After a sumptuous merienda at Dencio's Kamayan, we hopped in our designated vans and drove all the way to the Grand Regal Hotel, which is just five minutes away. My companions from Manila even complained that the ride was too short and they were expecting a 30-40 minute ride from Dencio's. Palibasa, busog pa kami, puno pa ang mga compartments ng tiyan namin!
But it's not an excuse though since this is just the beginning of our gluttonous affair!
After minutes of waiting at the lobby, a tall middle-aged man wearing the hotel's uniform and his long toque greeted us. Obviously, he was the hotel's head chef. Ladies and gentleman, meet Chef Ed Chavez. *clap clap clap*
|Hola, Chef Ed!|
Originally from Luzon, Chef Ed traveled all the way to Davao to share his expertise. During the informal interview, he told us that Davao is a very rich place in terms of resources. Everything is accessible most especially in food sources.
And for this particular food tour, he allowed us to taste his three specialties namely: Pork Dinakdakan, Grand Regal Crab with Sardines and Tomatoes and the Fiesta Pompano.
|Grand Regal Crab with Sardines and Tomatoes|
Pork Dinakdakan is made up of pork belly, pork brain and pork ears and face mixed with mayonnaise, tomatoes, chili and onions. If I'm not mistaken, Dinakdakan is a famous Ilocano cuisine. I've tried it and it was really delicious! I really loved how the pork and mayonnaise filled my palate with a sweet, delicate taste.
The Grand Regal Crab has a generous amount of tomato sauce. More so, the crabs were also filled with sardines! Everyone seemed to enjoy it except me; I am not allowed to eat it as I am allergic to crabs. Yeah, I know right. My life sucks.
The Fiesta Pompano is my favorite - tilapia fish filled with diced onions, tomatoes, green mango, radish and ginger. The taste was also great!
I personally loved the fusion of Luzon and Davao cuisines. Chef Ed is indeed creative to think of new concepts. We were truly satisfied with what we have eaten at Montmartre Cafe.
Pronounced as Moe-mart. Sosyal diba!
This is the Sooo Pinoy Series. Read more of my posts related to my first Sooo Pinoy Food Trip Tour here: