Discover the Horseylog And More At Gabe's Home Grown Dishes in Katipunan

Have you ever had an experience where you are trying to check out online food reviews and then by the time you actually ate there you realized that it isn't really the same compared to the ones who wrote the reviews? Saying that something is "the best" or "highly suggested" or "must-try" might be easy, but to be honest, sometimes I myself just find it difficult to believe what I see online, especially at these times where advertisers and marketers are taking advantage of influencers in the media, whether traditional or online. 

As you read this, we also come to argue if my post is indeed legit or not. And as someone who shares my experience, I make sure I say the right things. In the end it all boils down to the fact that I wanted to keep a reputation and be honest to what I have to say about a certain establishment. 

Holes-in-the-wall may have a downside, because they don't have the best locations, the best looking menus, the best interiors and the highest advertising and marketing budgets. Still, they remain humble and continue with what they do best, to serve the best food that you couldn't really find anywhere else even if you dare.

Gabe's Home Grown Dishes is one of those holes-in-the-wall that you may not notice even if it hits you in the eye. The place is located near a Motolite (car battery) shop and it even has its own water station if you dare to come inside and take a seat. 

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But these signs of the Horseylog and their claim that they have the best Halo-Halo in town piqued my curiosity just like how a child is able to see an interesting toy in the store and wants to take it home.

Horseylog? Bring it on! Best halo-halo? I'm not that convinced just as yet.

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When I entered the Gabe's Home Grown Dishes, it was super different from how it was like outside. The place is fairly new (it opened a couple of months ago), with lots of pillows and inspiring quotes on frames.

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Not only that, Gabe's Home Grown Dishes has this corkboard which has different messages placed on it, telling how amazing the Horseylog is and how yummy the food is there. Now, my curiosity levels went from hesitant to normal.

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Who is the inspiration for Gabe's Home Grown Dishes? Who else, but Gabe of course! He is the first son of the owners Dan and Marian, who had been wonderful parents to this super cute and not-so-little boy. And you wouldn't believe that he is only two years old! "A lot of people say he's quite big for his age", Dan said. 

Marian, on the other hand, hails from Malabon and has been exposed to a number of gastronomic influences within her family. Dan and Marian tells me about their other venture called 'Taste of Heaven', which evolved from baked goods to offering yummy Laing with Dilis in selected stalls like the one they currently have in Trinoma (near Landmark supermarket) and a few SM Supermarket locations. Not only that, Marian's uncle also happens to be the owner of Malabon's famous Dolor's Kakanin.

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Gabe's Home Grown Dishes serves all day breakfast, homegrown main entrees and sandwiches. After all, having a super extensive 'we have everything' vibe is not a usual thing when it comes to holes-in-the-wall, but most items are usual home cooked food that are appealing to most Filipino palates.

I can say that Gabe's Home Grown Dishes' Horseylog did not fail me at all. Yes, it's your usual silog, only you eat it with lean Tapang Kabayo (lean horse tapa). It's actually my second time eating Tapang Kabayo (my first time when I was in Pampanga), but this one is a totally new experience for me because it's not tough at all. This is not like Beef Tapa, but there's also nothing you cannot like at all. The meat is still sweet and tender, and you wouldn't really be grossed out just because in all honestly, it came from a horse. The pieces are big and there's no scrimping even with the atchara and most especially the rice, so the serving satisfies heavy eaters. 

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Horseylog - P95.00
I gulped my chow down with their Lemonade, which is freshly squeezed and mixed in nicely with a good amount of sweetness.

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Lemonade - P55.00
Soon after, my trip at Gabe's Home Grown Dishes ended up with having a great meal with the Dan and Marian, combined with great conversations as we talked about family, food trips, and about having to take a trip to Malabon (where Marian grew up in) to find lots of food discoveries that we can experience. 

