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Mommy Gaya Restaurant by Eden’s at LaVerna Hills Subdivision


Mommy Gaya Restaurant by Eden’s is a nice and cozy new restaurant located at San Francisco Street in LaVerna Hills Subdivision, Buhangin, Davao City.


This new resto which opened last September 12, 2018 is a great choice for those living in and around Buhangin area in the city. Perfect for family gatherings and special occasions. It is a perfect choice if you don’t want to go far, avoid traffic or don’t want to go to the malls or downtown area just to dine out with family or friends.


It is nice to find a cozy and beautiful place to dine with the family in this part of the city. I wish we have a place like this in our neighborhood too.



Last September 22, I visited the newly opened resto for the first time.  I was the first one to arrive at Eden’s by Mommy Gaya for an early lunch. I met Maam Joy or Maam Ligaya Roque who’s family owns Eden’s Lechon which has branches in Victoria Plaza Mall, Gaisano Mall and Robinson’s Supermarket in Abreeza Ayala Mall.


Eden’s Lechon which started in late 2000 is now called 4R’s Lechon ATBP as of 2016. Eden is Maam Joy’s sister Eden Guira, a known meat broker in Bankerohan Public Market and supplier of meat in supermarkets in Davao. They have another sister, Charito Bersabal.


Maam Joy was very accommodating and friendly. I enjoyed listening to her story of how she came about with the recipe of their popular puto bumbong that I loved to order in their stall in Robinson’s Abreeza.

While listening to her, I was also enjoying finishing this healthy bowl of quinoa with slices of fresh banana and mango. This is very filling for breakfast when you happen to be at Mommy Gaya’s.


Now going back to their puto bumbong… it is available all year round here in Davao and not just during Christmas season as you might expect it to be. Yes we get to enjoy Eden’s puto bumbong anytime of the year when the craving for it strikes.

At Mommy Gaya, they have their new version of serving the puto bumbong. It is being served along with slices of ripe mango and delicious macapuno.


Maam Joy said that this is best eaten as soon as it is served and that you should have each all three for each bite to enjoy the flavors combined in your mouth.  Well, take note of that when you order this. Just take one quick snap for Instagram and enjoy the puto bumbong immediately.

She also shared and showed to us an old video clip of her guesting at Luwag ni Ian with no less than the talented host Ian Ray Garcia. They were cooking puto taktak in this video, one of their popular kakanin product.

Here below was a quick photo snap of Maam Joy before we went on to enjoy lunch at Mommy Gaya’s as she was telling us to enjoy the food while it is still warm.



They serve not only plain rice at Mommy Gaya’s. They have pastil rice for only P25. Or have it served with fried egg all for P40.


Yes you can say, rice pa lang ulam na! Honestly, I can just have this for lunch. It is delicious and very filling already. Not to mention I finished the bowl of quinoa earlier.

Kare-kare is a specialty in Mommy Gaya’s. I like their kare-kare especially the sauce. They  serve it with bagoong, separately.


They also have this hearty serving of chop suey for those who love veggie dishes.  It can be good for 3-4 persons.  An order costs only P110.00.

Many of their customers who live in the neighborhood would drop by to order this dish for take out. My elder sister would love to order this dish if ever she will get to bring us here for our family gatherings. She loves chop suey and other veggie dishes.

The pancit is a fave Filipino dish for most families during gatherings for special occasions. This reminds me well of a fave pancit we used to order during Sunday family gatherings in our parents’ house.


My mom will love their sweet and sour fish. This is what she usually requests and orders when we have family gatherings on Sunday.


For chicken lovers, they have a few dishes to choose from including this delicious Chicken Inasal.



They also have pork sisig.


Indulge in tempura perhaps…


And of course, my fave dish during that lunch is Mommy Gaya’s really flavorful laing! One of the best laing in the city for me.


They served this very refreshing drink of fresh lemon, pineapple and cucumber. IMG_20180922_113627

I wish all restos who serve powdered drinks will serve this kind of real fresh fruit juices instead.

For dessert, they also serve cakes such as this red velvet cake and chocolate moist cake.


You can enjoy these with tea or coffee. They serve cafe amerciano, cafe latte, cafe mocha and cappuccino.


They also sell bread from their bakery just outside the resto.

