Dumaguete is known as the City of Gentle People, but you could easily call it the City of Delicious Food, as well. All along Rizal Boulevard and everywhere else in the city are great restaurants sure to satisfy any traveler embarking on a food trip.
Whether you’re craving seafood or sans rival, Dumaguete probably has a restaurant for you. Here’s 10 Dumaguete restaurants that we recommend you try the next time you’re in town.
Even if you’re a Filipino who hasn’t been to Dumaguete, you probably already know that silvanas are a food closely associated with the city. If you’re in town and want to try this treat, head on over to Sans Rival Cakes and Pastries.
Aside from offering the treat that is their namesake, Sans Rival Cakes and Pastries also offer Dumaguete’s signature silvanas. If you’re looking for dishes that are a little heavier, the Sans Rival Bistro is just around the corner, serving burgers, sandwiches, seafood, and other Filipino dishes.
If you think that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then Cafe Mamia is the place to go. They serve an all-day breakfast menu that features choices like Spanish Chorizo with fried rice and egg or Hungarian Sausage with fried rice and egg. But breakfast isn’t the only thing on the menu. They also serve pasta, sandwiches, and desserts. A must-try is their blueberry cheesecake, which has a classic and a frozen version.
If you’re looking for dinner and a show, head on over to the Blue Monkey Grill. It’s one of the many establishments that line Dumaguete’s Rizal Boulevard, and it comes alive at night. Aside from performing bands on weekends, the Blue Monkey Grill also has beer pong tables for those looking for a party. Of course, the food is your perfect pulutan food. While drinking your beer, have some of their Sizzling Potatoes or Sizzling Gambas
More adventurous palates can go to K.R.I. Restaurant, which serves international fusion dishes that are sure to excite. Bestsellers like their Samurai Salmon can run out if you visit during peak hours, so be sure to arrive early. K.R.I. also changes their menu every once in awhile, so be sure to be open-minded and try them out. They also have a Valentine’s Day buffet, so if you’re traveling with a significant other, make sure to stop by.
Fresh seafood something you’re craving? Lab-as Seafood Restaurant has what you need. It’s been around since 1988, and it’s still going strong today. You can pick out seafood fresh from the tank, and have sizzling blue marlin, grilled tuna panga, or escabecheng maya maya. Their Sinuglaw is also something that you shouldn’t miss.
This restaurant is sure to satisfy any Italian food cravings that you may have. The Italian-inspired interiors are sure to get you in the mood, while the food is sure to fill you up. Pizza and pasta are the main draws, and the restaurant bills itself as the only Italian restaurant in Dumaguete City that serves Pasta alla Toscana, Pizza Romana, and Gelato Ice Cream. Favorites from the menu include the Linguine Aglio Olio and their Bicol Express Pasta.
While its interiors have been remodeled, the food that has made Qyosko a local favorite remains the same. If you’re looking for Filipino comfort food while making your way around Dumaguete, this is the restaurant to go to. They’ve got crispy adobo, sisig with egg, and lomi. If you’re looking to top all of that with something sweet, they’ve also got a selection of cakes and pastries, with their blueberry cheesecake being the star.
Looking to cool down after an afternoon spent walking along Rizal Boulevard? Head on over to Panda Ice Cream. They serve a number of beautifully designed ice cream desserts which you can eat to cool down. But what has really earned them their fame is their Panda Fried Ice Cream. The ice cream is enveloped with a crispy breaded shell, and gives you a mixture of hot and cold that you’ll definitely remember.
Hankering from some Mediterranean cuisine? Casablanca Restaurant is the establishment of choice. It has moved from its original location along Cervantes Street to Rizal Boulevard, but the restaurant has maintained its standard for fresh ingredients – only getting the freshest seafood daily from the market and their suppliers. The restaurant also has vegetarian dishes, so you have somewhere to take a traveling companion that doesn’t eat meat. They also have a popular lunch set special that changes daily.
Korean food and culture has made great inroads in the country over the past few years, so it’s no surprise that places like 2 Story Kitchen exists. The food on offer is a mix of standard American fare like pasta, pizza, and sandwiches and Korean food like bibimbap and kimchi bokeum bap. Aside from the food, the restaurant’s second floor is also a definite draw, as you get to dine on a semi-elevated floor while sitting on cushy pillows, just like you would at an authentic Korean restaurant.
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