With Davao constantly in the news, a lot of people have been coming over, wanting to check Davao out, just to see if the hype is worth it. Within its 2,444 square kilometers are 2 million people who come from different tribes with different cultures and traditions, and of course, gastronomic tastes.
Since 2014, Choose Philippines has provided you with lists of places on where to eat in Davao. Here are more restaurants where you can go on a gastrononomical adventures:
All organic, natural, pesticide-free vegetables, fruits, yogurt, and meat dishes straight from farm to table goodness.
The bestsellers are the salad bowls and wraps but their lunch, meryenda, and dinner buffet is worth every centavo.
Healthy and delicious meals are what you are going to get at Balay Verde.
Location: 2nd level, Abreeza Mall in J.P. Laurel Avenue, Bajada, Davao City.
For dog lovers, Pawsome would be the place to chill out. They serve delicious meals, snacks, and drinks while you can enjoy bonding with 30 breeds of dogs that are so awesome.
Recently, it has partnered with the Happy Animals Club which is a home for many rescued cats and dogs in Davao. If you purchase the Happiness Shake from Pawsome Dog Café, the proceeds would go to the upkeep of the dog shelter.
Location: Door 5, Autoville Bldg., F. Torres St, Davao City.
Pyro is the place to go to when you want a new take on things. New way of presenting kinilaw (ceviche), twice processed fried chicken, burgers that has marrow, and fusion dishes.
What’s even tastier is that they continue to innovate on their dishes while retaining the bestsellers that you keep on going back for.
Location: Door 5A, Mabini Commercial Complex, Mabini Street, Davao City.
You would get an asian tour through your taste buds when you visit the Asisa Side Wok Kitchen.
There is Pad Thai from Thailand, Vietnamese Pho from Vietnam, Tom Yum from Thailand, Seafood Laksa from Malaysia, Char Kway Teow from Singapore, and Binagoongang Baboy from the Philippines.
Location: Circumferential Road and Matina Town Square (MTS), Matina, Davao City.
It may be tucked in a quiet subdivision but it sure can make you go on that trip to sample their food.
Try their black paella, tuna pakfry, and bulalo steak.
Location: Subli Street, Lanzona Subdivision, Davao City.
If you want a great view of the city at night, Tops is a very good option. But seeing the view from this perspective is not just tops, you can also have cold beer and other drinks plus the exotic dishes like ginataang crocodile and lumpia.
Drive off to one of Davao’s hills and chill out at Tops.
Location: Barangay Langub, Diversion Road, Davao City.
You would not believe that in one of Davao’s mountain resorts is an inland pond where you can catch fish and have it cooked your way.
Highly recommended are: pinaputok na tilapia, ginataang hito, sinigang na hito, and depp-fried hito.
Location: Eden Nature Park and Resort, Eden, Bayabas, Toril, Davao City.
Traditional Filipino and modern dishes come together tastefully at Pepper’s Iberica Restaurant. From their rellenong bangus and paella that are presented differently to having a P99 meal of crunchy and crispy lechon belly that is giving their bagnet with three dips a stiff competition.
Don’t forget to order the Iberian chicken 2-3 hours before you dine there. Believe me, the waiting is worth it. Having your meals at Pepper’s is cozy and intimate letting you enjoy your delicious meal.
Location: Mabini corner Araullo Streets, Davao City.
Here is one home-grown restaurant that has proven that it can also conquer the capital city of Manila with its garlic fried crabs, boiled shrimps, grilled tuna panga, kinilaw, and grilled native chicken.
Don that plastic bib, prepare to be messy and get ready to dig into juicy and spicy crabs and shrimps.
Location: SM City Annex, Quimpo Boulevard, Davao City and J.P. Laurel Avenue, Bajada, Davao City.
Cuenco’s Rice and Noodle Bar
Big bowls of hot soup that perfectly go with the noodles of Mami on a cold gloomy day can be quite comforting at Cuenco’s.
You can also order the slightly spicy and sweet Char Kway Teow or have the beef strips over your rice. Guaranteed hot and delicious meals are what this newest restaurant in the list offers.
Location: Tulip Drive fronting Fuente de Villa Abrille, Davao City.
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How to get there:
Major airlines fly daily to Davao from Manila and Cebu. Davao City is an hour and 50 minutes by plane from Manila and 50 minutes from Cebu.