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With a menu is full of heirloom dishes from Bacolod, we feel sorry for often overlooking Abuela’s. It’s a cute little restaurant on Aguirre Street, whose recipes were concocted by Mai Campillo-Legasto’s grandmother from Bacolod and then given a fresh modern twist by her husband Chef Marco Legasto.

“We don’t use anything bottled [or] canned. These are all from scratch. As much as possible, we also want to practice [the] farm to table system. Everything is healthy, no MSG and no chemicals,” Chef Marco said.

The star of the menu is the mouthwatering roast beef (P3,800; good for 6-8). It’s a slab of slow-roasted Angus beef marinated in wine, spices and some mixture of herbs. It’s so tender, it actually feels like it’s melting in your mouth.

Abuela’s Roasted Beef (P3,800)

If you’re confused as to what your favorite meat is, don’t miss out on Abuela’s Pochero (P510). Chunks of chicken, pork and beef are stewed in chorizo stick and then served with tomato garlic concasse. The chorizo stick, is heaven-sent; it lends a good smoky quality to this dish making it, as we imagine, a good cure for hangover.

Abuela’s Pochero (P510)

We’re of the opinion that kare-kare is untouchable; it’s perfect the way it is. But all that changed when we tried Abuela’s version. Mai’s lola’s recipe of kare-kare (P460) has been infused with risotto rice, served complete with sweet and salty bagoong. Delicious.

Kare-kare risotto (P560)

If you’re fond of eating bone marrow dishes, you may want to try Abuela’s bone marrow mushroom rice (P480). It is a Wagyu bone marrow cooked with brown rice and sautéed with wild mushroom. Pair it with fish topped with wild mushroom and foie grass (P520) and you’ll forget your name.

Bone marrow mushroom rice (P480)


Fish topped with wild mushroom and foie grass (P520)

We also tried the crunchy and tender bagnet with Thai sauce (P290), and voila it seems like we’re eating a God-made dish! You’ll never regret eating this putok-batok dish.

Bagnet with Thai sauce (P290)

For dessert, Abuela’s old fashioned chocolate cake (P250) did the trick. It is a moist chocolate cake with dulce de leche filling and chocolate icing. Perfect for your sweet tooth.

Abuela’s old fashioned chocolate cake (P250)

MB Life joined the Zomato x Abuela’s Foodie Meet Up on April 24.

2/F Somerset Millennium Makati, 104 Aguirre St., Legazpi Village, Makati City. 6am to 11pm. +63 2 805 2713 or +63 917 853 8881. 

Photos by Madel Crudo


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