Dining at Davao Dencia's Restaurant was not the plan. Originally, I wanted to treat my beau to his favorite Japanese restaurant. Unfortunately when we got there, the Japanese restaurant was still closed and we were terribly famished after a day of roaming around Davao City's downtown that we could not wait for an another hour for it to open. My beau then suggested we try Davao Dencia's Restaurant which was just a stone's throw away.

A case of serendipity perhaps, that Davao Dencia's Restaurant was one of the most memorable dining destinations I have been to when in Davao City. For starters, I wanted to eat everything that was in their menu - not sure if it was because I was really hungry, but they offer an array of well-loved dishes at very affordable prices. Some dishes under Filipino cuisine are Hilabos na Hipon for Php90, Sinigang na Lapu-Lapu for Php97, Lumpiang Sariwa for Php25 and Crispy Pata for Php350. They have a dozen of Egg and Omelet varieties, breakfast meals, sandwiches, shakes and desserts. They also have Chinese dishes, noodles, grilled meats, seven kinds of Chop Suey, seafood dishes and other extra dishes to boot. This was going to be an eating-spree to the max!

The perfect pair - Arroz Caldo and Tokwa't Baboy

We ordered a number of dishes - from soups, to pork dishes, side dishes and desserts. But I am going to highlight three that left quite an impression on me. Davao Dencia's Arroz Caldo (Php55) and Tokwa't Baboy (Php58) are to die for! This dynamic duo is overflowing with absolute goodness. Just thinking about them makes me want to book a flight for Davao City - pronto! (if only I do not have an event tomorrow!) The Arroz Caldo served piping hot in a huge bowl is filled with huge pieces of chicken meat while the Tokwa't Baboy has more meat than pork fat and is tender in every bite. The mixture of their sauce, some chillies and onions has a mild sweet taste so it was pleasing for my tummy. Davao Dencia's Arroz Caldo and Tokwa't Baboy is probably the best congee in the entire Davao City and comes close to my favorite congee in Manila.

Davao Dencia's addicting Mango Float dessert

For dessert, I opted for Mango Float (Php58) consisting of three layers of rich and thick cream flavored with mangoes plus three layers of graham crackers. The Mango Float possess the right sweetness to end a feast. Although, if I still have more space in my now full tummy, I would have tried their Blueberry Cheesecake (Php75) and Dencia's Special Halo-Halo (Php70).

Dencia's Restaurant was founded by Olegarito Brito Sr. with his wife Soo in Manila in the 1950s and eventually decided to open Davao Dencia's Restaurant in the 60s.

Davao Dencia's Restaurant is another reason why I keep coming back to Davao City. On your next trip to Davao City, I suggest you try it too! Kain na!
General Luna St.,
Davao City
Open daily from 7am to 9pm
Contact : (082) 2264336 / (082) 2278867 / (082) 2276777
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  1. Very affordable, Wish they have branch in Manila..

    1. indeed Kevin! and delicious too... thanks for dropping by, appreciate it :)

  2. The most informative blog. I really like it when bloggers include the price of the menu. I mean, I really wanna be pocket-ready before I explore the place. Hahahaha~ Thankies!