February 16, 2012

DINING: Dos Mestizos, Davao

Food lovers in bustling Davao City have another reason to celebrate. An authentic Spanish restaurant from Boracay is the new welcome addition to the burgeoning culinary choices scattered like gems all over this progressive city.

The softly lit restaurant framed by tall windows open to a manicured lawn right by the shores of the Davao Gulf in Pearl Farm Marina. Strains of mellow tunes greet the diners and set the mood for dining and relaxation.






Dos Mestizos was first conceived in Boracay in 1997 by Juan Carlos Remedios with another Spanish mestizo – Jose Ramon Nieto – thus the “Dos”. The “Mestizos” came from their proud Filipino-Spanish blood and heritage.

In the early 90's, Juan Carlos, also known as Binggoy to friends felt fortunate enough to come back to the Philippines after 15 years abroad from the U.S, Europe and the Middle East working for different food service companies. He is a beach person and understandably fell in love with Boracay. Davao is where he went to grade school and high school and has many friends that he grew up with and has not seen in 40 years. A childhood friend Tonyboy F. invited him to Davao and he felt good to be back.

As the owners and cooks are Spanish mestizos, they bring to the table classic Castillan dishes passed on to them by their grandparents. Even as they derive their cuisine from Spain, many of these dishes are from the northern region – the Basque country where many Spanish-Filipino comes from, so they have dishes that are very familiar to the Filipino taste like the lengua estofada, bacalao vizcaina, and callos to name a few.

Callos con garbanzos

Pollo al Ajillo

Lomo de Vaca ala Pobre

The four-week old roasted piglet, the cochinillo, and their very fresh seafood dishes; dorado fish fillet in parsley sauce (salsa verde), sopa de Mariscos are a must have. Paella of course is a bestseller. Green salad is also very popular as they grow organic produce such as different types of lettuce, coriander, parsley etc. in their own organic farm located in Nabaoy near the airport of Caticlan.

Paella Valenciana
For the first-time diners to Dos Mestizos, Binggoy, highly recommends the tapas while having sangria and to highlight the night with their famous seafood paella. For dessert, you can cap off the meal with bread pudding glazed in a light natilla sauce.

EDIT UPDATE: For reservations and inquiries, you may contact them at (082) 234-6987.

16 comments:

  1. NAGLAWAY ko My. :( i need this COMFORT FOOD! Huhuhuhu.

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    1. Aww!:-( Paluto ka na lang muna ng paella ni tita, tas pagdating mo dito, dalhin ka namin dyan with matching cochinillo pa, promise!:-)

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  3. TINY KITCHEN PAELLA is better.

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    1. Tiny Kitchen is actually owned by my uncle, and you're right, the food there too is delicious and worth writing home about. Here's our rave on that charming resto: http://www.lakwatserangbayong.com/search?q=tiny+kitchen

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  4. wow! food looks so yummy! :D Thanks for the infos!

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    1. Authentic and delicious:) Happy to share! Thanks for dropping by.

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  5. call me a moron...but where in the city is this? :)

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    1. Haha not a moron, a lot of people doesn't know where it is too. It's at Lanang Beach Club, the take off point for Pearl Farm Resort:-)

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  6. hi would you happen to have the telephone number of this lovely restaurant?

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  7. Try the bagnet of The Bagnetian Kitchen in Obrero

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  8. Thank you for featuring us on your article. Looking forward to seeing you again.

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