“Cabalen is a pretty and cheery new Filipino restaurant in Rodeo,” says rworange, in a sunny converted home with picnic tables on a wooden deck as well as indoor seating. Open since mid-September, it seems to have a following among Filipinos as well as non-Filipinos.
This is steam table fare (or point-point, as the Filipinos call it), but it looks really fresh and appetizing. Vegetables are vibrantly colorful and the macaroni salad is a tasty twist on the basic, with lots of pineapple, chopped veggies, and a bit of chicken. Their fish looks good.
For dessert, ginataang bilo-bilo, a warm and comforting coconut dessert soup, is chock full of cubed taro, sweet potato, ube, rice balls, and tapioca.
Small containers are $3, rice plates start at $4.75.
Cabalen Filipino Cuisine [East Bay]
347 Parker Avenue, Rodeo