So if you are looking for a new resto in Davao City to dine with the whole family especially when you have family gatherings or for special occasions, please do visit Mommy Gaya Restaurant by Eden’s at Block 10 Lot 17 Phase 3 San Francisco Street, Laverna Hills Subdivision, Buhangin, Davao City. It is near the St. Francis of Assisi Parish.

They are open from 8:00AM to 8:00PM.

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Archipelago 7107 by Barrio Fiesta in Davao at SM Lanang Premier

Finally Archipelago 7107 by Barrio Fiesta in Davao at SM Lanang had their grand opening, blessing and press launch last July 31, 2013.

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Know more about this Filipino restaurant…

When dining in a Filipino restaurant, we rarely get the full assortment of recipes we have in our country. The Philippines, being an archipelago, has a vast definition of Filipino cuisine. Filipinos from different parts of the country’s cluster of islands have been honing their own recipes and practicing different variations of a similar dish such as adobo and sinigang.

For years, most Filipino restaurants in the country serve only their perspective regional recipes. The north has the Kapampangan recipes which gave us Sisig and Pinakbet, the south has given us Inasal na Manok and Kanin sa Puso, but not many Filipino restaurants have given us all of these recipes under one roof.

Thus the idea of Archipelago 7107 by Barrio Fiesta was born. The concept is to serve selected authentic recipes from the north, south and anywhere in between the 7107 islands we have under one menu, therefore, giving the customer a wider range  of recipes to choose from than your normal Filipino restaurant. Aside from the loved Barrio Fiesta recipes, such as the Crispy Pata, Kare-kare, and Pinakbet, our Chef will offer rare delicacies from time to time to keep the menu interesting.

The ambiance is casual and chic, distancing from the traditional wooden and bamboo décor most Filipino restaurants are known for. Menu prices range at P120-P695 per dish, serving 2-4 people.

Archipelago 7107 by Barrio Fiesta is a brainchild of young entrepreneurs Antero Sison III, Carlo Lorenzana, Alberto Bacani, and Alan Bangco who teamed up with the third generation restaurateur Tyrone Ongpauco from the Barrio Fiesta chain of restaurants.

Archipelago 7107 by Barrio Fiesta will cater to families wanting to dine out and celebrate, and to young professionals wanting to unwind with friends after a successful day at work. After dinner, Archipelago 7107 transforms into a full blown lounge bar, eager to please the discerning partyphile. ~Archipelago 7107 by Barrio Fiesta

Archipelago 7107 by Barrio Fiesta in Davao at SM Lanang Premier

Finally Archipelago 7107 had their grand opening and blessing last July 31, 2013!

A flashback since I have not blogged about our first few foodtrips there with my two boys since… I remember the first time we visited Archipelago 7107 at SM Lanang last January 26, 2013 when it has just opened a few days back then on January 21 and was still on its soft opening phase. We immediately tried their crispy pata of course! It is one of their bestsellers that was recommended to me and it’s truly a must try dish there. It was truly crispy and delicious! A sinful delight for Pinoy foodies they say. My boys and I enjoyed our lunch that day and the first visit was truly worth it.

I remember seated on the next table were Ms. Debby Go, AVP for Mindanao Operations of SM Supermalls and Mr. Jerome Yeo, Assistant Mall Manager of SM Lanang Premier who were enjoying their Kare-Kare, another bestseller at Archipelago 7107, for their lunch. I also fondly recall Maam Debby asking me if I wanted to take a photo as well of the Kare-Kare they were having.

Speaking of Kare-Kare, I remember we really enjoyed eating the bagoong or shrimp paste that they serve it with which they make their very own fresh and delicious version. We can really say “sarap talaga!” when it’s freshly made compared to those bottled ones sold in the market.

During the grand opening, the two servings of bagoong was gone and sold out in a few minutes and they were generous to give us another serving. I remember months before that they were planning to sell this as well to customers who’ll love using and eating it at their own home.

During the first visit, we saw there Mr. Carlo Lorenzana, one of the owners who we have met a few times before at events at SumoSam and Cellar de Boca which are also his restos all in SM Lanang Premier. He warmly welcomed us into his newest restaurant venture. He also introduced us to another owner of the resto, Mr. Jay Sison who gave us an awesome treat and made us try their Laing on our next visit the following day then.

My husband and I remember we enjoyed their delicious and creamy version of laing. We were in a laing craze during that time too. We love eating this dish. Thank you again for that delicious laing treat!

