Kusina Maria

Food Blog + Food Shop

Posts Tagged ‘davao restaurants’

Truffsilog by Perch Modern Kitchen + Bar

Truffsilog by Perch Modern Kitchen + Bar, Tapa with Truffles, Fried Egg, Garlic Rice, and Tomato & Onion Salsa

Truffsilog by Perch Modern Kitchen + Bar

If adobo is the Philippines’ “national dish,” one could argue that Tapsilog is our “national breakfast.” It is delicious, it is accessible, and it has many different variations just like the adobo. And Filipinos love to eat it not just for breakfast, but also for lunch and dinner, and as recovery food after a late night of partying. So when it comes to tapsilog, you can say it is hard to please diners and be talked about as if it is something new or exciting. After all, there is a tapsilogan in almost every kanto (street corner).

Perch Modern Kitchen + Bar manages to stand out with their Truffsilog. Don’t get me wrongm they are not the first ones to offer such, but they have certainly led the pack in Davao and they have done it masterfully.

Look at that beauty.

Truffsilog by Perch Modern Kitchen + Bar, Tapa with Truffles, Fried Egg, Garlic Rice, and Tomato & Onion Salsa

Truffsilog by Perch Modern Kitchen + Bar

Tapsilog is short for Tapa, Sinangag, at Itlog. Tapa is cured beef, Sinagag is garlic fried rice, and Itlog is egg. Tapa is common breakfast dish around the Philippines. It is available in various cuts and classes of beef. The curing process differs in each region but the most popular one involves curing beef in salt, garlic, and soy sauce. Some variations include calamansi juice (lemon), sugar, or vinegar in the curing marinade. After curing the beef in the marinade, it is drained, pat dry, and fried. Tapa is often salty with a hint of sour and sweet. The curing process gives the meat a sublime of umami flavor.
Read More…

Classio Mobile Wood Fired Oven Pizza

Classio Mobile Wood Fired Oven Pizza

Barbeque Pizza (with Pastrami) by Classio Mobile Wood Fired Oven

It’s Friday! Celebrate the weekend with a slice of pizza at Classio Mobile Wood Fired Oven.

Clasio is the only food truck in Davao with an actual wood fired oven. The wood fired oven gives off a nice smokey flavor and crunch to the pizza crust of Classio Pizzas. Their pizza sauce is perfectly tangy. It complements their various toppings perfectly. And yes, there’s a good amount of cheese in the pizza, as well.

My personal favorites are the All Cheese Pizza and the Mortadella Pizza.
Read More…

Vikings Luxury Buffet features Street Foods of the World

Pork Satay (Indonesian Spiced Skewers) by Vikings Luxury Buffet - Street Foods of the World

Pork Satay by Vikings Luxury Buffet – Street Foods of the World

There is a saying for travelers that goes: “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”

When visiting a city or country, you can find their best kept culinary secrets, not in high end restaurants, but in street food sold by ambulant vendors. Street food represent a part of a locality’s culture and is usually prepared and made from abundant ingredients in that area.

Now, you do not need to go to Rome to do as the Romans do. Take a culinary trip around the world this August at Vikings Luxury Buffet. Street foods from around the world take the centerstage at all Vikings Luxury Buffet branches.

From Southeast Asia to Europe and the Americas, your palate will be tickled by hometown favorites of various countries.

Start off your journey with a street food popular in Rome and in the rest of Italy.

Suppli (Italian Rice Balls) by Vikings Luxury Buffet - Street Foods of the World

Suppli by Vikings Luxury Buffet – Street Foods of the World

Suppli comes from the Italian word “sopresa” that means “surprise.” And it lives up to its name. It looks like an ubiquitous meatball. It is actually a ball of risotto (Italian short-grained rice) mixed with eggs, tomato sauce, meat, and mozzarella cheese. Each ball is dredged in bread crumbs and deep fried.

The result is a crunchy ball with a soft, savory center with a hint of salty, sour, and sweet. The rice has a bit of bite that makes the ball more interesting. It is typically eaten as a snack or as an appetizer. Vikings’ Suppli is so delightfully tasty that you will be addicted to it. It looks and sounds a bit weird but it will certainly please you.

From Rome, cross the Atlantic Ocean and visit the Americas with these skewers from Brazil called Espetinho.

