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Kadayawan Specials by Chef Alex Destriza

Sous Vide Beef Tenderloin with Bistek Sauce with Chorizo Pumpkin Risotto, Kangkong 2 Ways, and Glazed Carrots and Onions by Chef Alex Destriza of Marco Polo Davao

Sous Vide Beef Tenderloin with Bistek Sauce with Chorizo Pumpkin Risotto, Kangkong 2 Ways, and Glazed Carrots and Onions by Chef Alex Destriza of Marco Polo Davao

Davao is known for many things… the durian, the Philippine Eagle, Mount Apo, the Waling-Waling, and of course, our diverse and bountiful harvest which we celebrate with a unique Thanksgiving festival every August. This thanksgiving is called Kadayawan Festival.

For the Kadayawan Festival 2015, Marco Polo Davao has prepared something a special tasting menu prepared by their newly appointed head chef, Chef Alex Destriza. Chef Alex has crafted two Kadayawan Specials Set Menus to showcase Davao’s fresh bounty of fruits, vegetables, livestock, poultry, seafood, and dairy, and livestock.

There are two Three Course Sets you can choose from.

Set A starts with a uniquely luscious Sweet Corn Bisque with Lapu-lapu Croquette, and Ube Tarragon Cream.

Sweet Corn Bisque with Lapu Lapu Croquette and Ube Tarragon Cream by Chef Alex Destriza of Marco Polo Davao

Sweet Corn Bisque with Lapu Lapu Croquette and Ube Tarragon Cream by Chef Alex Destriza of Marco Polo Davao

The Sweet Corn Bisque base is subtlety sweet and creamy but not too rich. The perfectly deep fried Lapu-lapu croquette provides umami flavor and a crunchy texture. These two components are tied together by an Ube Tarragon Cream. All three components blend perfectly together to produce a unique soup experience. The dish is as delicious as it is pretty.

The soup is followed by a memorable Sous Vide Beef Tenderloin with Bistek Sauce with Chorizo Pumpkin Risotto, Kangkong 2 Ways, and Glazed Carrots and Onions.

Sous Vide Beef Tenderloin with Bistek Sauce with Chorizo Pumpkin Risotto, Kangkong 2 Ways, and Glazed Carrots and Onions by Chef Alex Destriza of Marco Polo Davao

Sous Vide Beef Tenderloin with Bistek Sauce with Chorizo Pumpkin Risotto, Kangkong 2 Ways, and Glazed Carrots and Onions by Chef Alex Destriza of Marco Polo Davao

The beef is succulent and tasty. It is served medium rare, the right way. The Bistek Sauce is the right combination of salty and sour with a hint of sweet and peppery. My favorite of the three sides in this dish is the Kangkong served two ways. The Adobong KangKong below the beef is the element which brings the meal back to the simplicity of Filipino cuisine. This is paired with deep fried Crispy Kangkong, a favorite appetizer of Filipinos. Together with the Chorizo Pumpkin Risotto and the Glazed Carrots and Onions, all the components form an elegant plate that highlights the most popular flavors of Filipino cuisine. Bistek. Adobo. Deep fried. All in one dish.

Your Kadayawan Specials Meal will end with another unique marriage of flavors: Biko Pandan with Chocolate Mousse and Caramelized Pecans.

Biko Pandan with Chocolate Mousse and Caramelized Pecans by Chef Alex Destriza of Marco Polo Davao

Biko Pandan with Chocolate Mousse and Caramelized Pecans by Chef Alex Destriza of Marco Polo Davao

Biko is a traditional Filipino rice cake made of glutinous or sticky rice and cooked in coconut milk. In this unique iteration, the Biko is flavored with Pandan and served with pandan jelly on the side. Hence, the name Biko Pandan. It is complemented by a Dark Chocolate Mousse that is decadent but not overwhelmingly rich. I would have never thought the two would go so well, but they do. After all, Filipino rice cakes (commonly called “kakanin”) are usually served with Native Hot Chocolate. The Caramelized Pecans add another layer of sweetness and crunch to the beautiful plated dessert.
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Betute and More by Abe’s Farm

Betute by Abe's Farm

Betute by Abé’s Farm

Pampanga is said to be one of the Philippines’ prime food destinations. It is known for their unique Capampangan Cuisine (alternately Kapampangan) that combines local, Malay, Spanish, American, and Chinese influences. These cuisine and other Filipino cuisine favorites are highlighted at Abé’s Farm.

Abé’s Farm is named after writer, artist, and food lover Emilio Aguilar Cruz. “Abé,” the Capampangan term for “friend,” is Cruz’s nickname. Abé’s Farm is owned and managed by the LJC Restaurant Group, founded by Emilio Cruz’s son, Larry J. Cruz.

