Humberto's (hotel) cafe at the ground floor has a fantastic view of 2 cross road streets. If you have a lazy day ahead, cradling your morning coffee, or merely resting your eyes for too much staring at your laptop (yes, they have wifi), it's fun to watch people and generally observe life go by in this busy yet lazy street.
Though Asian by theme, the cafe offers a little of Thai, Filipino American and European cuisine, and all in good, generous servings and yummy too! Big serving even!
Its a local fast food... the place has big windows making it unnecessary to have an airconditoning since the air from the People's park facing it blows inside the place.
The time we went there was at dinner time and the waiters are so busy..all the tables are almost occupied. There are package meals for group which will ease your choosing dilemma.
Favorite Dish: The Kinilaw na Tuna...(see the pic below) its the local sushi.
The grilled pig or lechon is also good, no need to have the traditional sauce since the meat is already rich in taste.
Then take a glass of freshly made Durian shake.... its a MUST.
Located at the ground floor of SM mall in front of National Bookstore, the food? they have everything! from seafoods to pork, beef and vegetables. and their staff are very accomodating and always ready to serve you.
Favorite Dish: My favorite is their specialty the "Zizzling Pochero" pochero is the cebuano word for bulalo, the cost is affordable and its good for 4 persons. their mix vegetables is also superb. and don't forget the tropical fruit for desert.
This place offers more than enough value for money with their delicious offerings from the oven. Delectable chewy cheese cupcakes for Php 6 each, moist banana cakes for Php 6.50, cinnamon rolls for Php 8, revel bars for Php 7, extra-sweet chocolate mousse for Php 300/cake, and many more! Very cheap, home-made comfort sweets you can chew on everyday (for the price that is). The consequence of an expanding waistline, is another story though! ;-)
Favorite Dish: Banana cake!
They pioneered the "rice smorgasbord" in barbeque chains throughout Davao leading to the monicker, "All you KANIN eat!" (kanin = rice). Since rice is cheap in The Philippines, this hasn't led them to bankruptcy, even when 200-pound athletes in hoards come rushing into this open-air barbeque restaurant. Needless to say, their specialty is, well, delectable barbeque - pork, chicken and innards on sticks, grilled fish, Sinigang (sour soup with pork/fish/shrimp, etc depending on what's on the menu).
Everything is worth a try once for such low prices. A standard Filipino meal consisting of rice, one viand and a softdrink or juice (sorry the terms appetizers and entrees aren't utilized very much in this country) would only set you back Php 60! And even if you add pica-pica (the Filipino version-of-sort of appetizers) and desserts (fruit salad, halo-halo and mais con hielo are usually on the menu), a meal in this place would still be a definite steal!!!
Favorite Dish: Pork and Chicken Barbeque - what else?
When you've already gone to all the major restaurants and tourist attractions in Davao, it's time to get down and dirty (literally) with teh real deal.
Comfort and Michelin standards aside, this strip is one Davao's best-kept secrets (or at least to the ignoramus) and it's been in existence for as long as I can remember (in my 19 years at least). This is where the rich (in Land Cruisers and Pajeros) and the poor (in no more than tattered clothing) come together as equals to enjoy good food. Putting your high noses aside, believe me when I tell you that these lowly hawkers sell the best pork barbeque in town! Yes, even better than the traditional "Barbeque-han" restos in Davao (and for some reason, even with different hawker stalls, most of the barbeque along this strip taste the same). I believe the secret in their scrumptious fare though, is in the cut of their meat (very thin) which makes for better marinade absorption thus resulting into the perfect bite every time.
Pair the barbeque (pork, chicken or innards) with rice, which the hawkers also sell. To be on the hygienic side though, I suggest you use your hands in eating the rice ("kinamot" is our local term). Yes, your hands are probably cleaner than the utensils (spoons and forks, no knives here) stored in tin pots with hot water which is probably contaminated with too much soot and what-else-is-there. For the best way of eating possible though, I have a technique I'd like to share with all the clueless ones out there. You don't need eating utensils, or even a plate. Amazing? Not on this side of the world.
