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Davao City Eats: Claude’s le Cafe de Ville

I was thinking about not posting about our dinner at Claude’s since all my food shots were beyond crappy, but it was our best meal in Davao and deserves to be remembered.

Claude’s le Cafe de Ville was highly recommended to us by our friend Greg.  Run by Chef Claude le Neindre, the restaurant occupies the Oboza family’s ancestral home.

The house has been around since 1929, and is rich in character and history.   Word is that the family’s patriarch Alfonso Obloza was the city’s first mayor, and that former Philippine Presidents Manuel L. Quezon and Manuel Roxas have visited here.

Our meal begins with a lot of bread.

Faye recommended the pate with caramelized onions (served with a basket of bread) and it was the bomb!  Sinful, amazing, delicious!

We had soups.

Salad with breaded goat cheese.

Dry-aged ribeye.


Osso bucco.


And creme brulee.

Everything we ordered was good, and the pate and the French onion soup were to die for!  I would go back to this restaurant in a heartbeat.  It’s a beautiful place for special occasions, and they also private rooms for small groups.

John and I, Faye and Kaloy

A big  THANK YOU to the newlyweds for treating us to a wonderful dinner! 

CLAUDE’S LE CAFE DE VILLE, 29 Rizal Street, Paseo de Habana, Davao City, TELEPHONE (082) 222.4287

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Davao City Eats: Tsuru

Our last day in Davao, John and I decided to have lunch at Tsuru.

It was high noon on a Saturday, but we were the only diners in the entire restaurant.

We had crispy salmon skin — so good it was all gone in 60 seconds.

Some kind of spicy/creamy tuna sushi.  Also good.

I usually love tofu, but these cubes barely had any taste. 

And they were served with tempura sauce instead of the usual thick, sweet sauce.  Not a marriage made in heaven.

The gyuniku teppanyaki was basic and satisfactory.

And the beef short ribs grilled on the spot were tender and lovely, but way overpriced for the tiny serving (by Davao standards and actually even Manila standards).

Greg said they have a popular buffet every 15th and 30th of each month; too bad we were there too early to try!

TSURU, J. Camus Street, Davao City, TELEPHONE (082) 221.0901 or 225.4501

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Davao City Eats: Kusina Selera, Osvaldo’s, 147 Beer Avenue, and Calda Pizza

The Legaspi Suites compound was my favorite place for dinner and after-dinner while we were in Davao.

Legaspi Suites is a hotel of sorts, and one can get a room on the second, third, or fourth floors for only P1,995 for 2 persons.  The ground floor is a courtyard populated with establishments such as Kusina Selera, Osvaldo’s, 147 Beer Avenue, and Calda Pizza.

We had a nice dinner at Kusina Selera, which serves hearty Filipino fare.


Crispy tadyang – hits the spot

Tuna sisig – a hit!

Paella Selera – yum!  (This was more like bagoong rice than paella)

 Salabat + Lipton tea

Loved the tuna sisig and their version of paella! 

KUSINA SELERA, G/F Legaspi Suites compound, Davao City, TELEPHONE (082) 221 2695

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After dinner, we walked to Osvaldo’s, which was just next door.

I’m not even sure if this is really a bake shop or a cooking school.  It just looks like your usual kitchen, and there is a door leading to a small back office.

In one corner of the kitchen, you’ll find a single chiller filled with cakes.

We tried 4 different cakes, and for each slice of cake, you get a free cup of coffee.

Red velvet

Chocolate fudge

Caramel cheesecake with almonds

Carrot cake

Tasting portions

The red velvet and chocolate were just okay, but the cheesecake was dense and good, and the carrot cake was supermoist and amazing!  Osvaldo’s also takes orders for fresh-baked goodies such as brown bread, banana loaves, and sticky cinnamon buns.

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The next evening, after Kaloy and Faye’s wedding reception, we found ourselves back in Legaspi Suites.  The boys got beer at 147 Beer Avenue, and we munched on pizza.  This time we sat outside.

You can’t tell from the blurry photo above, but the pizza was huge!  Even bigger than our table.

Calda Pizza gives you a lot of bang for your buck.  We ordered a Succulenta, which was topped with anchovies, mushrooms, olives, capers, and roasted garlic.  Only P540 for a 20-inch pizza, and it was a good one too!  John and I have also tried their other pizzas at their Collective Malugay outlet.

Oh and there was an earthquake our first night there!  We literally felt the earth sway for 10-15 minutes or so.  Everybody was standing around in the courtyard waiting for the quake to pass.

LEGASPI SUITES, 115 P. Pelayo Street (formerly Legaspi Street), Davao City

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Davao City Eats: Dencia’s

Our very first lunch in Davao City was at a place called Dencia’s, just steps away from our hotel.

Our friend Greg says that Dencia’s is a Davao City institution, and he should know because Davao is practically his second home.

What we ate:

Lechon paksiw

Butter fried chicken — our new favorite.  So good!

Camaron rebosado (their version) — our second favorite


Fried rice

And coffee with a shotglass of evaporated milk on the side

Dencia’s is famous for their arroz caldo and tokwa’t baboy, so we went back to the restaurant the next day just to try.

John and I both enjoyed our arroz caldos!

We ate all of our tokwa but left the baboy untouched.  John asked the waitress what kind of pork it was exactly and she said “pig’s head.”

All in all, Dencia’s is a great place for simple but delicious lunch or merienda.  I highly recommend the butter fried chicken and crispy shrimp!

DENCIA’S, General Luna Street, Davao City, Philippines, TELEPHONE (082) 226.4336


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