Eat-tinerary: Where to Eat in Davao

Exploring a city with resources suitable for agriculture and aquaculture can be an adventure all to itself–a gastronomical adventure, if I may say. Davao is among those places that would be worth taking a food trip to. Here are some of Davao’s good eats.

1. Durian

Davao is considered as the durian capital of the Philippines. Whether you like this fruit or not, when in Davao, there is no ignoring it. You can find durian (as well as other fruits) in every street corner. But I’ve been told the best place to get them is at Bangkerohan Market.

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2. Tuna

Davao is in close proximity to General Santos, a city known for exporting tuna throughout the world. Davao also has its fair share of good tuna. A popular tuna dish in the southern part of the Philippines is kinilaw, raw fish with a citrus dressing (similar to ceviche). I prefer to have it Japanese style (sashimi). Where to get it:

Luz Kinilaw Place, Quezon Boulevard

Marina Tuna, JP Laurel Ave

Ranchero, Ayala Abreeza Mall

Yellowfin Seafood Restaurant, JP Laurel Ave

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Tuna sashimi

3. Durian Coffee

A lot of things go well with coffee and I must say that durian is one of them. You just have to trust me on this. If you can’t tolerate the fresh fruit, try drowning it in coffee. Several coffee shops offer durian coffee. I got mine from Blugre at Ayala Abreeza Mall.

Durian arctic blast from Blugre. They also offer hot variations.
Durian arctic blast from Blugre. They also offer hot variations.

4. Crocodile Ice Cream

How many people can say they’ve had crocodile? At Davao Crocodile Park, they make their ice cream with crocodile egg.

Durian-flavored crocodile ice creams. Other flavors like chocolate and vanilla are also available.
Durian-flavored crocodile ice creams. Other flavors like chocolate and vanilla are also available.

5. Civet Coffee

This coffee is made from partially digested coffee berries collected from cat poop civet droppings. This type of coffee is very rare but because of the presence of civet cat in the Mt. Apo ranges, you can easily find it in Davao. It can be pricey but it tastes really good and not at all reminiscent of poop. You can find Mt. Apo Civet Coffee in food stalls within the Davao Crocodile Park compound.

Davao's award-wining civet coffee. I couldn't afford a jar. I had a cup of Americano.
Davao’s award-wining civet coffee. I couldn’t afford a jar. I had a cup of Americano.

6. Malagos Chocolate

Davao has large plantations of cacao (plant species where chocolate is made from) particularly in Malagos, Baguio District. Chocolate produced from Davao are export quality products ranging from chocolate bars to tableya (roasted cocoa beans pressed into coin-shaped tablets). Because these products are made from beans from a single locale, they have a more pronounced and distinctive taste. I can personally say that they are richer and less acidic than the ones we have here in Cebu.

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65% and 85% dark chocolate
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I got this from an airport concessionaire.
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Tableya. These are used for making hot chocolate.

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