New Modern Filipino Destination, Abacá — From Chef Francis Ang & Bartender Kevin Diedrich

Published September 16, 2021, in my The Bold Italic column:

Tasting chef Francis Ang’s cooking over the years at Gary Danko and the long-defunct (but still fondly living in my memory) Fifth Floor, since 2014, Ang hit his stride crafting elevated Filipino cuisine. His Pinoy Heritage take-home, multi-course dinners, and collaboration with bartending great and fellow Filipino Kevin Diedrich of PCH (Pacific Cocktail Haven) and Kona’s Street Market was a bright spot in those initial dark months of the pandemic. So it was with more than a little anticipation I dined at Abacá in the new Kimpton Alton Hotel, which debuted August 16th from that same dynamic duo, serving Ang’s modern “Filipino-California” food alongside Diedrich’s cocktails.

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Abacá’s Ube Colada cocktail
Abacá’s sisig fried rice