Press the rice (in a cellophane) and artistically form it so that it shapes up like a log (or hotdog, ot chorizo, or longganiza or whatever you wanna call it). Tear one side of the cellophane to expose the rice, then start eating! Alternate bites of barbeque on one hand with bites of rice on the other. Slowly tear away at the rice's plastic cellophane as you eat away.
Now that's an authentic Pinoy meal for you dah-ling...
Favorite Dish: My mom has her personal "suki" who sells Pork Barbeque at Php 20 for 7 pieces. Others may charge higher or lower, but still verrrry cheap.
Picobello serves the best pizzas in Davao, straight from their own brick oven - cooked, the authentic Italian way. The slightly charred edges and bottom of the pizzas are only evidence of its authentic charm. There are about ten pizza choices on the menu (and I've practically memorized most of it) - Margherita (plain cheese), Napoletana (plain cheese + anchovies and more spices), Rustica Forgmaggio (four cheeses - very rich!), Quatro Staggione (artichoke hearts, olives, ham), Calzone (mozzarella, ham, olives - a favorite of many), Marinara (seafood) and more.
There's also a wide range of pasta dishes that include Risotto (mushroom and cheese), Puttanesca, Ravioli (filled with ricotta cheese), Pesto, Carbonara, Bolognaise and a couple more worth every penny you pay for.
Although other people might be content on the pizza or past alone, I HAVE to have my appetizers first (yes, for a Filipina woman, I have a big appetite). I either go for a soup or salad - or both! My favorites are Crema de Pomodori (tomato soup) and Seafood soup. I particularly don't like the Minestrone. It tastes like a hodgepodge of diced vegetables all left in a big couldron to wilt, complemented by a mishmash of seasonings that I feel are a bit "off." The two others, are, in a word, winners! Although some people may find the tomato soup a bit sour for their tastes. So if in doubt, go for the Seafood chowder.
The salads are also worth a try, but my personal favorite would have to be the Caesar Salad. It's a must every time I visit Picobello. Plain greens, Chef's Salad and a couple more are also available.
TIP: Go during Happy Pizza Hours ( 2pm - 5pm daily) to get "buy one, take one" deals on pizza! YUM!
Favorite Dish: Pizza, pasta and more! Practically everything - save for the Minestrone! Haha! But don't take my word for it. do try if you must! :)
The restaurant boasts of it's Italian name. The food is delicioso, try the Calzone, just thinking of it makes my mouth water.
The place is at the very top of J.S. Gaisano mall at Ilustre street in Davao City. You can park your vehicle at the Basement parking and take the elevator.
Also try their pasta dishes.
One more thing, they have a buy one get one deal on pizza, I believe it's from 2pm till 5pm, great pizza at the fraction of a price, what a bargain!
Favorite Dish: The Calzone is good, get it with the Buy one get One promo (2pm till 5pm)
One Calzone is big enough for two, but I'm you're really hungry, go for it! (It's worth it)
Its a Hhotel restaurant but not hotel owned. Just recently renovated (i can still sense a faint snell of fresh paint) theres a lot of pilipino food and its darn good as well as a selection of japanese, thai and other asian dishes. (The wife is half japanese born and raised in japan and the husband is a certified foody) The food is very very affordable to the business traveler at one dollar for a good sandwhich to 3 dollars for a seafood kamameshi with imported japanese rice. The place is light and airy. Very clean and waiter very hospitable.
