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16 Restaurants You Must Try When In Davao, Bacolod, or Cebu

You don't have to look too far for a gourmet trip.
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BACOLOD

Felicia’s Pastry Café


Renowned for its beautiful cakes and humongous ensaymada, it also impresses with a savory range. 6th Lacson Street, DOLL Building, Bacolod, +034.709.1123

Aboy’s Restaurant


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Filipino comfort food at its best, this grill is a favorite among locals. The boneless bangus, sizzling marlin, and liempo are top picks. Singcang, Liroville Subdivision; +034.435.0760

Manokan Country


You’re spoilt for choice at this collective of unassuming kubo-style restaurants purveying chicken inasal, best paired with sinamak (Ilonggo vinaigrette) and extra chicken oil. Sarsa chef JP Anglo heads straight for Bernadette’s stall. Father M. Ferrero Street corner Rizal Street.

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21 Restaurant

A culinary institution for the past 30 years, 21 inevitably comes up when discussing native dishes, including batchoy (noodle soup). Their bestselling recipe comes with the option of additional egg, bone marrow, and chicharon. Lacson Street; +034.433.4096

Sharyn’s Cansi House
Famed for serving the tastiest cansi, or sour broth of beef and bone marrow. Capitol Shopping Center, Narra Avenue; +034.433.1374

CEBU

Little Saigon Big Bangkok


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Owners Mark and Carmel Almadrones are passionate about Thai cuisine, and it shows in their faultless executions of banh xeo, mieng kham, and pork bahn mi. 1 Paseo Saturnino Drive, Banilad; 0932.258.6000

Oriental Spice Gourmet
Exemplary service and dishes prepared by Malaysian chef Cyril, who spent a decade at the highly rated Wagamama chain in London. Basak, Lapu Lapu; +032.406.0814

Tymad Bistro


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A pâtisserie, crêperie, boulangerie, and bistro in one cozy space. The authenticity of its French fare is courtesy of amiable chef Philippe Etienne. Paseo Saturnino, Cebu City; +032.239.7385

Anzani



For a memorable night, head to this elegant fine dining venue in the countryside with romantic city views and its own cocktail and dessert bar. Panorama Heights, Nivel Hills, Lahug; +032.232.7375

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Beqaa
From the owners of the successful Abaca, Tavolata, Maya, and Phat Pho come a new Middle Eastern restaurant worthy of a detour. Design Center of Cebu, A.S. Fortuna at P. Remedio Street +032.238.5539

The Pig & Palm
Together with his Manila-born head chef, Tim de la Cruz, whom he met in London after de la Cruz was a contestant on MasterChef UK, the pair has created a menu that offers thoughtful yet approachable dishes using mostly locally sourced ingredients. Negros Road, Cebu City, +032.355.8249

DAVAO

Harana Native Restaurant


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The oldest family-style restaurant that serves authentic Davao sugba and kinilaw. F. Torres Street, +382.227.3937

Osvaldo’s Cakes
Try the blue cheese, honey, and fig cheesecake and the green tea cake at this open kitchen-style pastry shop. Door 2, Casa Panolee Building, Loyola Street, Obrero; 0932.428.4070

RBG Bar & Grill
Its chef likes to use local ingredients like mangosteen to make sinigang. Other favorites are the bihod rice and imbao pasta. Park Inn by Radisson Davao, J.P. Laurel Avenue, Lanang; +382.272.7600

Hanoi
The rest of the menu is rather ordinary, but you must go for the Vietnamese garlic and butter crabs. Abreeza Mall Davao, Abreeza Ayala Business Park, J.P. Laurel Avenue, Lanang, 285.2997

Huckleberry Southern Kitchen and Bar


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Found on the ground floor of a beautiful two-story heritage house, Huckleberry specializes in the cuisine of the American South, with a bit of Mexican and Creole soul food thrown in for good measure. Oboza Compound, J.P. Rizal corner Bangoy Streets, Davao City; (082)285.2586, 0927.685.4195

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