Davao City is more than just about durian and President Duterte, it's also a great destination for a gastronomic feast. Equipped with my new Huawei P9 phone with Leica Dual Camera, I treated myself for a food trip around Davao City.
There are a lot of interesting places to dine in the city but since I really cannot go to all of them, I have listed the Top 10 restaurants that I have visited recently. Whether you are into five-star dining or a street food lover, you’ll definitely have something to try in this list.
When it comes to Davao food, one restaurant that really stands out is Lachi’s. It’s located in Marfori Heights, a new food destination in the city. Lachi’s is known for its mouthwatering desserts but it also serves sumptuous food that you’ll surely admire. Some of my favorites in their menu are laing, unforgettable ribs, Asian spicy chicken, and callos. As for dessert, they have a number of must-try items but I suggest you try their durian cheesecake and their Sansrival. I always have a gastronomic delight whenever I visit Lachi’s.
Polo Bistro at Marco Polo Davao
If you prefer five-star dining and wants something uniquely Davao, I highly suggest you try Polo Bistro’s Oh! Pomelo set menu. Polo Bistro is an award winning restaurant at the heart of Davao. It serves inter-continental ala carte dishes with a great view of the hotel pool. As part of its mission to promote Davao, the Food and Beverage team has come up with a set menu that will surely satisfy your palate. All items in the Oh! Pomelo menu has bits and pieces of pomelo so it’s really something interesting. I personally love the slow-baked salmon fillet with pomelo mango kaffir lime salsa, saffron cream and pomelo hollandaise. It’s just so appetizing!
The Vegan Dinosaur
If you are a vegetarian, The Vegan Dinosaur is the right place for you. It’s a vegan grab & go resto in the city located in Marfori Heights. It promotes healthy eating and serves food that’s good for the body and soul. I am a meat lover so I only visit this place once in a while but when I go here, I am always satisfied of what I eat. Must-try is their Vanilla Mango Chia pudding, Raw Cacao Overnight Oats, TVD’s Vege Burger, No meat Bolognese pasta, and their Avocado Bruschetta.
Cecil’s Snack Inn
One of my favorite go-to-places when I crave for Filipino comfort food is Cecil’s Snack Inn. They are everywhere in Davao City but I still prefer to go to their main branch in Anda St. because of the familiar ambiance back when I was still in college. I go here at least once in a month to have their Pinutos (Rice topped with chicken pork adobo wrapped in banana leaf). It’s my ultimate favorite. I also love their palabok, dinuguan and batchoy. As for dessert, I suggest you try their éclair, moist cake and leche flan. They’re all good!
Tuna Express Kamayan Grills
One of the most successful hole-in-the-wall eatery in Davao City is Tuna Express. The eatery started in Roxas Avenue and has now opened new branches in the city. The most recent addition to its growing chains of eateries is in Duterte Street. Surely, it’s going to be a success again. Tuna Express serves fresh grilled tuna, kinilaw and a whole lot more of other comfort dishes. It’s definitely a must-try for fish lovers like me.
Abuelo’s is the only restaurant in Davao city that offers authentic Kapampangan dishes. I have already heard a lot of good reviews of their Kapampangan sisig so one day I tried to have it, but unfortunately they were closed. After a month, I came back again and finally, I was able to try their house specialty. I’ve tried the sisig of the historic Camalig restaurant in Pampanga and for me they have the best sisig I have tried so far. So, I had high expectations but it did not disappoint me. It’s almost as good as Camalig’s original sisig.
Kusina sa Subli
Tucked in a quiet neighborhood of Lanzona Subdivision is Kusina sa Subli, southerners comfort dining place in Davao City. It offers a wide array of delightful grilled dishes as well as other equally palatable cuisines. I personally love the homecooked tastes of their dishes. The imbao soup is good as well as the grilled food items. This Kadayawan season, they are offering a boodle feast meal at only P900, P1000, and P1300. It’s good for around five people so you’ll surely enjoy the comfort of home at Kusina sa Subli.
Potions Grille and Restobar
Opened just a few days ago, Potions Grille and Restobar offers a fusion of Korean and Japanese cuisines located at Plaza de Bole in Torres St. A must try is their Seafood Special and their soup called Gamjatang. The presentation of their food is good as well as the taste. The food serving is huge and is shareable to you friends and family. Aside from their good food, they also offer cocktails and alcoholic drinks and they are open until the liquor ban.
Roxas Night Market
If you are a street food lover, then there’s no other place to go at night but Roxas. There is an array of different types of street food every night. You can opt to have the usual grilled barbecue, the fried proben and isaw, to buchi, shawarma and a whole lot more. You can never go wrong of you visit Roxas at night. It’s a perfect place to enjoy a wide selection of street food with friends. A truly must-visit place when in Davao.
Durian in Magsaysay, Bankerohan, Anda
A visit to Davao City is not complete without trying the famous Durian. There are a number of places you can try them but the most common areas to have durian are in Bankerohan Public Market, Magsaysay Fruit stand and in a fruit stand in Anda corner Rizal Streets. The best time to have lots of durian is during Kadayawan season as the prices go as low as P30 per kilo. If you are not sure of what variety you should eat, you can try Arancillo and Puyat as they are good for starters. If you are not a fan of durian, you can opt to have marang, mangosteen or rambutan.
So there you go, I hope you will be able to try the restaurants I mentioned above. I enjoyed the recent culinary journey I had. I used to carry my heavy DSLR when I go on a food trip to document my gastronomic adventures, but now, I just have to carry my light Huawei P9 Phone with Leica Dual Camera. It’s a perfect companion for my travels and food trips. The photos are sharp and in good quality. All photos used in this article were taken using Huawei P9 phone.