Abé’s Farm takes pride in serving a full menu of Capampangan food and other signature dishes from the LJC Restaurant Group, specializing in Filipino dishes. From appetizers to desserts, Abé’s Farm pleases the palate and satisfies the tummy.

Taking centerstage are unique and exotic Capampangan dishes such as the Betute and Arobung Kamaru (Farm Crickets). Betute is friend farm frogs stuffed with spiced ground pork. It is a good exotic dish to try for those who might feel iffy about trying locusts.

Betute by Abe's Farm

Betute by Abe’s Farm

The Betute by Abé’s Farm is perfectly spiced and properly cooked. If you didn’t know it was farm frogs, you wouldn’t have guessed that it is made with exotic meat. The savory taste of the Betute is sure to whet your appetite for more Capampangan dishes.
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Annipie’s Savory Snacks

Annipie with their tagline “Your Cinnamon Destination” is best known for their cinnamon rolls, cakes, and other desserts. Give your tummy a treat. Visit one of their stand alone branches, order a savory snack before eating a sweet treat. Your tongue and your tummy will thank you.

Here are some of my favorite savory snacks by Annipie.

Cheese Pimiento Sticks by Annipie

Cheese Pimiento Sticks by Annipie

If you like cheese but is bored with regular cheese sticks, this one is for you. Annipie’s Cheese Pimiento Sticks has a generous amount of salty, peppery pimiento stuffed inside a light eggroll (lumpia) wrapper. It is deep fried til crispy and golden brown. The cheese sticks are properly drained of excess oil so it’s not greasy.

Annipie serves awesome Pizatillas which will satisfy your pizza cravings. Especially if you’re a fan of thin crust pizza like me.

Three Cheese Pizzatilla by Annipie

Three Cheese Pizzatilla by Annipie

Pepperoni and Onion Pizzatilla by Annipie

Pepperoni and Onion Pizzatilla by Annipie


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Pizzas by the Historic Camalig Restaurant

Armando's Best Pizza by Historic Camalig Restaurant

Armando’s Best Pizza by Historic Camalig Restaurant

The Historic Camalig Restaurant is also known as the “Home of Armando’s Pizza: Ang Pambansang Pizza.” When I read this quip online, I was immediately intrigued by Camalig, the famed Armando’s Pizza, and why it is the Pambansang Pizza (National Pizza).

After skimming their menu, I immediately understood why Armando’s Pizza is the Pambansang Pizza. The Historic Camalig Restaurant uses pizza as a canvass to highlight Filipino flavors and tastes.
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Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen

Kinulob na Pugo by Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen

Kinulob na Pugo by Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen

One of the trends in the Davao food scene right now is serving healthy and farm fresh dishes. This is no surprise with the abundance of deliciously fresh produce and meats in Davao. One of the restaurants in the forefront of promoting healthy, farm fresh, and chemical dishes is Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen. They use only chemical free and farm fresh ingredients. And they make most of their dish components from scratch… from breads to ice cream.

Balik Bukid literally means “back to the farm,” and this is the starting point of the conception of the Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen Restaurant. Most of their dishes are designed to highlight the produce of their own farm. The availability of their menu items depend on the availability of ingredients from their own farm and their handpicked suppliers.

The Balik Bukid experience is one of going back to the roots of Filipino cuisine… fresh abundant produce and various meats prepared and cooked in a different cooking processes with indigenous, Spanish, Chinese, and Western influences.

Start off your Balik Bukid experience with some freshly baked bread paired with locally-made cheese.

Cheese and Bread Platter by Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen

Cheese and Bread Platter by Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen

Balik Bukid’s centerpiece, I think, are their salads. Each salad is different with different fresh veggies, meat, and doused with healthy, wholesome, and delicious dressings.

Chef's Salad by Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen

Chef’s Salad by Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen


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Adobong Tuna Buntot by Yellow Fin Seafood Restaurant

Adobong Tuna Buntot by Yellow Fin Seafood Restaurant

Adobong Tuna Buntot by Yellow Fin Seafood Restaurant

Yellow Fin Seafood Restaurant is one of the best known Filipino seafood restaurants in Davao. Their best-sellers include the Kinilaw, the Tuna Laing, the Greaseless Fried Chicken, and various tuna dishes. After all, the restaurant is named after the most popular tuna species, the Yellow Fin Tuna.

One of their unique must-try tuna dishes is the Adobong Tuna Buntot. I usually like my fish raw, fried, grilled, baked, or otherwise prepared dry. Not in a soup or stew, but this one I highly recommend.
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