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Davao Food Crawl at Cuencos Rice and Noodle Bar

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My last stop with the Davao Food Crawl was at Cuencos Rice and Noodle Bar located at Tulip Drive in Matina, Davao City. It is in the building right across the entrance gate of Fuente de Villa-Abrille Subdivision.IMG_20190317_180146

It is a clean and cozy homegrown resto which for me is one ideal option good for Sunday dinner with your family. It’s your go to restaurant in the neighborhood when you crave for Asian rice and noodle dishes served in a bowl.

The word CUENCOS is Spanish for earthenware bowls. The idea behind Cuencos is to bring a certain comfort in serving familiar and flavorful food in bowls. Perhaps this has to do with how we learned to eat in a bowl or when we sip warm soup to make us feel better that serving food in “cuencos” just brings it right at home.

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I spotted a family of three who dined in when we were there. A nice place to spend dinner and quiet time as we are about to end the weekend.

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We had the whole resto to ourselves for awhile when I took this photo shortly before dinner time that Sunday.

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Spotted a foodpanda rider or delivery guy. Actually spotted three different riders who picked up food orders when we were there.

I actually like sometimes dining in a resto where there are no other customers. Just me and my boys enjoying our food without any noise from other diners. Especially on a Sunday night when you just wanna relax for the last few hours of the weekend before another week of hustle and bustle especially during school weekdays.

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The vibe perhaps may be a little different during weekdays especially going to the weekend when there are more people dining in.

We were able to rest while waiting as they cooked the dishes they served us.
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For their Noodle Bowls, this bowl of Pad Thai (P170) was the first dish they served. It partly satisfied my craving for one which I have in mind for quite sometime now.

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It can good for one if you are really craving for one or good for sharing with a friend who wants a taste of Thailand as a friend would joke me with. *wink* Pad Thai is a stir-fried noodle dish and a known street food or resto food in Thailand.

For their Rice Bowls, they served us this bowl of Nasi Lemak (P185), a Malaysian inspired rice dish cooked in coconut milk

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Bistek Tagalog (P195) served with rice and egg topped with chopped spring onion leaves and a few onion rings.

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We wish to try to visit them again with my boys and try their other rice and noodle bowl dishes. Also wanna try their specials the mee goreng of fried egg noodles with sambal. Plus the desserts – leche flan with sago, and that fried suman with mango slices and latik that I saw on Instagram way before. Till our next visit.

They are with foodpanda, by the way, if ever you prefer to dine at the comfort of your home or when in your office.

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Hoping though that they become included in our list of restos in the foodpanda app. I actually sent an email to the foodpanda support but got no reply yet until now for a request to have them stretch out the list to those as far as Cuencos since I have one resto listed in MTS The Good Food Co which is actually beyond the standard distance range under the app.

Cuencos is open from 11AM – 2PM and 5PM – 10PM DAILY.

Davao Food Crawl at The Good Food Co

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One of my fave home grown restos in our Davao Food Crawl is perhaps The Good Food Co. (TGFC).  I enjoyed our time tasting and eating good food with the company of fun foodie friends.

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The Good Food Co. is a Filipino-Western Fusion restaurant that aims to bring Good Food and Great Company in Davao City.
#GoodFoodGreatCompany

TGFC offers choices of good food using quality ingredients from suppliers that are within Davao City and Mindanao. It is a good thing that our local homegrown restos such as them love and support local producers and their products.

Dessert comes first… and since it was around mid afternoon when we were there, I went to taste their Mango and Graham Crepe first. For the love of dessert with mango!

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It has been awhile since I had  freshly made crepe with slices of delicious mango. It was good dessert and perfect for summer time. This one is good for sharing unless you want to indulge in this dessert all on your own.

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The crepe dessert is served with their own home made ice cream.

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Home made vanilla ice cream was gone fast as it was passed around for everyone to taste. They have no stock at that time of their oreo ice cream. I will be back with my boys sometime to try that one. 🙂

For appetizers at TGFC, you can try these…

Buffalo Chicken Wings covered in buffalo hot sauce to spice up your dining adventures with your foodie friends.

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Chicken Quesadilla best to share with friends and family while chatting and catching up on each of your day’s stories. I actually enjoyed these one.
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I ate these chips below alternately with their quesadilla. They have a good dip for it too called aioli or garlic mayo which I assume is made of mashed garlic with mayonnaise and olive oil.

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For pasta lovers, they have these choices for you…

TGFC Carobonara using linguine pasta in a cream sauce topped with bacon bits and parmesan cheese. This is a classic fave pasta  especially by the younger ones.

