Gabe's Homegrown Dishes - Honest to Goodness Home Cooked Meals

Written By clapalisoc on Saturday 8 October 2016 | 14:00

The foodie scene has exploded over the years gaining so much attention from A to Z. Restaurants are on a roll to fight for a chance to grab the top spot, or sometimes, to simply stand out from the rest. Craving for food of a particular cuisine? Name it, I'm sure there's a handful out there to satisfy your cravings! Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Peruvian, Thai, Vietnamese, Spanish, etc etc. Conservative dishes that stick to the original recipe or modern ones that dare take the fusion kind of road, they're everywhere! Same is true for our well-loved Filipino favorites. You want it with a twist? You want it home cooked style? LOTS OF OPTIONS!!!

Gabe's Homegrown Dishes Katipunan
Gabe's Homegrown Dishes - Katipunan Extension

In a sea of Modern Filipino and Filipino Fusion restaurants, it's such a breather to find one that sticks true to comfort Filipino food. Offering nothing but affordable "home coked" goodness of our classic favorites - Kare-Kare, Sisig, Silog meals, Lengua - Gabe's Homegrown Dishes surely has something you'll like.

Gabe's Homegrown Dishes
Gabe's Main Counter

Located in Katipunan, just right after the strips of restaurants including Banapple, Nathaiels and Katips, look for the HQ of Sbarro and you'll spot Gabe's! A hole in the wall type of place that's not intimidating at all, their space was well organized and clean! 

Inside Gabe's Homegrown Dishes

Loved the simple interiors that touched on family love and importance. They also have some frames with different messages, industrial style drop lamps and a board where they pinned messages from guests!

restaurant details of Gabe's Homegrown Dishes

A play of textures with wood and tiles, I loved these wooden chairs with letters engraved!

Inside Gabe's Homegrown Dishes

Card games, board games and even some toys for little ones are available for everyone to enjoy!

restaurant interiors of Gabe's Homegrown Dishes
A look at what's inside Gabe's Homegrown Dishes!

Dan and Marianne are the husband and wife tandem in charge of this family business. It's their first venture to F&B business though they have a little background from their entrepreneur parents. 

Dan sent me an invite for a sponsored lunch so I went with my family on a Sunday. The staff were welcoming and genuinely kind. They helped us through the menu and asked us for anything that we wanted to try other that what they're supposed to serve.

Dan and Marianne were very easy to talk to. Anything about the kitchen is managed by the wife while marketing and promotions are the tasks of the husband. They prepared a feast for us!

Appetizer: Pinoy Cheese Sticks

Pinoy Cheese Sticks from Gabe's Homegrown Dishes
Pinoy Cheese Sticks for 80Php

No fuss cheese sticks that will remind you of your childhood! Local cheddar cheese wrapped in lumpia wrapper, deep-fried to crispy perfection, each bite was oozing with cheese! My daughters loved this.

Sandwiches: Crab Sandwich and The Half Pounder

Crab Sandwich from Gabe's Homegrown Dishes
Crab Sandwich for 100Php

Ordinary white bread that have been buttered and then toasted, filled with kani in mayo with carrot sticks and cabbage on a bed of crisp lettuce and fresh cucumber. The flavor was good but then there was too much filling! This sandwich came in with fries.

The Half Pounder from Gabe's Homegrown Dishes
The Half Pounder for 180Php

This is their version of a cheeseburger. They made their own half pound beef patty, added some lettuce, tomato and cucumber slices plus cheese in a toasted hamburger bun. Honestly, this was just okay. The beef patty was overcooked, IMO. Could have been better if it was done medium so that it could have been juicy instead of dry. This burger was served with fries too.

Noodle: Pancit Malabon

Pancit Malabon from Gabe's Homegrown Dishes
Pancit Malabon for 100Php

Not a fan of Pancit Malabon so I technically didn't fancy this dish. Don't get me wrong, it didn't taste bad and according to my husband it was delicious. Pancit Malabon is in general not my thing. I have to note though that this plate full of noddles had a lot of toppings in it - pork, hard boiled egg and shrimps!

Gabe's Homegrown Dishes Menu

Note: their noddles can be pre-ordered in "bilao" for bigger servings! Check menu above for pricing as of October 2016!

Onto the mains, we tried a total of four ---

Lengua from Gabe's Homegrown Dishes
Lengua for 250Php

Lengua was a staple dish when we have parties back in the province when I was a child. I can vivdly remember the creaminess of the dish, the hint of mushroom and the super tender beef tongue! 

Lengua from Gabe's Homegrown Dishes

Gabe's  version was full of nostalgia! Though I would still prefer my Lola Ma's version (granny's little girl here!), Gabe's  definitely nailed this dish! 

