Davao City has been my home for four years now. And I fell in love with this place ever since I first came here. I just find Davao perfect for me – it provides a good balance of the rustic & urban lifestyle; everything is fresh – seafood, fruits, vegetables and even the surroundings! People are very humble & disciplined. Generally, Davao’s simplicity and quality of life are the reasons why people chose this place as their Home.
If you happen to be in Davao and would like to explore the different flavors in the city, here is a list of some of our family restaurant favorites. They are not the familiar Davao restaurants, but they are worth exploring. Each has its own uniqueness and taste. I hope you get to try them.
1. Balik Bukid
Uniqueness: Balik Bukid offers farm-fresh, organically grown produce ingredients.
Ambiance: Balik Bukid resembles the Philippine Bahay Kubo which brings you back to the Filipino roots. The details of the restaurant are filled with Filipino pieces & furnishings. Recycled materials are also everywhere – a great way to add charm & creativity in the place. Guests can also play their favorite childhood games and fill their bags with goodies that they can buy while waiting.
Must try: Blue rice which is cooked with ternate flower considered as anti-oxidant; Sinugba at Ensalada ; Tsokolate Island, home-made Tablea ice cream.
Quimpo Boulevard, Ecoland, Davao City, Mindanao 8000 Philippines
Mon – Sat: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
2. Claude’s Le Cafe de Ville Restaurant
Food: French & Mediterranean
Uniqueness: An elegant, well-designed interior in a 1929 Colonial inspired home.
Ambiance: Set in a beautiful old home right in the busy city centre. The restaurant itself is a treat. Its cozy and relaxed atmosphere will make you enjoy the food and the company of your loves. Prices are a bit high, but seem reasonable when you consider the quality.
Must try: Steaks & Wine.
143 Rizal Street, The Oboza Heritage House, Davao City, Mindanao 8000, Philippines
Mon-Sat: 11am-11pm ; Sun : 6pm-11pm
3. Rumah Kari
Food: Indian and Malay
Ambiance: A very small, picturesque restaurant that has character, warmth and loads of spicy-ness! If you’re up for a food adventure, Rumah Kari is worth a visit.
Must try: Chicken Tikka Masala with flatbread. Make sure to inform the waiter of your “heat” preference. You might end up like me, gulping more than 4 glasses of water when we left 😉
Corner Mabini Street and Circumferecial Road, Marfori Heights 8000 Davao City
0929 345 4341
Mon-Sun: 11:00 am- 11:00 pm
Uniqueness: Tsuru has already gained followers over the years being the oldest running Japanese restaurant in the city. Their simple, fresh and authentic Japanese ingredients will make you go back again, and again and again.
Ambiance: Tsuru’s clean and superb service will make one feel welcome and valued.
Must try: Makis and Japanese rolls…particularly the Volcano Roll!
J. Camus St.
Tel No. (082)2210901
Tsuru Abreeza: Ground floor, Ayala Abreeza Mall
Tel No. (082)2841134
Tsuru Damosa: Damosa Gateway, Lanang
Tel No. (082)2330501
Mon to Sun 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM and 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM
5. The White House
Food: Asian Fusion, Japanese, French
Uniqueness: A well-preserved heritage house converted into a fine dining restaurant.
Ambiance: You’ll be taken back in the olden Spanish era when you arrive at the restaurant. Late in the afternoon or the evening are the best times to go to The White House. Try staying outdoors so you can relax and enjoy your dessert while sipping coffee/tea.
Must try: The Yamamomo Cheesecake is definitely one of the best! It’s done to perfection – vanilla cheesecake topped with yamamomo & mixed berries, set on green tea crust & a mango “poppy” surprise caviar. Y-U-M!
CamellaNorthpoint, Bajada, Central, Davao City, Philippines, 8000
+63 82 2824540, +63 915 448 3601
Mon – Sun: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Now, did I convince you to come & visit Davao? 🙂
Have a F.A.B. Week ladies!