Espetinho (Brazilian Kebabs) by Vikings Luxury Buffet - Street Foods of the World

Espetinho by Vikings Luxury Buffet – Street Foods of the World

“Espetinho” is a Portugese word meaning “little skewer.” It also pertains to a popular kebab dish that is made from diced spiced meat. It can be made of beef, chicken, sausages, fish, and shrimps. Vikings version of this is made of shrimps, fish, and mushrooms. It is served with a sweet, sticky sauce with a hint of saltiness. The sauce complements the spiced kebabs well. It’s awesome when eaten with rice.
Read More…

Black Garlic Tonkotsu by Sunahama Noodle Bar

Black Garlic Ramen with Nori by Sunahama Noodle Bar

Black Garlic Ramen with Nori by Sunahama Noodle Bar

I, along with many DavaoeƱos, have been eagerly for the ramen fever to arrive in Davao. It took a lot of time but when it did arrive via our homegrown Sunahama Noodle Bar, I was not disappointed at all.

On my first trip to Sunahama Noodle Bar, I tried their Black Garlic Tonkotsu. It is one of Sunahama’s best-selling ramen and it is my favorite item on their menu.

Tonkotsu is pork bone broth which is one of the most common soup bases for ramen. Sunahama’s best-seller, Black Garlic Tonkotsu, infuses Black Garlic (Mayu) to their savory Tonkotsu soup. Mayu is blackened garlic oil which is prepared by cooking garlic with oil over low heat until it caramelizes and turns completely black. This gives the resulting oil an intense flavor, spicy and bitter, with a hint of umami. Black Garlic Oil gives the Tonkotsu depth of flavor which makes it intriguing and complex.

Sunahama’s Black Garlic Tonkotsu is served with a slice of tender braised pork belly, nori (seaweed), bean sprouts, scallions, and a tamago (seasoned soft boiled egg). The tamago gives more umami flavor and adds more layers of interesting textures to the dish.
Read More…

Claude’s Le Cafe de Ville

Fillet of Beef Tenderloin with Pepper Sauce

Fillet of Beef Tenderloin with Pepper Sauce

Very few restaurants have survived and thrived in the Davao food scene. There are three key ingredients to these restaurants’ success: great food, awesome service, and consistency.

I was in grade school when Claude’s Le Cafe de Ville opened its doors to the public. It was the first restaurant of its kind in Davao City. Known for their high end fine French Cuisine, Claude’s piqued the interest of Davao’s gourmands. On birthdays and other special occasions, celebrations would be spent eating the culinary delights of Claude’s.

More than 20 years after, Claude’s Cafe de Ville continues to serves unforgettable traditional French, Mediterranean, and regional European home cuisine. The quality of their food has improved over the years.

Shrimp Cocktail by Claude's Cafe de Ville

Shrimp Cocktail by Claude’s Cafe de Ville

The Shrimp Cocktail is the perfect way to whet your appetite. The shrimps are cooked perfectly tender and juicy. It is covered in a creamy dressing and served with lettuce, capers, eggs, and avocado. I love the combination of ingredients. The lettuce and the capers provide crunch, while the eggs add a bit of texture, with the shrimps, and the avocado give a pleasant creaminess to the mix. And the flavors are fantastic individually and even better, all together.
Read More…

#DavaoFood Featured on #ShareDavao

On October 24, 2014, Rappler’s #SharePH Team, in cooperation with Davao Bloggers Society and Davao’s digital influencers, invited netizens to share the reasons why Life is Here in Davao.

Paella Negra by Tiny Kitchen

Paella Negra by Tiny Kitchen

#ShareDavao is the opening salvo of the #SharePH campaign. The campaign is designed to invite Filipinos to use social media to share their stories about the beauty of the Philippines. Launched, just this October 2014, #SharePH featured Davao in the first month of the campaign.

After a consultation with Davao Bloggers and Davao’s digital influencers, a #ShareDavao Twitter party was planned and set. On October 24, 2014 at 3 pm Davao’s digital ambassadors set Twitter ablaze with all the reasons why Life is in Davao.

Kusina Maria led the discussion on all the delicious reasons why Davao is the place to fulfill your gustatory wishes. Check out some of the scrumptious reasons why Davao is an awesometastic foodie destination.
Read More…