Laing with Dilis from Gabe's Homegrown Dishes
Laing with Dilis for 90Php

One of their best seller, this dish was a surprise favorite of mine during our visit! It was thick, with a good coconut milk flavor, and nice touch of saltiness from the dilis. 

Laing with Dilis from Gabe's Homegrown Dishes

You can control the spiciness by adding some chili.

Kare-Kare from Gabe's Homegrown Dishes
Kare-Kare for 200Php

Kare-Kare is a favorite dish of mine. From Fusion to modern, simple and home-cooked, I'll try them all! Gabe's  version was simple but gave a comforting and homey feeling. It's like your mom's proud version. Thick peanut sauce with a hint of sweetness, lots of veggies that were done right, beef cubes and ox tripe.

Kare-Kare from Gabe's Homegrown Dishes

 Nothing fancy but definitely good.

Crunchy Pork Sisig ni Gabe from Gabe's Homegrown Dishes
Crunchy Pork Sisig ni Gabe for 185Php

Sisig is my thing and I don't like my Sisig with lots of extenders. Gabe's version  was on point! Served on a sizzling plate, it had generous heaping of chopped pork, just the right portion of chopped onions, a drizzling of their own Sisig sauce, green chili and a raw egg on top. Mix everything together while the plate is still hot and you're in for a treat!

Gabe's Sisig

Loved the occasional crunchy bite from pork skin and the overall saltiness. 

If you think that we've had a lot already, I tell you not yet. Dan and Marianne also had us try two rice meals!

Baked Ribs from Gabe's Homegrown Dishes
Baked Ribs for 190Php

Pork ribs that have been marinated in their special BBQ sauce and homemade rub, broiled then served with rice, fries and more thick sauce! These were not fall-off-the-bone tender but weren't tough as well, good flavor with hints of sweetness. Bang for your buck at 190Php!

Horseylog from Gabe's Homegrown Dishes
Horseylog for 115Php

Not your usual "silog" meal, this one's definitely for the brave soul! Sourced out from Malabon, the horse tapa had a nice salty flavor with an after taste that I can't quite describe. Their wasn't any stinky smell or taste, which was said to be a norm for this kind of meat.

Horseylog from Gabe's Homegrown Dishes

I'm telling you that this one is worth the try!

Even though we were BEYOND FULL, as they say, always leave room for dessert. Our generous hosts had us try two out of their three desserts!

Fried Oreos from Gabe's Homegrown Dishes
Fried Oreos a la Mode for 100Php

Fried Oreos made their debut in the foodie scene years ago but they still manage to please. They're simply irresistible! The chocolatey goodness of the warm melted Oreo, the simple batter - kids love this dessert. Gabe's version did not disappoint. 

Fried Oreos a la Mode from Gabe's Homegrown Dishes
Dessert is best shared with your loved ones

Three pieces of battered and deep-fried Oreos, topped with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with chocolate and strawberry syrup - the contrast of cold and warm plus not too much sweetness, such a favorite of ours!

Valencia a la Malabon from Gabe's Homegrown Dishes
Valencia a la Malabon for 80Php | Add 25Php to make it a la mode

If you want a dessert like no other, try this. It's the first time that I've seen this dessert and I'm more than happy that it was introduced to me by Gabe's! According to Marianne, who is originally from Malabon, anything with banana is called Valencia in their place. 

Valencia a la Malabon from Gabe's Homegrown Dishes
A closer look at this leveled-up Turon!

This dessert is essentially a leveled-up turon! Aside from saba and langka, they added ube and monggo. The result, a lot of layers of yumminess in just one bite! Make it a la mode and you're in for a treat!

We also got to try their Iced Tea and Lemonade ---

Iced Tea from Gabe's Homegrown Dishes
Iced Tea for 60Php

House blend iced tea that has a distinct fruity flavor, this was was refreshing and definitely not your usual grocery bought powder!

Lemonade from Gabe's Homegrown Dishes
Lemonade for 65Php

Freshly squeezed lemon, this one has the right balance of sour and sweet. Such a refreshing treat!

So thankful for the invite from Dan! We definitely had a great time. Aside from the good food and low price points, the husband and wife tandem were very nice and friendly. I will definitely go back for more! 

4 out of 5 Stars for Gabe's Homegrown Dishes!

--- Gabe's Homegrown Dishes: 219 Katipunan Ave, Project 4, Quezon City

Gabe's Home Grown Dishes Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

About clapalisoc

I am a workaholic mom who is also trying to be the best wife ever. I am a self proclaimed food lover, a frustrated cook and pastry master. I have a thing for books and scrap booking fills up my free time. Blogging? It's something I do once in a while when I can squeeze in some "me time" in this super busy life.


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