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Pomodoro with slow simmered tomato sauce topped with basil.

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Aglio y Olio is their classic Italian spaghetti with garlic, shrimp and olive oil. Topped with parmesan cheese. Simple yet delicious!

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I enjoyed these pasta dishes but perhaps the quintessential pasta dish of their aglio y olio was my fave during this particular visit.

Their classic creamy Mushroom Soup with their own twist was the one I kept on getting perhaps most on our visit too.

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I had a craving for one which I satisfied by making at home recently. But I guess this soup got me going as I listened to my companions chatting the afternoon away while we were waiting to go to the next resto.

Seafood Garlic Fricassee is a classic French dish with creamy white sauce. IMG_20190317_162359

TGFC used a mix of seafood instead of the usual chicken.  It is creamy. This dish got me with its creamy sauce.

 For your main course, enjoy their Braised Pork BBQ Ribs. This has been braised for 6 hours and covered in TGFC original barbecue sauce. Served with rice and house salad as a side dish.
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Speaking of salad, when you crave for something healthy and with less guilt, have the TGFC Caesar Salad with grilled chicken breast in cajun seasoning.

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It’s indeed nice to be back in TGFC as this was something I looked forward to in our food crawl! Good food and fun company… what can you ask for? Consistent good food of course for every loyal TGFC customer!

The warm welcome of the very friendly Chef Rolando “Choy” Cebro Lildo III (middle) at TGFC was really appreciated. He also warmly welcomed us in Blah Blah Blah during a previous visit which made a very good impression.

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Because as a customer, you would love dining in a resto especially a proudly home grown Davao resto where the chef enjoys cooking the food and serving that food to diners and loyal customers. The staff are also friendly which I hope remains consistent through and through.

TGFC has mostly the same menu as their Blah Blah Blah resto in JJ’s Commune in Loyola Street of Obrero, except that Blah3x has steak and other dishes not with TGFC menu. So if you are from the south, there is reason to visit and dine their new resto in Obrero too.

Check out the catering packages by the way of TGFC.

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The Good Food Co is located at Row of Restaurants 3 in Matina Town Square (MTS), in Matina, Davao City. It’s on the right side row upon entering the inner part of MTS.

As a GCash user, I was happy to see this at the resto entrance. For those into convenient and cashless payments when dining out.
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Their cute and nicely decorated stairs makes me think always of feeling at home in a cozy home-grown resto.

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Follow Facebook and Instagram accounts of @thegoodfoodco and @blah3xPH to get updates especially when they have promos like the buy 1 take 1 on all their main course dishes recently plus their graduation and summer promos.

Davao Food Crawl at Katsu Country

Katsu Country is one homegrown Davao City resto that has been memorable for me because of its beautifully lit interiors especially at night and its design making it a cozy place to dine in with your family, friends, colleagues, fellow foodies, your special someone or even alone on your own solo foodtrip for a taste of Japan right here in the city.

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They serve Japanese inspired cuisine specializing on tonkatsu dishes.  They are loved by their regular diners for their katsu and desserts aside of course from the nice and soothing ambiance in the resto.

When we dined there for the Davao Food Crawl by the Davao Digital Influencers, I first had dessert. Yes as my food blogger idol’s blog name says – dessert comes first!

Their Cheese Gyoza (P120) is a simple yet delightful cheesy fried gyoza dish you can enjoy eating and sharing with a good friend. It is served with real tomato sauce. As they would say it will remind you of a childhood fave snack. What do you have in mind? Let me know. 🙂

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Katsu Country is known in Davao as the home of the Shibuya Toast, a beautiful dessert that is meant to be shared with a friend.

They have flavor variants for this dessert. One of which is the Choco Hazelnut – chocolate spread with chocolate balls. Even just by looking at it, you could already taste its delightful chocolate flavor. May I ask how many minutes will it take you to take snaps of this for Instagram? Don’t make it wait for too long. Or perhaps your friends will be digging in even before your done. Indulge in it before the ice cream melts my dear foodie friends.

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Then they also have the Strawberry Shibuya Toast. I agree with many of you that this one is beautiful and too pretty to eat as some would say!

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Its is their house-made toast served with honey syrup and vanilla ice cream. This one has slices of preserved strawberries.

Snap right away for Instagram, save it for posting later and immediately indulge in this beautiful dessert. It is meant to be enjoyed in your mouth and not just for a feast for your foodie eyes.