Favorite Dish: I liked the chicken kamameshi which is a kettle cooked rice with minced chicken on top, the rice is definitely japanese and it is served in the authentic kamameshi container,
try also the Phad thai noodles and the papaya salad as well as thier sinigang soups
For a real taste of a variety of Filipino cuisine, you can come to this place. The food is laid out buffet style, so you can easily choose whatever you wanted to try, without the discomfort of not knowing what the food looks like (specially for those not familiar). They offer breakfast buffet. Here you can sample what Filipinos typically have for breakfast. As for those who do not know, we don't usually eat cereals or toast in the morning. Oh no!, as early as this first meal in the morning, we have rice!, oh yes, it'd be better if its Sinangag ( fried rice),together with breakfast viand like tuyo(fried fish),itlog( egg..scrambled or sunny side up), tocino etc...and of course,it wouldn't be complete without hot sikwate (chocolate made from cacao seeds).The lunch and dinner buffet offers more sumptuous Filipino food.
Favorite Dish: Hmmm, i love the bbq, sinugbang panga ( grilled fish),pancit canton ( chow mein Filipino style), bistek ( beef steak Filipino style), leche flan ( Filipino dessert)....i could go on and on and on............................
Here you can enjoy sumptous foods in a relax atmosphere. You can sample Filipino foods, as well as different international cuisine. I was feeling fussy that day, and all I wanted to eat was pasta. To my surprise and glee... they have a really good pasta bar!
Favorite Dish: I could have all the paella, adobo, prawns, chicken that time , but the only thing that I wanted to eat then was Spaghetti Bolognese! The fruit salad was to die for!!
The restaurant is actaully the front of a house located in Ma-a. Rumor has it that the chef used to work in a hi-end restaurant in Davao and decided to put up his own steakhouse, complete with the hotel lounge music. They only serve lunch though, so you better go there around 1130 for you to be able to get a table. There's no airconditioning but that's not a problem. The steaks are also cheap, barely $2, which already comes with a soup and desert. It's popular with the yuppies in town who would go there to grab a steak which is worth more than the price.
We visited Jack's Ride expecting a great view of the city and all the great things posted on this site. Well let me tell you, they're all overrated! The seating is disorganized. There's no hostess waiting for you at the hostess's table. Then basically it's a free for all for all the tables. You have to shout for the waiter to get your orders. Otherwise they ignore you. And if you request for something like hot sauce or whatever, you have to repeat it thrice because they seem to "forget" you asked for anything. You can see the view only from the first two levels of the restaurant. There are STRAY cats running all over the place. I was expecting them to jump on the chairs and eat our food! The view is... well.. you can see some lights and there's a great view of the cemetery! The ampitheatre is disappointing. It's basically just shaped grass. We ordered the seafood dish and was expecting everything described on the menu. What we got was a small piece of crab and lots of squidballs (tough ones) we could have gotten on the streets for ten bucks. Sisig was dry. Bottomless Iced tea was bland, and you have to call out (in your loudest voice) to have the waiter refill it for you. The good, in general, was nothing special.
This Halo-halo stand is in a relaxing area in the garden of Matina Town Square.
Favorite Dish: They have the most addictive Halo-halo (shaved ice with milk, sugar and different sweetened fruits, beans, etc.)! The best thing is, you get to choose the ingredients that go in to your Halo-halo. Be sure to include the ube jam in your list. It really melts in your mouth. Of course, your Halo-halo will not be the same without the ube ice cream on top. Careful though, once you've tasted it... you can't help but go back for more!
It is practically an institution in Davao. They have the greatest native food in Davao. Never leave without eating here.
Favorite Dish: The have the best grilled squid. Tender and not tough. We usually order...Barbeque Chicken, Longanissa (local sausage), kinilaw na malasugi with garden vegetables (raw fish cooked in vinegar), grilled tuna, Kare-kare, Puso ng Saging in Gata (Banana Heart in Coconut milk), Mongolian Spareribs and other grilled fish. Don't forget to ask for the atchara (pickled papaya). It's free and is very good.
Damosa Gateway Complex, Mamay Rd, Lanang, Davao, 8000, Philippines
Good for: Families
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