Kusina Maria

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Sumo Sam Legacy

Sumo Sam's Crunchy Tuna Roll

Sumo Sam’s Crunchy Tuna Roll available only in Davao branches

What is the Sumo Sam Legacy? Sumo Sam was created to fill a gap in the market. It’s designed as a casual dining Japanese restaurant that’s not fast food nor expensive high end dining.

Sumo Sam offers a Japanese menu that’s accessible and not too Japanese. For one, the menus are in English with dishes that have descriptive names. Goes to show that Sumo Sam is not as high brow as some people think.

Sumo Sam presents Japanese dishes and Japanese cuisine in a way that most Filipinos can fully enjoy…. fresh ingredients, strong yet balanced flavors, and beautiful presentation.
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Max’s 4Sharing Beef Meals

Max's Fried Chicken

Max’s Fried Chicken, a classic Filipino dish

When I was much younger, every Manila trip would not be complete without a meal at Max’s Fried Chicken Restaurant. It was always a feast of sorts. We’d order Chicken, Pancit, or any of their delicious dishes. Each one complements the chicken well. As I grew older, my friends and I would do the same. This time usually ordering chicken with sinful Crispy Pata or Kare-Kare.

No doubt about it, Max’s brings to mind memories of home-cooked meals shared with relatives and friends. And with that in mind, Max’s has designed the Max’s 4Sharing Meals that are meant to be shared among four family members or friends.

Max’s recently launched their Beef 4Sharing Meals. It consists of 1 Whole Fried Chicken, Adobong Beef sa Gata or Beef Kaldereta, 4 cups of Rice, and 4 glasses of Iced Tea. All for the price of PhP 899. This definitely makes the Max’s dining experience easier to manage.

Max's Beef Caldereta

Max’s Beef Caldereta

I was able to try both the Adobong Beef sa Gata (Beef stewed in coconut milk) and the Beef Kaldereta (Filipino Beef Stew in Tomato Sauce). And I must say both go really well with the chicken. After all, Max’s creates and serves only dishes that goes well with their chicken. Both also have rich sauces and generous servings of beef.

Between the two, my top pick is the Adobong Beef sa Gata. First off, I’m a fan of gata (coconut milk). And I definitely love all kinds of beef stew. Combine the two together and you will find me very, very happy. Max’s Adobong Beef sa Gata has a rich, mildly spicy sauce with generous chunks of beef and some sayote (chayote) to add a bit of crunchiness and freshness. Plus, I sense a hint of vinegar (the base for all adobo) which cuts through the richness. It’s a unique take on adobo which is usually made with pork or chicken. In some regions, adobo is made with gata and I find that very yummy. So this one is a really, really good version of the very Filipino adobo.

Max's Adobong Beef sa Gata

Max’s Adobong Beef sa Gata

If there’s more of you in the group, it’s easy to order an additional dish or another 4Sharing Set. So what are you waiting for? Celebrate those bonding moments with family or friends over a 4Sharing Meal at Max’s Fried Chicken Restaurant.

Max's Fried Chicken Restaurant

Max’s Fried Chicken Sarap Kapiling

In Davao City, Max’s Fried Chicken Restaurant is located at the Second Floor of Abreeza Ayala Mall.

Arpochi’s Sweet and Spicy Crabs

Arpochi's Sweet and Spicy Crabs

Arpochi’s Sweet and Spicy Crabs

I absolutely love crabs. (Among other things.) So when I was invited to eat at Arpochi here in Davao, I didn’t hesitate. And I don’t regret it even if I overate.

The first branch of Arpochi is in Marbel, South Cotabato. They also have a branch in General Santos City. And just last year, they extended their seafood expertise to Davao City. Arpochi has a very bare but very delicious menu with only a few items, but all of them prepared first hand by the family that owns and manages the restaurant. All three branches are owned by family members of the original branch. So you are sure to get the same taste and quality at every branch.

When we ate at the Davao branch, I was overwhelmed by the huge crabs they served us. It was prepared with their signature Sweet and Spicy recipe. And it didn’t disappoint at all. The crab was perfectly cooked, the meat was not dry or soggy. It was juicy and sweet, seasoned with a lot of pepper and garlic, drenched in an unforgettable sweet sauce. Not too sweet though.

I rarely touch the food I eat but I happily ate with my hands while eating at Arpochi’s The crabs and the sauce were too tempting so I ate more than my share. 😉

Arpochi’s Sweet & Spicy Crabs is a delight for all seafood aficionados. They also serve prawns, chicken, squid and other dishes but people flock to Arpochi’s for the crabs. So you must absolutely try Arpochi’s Sweet & Spicy Crabs when you’re in Davao City.

