And the oinkfest continues.
The second day of DFAT 2016 was made even more exciting as we continued our gastronomic adventure at Chez Nous (pronounced as shey-nou), formerly known as Chippen’s Cafe. It is a charming and cozy cafe restaurant that serves international fusion cuisine (that’s the new trend in food these days).
Coined by Chef Chino San Jose, Chez Nous is French for “our home”. The name is derived from his advocacy of serving delicious quality international dishes from locally sourced ingredients. Hence, the tagline, “think global, eat local”.
Chef Chino wants his patrons to taste delectable dishes that are not usually served and prepared at home. His bestsellers include: Beef Bourguignonne, a classic French dish that, although unheard of in the Philippines, is considered an all-time favorite all over the world; Marbled Ribeye Steak, delicious big portion of Australian marbled rib eye with signature mushroom gravy at a very generous price of just Php 350 and Malaysian Laksa, which won 2nd place in Unilever’s Chefmanship Academy for Best Soup.
At first, you might think that Chez Nous’s dishes are expensive, and exquisite fine dining masterpieces but as Chef Chino emphasizes, he wants his restaurant to be a place that everyone can afford and try.
Here are some of the dishes that you should try at Chez Nous (also my personal favorites):
|Cajun Shrimps with Mango Mousse and Salsa|
|Beer Batter Calamari and Onion Ring w/ Garlic Aioli Dip|
|Seared Tuna Nicoise Salad|
|The award-winning Malaysian Laksa|
|Honey Barbecue Ribs|
|Triple Layer Smooth as Silk Chocolate Mousse|
|Triple Berry Pannacota|
After the amazing gastronomic affair with Chez Nous, we went to Kai Artisan Chocolates where we sampled gourmet chocolates and confections. Kai Artisan Chocolates is a delectable creations made from the finest chocolates from Europe and the best local ingredients Kai can source.
Kai Artisan Chocolates
The Kai Artisan Pinya-Kasuy Gourmet Bars and dried Mangoes dipped in Belgian Chocolate have become popular pasalubong. And oh, their white chocolate matcha IS THE BOMB!!!
Lachi’s Sans Rival Atbp.And for dinner, we went to DFAT’s staple participant (haha). Ever since I joined this food tour, Lachi’s has been supportive to Davao Food Appreciation Tour. When in Lachi’s don’t forget their Unforgettable Pork Ribs (pun not intended), Spicy Tofu with Egg, Laing, and Asian Spicy Chicken.
|Unforgettable Pork Ribs|
|Asian Spicy Chicken|
For desserts, you should try their Symphony Torte, Durian Sans Rival, creme brûlée, silvanas, and of course, their GREEN TEA CHEESECAKE!!!
Davao Pub Crawl
And to cap off the night, we went around the city to try the Pub Crawl, sponsored and spearheaded by DOT (Department of Tourism) Davao. As we all know, Davao has a strict implementation of the 1AM liquor ban. Despite that, we Davaoeños still drink like there’s no tomorrow… only that we are more disciplined than others (hihi). We first tried Huckleberry’s locally flavored white rum. Local flavors include: santol, mangosteen, sili, mango, pineapple, and a whole lot more. After that, we walked for two blocks away and drank local and international beers at Beer Avenue (Legazpi Suites). I finally had the chance to chug a bottle of ice cold Budweiser (nom nom my favorite beer in the whole world). And before the clock strikes at midnight, we finished the tour with Primo Cafe’s mojito (surprisingly refreshing albeit nakakalasing lol).
Thank you DOT Davao for the tour!
DFAT 2016’s not yet through, so stay tuned for more!