Cabalen Buffet Restaurant 3 Dekada

Cabalen 3 Dekada
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Cabalen Buffet Restaurant 3 Dekada

Cabalen SM Megamall

Cabalen which literally translates to a fellow Capampangan, is a group of casual – fine dining restaurants known for authentic Capampangan dishes and different Filipino specialties, originating from Pampanga. It started as a small Bahay Pasalubong Restaurant selling specialty food dishes, then grew into a restaurant called “Ituro Mo, Iluto Ko”. The first Cabalen Eat-all-you-Can, Eat-all-you-Want Restaurant was opened in West Avenue, Quezon City in 1986. Cabalen is every family’s all-time and leading Buffet favorite. It has been the standard for excellent Filipino cuisine.

Gone are the days that men rule the business world. Sorry guys but girls do really run the world. The person behind it is a female Entrepreneur; Maritel Nievera made her way to make a difference. She shared her knowledge and passion in bringing her ideas of cooking into an unexpected success of her Restaurant career. “If I can’t beat them, I’ll join them” This is one of her most remarkable phrases she believed and the rest is history.

Cabalen 3 Dekada Is So Famous, But Why?

Cabalen Buffet Restaurant, SM Megamall Philippines #Cabalen3Dekada #HolidaysatCabalen
Ayesha Heart was invited to a special dinner at Cabalen, SM Megamall branch for their 30th anniversary month-long celebration. This year’s theme is “Strengthening Ties”.  Cabalen makes you taste the traditional home-cooked food the Kapampangan way in a very reasonable priced Buffet.

It offers a wide selection of mouth-watering Kapampangan dishes from Soup selections up to Dessert selections combined with different choices of beverage as well.

Food selections:

Cabalen Appetizers

A table of appetizing foods on the right side when you enter the Restaurant; Atcharang Papaya, Atcharang Gulay, Atcharang Singkamas, Tapang Kalabaw, Longanisa, Pork Siomai, Catfish with Mango Salad, Sushi, Maki, Tokwa’t Baboy, Lumpia and Crispy KangKong (a must-try!).

Cabalen Salad and Vegetable station

Make your own Vegetable Salad station. Choose from the tasty sauces; Bagoong Vinaigrette, Vinaigrette, Thousand Island and Pipino.

Cabalen Grilled and Sizzling Sisig station

The Grilled and Sizzling Sisig station. Chicken Sisig, Pork Sisig, Tofu Sisig and Bangus Sisig are served upon request.

Cabalen Crispy Lechon

This guy is the BOMB! So Crispy! I LOVE IT!

Cabalen Filipino Food Specialties

Cabalen 3 Dekada proudly gives you their authentic Filipino food specialties; Have a melt-in-your-mouth experience while eating their tender Ox tripe stew – Callos, expect a new flavor of Paella classics that they offer in different varieties – Seafood Paella, Vegetarian Paella and Paella Negra.

Cabalen Famous Filipino Dishes

Cabalen made famous for its Kare-Kare and that made me try it for the first time. Yes, you read it right – it was so delicious, it’s a favorite from now on. Thumbs up! Dinuguan and Gatang Kuhol are also scrumptious, you shouldn’t miss those.

Main courses station at Cabalen 3 Dekada Dinner

Some more luscious dishes from the main courses station at Cabalen 3 Dekada Dinner; Bihon Guisado and Ginisang Ampalaya with Egg.

Cabalen's desserts

And who wouldn’t want to get a taste of their holiday sweet treats made with the finest of ingredients? Cabalen’s desserts will surely light up your heart this cold season – Suman Bulagta, Tibok Mais, Bico, Chocolate Fondue with Marshmallows, Fruits such as Pineapple sliced and Watermelon sliced. Popular Filipino desserts which are truly a favorite of mine – Sweetened Saba and Sampelot.

Cabalen Halo-Halo and Guinomis

Have fun making your own Halo-Halo and Guinomis at this station. Halo-Halo is a Filipino favorite, its popularity has gone global. Guinomis is similar to Halo-Halo but with less ingredients, you add Coconut Milk instead of condensed milk or cream.

