Last week was a hard week for everybody, worldwide. The pressures of all the economic problems coming into play were a real roller coaster ride. With the stock markets worldwide plunging one day and rallying the next day, it was enough to leave your head spinning. By Friday evening, Feyma and I were ready for a little distraction, so we went out for dinner with my friends John Grant, and Migs Bassig, each of whom are also columnists here on LiP.
John was wanting to go to a local Italian Restaurant that I recently introduced him to, La Toscana. Their food is excellent, but I was in the mood to try something new. I had recently been hearing about a restaurant in town that I had never tried before, Bryan’s Grill and Café. I didn’t know much about the place, but had heard that the food was good. When Feyma and I picked up John and Migs, I informed them that we’d be trying a new place, didn’t give them much of a choice I think.
Bryan’s is located in a neighborhood subdivision, Palm Village subdivision, not too far from where we live. It wasn’t hard to find the place, although we had no idea where it was just directions from a friend. When we walked in, it wasn’t quite what I expected. I thought it looked a little downscale, and based on the descriptions of the food that I had heard I thought it would be quite the opposite. But, I wanted to try something new, so I thought let’s give it a try.
I ordered a Caesar salad and an orange honey glazed chicken with baked potatoes. Feyma ordered a spare rib with a peanut-based sauce, with Rice. John ordered a sirloin steak with potato wedges, and Migs ordered the same as Feyma’s. Oh yes, Feyma also ordered a shrimp cocktail.
When my salad and Feyma’s cocktail arrived, I was quite happy with it. Mostly, I was happy because the appetizers came before the main dish, which usually doesn’t happen here. The Caesar salad was excellent, also. The dressing on the salad was a little bit different than what you would normally expect on the Caesar salad, but delicious nonetheless. Feyma said that her shrimp cocktail was also excellent.
Shortly after we finished our appetizers (which Feyma and I also shared with John and Migs). Our main courses arrived. The plating of these main courses was absolutely stunning. It looked like something you’d see in a gourmet restaurant in London or Paris, possibly New York. This food looked like something that Gordon Ramsay was serving, not something you’d find in Davao city. When we tasted our dishes, the flavor was just as good as the looks too.
So, Friday really turned out to be a great evening. Good food, good friends, and we found a new restaurant that will surely be one of our favorites for sometime to come. Another pleasant thing about the place was the prices, very reasonable. Personally, I would say that this is one of the best restaurants in Davao city, and the prices are cheaper than some of the other restaurants too.
After we ate our meal, we had a chance to speak with Bryan, he is the owner and also the chef. Bryan was trained at a well-known culinary Institute, and I can say for certain that he really knows his business. when it comes to cooking and also presentation of the food, Bryan is in a class by himself. In addition, I found bride-to-be Bryan to be a very likable person, quite friendly. Although, I think he was a bit shy, but I’m sure that will be going back for additional visits and will probably see him shed his shyness, as we continue to return to his business.
In addition to the restaurant, Bryan also operates a bed and breakfast at the location, and has a beautiful swimming pool as well. The rates for swimming, and also for an overnight stay are very reasonable as well. It’s a place that I will be recommending to friends who want to stay in Davao in the future.
If you’re in Davao, I highly recommend a visit to Bryan’s Grill.