If you happen to visit Davao, I invite you to try the city’s gastronomic delights from street food to fine dining. There are a lot of food places to go – some are fancy, some are simple. I hope you get to experience the joy in every meal you try.
Here’s an addition to last year’s list of Davao Food Finds :
Boys Town Pizzeria
Try the pizza at Boys Town compound if you’re up for a no-fuzz, relaxed and soulful dining.
They serve Italian-style pizza cooked in a brick oven. You get to enjoy a good chat with the boys while they prepare the pizza in front of you.
Their family pizza ranges from 200-600 pesos, a bit cheaper compared to commercial pizza. You can help these boys in their studies for every pizza you buy. So not only will you feed your tummy, but your soul as well.
My personal favorites: Mushroom & Prosciutto, Giuseppe
Boys Town Pizzeria is located at Ma-a road, two kilometers south of the central business district. The Pizzeria is open from 10 am to 10 pm , Mondays – Sundays. Contact no.: (082) 244 0496.
Habi at Kape
It’s the love for gawang Pinoy that drew me to this coffee shop. I really admire businesses that promote and support local products. I hope we have more coffee shops like this.
Habi at Kape serves our local kapeng barako and our native hot tsokolate prepared in the old, traditional Filipino way of using the batirol. Both are best paired with their ensaymada or the sumanilibiran. My other personal favorite is the pancit luglog… a must-try too.
I was happy to see a lot of Mindanao products displayed – bags, tablea, tea, chillis, woven fabrics and handicrafts. It’s not only a place where you can have good coffee and snacks, but also a good place to shop.
Habi at Kape is located at Davao Dwelling Zone, 3rd floor Abreeza Corporate Center, Bajada.
Open during mall hours, Mondays-Sundays.
Contact no: 0922 890 0842 | FB Page link.
Soul Kitchen Co.
Rarely do I find a food place where I can easily grab something light, healthy and flavorful. Good thing we have Soul Kitchen Co. in Davao.
Soul Kitchen’s clean and modern interior will entice you to stay a bit longer even though their set-up is a take-out counter. What’s nice is that their staffs are very reliable incase you need help in deciding what to get.
The freshness of their ingredients and a healthy alternative to fast food are reasons why Davao people keep coming back to the store. I hope you get to try them.
Freshly pressed juices, wraps, almond milk and lasagna are some of my personal favorites.
Soul Kitchen Co. is located at F. Torres corner Mabini Street, Davao City.
They are open Mondays to Sundays 9:00am – 7:00pm. Contact no.: (082) 224 0642 | Website link.
We came on a Sunday for lunch and it was full…well, almost. There was one table left which I think was meant for us. 🙂
When I sat down, I felt I was dining outside because of all the natural light coming in from the big windows. The hanging plants also added a bit of charm to the place which was nice.
You can order turo-turo style, or just ask for the menu. They serve mostly Filipino food.
We ordered the wild garlic grilled chicken, tuna laing and choco mint ice cream. Their cakes look good too.
Wild Garlic is located at 497 South Street DBP Village, Ma-a, Davao City.
Open on Tuesdays-Sundays. Contact no: (082) 296 0046. | FB page link.
Are you up for something quirky, chic & fun? Yummy’s dainty décors, inspiring walls, lovely chandeliers, tables & chairs are all tastefully integrated.
The new look brought in warmth in the place that you’d want to bring out a sketch pad or a book to relax after eating a good meal.
Surprisingly, Yummy’s food is not expensive. Their cakes and meals starts at 85 pesos. Yummy’s best sellers are cakes, fried chicken, lasagna & chicken barbecue.
Personal favorites: Cakes (fruity fluff, rainbow cake)
Yummy is located at F. Torres St, Poblacion District. Open from 9:00 am – 9:00 PM. Contact no.: (082) 222 5599 | FB page link.
If it’s a guilt-free day, then head off to Azon’s. They offer Davao’s version of boneless lechon deeply marinated with herbs and spices. Yum.
Aside from boneless lechon, they also offer dishes such as bistek tagalog, lechon adobo, lechon sisig, chicken barbecue etc. If you’re ordering rice, try the Azon’s rice. For dessert, try their lechon ice cream. Yup, they have it. Let me know what you think once you’ve tried it.
You can have a hearty meal that will fit your budget when you dine at Azons. Combo and value meals starts at 95 pesos.
Azon’s is open from 10am-10pm. You can view their FB page for the location of their different branches. Contact numbers are (082) 224-0944 or 286-5882.
Wynward Organic Vegetable Garden
Dine at Wynward Organic Vegetable Garden if you want a little peace in your surroundings. It’s not the usual restaurant – it’s very small, quaint, earthy and serene. A nice place if you want to spend time away from the busyness of life…even for a while.
They offer mostly healthy meals where ingredients are harvested from the garden. The veggies are pesticide free which you can also buy and take home.
For 180 pesos, you can already have a soup, main course & veggie side dish. Not bad right?
We tried their balsamic chicken pesto pasta, whole wheat pizza bread and lettuce wrap. Oh, and the guyabano & kale, blue ternate with calamansi too…both were good!
Waynward is located at Regina compound ( at the back of Abreeza Mall) , Bajada.
Contact nos: (0905) 8419871 & (0999) 385 4686 | FB Page link.
Caitlyn’s Dim Sum House
We go to Caitlyn’s when my boys are craving for Dimsum. It’s a simple place, but has good food and service.
If you’re a mindful eater like me, you’ll be glad to know that they don’t use any preservatives, MSG or fillers. Besides Dimsum, they also offer hakao, xiao long bao, chicken feet, siopao and wanton noodles. You can also buy frozen dimsum to cook at home.
Caitlyn’s Dim Sum House is located at Circumferential Road, Poblacion District, Davao City. They are open Mondays – Saturdays 10am – 9pm and Sundays 11am – 8pm.
Contact nos: (082) 324 3428 ; (0917) 637 7600. FB Page link.
Station Grill maybe far from downtown, but it’s worth the drive if you’re craving for chicken barbecue, liempo and seafood.
Their food is good and very affordable. You can treat your family and friends without hurting your wallet. The place is also clean and service is fast. You won’t regret driving that far.
Station Grill is a new restaurant in Calinan, located along Davao Bukidnon Road ( beside Caltex Station and near Felcris Calinan) Davao City.
Taisho Japanese Restaurant
Where can you eat authentic Japanese food for 99 pesos?
Taisho is a small restaurant, but the interior is well decorated – you can find the owner’s Japanese collection everywhere.
Our family’s favorites are the ramen, katsudon, maki and the shrimp salad.
Taisho Japanese Restaurant is located at Km 9 McArthur Highway, Puan Davao City. Contact no. +639 282 04 8169
Kaonanan sa Tribu K’ Mindanawan
Kaonanan is worth a visit if it’s your first time in Davao or if you have visitors who would like to know more about the Indigenous People in Mindanao.
Kaonanan serves Mindanawan inspired cuisines such as nilotlot (cooked in bamboo). Other interesting dishes are the meatless Palosebo meal (meatballs made from puso ng saging) and exotic crocodile hamonado.
There’s a fire dance show when you come on a Friday and weekend which starts at 5:45 pm.
Kaonanan is located beside the Crocodile Park, Riverfront Corporate City, Diversion Highway Ma-a Road.
Enjoy Davao! 🙂