Sérye, owned by Alvin Reyes Lim comes from the anagram “Reyes”, the last name of Alvin’s great grandmother, Engracia Cruz Reyes, the founder of the Aristocrat Restaurant. The homey, casually chic but distinct Filipino decor and its easy-on-the-eyes menu at Sérye’s second branch in Sucat, Paranaque City (the first is in Quezon Memorial Circle), might explain how they can do what they do: serving authentic, home-style Filipino food in the metro at very reasonable prices.
With its smart looks, daily menu of simple yet popular dishes and carefully chosen desserts, it could give the best mega Filipino restaurant joints a run for their money. When we visited last week to try their best sellers “The Fab 5” dishes at their newly renovated branch in Sucat, this place let the food do the talking! Well, it helped when owner, Alvin Lim vividly describes and peppered us with brilliant asides and interesting facts the origin of their signature dishes, like the “Kare-kare”, the “Boneless Crispy Pata” and to a lesser extent, their classic “Bibingka” and “Chicken-Pork Adobo”.
The key to these cuisine is authenticity. Take for example, their best-seller “Kare-Kare”. This dish was recently hailed “the best” in Food Network’s show, Food Wars Asia. It all starts with using the best ingredients.
Precision cooking was evident in making the Kare-Kare from scratch to sumptuous. They make the peanut sauce themselves, roast the peanuts in-house. The sauce is rich, thick and flavorful; the vegetables are served crisp and not soggy; the meat is tender, the oxtail and tripe taste so clean. The bagoong, which they also make in-house, is neither too sweet nor too salty, it’s seasoned just right and complements the kare-kare very well.
Our orders of Kare-Kare came in their usual pots, piping hot, the oxtail tender and juicy. Eaten with their home-made bagoong, it was heaven! This was one of those dishes that make you dread the moment the pot becomes empty!
Aside from their Classic Kare-Kare, our Boneless Crispy Pata arrived crackling crispy and tender, the Binagoongang Lechon Kawali was a contrast of healthy and fatty good, and Laing Con Camaron Rebosado was better than most authentic Bicolano restaurants serve!
Save room for dessert. Their Bibingka Classic and Special Halo-Halo have developed their own following specially during merienda time. Their cakes and pies are of exceptional quality together with their siphon brewed coffee. Their baked goods are equally distinguished, especially the Macapuno Pandan Cake which is made from real pandan leaves, without any artificial flavoring. The Pineapple Pie is worth trying too.
Owner, Alvin Lim went to study French Cuisine at Ecole Des Arts Culinaire et des l’Hotellerie in Lyon, France–and it shows. It was during his stay there that he noticed how the bistros served everyday French comfort food in a nice, cozy set up. And thought he could do that for Filipino food as well. The rest is history.
They serve straightforward Filipino food made without shortcuts based according to their taste and the way they’ve always known them. However, they also keep abreast of changes in their customers dining habits and preferences as well as new developments in techniques in food service and preparation so that they can follow or even direct the natural progression of their cuisine.
With its central location in the south of Manila, two main dining areas with high ceilings and classy decors, Sérye is popular with the post-work crowd and families who want some grand time eating their favorite Filipino dishes. Service is fast and friendly, even when busy, making this a valuable destination in the heart of Paranaque.
Regular diners will be happy to know that there’s Klub Sérye. Members are entitled to special discounts and freebies. Those who sign up immediately will receive a 20% off e-coupon. They can register by visiting any Serye branch and requesting for the registration sheet.
Serye can accommodate private functions. Catering is also offered. For food delivery, you may call the outlets directly or use their online delivery partners: http://www.twoanyone.com (landline: 212-1212), http://www.foodpanda.ph, and http://www.zomato.com.
Serye is at Quezon Memorial Circle, Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City is open from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm, you may reach them at (02) 9243411 / (02) 4262693. At Santana Grove, Dr. A. Santos Avenue, San Antonio, Parañaque City, they are open from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, you may call them at (02) 8254691 / (02) 8269317.