The Apochi’s Davao Branch is located along Palma Gil Street, Obrero, Davao City. It might take a while to have your delicious crabs prepared so don’t hesitate to call them up to reserve seats and to order in advance. You may call them at +6382-3058246. They are open Mondays to Sundays from 10 am to 10 pm.

Pork Humba by Fiesta Sorpresa

Pork Humba by Fiesta Sorpresa

Pork Humba by Fiesta Sorpresa

I have been to Fiesta Sorpresa in Digos several times. And while I have many highly recommended dishes there, the one that I absolutely love eating and eating… and eating over and over again is their Pork Humba.

Pork Humba is a uniquely Visayan dish that is also popular in Mindanao. It is pork slowly braised in soy sauce and brown sugar, seasoned with black peppercorn, laurel leaves, and star anis. Banana blossoms, saba banana, black mushrooms, boiled eggs, and black beans are also added for texture. Some people think it’s just a sweet version of the more popular adobo. But I beg to differ.

Pork Humba isn’t seasoned with vinegar and MUST HAVE peppercorn, laurel leaves, and star anis to be even considered as humba. Otherwise, it’s just sweet adobo.

Fiesta Sorpresa’s Pork Humba stands out because it is lovingly made with all the ingredients that are integral to humba. It has deliciously tender pork belly braised in a sweet soy sauce liquid and seasoned generously with laurel leaves, peppercorns, and star anis. The pork is so tender it will practically melt in your mouth. And the sauce… the sauce is so delectably delicious you will savor every drop of it. It will definitely make you forget about your diet.

It is best eaten with rice. Lots of rice. Of course! Just thinking about it makes me salivate. It’s definitely something worth sharing. Then again, it’s best to order a serving for every person because you wouldn’t want to share any of it. It’s that good. 😉

Don’t forget to try the Pork Humba and other lovingly made Filipino dishes of Fiesta Sorpresa whenever you’re in Digos City.

Fiesta Sorpresa is located at Rizal Avenue, Barangay San Jose, Digos City, Davao del Sur. It is beside Hotel Crisabelle. They are open from 11 am – 2 pm and from 5 pm – 10 pm. For more information, like their page at this link.

Sizzling Squid by Fiesta Sorpresa

Sizzling Squid by Fiesta Sorpresa

Sizzling Squid by Fiesta Sorpresa

Another favorite of mine at Fiesta Sorpresa is their Sizzling Squid. The squid is served with a sweet and salty sauce with a hint of sour and spicy. The meat is tender and the entire dish is served sizzling hot on a sizzling plate.

Just a warning though, the Sizzling Squid is best enjoyed with lots of rice. Or beer. It’s great as a viand and as a beer match.

When you’re in Digos and craving for a great meal or wanting to chill with a bottle of beer, drop by Fiesta Sorpresa and try their Sizzling Squid.

Fiesta Sorpresa is located at Rizal Avenue, Barangay San Jose, Digos City, Davao del Sur. It is beside Hotel Crisabelle. They are open from 11 am – 2 pm and from 5 pm – 10 pm. For more information, like their page at this link.

Laing by Lachi’s Sans Rival Atbp

Laing by Lachi's Sans Rival Atbp

Laing by Lachi’s Sans Rival Atbp

There’s no denying my favorite restaurant is Lachi’s Sans Rival. Bar none. When people would ask me what cuisine or food they serve, I used to struggle for the best word to describe their food because their food is not really Filipino but most of the dishes are dishes that most Filipinos are familiar with. Hence, the words “home-cooked meals.” It’s a mish mash of Filipino, Spanish, Chinese, and some other dishes that you are likely to be served in a Filipino household.

One of the dishes that they are known for is their Laing. I have always been a fan of laing but I realized that not everybody prepares and serves it with as much care and attention as my aunt does. Laing is a classic Filipino dish originating from the Bicol Region. It is composed of ground meat with chili, spices, and shrimp paste (bagoong) wrapped in dried taro (gabi) leaves. These are slow cooked in coconut milk until the milk is reduced into oil and all the coconut and spice flavors are absorbed by the meat and the leaves.

You can choose to have your laing be extra spicy or mildly spicy. I often choose mildly spicy because I’m not really a fan of spicy food. The great thing about this laing is that the spice is just another layer of flavor. It’s not just all spicy. With every bite you can savor some saltiness, some earthiness, and a whole lot of spice.

It goes really well with most, if not all, the meat dishes of Lachi’s. Order a serving to share with your companions. Or finish off the entire dish all by yourself. And if you want more, you can take home some frozen laing to be reheated in the microwave oven.

Address: VAL Building, Ruby Street, Marfori Heights, Davao City
Contact Numbers: +6382-2245552 and +63916-9841183

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