Davao Food Lifestyle

Where to Eat: 5 Must-Try Restaurants in Davao 2016

As summer is about to end and work life comes near, and I’m about to leave Davao real soon, I want to share something that I was doing this summer. It has now become my interest to try out new dishes and different cuisines. Since there’s a huge variety of dining options here in Davao, I would like to share my recommended and definitely must-try restaurants here in the city in which I have recently tried this summer. These restos are somewhat new and are not yet that well-known to the mass. Thanks to the power of social media, I was able to discover these restaurants.

1. Dulce Vida Bakery + Restaurant  by Tiny Kitchen

Cakes are my comfort food. To all cake lovers out there, Dulce Vida is highly recommended for you. Dulce Vida is a Bakery + Restaurant owned by Tiny Kitchen, a restaurant which offers Spanish cuisine such as Paellas (must-try too!). Dulce Vida offers not only a variety of pastries and desserts, but also rice meals and pastas. Cake slices ranges from Php100-Php175. Worth the price, I would say. A slice of cake would suffice for 2 persons already, not unless you could handle the sweetness of the whole slice all by yourself. But I recommend you to share a slice of cake with someone. My personal fave is their Red Velvet cake. The best red velvet cake I’ve tasted so far. Next is the Major Major.

Major Major at Dulce Vida

Major Major

Oreo Cheesecake at Dulce Vida

Oreo Cheesecake

Dulce Vida Bakery + Restaurant by Tiny Kitchen
F. Torres St, Poblacion District (Main) or
Tulip Drive, Ecoland Subdivision

2. Bistro Ah-lyoh

Here’s another restaurant that was recently introduced to us by our brother. Bistro Ah-lyoh is a hidden restaurant located at Talisay St., Juna Subdivision. It’s a house extension turned restaurant by the owners, I guess. Since the place is somewhat hidden, it’s silent and for me it’s a perfect place for small gatherings and chats with friends. You’ll love the ambiance once you’re there, I swear.

As for the food, delizioso! The first time we ate there, I immediately fell in love with their food. Shrimp Roll Sub and their Pork Sisig are must-try’s! The price of their meals range from Php100-Php180. They also offer, BUY 1 TAKE 1 Pizza @ Php299 only. Worth the price and the servings are enough too. You could request for the menu in their FB page.

Shrimp Roll Sub at Bistro Ah-lyoh, DAVAO

Shrimp Roll Sub

Pork Sisig at Bistro Ah-lyoh, DAVAO

Pork Sisig

Bistro Ah-lyoh
Talisay St, Juna, Matina
FB: Bstro Ah-lyoh

3. DimYum Restaurant

As far as I know, DimYum is a “sister restaurant” of Caitlyn’s Dimsum House Restaurant (now closed) because the first time I ate at DimYum was at their Jacinto branch, near our school, and the waitress informed me about it since I realized that their menu is the same as Caitlyn’s. DimYum serves Chinese and Malaysian cuisines and various Dimsum dishes at affordable prices. My family is really a fan of Chinese cuisine, that’s why DimYum is our new favorite restaurant, a personal fave as well. Our regular orders in DimYum is their Wanton Noodle Soup and Dimsum platter. My personal fave is their Hakaw/Shrimp Dumpling, you could order it at Php70 for 4pcs. You should also try their famous Xiao Long Bao and Chocolate Buchi. Very delicious! Also,try drinking their Chammomile hot tea after meal, very soothing and tastes very good! DimYum also offers frozen dimsums wherein you could just steam it at home. You could visit their FB page for more reviews.

DimYum Delicacies (Photo courtesy of DimYum Restaurant

DimYum Delicacies (Photo courtesy of DimYum Restaurant)

DimYum Restaurant
Sobrecarey Street, Obrero
FB: DimYum Restaurant

4. Tomodachi Japanese Cuisine

Are you a Japenese food lover? Here’s Tomodachi a newly opened Japanese Cuisine restaurant. The place is very small and has limited seats. But at perfect timing, you’ll be able to enjoy the taste and experience Japanese cuisine at affordable prices. During our visit, since it’s new, the service was not yet that good, waitresses still were not familiar of what’s in the menu, and the serving’s small, bitin. However, for the food, I still find it delicious, especially their ramen. I’m not really a fan of Japanese food but this one’s worth a try. You can view their menu online through their FB page.

Maguro Sushi at Tomodachi Japanese Cuisine

Maguro Sushi

Seafood Ramen at Tomodachi Japanese Cuisine

Seafood Ramen

Tomodachi Japanese Cuisine
Corner Guzman-Palma Gil Streets, Obrero
FB: Tomodachi Japanese Cuisine

5. Korean Seoul Ga Restaurant

As for my last recommendation, but certainly not the least of course, is a Korean restaurant named Seoul Ga. There are already a lot of Korean dining options here in Davao, however I was only able to try two restaurants so far since I’m not that into Korean food. But this one’s an exception. I was browsing for restos in Davao in TripAdvisor and found this. It had good reviews and many says it’s the best Korean resto in town. I can’t agree to this yet due to the fact that I only tried out two restos here in the city, but I agree to the fact that this resto serves good food! Their excellent service is a plus too! The prices are reasonable and the servings are enough, good for 2-3 persons already. On our first try, we ordered Chicken Gang Jung (half chicken @ Php400), Sam Gyup Sal (sliced Korean pork belly @ Php350), Kimbap (Php160), and Hae Mul Pa Jun (a korean style pancake with vegetables and seafoods [MUST-TRY!] @ Php 280). We also tried Korea’s most famous alcoholic beverage, Soju, for Php150. Everything was worth the price and a must-try! What’s a big plus for Seoul Ga is that what you see in the picture in their menu is what you’ll really get. There’s a lot more offered in the menu, so I’ll definitely be going back to this restaurant again!

