Abaseria was supposed to be just a showroom for Carmela Jurado-Lava’s diverse business pursuits – furniture, kitchen utensils and jewelry. These have inadvertently added a rustic yet charming character to the restaurant that Abaseria has now become.
It has indeed lived up to the Spanish translation of its name, sari-sari. The variety of the items on display are carefully selected and then arranged to present a chaotic yet creative ambience that only Abaseria can pull off. If not for the presence of tables and the kind staff, you would really think you are in the middle of an art gallery and not in a restaurant.
We sampled a few of their best sellers one evening last year: Ginataang Mongos or Mongo Soup with Gata (Php145.00), Baked Ginger Ribs (Php245.00), Humba (Php205.00) and Adobong Bangus Belly (Php290.00) and Abaseria Fried Rice (Php150.00).
The Adobong Bangus Belly and the Mongo Soup and were my favorites in this bunch. The latter is so creamy and rich in flavor that it made me appreciate the otherwise lowly soup served in most roadside eateries.
For dessert, we ordered the Homemade Chocolate Cake (Php60.00), the Sylvana (Php26.00) and the Mango Float (Php50.00). They also serve Choco Durian Special, which is a dark chocolate cake with fresh durian slices. This strange combination could spell either dessert nirvana or just plain madness.
Abaseria may have an upscale feel to it, but if truth be told, it is in fact more affordable than most restaurants in Cebu malls. It is then no wonder why this became one of Cebu’s best kept secrets when it comes to unique dinning experiences.
Abaseria is located at the farthest corner of Pres. Quirino St., Barangay Kasambagan, Cebu City. It is open from Mondays to Saturdays at 7:00-9:00 PM and Sundays from 11:00-7:00 PM.
contact number: +63 32 234-4160