I love food as much as I love travel. And that trip to Dumaguete did not disappoint. The city is dotted with small restos and pubs, hidden in corners that serve surprisingly good food. So if you are planning to visit this quaint little place anytime soon, here are a few of the best food stops that you should not miss.
- Hayahay Treehouse and View Deck. We so loved the place that we went twice back for dinner and drinks. The ambiance is very homey with wooden chairs and tables and bamboo lamps. The location, perfect (its right across the beach - okay a seawall....) The food is even better. We've only been there for dinner so I'm not sure if they serve lunch. The resto mostly serves fresh seafood and a variety of grilled dishes - mostly Filipino. They also offer a mean line-up of alcoholic and mixed drinks too. I've you've already had dinner somewhere, not to worry. You can still drop by for some beer and order their sisig for pulutan. If you've made it to midnight, you can get their famous gourmet pizzas for a midnight snack. We weren't able to try it but everyone else was ordering it - so maybe it was quite good too.
How to get there: Hayahay is located a kilometer away from the Boulevard. Best way to get there is to simply hire a trike.
- Cafe Antonio - it was not the best dinner experience ever but Cafe Antonio serves good food too. If you are into burgers and steaks - this is a good place to go. I hear they serve good coffee as well. What really stood out for me was the resto's ambiance. It was artsy, warm and homey. There are comfortable sofas at the side where you can just sit back and enjoy your coffee. The store offers free wifi too.
How to get there: It's found at the corner of Sta Catalina and San Juan St., walking proximity from the Boulevard.
- Scooby's - get that lutong bahay fix here at Scooby's. They can be found anywhere in the city. Food is pretty good and cheap. Tried their menudo and coleslaw and they were good. A complete meal with side dish and drinks can cost you less than 150 PhP. Their burgers with drinks can cost less than a hundred.
- Sansrival - of course, people come to Dumaguete just for this. The cafe also serves up rice meals for lunch and dinner, and some burgers. Not really a fan of their burgers but their spaghetti was quite good. The star of the cafe however are the sylvanas, sold for 10 PhP a piece. Also tried their Dates and Walnut Dacquiose which was good - chewy, crunchy, nutty, chocolatey, soft, moist. All of these combined into a confusing kind of wonderful.
- Apo Island Resort - this is found outside of the city - in Apo Island to be exact. There are actually locals that can offer to buy and cook you lunch but if you are looking for a good meal with comfy chairs and a great view, this is the place to go. Prices are reasonable. Complete meals can cost around 180-190 PhP. Servings aren't generous but they are enough. The food, tasty. A must try however, is their breaded fish with fries. It was a thick slab of fresh fish (tuna, I think) deep fried with a very tasty coating. The order was good for two. And don't forget the cold beer. =)) How to get to Apo Island here.
How about you? Do you have any wonderful food finds to share around Dumaguete? I'd be glad to hear about it!