Now sharing with you here are a few photos taken during the blessing and grand opening of Archipelago 7107.
Archipelago 7107 by Barrio Fiesta in Davao at SM Lanang Premier

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Archipelago 7107 by Barrio Fiesta in Davao at SM Lanang Premier

Archipelago 7107 by Barrio Fiesta in Davao at SM Lanang Premier

Archipelago 7107 by Barrio Fiesta in Davao at SM Lanang Premier

Archipelago 7107 by Barrio Fiesta in Davao at SM Lanang Premier

With the traditional coin shower or throwing of coins after the blessing and ribbon cutting.

Archipelago 7107 by Barrio Fiesta in Davao at SM Lanang Premier

The night went on with dinner served for all the guests which was accompanied by a live music performance. Here are photos of most of the food and drinks that we had…

Starting off with Nachos while we were still waiting for the event to start. I had their fresh four season fruit shake for my drink. It was delicious and since it is a healthy drink, we went for a second round!

Archipelago 7107 by Barrio Fiesta in Davao at SM Lanang Premier

One of the dishes that Barrio Fiesta and Archipelago 7107 are very known for and a fiesta can’t go without is Crispy Pata as part of the delicacies served.

Crispy Pata is a famous Filipino pork dish that uses a whole pig’s leg. The leg (or pata) is made tender by simmering in water along with other spices. It is then rubbed with seasonings and deep-fried until the texture becomes very crunchy.This dish can be eaten as a main dish along with pickled green papaya (atchara) and a dipping sauce made from soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, and chopped onions. It can also be served as beer food or “pulutan” – which is what Crispy Pata is popularly known for.

Another Popular Filipino dish is the Kare-Kare which is also a best seller at Archipelago 7107 by Barrio Fiesta. One of their must try dishes! Their peanut sauce is among the best I’ve tried. I could even just have that sauce, pour it on rice and don’t forget to have it with their very own made bagoong! “Pwedeng pwede na!” *wink*

Kare-kare is a Philippine stew. It is made from peanut sauce with a variety of vegetables, stewed oxtail, beef, and occasionally offal or tripe. Meat variants may include goat meat or (rarely) chicken and now even seafoods. It is often served and eaten with bagoong or shrimp paste. Traditionally, any Filipino fiesta (particularly in Pampanga region) is not complete without kare-kare. In some Filipino-American versions of the dish, oxtail is exclusively used as the meat.

Laing… a traditional Filipino vegetable recipe that originated from the Bicol region. It is a spicy vegetable dish cooked in coconut milk or gata. I tasted this one and it is still as creamy and delicious as I remember the first time we tried it. I was never into laing until I first tasted the dish (I heard of so many times before in my life) during the Sooo Pinoy food trip last year. Since then I would try all laing I’d find in any resto or food establishment as part of a foodie’s food trip adventure.

Bulalo Steak… the husband really loved this. It is one of his old faves after all.

Ilocano Rice… the best of the Ilocos region by combining bagnet, Vigan longganisa, salted egg, onions and tomatoes, topped on flavored rice.

Chicharong Bulaklak an old fave dish of my husband too.

Inihaw na Pusit

Garlic Chicken… especially for kids as this is what our little boy would have when we get to dine at Archipelago 7107.

Fried leche flan for dessert.

Sinalab Special (P610)… a collection of fresh seafood and assorted meats cooked and served in a kawayan tray. Serves 4-5 persons.

Mama Chit’s Special (P650)… a feast in a bilao as how the beloved Mama Chit would prepare it. A mini-fiesta in itself with fried hito, shrimps, fried lumpia, onion rings, grilled eggplant, fried banana (which I enjoyed eating!), and served with four dips to choose from. Serves 4-5 persons.

What’s inside the foil…

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These two orders – the Sinalab Special and Mama Chit’s Special were the last served to us for it took quite awhile to prepare this… but definitely those were not the least as they are two of the four (4) that completes Archipelago 7107’s Specialties aside from their Crispy Pata and Kare-Kare.With all these food we tasted, it was sure a feast for us and my fellow blogger friends. Thank you for the fiesta treat!

If you want to dine out here in Davao City and have a Filipino feast with your family and friends, visit Archipelago 7107 by Barrio Fiesta at the 2nd floor Fountain Court of SM Lanang Premier. It’s is just beside Cellar de Boca.

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