Abraham Jaber: Exquisite Chef

Abraham Jaber
Abraham Jaber

So, maybe you haven’t seen it, but theres a series of buildings right across from Roosevelt’s. Those buildings make up the art village and within are a plethora of really neat shops. It is, more importantly, home to Abraham Jaber’s restaurant.


I had the opportunity to meet with and sample Jaber’s fine cuisine this past Thursday. To this day, I am still craving that delicious meal he prepared for me. This was the very meal which had me seeing hearts. More on that later! So who is Jaber? He’s got an interesting past: He started off as a local musician in the RGV, and as a drummer he played for various genres. At the age of 30, he decided to pursue his dream and traveled abroad studying the culinary arts from great chefs around Europe.


The Monitor describes his menu:

[box type=”shadow”]”Jaber serves luxurious dishes such as Braised Veal Osso Bucco and Kurobuta Pork, but his menu doesn’t alienate the average diner. The Chef’s Burger, for instance, combines the beef-and-bun basics with a layer of sautéed foie gras.”[/box]


I like Jaber. He’s a real down to earth kind of guy, his history is adventurous, has been taught by the best of chefs, and believes in the progression of the art of cuisine in the valley and more specifically in McAllen.


Salmon Lasagna
Salmon Lasagna

So now back to the life shaking meal that was prepared by Jaber. His place really does have a European ambiance; the staff was really sweet.  I was served salmon lasagna from his menu. Let me first say, I don’t even like fish. If I do seafood I prefer the bite sized variety. What can I say, shrimp and scallops are my thing. That said, why then did i choose this? Jaber explained just how he prepared it and i was so allured by his description of it that I just had to give it a shot. I’m ever so glad I did. This was, without a doubt, a very delicious meal. The salmon was juicy; the exterior of it was flaky and filled with flavor. I would describe the meal as succulent and bold. It is worth every penny! I hope to go back to Jaber’s and feast on his other undoubtedly delicious meals.


The pheromonal effects of his cooking were obvious with every bite. Do yourself a favor; take your mate out to Jaber’s. Eat, drink, and be merry.


[box type=”bio”] ADDRESS: 800 North Main Street, Building D (inside Art Village plaza on Main Street and Hackberry Ave.), McAllen
PHONE: (956) 627-2556
HOURS: Tuesday through Saturday, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. or later. Champagne brunch served Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3:30 pm.
CUISINE: European fine dining[/box]


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