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Nov 11, 2021

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The gist: Chef Francis Ang was born in San Francisco, but spent much of his early years in the Philippines. While earning accolades in fine dining kitchens, including Gary Danko and Fifth Floor, Ang became increasingly committed to exploring his culinary heritage, culminating in an award-winning pop-up, Pinoy Heritage, in partnership with his wife, Dian. Abacá, which opened in the Kimpton Alton Hotel in August, is the sister restaurant to that pop-up, showcasing an elevated, playful menu of Filipino-California cuisine and cocktails in a sleek, plant-filled space.
The food: Feast on a wide array of shareable small plates, including a selection of barbecue skewers featuring house-made longganisa pork sausage and seasonal vegetables, scallop pancit centered around handmade noodles and seasoned with bagoong-laced XO sauce, and lumpias served with apple ketchup and fermented mango. Craving something more substantial? Don’t skip the dry-aged rib eye, prepared bistek-style and topped with crispy alliums. Breakfast is first-come, first-served and includes a Filipino breakfast with pineapple-cured pork belly and garlic rice alongside eggs, and a seafood and shellfish rice porridge.
The cost: Prices range from $7 summer vegetable skewers to the $42 ribeye. Breakfast dishes are $10-$21.

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