Cebu Food

Cebu City food trip: Abaseria

By on February 8, 2011

abaseria - front page
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.

abaseria - interiors

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).

abaseria - viand

Top then CW: Ginataang Mongos, Humba, Adobong Bangus Belly and Baked Ginger Ribs.

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.

abaseria - dessert

L-R: Mango Float, Sylvana and Homemade Chocolate Cake.

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

  1. Reply


    February 8, 2011

    when are your going to treat us there?

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    February 8, 2011

    Hi Rin, I would love to but I can't afford to treat all of you at this point. 🙂

    What other relatively unknown Cebu restos did I miss this time?

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    September 2, 2011

    the food looks good, im now craving for the adobo belly. it looks very delicious.

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    Justinne Go

    November 7, 2013

    I love this place since my first visit in 2009. It never fails to amuse no matter how many times you return. Thanks for this post! Now I know a bit of the history behind this resto that's first on my Cebu Secret Chows list.

    Babe for Food – your BFF in Cebu dining! 🙂

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      brennan mercado

      November 7, 2013

      Hi Justinne. Welcome to Baktin Corporation! 🙂

      Abaseria serves affordable, good comfort food. It is also one of my favorites in Cebu.


Brennan Mercado
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Brennan is an electronics engineer by profession. From time to time, he gets to travel beyond his office cubicle, try new restaurants or catch up with his terribly long list of unread books. He likes museums, spicy food and talking with habal-habal drivers. For now, he's still deciding on whether to play Pokémon GO or not.

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