One day, I was looking for an “all day breakfast” place within Metro Manila. My search led me to this “hole-in-the-wall” restaurant in Katipunan called Gabe’s Home Grown Dishes. What really got me interested was their horseylog – their version of Tapang Kabayo.
Gabe’s Home Grown Dishes in Katipunan Ave
The dish is exactly what it sounds like. It’s your favorite tapsilog, but with one very important difference: instead of beef, they use horse meat!
Have you ever tried horse meat? Have you ever considered horse meat for breakfast? Being adventurous with food myself, I didn’t even think twice! I called a friend and we made reservations for the next day.
The restaurant is in the Corinthian Gardens side of Katipunan (not the university side). It’s fairly easy to locate because it’s right beside the road. It’s small, but it is enclosed and air-conditioned. Once inside, you are greeted by the fairly simple décor. There are movie posters and toys around—part of the restaurant owner’s collection. The wait staff and attendants are very friendly and they recommended their best sellers so we can pick and choose an order that will really give us a sampling of what their little restaurant has to offer.
I was told that the restaurant is a family business. It’s fairly new, opening just last May. On the menu, they also offer Pancit Malabon, understandable as the family that owns Gabe’s Home Grown Dishes hails from Malabon. Gabe is the son of the restaurant owner. We were told that he also frequents the restaurant. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to meet the owners during our visit.
Our first orders were the horseylog and the longsilog.
This is not the first time I’m eating horse meat. Truth be told, my previous experience with this kind of meat was a bit disappointing. Fortunately, Gabe’s horseylog was not disappointing at all. In fact, it was quite a surprise! It was really good, tender, and full of flavor. I had no idea you can cook a horse meat like this! Add to that, it’s very affordable, too. It’s definitely worth the trip from Manila to Katipunan! As for the longsilog, it is also good. It’s not too sweet and it was perfectly cooked and served with a huge cup of rice, atsara, and slices of cucumber on the side.
Next up are their baked ribs, crispy fried salmon, and kare-kare.
Next to the horseylog, my other favorite would have to be their baked ribs. First off, it is full of flavor. It also helps that the cook is tender, too. Together, it’s no surprise their baked ribs are one of their best sellers! It comes with a thick sauce, but it’s perfect and delicious even without it.
Crispy Fried Salmon
Their kare-kare is also a winner on my book. Their serving size is good for 2 to 3 persons. It’s very filling. What I loved about it is that it’s a home-cooked version. It has plenty of ingredients and the sauce is really thick. The bagoong they serve with it was also really good—the best! I hope they sell their bagoong in bottles so you can buy one and serve it when you cook your own kare-kare at home. The crispy fried salmon was also good. Even if I was already full by this time, I just needed to have a taste of it, too!
For dessert, we had their fried oreo first. The dish is deep-fried oreo cookies coated with a crisp batter and served with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup. We also tasted their halo-halo. I was already very full at this time but I couldn’t say no after seeing that slice of ube and leche flan. It was so good that I even finished it!
While enjoying our desserts, we were also served a huge plate of their pancit malabon. It was so good that I can’t believe I almost finished half of the plate! The pork fat is crispy, the pork face meat is tender, the prawns, eggs, and pancit all made for a delicious dish!
Overall, Gabe’s Home Grown Dishes might just be one of the best “silog” places I’ve had the pleasure to try around the metro. It’s simplicity, cleanliness, and straight-to-the-point menu is one of their selling points for me–especially since they definitely serve the “good stuff”. For their delicious dishes, affordable price, and accommodating staff, I give them a two thumbs up!
Gabe’s Home Grown Dishes
Address: 143 Katipunan Ave. Bgy. St. Ignatius Quezon City
Open from 10am-10pm, Monday to Saturday
Phone: +63 2 871 1146