Aside from the Horseylog, one of the new dishes that Gabe's Home Grown Dishes is now offering is their Lengua, which is good for about two to three people. The sauce is creamy as you can simply spoon it over hot rice and you'll be happy you ate it. It's so wonderful to imagine that it's not far from how my Lola used to make this dish.

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Lengua - P200.00 (good for sharing)
Same thing goes with Kare-Kare, which is said to be good for two but I think otherwise. I was actually thinking of ordering another round of rice but I was cutting on carbs that day so I'm looking forward to come back for this instead.

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Kare-Kare - P160.00
The Pansit Malabon is also a winner. Take note that Gabe's Home Grown Dishes have big plates, but still they have servings that are a bit similar with how Banapple serves their dishes: HUGE. This order of traditional noodles with shrimp-based sauce topped with veggies, shrimp, eggs and crunchy chicharon is priced at only P80.00 or less than two dollars. Their pansit is not dry at all, like how it would look like once it has been untouched for a while. This order can definitely satisfy two people, assuming they would just have a light snack for merienda.

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Pansit Malabon - P80.00
Baked Ribs, anyone? They serve it with their own barbecue sauce recipe, and their slab or ribs is served with extra sauce on top.

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Baked Ribs - P140.00

For P140, it's a steal. This is not spicy, but rather, it has a sweet note to it, which is perfect for hungry carnivores who don't like to eat with heat.

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Baked Ribs - P140.00

And is they claim as the Best Halo-Halo in town really the best? It took me some time to observe this one carefully. Looking at the amount of leche flan on this big halo-halo glass, my eyes got big with delight.

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Halo-Halo - P90.00
I mean, just look how much leche flan they have on top! For P90? Are you kidding? And the owners said that they're not kidding at all. Pair it with all the sweet ingredients like beans, kaong, etc. hailing from Malabon, some ice, and milk, this is something else! Although my tongue cannot tolerate too much of something sweet, but halo-halo lovers can love this all they want. It might actually be better than buying the more expensive halo-halo from Razon's. Just my two cents though.

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Halo-Halo - P90.00
After my buffet like experience at Gabe's, I still had a lot to take home, including some that I've tried later that day, and one of them is their Peanut Butter and Cheese Sandwich, which I found to be just odd, but this weird-at-first combination is rich and filling. Made with cheddar and thick and not-too-sweet peanut butter, a few bites and I was hyped! Unusual, but good! I suggest that it's best served warm so you can savor the smooth goodness of both fillings in one bite.

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Peanut Butter and Cheese Sandwich - P90.00
And finally, rice is back on my plate when I tried another of their bestsellers at home, the star of A Taste of Heaven/Gabe's Home Grown Dishes, the Laing with Dilis! For those who doesn't know what laing is, it's made with taro leaves, coconut milk and chilies. I am a fan of laing and this has got to be one of the best I've tried so far. It's not that spicy though, and I would love to come back here just to get my laing fix at a far more affordable price. Yum!

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Laing with Dilis - P85.00
I'd like to thank this wonderful family for taking some of the best things Malabon has to offer and bringing them here in Quezon City. Gabe's Home Grown Dishes is something to visit when you need to take yourself back to home each time you visit.

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Can't find the place? Here's a detailed instruction of Gabe's Home Grown Dishes' location:
If coming from Edsa or Ortigas going to Katipunan it is after Pan De Amerikana/Rain Tea Milk Tea beside Motolite. If coming from Crame/Ateneo it is at the right side after Katips and the traffic light. If coming from Libis going to Edsa turn right to Katipunan and make a u-turn going to Whiteplains, it's located after Asia United Bank.

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*This post was written by the author's own thoughts and opinions about Gabe's Home Grown Dishes. Thanks to the Panlilio family for the wonderful hospitality! :)


  1. Great find, Nines! I'm still doubtful if I'd be willing to try horsemeat, but I'll probably try the lengua. :)

    1. Thanks Mich! You should try it there soon! :))