax­ation for the body, and the E. Aguilar Cruz Mu­seum, a feast for the mind with its his­tory and nar­ra­tive of Abé, his fam­ily, art, and life­style.

AD­DRESS

98 Live­stock Vil­lage, Brgy. Ayala, Ma­galang, Pam­panga

CON­TACT NUM­BERS

(045) 865 1930 0917 8085187

FACE­BOOK

Abe’s Farm

EMAIL

info@abes­farm.com.ph

WEB­SITE

www.abes­farm.com.ph

OP­ER­AT­ING HOURS

Mon to Sun: 10am to 8pm Ex­cept Tues­days

PRICE RANGE

P1,000/per­son

PAY­MENT MODES

Cash and Card

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