Establishments come and go, but one of my favorites from years of patronage has always been Abuhan Uno, it was located in Ramos St. in the Kan-Irag building. It closed down last year after 37 years of operations.
On December 10, 2010, a new restaurant opened called Kusina Uno, located at the 2nd floor GND Complex F. Cabahug St. Mabolo, Cebu City. The signage read, “Home of the best Pochero.” Kinda bold for a new establishment you might ask?
I always wondered where the original Abuhan staff ended up. Upon parking and looking up, my questions were answered, I saw one of the waiters from the original Abuhan, and I later found out that the original staff was there too. From the cooks, the waiters and down to the cashier, these were the people behind Kusina Uno. As I sat down, the waiter informed me that all my favorites were available, with that I felt like I didn’t even need to look at the menu anymore. I ordered my usual – Pochero Soup, Sizzling Beef Pochero, and Chicharon Bulaklak. Even though it was my first time, I felt like I was patronizing the place for years. Waiting for the food, I felt the excitement, like being in a concert, waiting for the main band to take the stage.
Pochero Soup was just like the original and even a bit better, the Sizzling Pochero was filled with more meat, and the Chicharon Bulaklak was fried to perfection. As I tasted each dish, one bite at a time, I knew their tag line was dead on; it is the home of the best Pochero. Abuhan Uno is gone forever and Kusina Uno is here to stay.