My plates

AyeshaHeart Eats at Cabalen SM Megamall

Itadakimasu 🍴
Enjoy life it’s delicious👌🏻

Cabalen Special Beef Nilaga

I also had my ultimate favorite Filipino dish <3  #Yum

Wasn’t able to take photos of the desserts that I ate ^ ^ ( Fruits and Sweetened Saba)

Gone in 60 seconds baby- So delish!

Cabalen Pinoy Deli

Cabalen also offers export quality products called Pinoy Deli.

AyeshaHeart with Justin Vawter

With Justin of

Jam Lardera Ayesha Heart Justin Vawter

With Jam Lardera & Justin Vawter

Thank you for having me. I enjoyed it!

Cabalen 3 Dekada Dinner

Cabalen Bloggers VIP Dinner

We all had an amazing dinner. This dinner was lit! Thank you Cabalen for serving sumptuous Filipino dishes and satisfying our cravings. Congratulations Cabalen!


Foods are superb! I enjoyed authentic Filipino foods and I experienced an astounding service.  A very reasonable priced Buffet that you and your family/relatives can enjoy. If you have relatives who will come home this Christmas, make sure to bring them here. You’re welcome!

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Cuisines: Filipino | Asian
Type: Casual Dining
Cash and Cards accepted

Opening Hours:
10 AM to 10 PM

All Cabalen branches accept function reservations ideal for:
Wedding ∙ Anniversary ∙ Kiddie Party ∙ Debut ∙Christening ∙ Business Meetings

Cabalen Restaurant Branches:
Alabang Town Center | Glorietta 2 | Harbor Point Ayala Mall |Subic Bay Freeport | Market! Market! | Robinson’s Place Manila | Robinsons Starmills, Sna Fernando Pampanga | SM Bacoor | SM Baliwag | SM Cabanatuan | SM City Cebu | SM City Clark | SM Dasmarinas | SM Fairview | SM City Lipa | SM North Edsa | SM City Pampanga | SM Megamall | SM MAll of Asia | SM San Jose Del Monte | SM City San Lazaro | SM Seaside Cebu | SM Trece Martires | Trinoma Mall | West Ave., Quezon city | Cabalen San Bruno, USA – 495 San Mateo Avenue, San Bruno, CA 94066

Cabalen Group of Companies is growing! Serving you soon at: SM City IloIlo, Robinsons Ilocos, SM City Manila, SM City Santa Rosa, SM City Southmall and SM City Davao.

SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
Third Floor, Mega Atrium, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
Contact no: +632 911 1584 | +639228963777
Cabalen Buffet Restaurant
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    • Reply Regine joy Ocate November 30, 2016 at 8:34 pm

      We want to experience Cabalen
      I’m so excited for your games ayesha .
      Thank you for sharing your blog and blessings.

  • Reply Riyalyn Gatdula November 30, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Last Christmas sa Trinoma branch kami kumain. Sulit talaga at sobrang masasarap ang mga dishes!

  • Reply Maribel Romeo Legaspi November 30, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    I’ve never been to Cabalen before. Seem’s like the verdict is excellent. Hope to win this.

  • Reply angelie cuna November 30, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful post Ms. Ayesha. I hope one day I can visit this very nice restaurant of Cabalen.. ❤❤❤

  • Reply danessa osinsao November 30, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    I try cabalen once and i want to try it again if i win passes. crossfinger!

  • Reply Liza Parafina November 30, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    Sa Cabalen Glorietta namin sinelebrate ang binyag ng anak ko. Sa darating na birthday ng husband ko at 12th year wedding anniversary namin itong december sana dyan namin maicelebrate ito.

  • Reply Charies Dawi December 1, 2016 at 4:38 am

    I also want to experience eating at Cabalen buffet restaurant. Nakakatakam ang mga Capampangan foods nila. Thank you for this post.

  • Reply lea revilla December 1, 2016 at 8:07 am

    cabalen is my favorite resto ,bcoz ofcource kababayan and kapmpngan is the best foods for me ,

  • Reply Eric Herbolario December 1, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Wow! This is perfect for the Holiday Season. I hope to be here soon! Thanks for this!

