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Montmartre Cafe of Grand Regal Hotel : Sooo Pinoy Davao Food Trip

June 25, 2012 – Sooo Pinoy Food Tour Day 1 in Davao City – Previous Post : Dencio’s Kamayan

As of this writing, I’m now here in Davao International Airport waiting for my flight back to Manila. I arrived here last June 25, 2012 to join fellow foodies in the Davao Leg of Sooo Pinoy Food Tour. After 5 days of visiting 6 restaurants per day, I decided to stay in Davao for 3 days more just to relax since I haven’t had any decent sleep yet since my Kuala Lumpur trip.

Pork Dinakdakan
Pork Dinakdakan

After enjoying delicious Ribs Espesyal at Dencio’s Kamayan, we proceeded to Grand Regal Hotel for another food tasting. Grand Regal Hotel was a familiar place to me, I used to stay in this hotel couple of years back when it was still called Mercure Hotel Davao.

We arrived too early in the venue and while Chef Edgar Chavez and his team is preparing for their featured Pinoy Dish, we stayed in the lobby while enjoying a cup of coffee.

Hot Chili Crab with Coconut Milk
Hot Chili Crab with Coconut Milk

For our visit, he prepared three Pinoy Dishes such as Pork Dinakdakan, Hot Chili Crab with Coconut Milk and the Fiesta Tilapia.

Pork Dinakdakan is a popular Ilokano dish which is made from grilled pork belly, pork brain and pork ears and face mixed with mayonnaise, tomatoes, chili and onions. Pork Dinakdakan is similar to sisig however dinakdakan’s pork ingredients are sliced in small slices compared to sisig which is chopped or cut in small cubes. Dinakdakan is usually prepared as an appetizer or “Pulutan” but it is also being served as a main dish and is paired with steamed rice.

sooo pinoy Fiesta Tilapia
Fiesta Tilapia

Chef Edgar’s Hot Chili Crab with Coconut milk is probably my favorite. I like the thick sauce that is made from coconut milk, garlic, butter and sardines in tomato sauce. The spiciness if tolerable though but I would be more happy if its more spicy.. hahaha  Forgive me… I guess it was just a hang over from Malaysian food.

Fiesta Tilapia was his last but not the least featured Sooo Pinoy Dish. Its plain and simple, a huge tilapia fish topped with diced onions, tomatoes, green mango, radish and ginger. For me, It taste more like a fish salad and I really liked it. Truly, some best tasting food are just easy to prepare.

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Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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