If you are looking for a serene place to chill and dine with your closest friends or your family, Crescent Moon Cafe is worth checking. A short travel going to Brgy. Dalig, Antipolo City could be what you need.
Cresent Moon Cafe is a very charming place especially for the busy city folks. Surrounded by nature and with the pleasant sound of the waters coming from their koi pond, the place can be a great stress reliever.
With most of us spending more time indoors due to the pandemic, we thirst going outside and be somewhere else. The quarantine can challenge even the toughest minds. This prolong self isolation can weaken the spirit. We long to be with people especially those we considered our closest or those that belong to our tribe. We are social being after all.
Crescent Moon Cafe began as a ceramic home studio by Lanelle Abueva in 1981. Her husband Bey Fernando, a law practitioner, enjoy cooking for Lanelle’s guests during his spare time.
The name Crescent Moon Cafe was a make-believe restaurant by their two daughters Majalya and Celine during their playtime. They adapted the name when they finally had their restaurant.
The restaurant was established in 1997 when Bey decided to give up law due to stress and health reason, and pursue his love for cooking.
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What to Eat and Drink
Crescent Moon Cafe offers Southeast Asian-inspired dishes. They are best known for their alagao salad and suman.
Alagao salad is their adaptation of the Thai street food and snack miang kham. Its a mixture of basil, coconut, chili, green mango or kamias, ginger, onion, shrimp, and sweet peanut sauce on an alagao leaf.
For dessert, you can try their different suman variation. You can go with the simplest, two pieces suman plus ripe mango. But if you want some exciting flavors they have Suman a la mode that has vanilla ice cream. You can also try their suman at tsokolate and suman itim.
Beef rendang is a good choice for your main course. It’s tender beef cooked in coconut milk.
Their lemon grass pork belly is like our pork adobo but with lemon grass flavor and aroma.
They have a selection of drinks to choose from, including a locally made craft beer by Santiago Craft Brewery and Malthouse. They have 4unique variants: Amihan Blonde Ale (a Belgian-style beer), Habagat Amber Ale (brewed with roasted malts and a hint of caramel), Ipu-Ipo India Pale Ale (bitter and hoppy flavors), and Buhawi Chocolate Cream Stout (which has intense chocolate and coffee notes) (source: ABS-CBN).
Handmade stoneware ceramics are displayed on the shelves. According to their website, Lanelle began incorporating volcanic ash glaze after Mount Pinatubo eruption.
You may find yourself wanting to adorn your spaces with these beautiful ceramics.
They offer pottery classes too. Just watch out for their announcement on Facebook.
Crescent Moon Cafe and Studio Pottery
Sapang Buho Road, Brgy. Dalig, Antipolo City.
Crescent Moon Cafe dining hours
Wednesday to Sunday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.