  • Reply Maricel Acido December 1, 2016 at 8:39 am

    My Family will love to celebrate any occation at Cabalen…Im a Kapampangan so i know how good your foods in terms of taste because most of Kapampangan cooks very well. Love to win so we can go there to celebrate.☺️

  • Reply Helen Acido December 1, 2016 at 9:13 am

    nice blog… detailed…
    hope to dine in Cabalen soon…
    More power ms. Auesha and

  • Reply paula huelgas December 1, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Happy 3 Dekada Cabalen!!
    Hoping to experience again to dine in Cabalen

  • Reply Carol Chan December 1, 2016 at 10:20 am

    I would love to enjoy Cabalen’s variety of Filipino/Asian dishes this holiday season. I have just realized that it’s been quite sometime since I last visited Cabalen!

  • Reply Alyzza capricho December 1, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    We want to experience too to cabalen thank you ayesha for a chance to experience the taste of food of cabalen..

  • Reply Ivy December 1, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Hope to win!!!
    More power ms ayesha

  • Reply Rachelle Therese F. Gonzales December 1, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Looking forward to go back at Cabalen and indulge in to my fave kuhol!!!

  • Reply reynalene picardal December 2, 2016 at 7:05 am

    Thank you for the chance ms.ayesha…

  • Reply johny montederamos December 2, 2016 at 9:16 am

    wow!what a wonderful giveaway..thank you for hosting this giveaway ms.ayesha..i really want to try this mouth watering dishes…i love it

  • Reply Fe Marcelino December 2, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Thank you for writing about Cabalen! Indeed they are such a classic!
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  • Reply Rona Villanueva December 2, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Buffet of Cabalen must try!
    Hoping to visit soon

  • Reply Ayeng Abon December 2, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Thanks sa info Ms Ayesha. Will definitely try this one of this day. Thanks po sa pag post ng review nyo. Hope to get my chance ng maisama ko po family ko dito.

  • Reply Mariellen Cruz December 4, 2016 at 7:44 am

    I love Filipino food. Definitely, Cabalen is one of the must – visit restaurant to have my fillings of comfort foods and more. Hopefully maka-visit ulit this Christmas.

  • Reply LA December 5, 2016 at 6:37 am

    Joined! God bless you Ms. Ayesha

  • Reply Aldrin Montierro December 5, 2016 at 9:32 am

    I haven’t tried Cabalen but reading your review made me feel hungry. Cabalen’s menu are very promising. I can’t wait to try it and I will definitely bring my wife with me. I am excited to eat the Kare-kare, Sisig, and Ginataang Kuhol. I really wanted to try all, really. Also the Guinomis for desserts! Yum, Yum, Yum.

  • Reply Roxane Cabile-Montierro December 5, 2016 at 9:43 am

    I am excited to try Cabalen’s Kare-kare and the Bulalo. I will not miss the Tibok-tibok, Guinomis, shakes too. My hubby and I loves to eat and try different kinds of food, especially Filipino food. We enjoy each other’s company and talking how the food we ate differs from each other. What is the best part of the menu, the service, the ambiance, the staff, and everything. Given a chance to dine with Cabalen, I will definitely drag my hubby along. My tummy is hungry and it is really craving now for Cabalen!

  • Reply Cris de Peralta December 5, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Thanks Ms. Ayesha for writing about Cabalen. A must try food.
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  • Reply Aida December 7, 2016 at 11:28 am

    More than excited to try Cabalen’s delicious dishes!

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  • Reply MERRY JANE OCOL December 7, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    yumm… I really wanted to try cabalens food!!..

  • Reply Lhizzy December 8, 2016 at 12:13 am

    I never tried cabalen before kahit isang Cabalen (Kapampangan ) ang napangasawa ko…pero since Lutong Cabalen for sure masarap yan….

  • Reply Riyalyn Gatdula December 15, 2016 at 11:32 am

    The best Filipino buffet for me! Knowing na kapampangan ang founder! Masasarap at bountiful talaga sila maghanda kahit anong occasion.. Even preparing breakfast parang buffet sa dami magluto! May tita is a kapampangan! Basta foodies the best sila! :)))

    • Reply Ayesha December 19, 2016 at 1:29 am

      Wow! I love their specialties <3 You're lucky to have one, I bet she always cooks good food 😀

  • Reply Ayesza Celine Peralta December 25, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    This one of our fave buffet resto, esp my grandma Pinoy food will always be number 1

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