Growing up my mom, a Kapampangan and a lovely cook, showed me how she grew up in their province. She fed us with recipes that she learned from our grandmother. I believe, cooking is the roots of all Kapampangan. No wonder why Pampanga was hailed as the Culinary Capital of the Philippines. Having said, Cabalen – a buffet restaurant that was noted for serving Kapampangan dishes and other Filipino specialties – celebrate its 30th year which is also a celebration for Filipino
Cabalen literally means a fellow Kapampangan. They are known as people who squanders on ingredients when cooking and they spend most of their time cooking and sharing sumptuous homemade dishes to their families and friends. The first Cabalen Restaurant was opened at West Avenue, Quezon City. Now it is known as one of the popular Filipino buffet restaurant in the country.
The restaurant’s interior reminds me of old houses in the province. Dining in Cabalen is pretty nostalgic, it is like dining at my grandparent’s ancestral house and bringing my childhood in the province. They have added modern elements that made the place more appealing. With well-trained staff and creative insights of the chef, Cabalen Restaurant serves quality dishes for their customers and giving them the old-style Filipino dining experience.
I don’t know if I’m being biased but I love their Dinuguan because it is my favorite dish. Cabalen is famous for their Kare-Kare – a mix of fresh vegetable, tender beef in rich peanut sauce. Pair it with bagoong alamang and you’ll know why Filipino love Kare-Kare. They also have Pindang Kalabaw which taste like sour carabao meat that looks like tocino. They have wide variety of Filipino dishes that every Filiino should try.
Sweets! My grandmother always treat us with kakanin and espasol whenever we visit her in Pampanga. They have kakanin and biko on their sweet station which reminded me of my grandmother. They also have suman bulagta, Kapampangan version of suman saslatik.
- West Avenue
- Robinsons Starmills
- SM City Clark
- Trinoma Mall
- Market! Market!
- Alabang Town Center
- SM City Cebu
- Glorietta 2
- SM City North Edsa
- SM City Fairview
- SM City Bacoor
- SM City Pampanga
- SM City Lipa
- SM Mall of Asia
- SM Megamall
- Robinsons Place Manila
- Harbor Point Subic
People can avail their eat-all-you-can offer for 298PHP for All Filipino Buffet branches and 398PHP for their Filipino-Asian Buffet branches.
CABALEN RESTAURANT GIVEAWAY
Cabalen Restaurant is giving away 2 buffet passes. Winners will be announced on December 14 2016 in this post.
- Like Weekend Sidetrip and Cabalen Restaurant Facebook Page
- Follow Weekend Sidetrip and Cabalen Restaurant Instagram account
- Post your favorite Filipino food on IG and tag us.
- Don’t forget to put #HolidayatCabalen #Cabalen3Dekada
- Comment your favorite Filipino food that you’d like to try in Cabalen Restaurant