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Other choices are original honey with cream cheese, blueberry, or peaches and creamcheese.

They also have other desserts such as the matcha overload (an old fave), matcha cheesecake, chocolate cheesecake, black sesame sans rival, brownie ala mode and other desserts to choose from.

Close your eyes and savor the flavor of these desserts.

Done with desserts first, I next tried their best seller Menchi Katsu Burger (P190).

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This one for me is meant to be shared as well. It is breaded and deep friend juicy ground beef patty with fresh lettuce and shredded cabbage in between burger buns that are house-made. The potato chips served on the side are also house-made. I enjoyed the taste of the beef patty. If you are craving for a burger, then try this one at Katsu!

The Shrimp Katsu was right beside me on the table. I wouldn’t miss tasting this one for sure. It has 4 pieces of breaded succulent prawns served with squash croquette hidden underneath the prawns and shredded cabbage.

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The Okonomiyaki (P139) is what they call the Japanese pizza, a healthier version of pizza for me.

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This one is made with bacon, eggs and cabbage. It is drizzled with their house made tonkatsu sauce and Japanese mayo.

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A new fave dish that night was their Tomatodon. A simple yet delightful katsu with their signature tomato sauce and cheese makes this dish, as they call it, a fusion of Japanese and Italian.

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It has added sauteed ingredients. This is meant for those who loves tomato and katsu together.

When looking for drinks to enjoy at Katsu Country, they have handcrafted milkshakes.

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Perk up your day with sweetness from this Coffee Caramel Milkshake, a mixed drink of aromatic coffee, milk and velvety cream. Topped with rich caramel.

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Strawberry Banana Milkshake, a refreshing taste of banana and strawberry combined. Though the banana taste overpowered the strawberry with this one we had. Not bad at all since I love to eat bananas and I love milk shakes. Without the cream topping, this one is good after being out there under the summer heat. If in season, you can enjoy Davao’s King of fruits, durian milkshake when it is available.

Now this one is last but not the least. Their red iced tea that refreshed and quenched my thirst that day.

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Katsu Country Resto

“A Japanese inspired café, specializing on tasty tonkatsu dishes.
This katsuretsu and café brings you to the trendy streets
& fun culture of Harajuku!”

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It has a nice and modern design for its facade.  You can see the resto located in the ground floor and view the furniture office of the owner Architect EJ Pasia.

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This bike which is now covered with vines with flowers greets you “Welcome” as you arrive at and about to enter the resto.

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The first time my boys and I dined there was way back in May 2017 when they had just opened for more than a month. I could still remember that my boys and I enjoyed sharing their matcha overload dessert during that foodtrip. I got to chat online with the owner then, the talented architect named EJ Pasia. I just got to meet the owner personally recently during our visit at the resto. It’s nice to be back to this resto and this time with fellow Davao foodies and food bloggers from DDI for the ongoing Davao Food Crawl.

I love the ambiance especially when dining there at night.

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My fave spot inside the resto since we first visited it…

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This below is the inner part of the resto.

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Katsu Country has a small function room that can accommodate  around 8-12 persons. Rate is at P3,500 consumable.

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The lamp hanging there above the table is by Kenneth Cobonpue, a famous Filipino industrial designer from Cebu.

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Loving their cool decorated menu books covers.

#KatsuCountry is located at the ground floor of Junction Building at
1059 Emilio Jacinto Extension, Poblacion District, Davao City.  It is across Mercury Drug Arellano branch and near Central Bank.

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They are open from 11:00AM to 9:30PM all week long Monday to Sunday. For reservations, contact mobile number: 0995 478 5305.

I hope they will become part of foodpanda too soon. While dining there at the resto is really nice, sometimes we can’t have time to actually go there but would love to enjoy their food at home.

We had a side trip and quick tour of EJ Pasia’s furniture office just above the resto.

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Arch. EJ Pasia designed the awesome Pakighinabi Hall of the Calungsod – San Vitores Jesuit – Lay Collaboration Center, Jacinto Campus of Ateneo De Davao University. I may have not seen it with my own eyes but looking at the photos online, it is an awesome work by a talented architect indeed.

It was nice to have that quick tour. If you followed @Davaofoodtrip on Instagram, you must have seen my IG stories of that tour.

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He designed what is called the Pompom chair which is seen inside the #PBBOtso house of Big Brother. It is outside near the ladies room. Also that big colorful sofa chair inside the PBB confession room.

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Follow him at @EJPasiaFurniture on Facebook.

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