by Jess de Leon, ABS-CBN News
CALGARY, ALBERTA — The Adobo Experience is not your ordinary restaurant, catering to customers who crave for authentic Pinoy food in Canada.
Two of the founding owners, Jeffrey Angeles and Don Simon Monte explain how they came up with the name.
“Every time I go back home, nagkakaroon kami ng munting salu-salo. It is the happiest and cheapest way of eating… makikita mo yong unity ng family,” says Angeles. “We’re thinking of something that will represent the country.”
One way of sharing great food with friends and families, while keeping costs low, is with their signature “boodle fight.”
Boodle Fight is a military-style of eating where long, banana leaf-covered tables are topped with food, with diners ready to eat using bare hands.
The kamayan-like grubbing style is making this authentic Pinoy restaurant the talk of the town.
“It’s my first time to try Filipino food. It’s so delicious and I like it,” said customer Hellen Maurice, from Sudan.
In just a year and a half, Adobo Experience has six locations — founded by Angeles, Monte and two of their partners, George Manliwat and Ronald Nunag — since they founded their first restaurant in Calgary in 2015.
With their seven branches in place, expansion to the rest of Canada, and going international, is on the horizon, says Angeles and Monte.
Adobo Experience has a promise to their growing and patronizing Pinoy fanbase.
“Iibabalik namin kayo doon sa pakiramdam kung saan tayo nanggaling,” says Monte.
“We want to be a game changer,” said Angeles. “Its time for those Filipinos really working hard to benefit on what they are planting.”
Helping fellow Canadian Pinoys believe in themselves — through entrepreneurship, to serve authentic Pinoy cuisine, and to be proud of their own country — are what this Pinoy restaurant promotes.