Apu Authentic Filipino Cuisine: Taking Comfort Food in Style

Over the years, City of Dreams grew from being an exquisite hotel resort in the metropolis to a top destination for recreation and dining. Carrying top brands and labels that offers world-class products and services, one store stands out offering a combination of luxury in an accommodating and homey Filipino style – APU Authentic Filipino Cuisine.

Apu, which literally means grandmother in Kapampangan dialect, a local dialect used in the Culinary Capital of the Philippines, is located at the second level of stunning City of Dream in the Entertainment City of the Philippines.

Going along the luxurious and elegant ambiance of the whole structure, Apu Restaurant offers elegant, contemporary fine dining adorned with sophisticated table setup, and utensils that will make you feel the Philippines during the Spanish era.

Apu takes pride on their Filipino dishes prepared with seasonal offerings from the restaurant’s own farms and passionate local producers. Their selection of well selected, favorite Filipino dishes complete their menu's  - from appetizers to desserts, guests could surely find comfort every dining experience.

Beef Kare-Kare (Php820.00) and Beef Nilaga (Php720)

I’ve been passing by this restaurant so many times, one, because I thought it was just some fancy restaurant in the area, two, the place looks intimidating from the outside, and third, I honestly didn’t know that this is a Filipino restaurant.

For their appetizers, you can order the Spanish inspired Gambas Aoli (Php530.00) or the Kinilaw sa Tanigue (Php680.00, but if you prefer to start with some veggies, their Fresh Lumpia (Php350.00)is a good option too. For Soups, their two  bestsellers are the Beef Nilaga (Php720.00) and Pork Sinigang Soup (700.00). Some may thought, why is it so pricey? Well, I got to a chance to asked this to one of their servers, and we were told that since most of their raw products are actually organic and fresh, farm-to-table type of products, and they really use high quality meat for their pork and beef-based dishes, expect a little difference for the price. But, they assured us that everything will taste good, and to be honest, they didn't disappoint us when it come to taste.

Apu also offers Filipino style salad, such as Kesong Puti Salad (Php520.00) and Ensaladang Talong Salad (Php350.00). But for more appetizing dining experience, their selection of main courses are the reasons why you should pay a visit to this restaurant.

Seafood Kare-Kare - Php790.00


I'm a huge Kare-Kare and Dinguan fan. Growing to a Kapampangan Lola is is like having these two dishes as my comfort food. So, when I tasted these dishes, it brought back those wonderful memories of my Lola. Though, I'm more of a Beef Kare-kare lover than a Seafood Kare-kare, Apu's version is nice and the sauce is thick that will surely ask for more rice. The service size of the Kare-kare is a good for two to three persons, while the Dinuguan, is I think one to two persons only.

Crispy Pata

Apu's Sizzling Pork Sisig - Php420.00

For those who are looking for "putok-batok" dishes, Apu's Sisig and Crispy Pata is worth every crunch. The Atsara (Papaya Relish) in their Crispy Pata is a combination I enjoyed during my lunch here. As for the Sisig, since it has lots of mayonnaise, which is common to Kapampangan's Sisig, I find this one a little subtle than others.

Good thing, my experience here ended with something sweeter and creamier with  Apu's  Buko Pandan and Maja de Blanca.

Buko Pandan

Truly, food is such a powerful tool to make us happy, takes us back to good memories of our lives. I'm thankful that my experience here in Apu relieved the beautiful memories of our family, who once enjoy the lovey dishes of our own Kapampangan Lola.

For more details, you can check our Apu's website, http://www.apu-restaurant.com, or you can follow them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Apucityofdreams/).

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