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 ValencianaFor 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.