The food park craze has arrived at the Pop Art-embellished, 33-stall hangout formed out of shipping containers in Davao. Here are six spots to scope out:
- What to expect: Hefty meatballs — all done with a twist — served with rice
- Must try: Bacon cheeseburger meatballs with secret sauce
- Wild card: Any of the other creative meatballs with rice
- Our verdict: Fast carb-loading meals that give you and your buddies time for Instagramming around the park
Chickenini and Logan’s
- What to expect: All things chicken
- Must try: Logan’s Tapsikwek (Filipino beef jerky, battered and deep-fried quail eggs and garlic fried rice)
- Wild card: Chickenini pops (small chunks of deep-fried chicken)
- Our verdict: Snacks and eats for the family
Lemonwood Café Cabin
- What to expect: Flavorful desserts and specialty coffees
- Must try: Classic pastry ensaymada
- Wild card: Labuyo brownie cupcake (chili pepper on a dark chocolate cake)
- Our verdict: Sweet treats that fill you up quickly
- What to expect: Fruit-flavored drinks served in sturdy ziplock bags
- Must try: Pink “lycheemansi” (lychee and calamansi juice)
- Wild card: The non-alcoholic margarita
- Our verdict: Drinks to cool down and people-watch with at a ground-floor spot
- What to expect: Liquid nitrogen-chilled (to as low as -196°C) treats
- Must try: Dragon’s Breath with corn puffs, jelly and more
- Wild card: Dragon’s Fondue, a bigger Dragon’s Breath
- Our verdict: Misting snacks and selfies!
- What to expect: Malaysian-Filipino fusion food
- Must try: Mee goreng (spicy fried noodles)
- Wild card: Kilawin ala sambal (spicy meat or seafood ceviche)
- Our verdict: Tangy, customizable flavors to suit various palates and taste buds
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Meet the locals: James Armstrong, whose wife Faith owns Dragon’s Den, tells us how to soak up the Davao mood
Best way to unwind in Davao?
James: I like checking out food bazaars and I enjoy performances by Dabawenyo (local Davao people) singers.
Favorite quiet spot?
James: Davao City Hilltop, in Barangay Langub, has two restaurants and a bar; all three offer amazing views of the city.
Favorite things to do with the family?
James: We head out to Samal island — 20 minutes from the mainland — to relax on a white-sand beach.
This article first appeared in the May 2018 issue of Smile magazine.