Seoul Ga Dishes

Seoul Ga Dishes

Soju @ Php150

Soju @ Php150

Korean Seoul Ga Restaurant
J.P. Laurel Avenue, Exterior Victoria Plaza Compound
Hungry now? Take note of those restaurants above and try them when in Davao. Have fun resto-hopping!

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  • Reply
    June 13, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    Reviews are good and accurate but more must tries please I already tried all of these!

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      June 13, 2016 at 5:53 PM

      Thanks Carl! Soon2! HAHAHA

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    Richel V.
    June 13, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    I’ll definitely try that Korean resto once I’m travelling in Davao. Looks yummy!

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      June 13, 2016 at 9:16 PM

      That’s great! Let me know if you already tried it! 😉

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    Jeini Relova
    June 13, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    Oh my. The other day I wanted to go to Cebu and now I want to go to Davao. Specially to try the Asian restos. This is so cool Bia. <3

    Spices + Everything Nice | http://www.ajeinomoto,.com

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      June 13, 2016 at 9:13 PM

      Thank you Jeini! You should try visiting Davao, life is here! 😉 lol.

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    June 13, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    Omg and suddenly I am so hungry! These look amazing. Thanks for the lovely reviews 🙂

    Enclothed Cognition

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      June 13, 2016 at 9:12 PM

      Sure! Sorry for making you hungry though. lol! 🙂

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    June 13, 2016 at 10:21 PM

    Hi Bianca! I remember you from highschool! Anyway, I miss the Davao. Coming back there on July for a week. I will surely eat pork sisig 🙂 Thanks for the restaurant recommendations 🙂

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      June 13, 2016 at 10:33 PM

      Nanotice din kita haha! Good to hear na uwi ka ng Davao. Hope you’ll visit the restaurants I recommended haha! Ingat! 😀

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    Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's
    June 14, 2016 at 12:18 AM

    Yes I’m hungry now! The Major Major has me drooling 😛 I probably won’t be visiting Davao anytime soon, but these look like such delicious places to eat! DimYum is such a clever name 😛 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

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      June 14, 2016 at 11:33 AM

      Major major is like the cake version of Rocky road ice cream. Very delicious! You should visit Davao, Audrey! hehe 🙂

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    Mikie Sato
    June 14, 2016 at 2:56 AM

    The cakes look so delicious! :))


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      June 14, 2016 at 11:32 AM

      Really delicious, Mikie! Thanks for dropping by!

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    June 14, 2016 at 5:18 AM

    That kimbab from Seoul Ga restuarant looks soo nice! I’m a huge fan of Korean food hehe :’) I like your reviews, thanks for sharing these nice restaurants~


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      June 14, 2016 at 11:32 AM

      Sure Nana! And yes the kimbap’s so delicious, it exceeded my expectation 😀

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    June 14, 2016 at 7:47 AM

    This post makes me want to eat. Hahaha. I would love to visit and experience dining in Davao, so thanks for these food recommendations ♥

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      June 14, 2016 at 11:31 AM

      Yes you should visit Davao someday, Hazel, you’ll love it here hehe 😉

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    June 14, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    karon lang ko kabalo na nag-close na diay ang Caitlyn’s. hihi 😀 but thanks for sharing this bia. out of 5, isa pa lang akong na-try dinha. hehe 😀 wonder why you will leave Davao soon. hihi.

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      June 14, 2016 at 4:06 PM

      Yes sayang yung Caitlyn’s, pero andyan naman si DimYum parehos lang yung menu haha. I’ll be leaving Davao because of work. Sa Cebu kasi ako magwork huhu 🙁

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    June 14, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    Now I am hungry ! HAHAHA. Nakakagutom na pictures and words pa lang. Thanks for the tips Bi :))) and GodBless sa Cebu. I hope you could share in this blog too some places na nice puntahan sa Cebu… :)))

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      June 14, 2016 at 4:31 PM

      Thanks Leene! Will really do that soon. Enjoy your resto hoping! 😀

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    Parie Joshi
    June 15, 2016 at 4:13 AM

    ALL THE FOOD. You have made me so hungry!

    Parie x

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      June 15, 2016 at 11:48 AM

      Thanks for dropping by Parie! Sorry for making you hungry though. haha 😉

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    June 16, 2016 at 1:17 AM

    Ohh my goodness! All of the food looks mouthwatering! I need to remember these if I ever visit!


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    June 17, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    I haven’t tried any of those restaurants yet. This is perfect since i’ve been wanting to try new ones only problem is i dont have a good sense of direction lol. I’ve tried korean restos so far, all of them serve really good food and kits of side dishes! Seoul Ga i think is just near the ones i already tried: gui gui and the one across it. lol that’s why i dont do reviews. i dont even bother remembering the names :D.

    Anyways great to be here, its my first time. Hope to see more posts soon 🙂

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    Janine Ella
    June 19, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    The food were all so mouthwatering! You had me at those sinfully delicious cakes! I have always wanted to go to Davao pero alam mo na, andami pang mas dapat unahin kaysa makapagtravel ako nang malayo. Hopefully soon I can go out of Cebu na! 😀

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    June 21, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    Wow. Looks delish, Bia! Nagutom ako sa post mo.

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    June 29, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    I get so hungry just watching these pictures. 🙁 Davao indeed has a lot of dining spots waiting to be discovered, and I can’t wait to go there someday! I know it’s something my tummy will definitely appreciate 😉

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    November 27, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    The food looks delish! Can’t wait to explore Davao! 🙂
    Xx Nikaia / http://www.wheresnika.com

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