The longest running restaurant in Davao City is a place called Luz Kinilaw. It is probably the most famous restaurant in Davao as well. Luz is located in Salmonan, Davao City, right on the waterfront. When I say it is on the waterfront, many of you surely have idealic thoughts of a pure and beautiful beach area, girls clad in bikinis running through the sand and such. Wipe those thoughts from your mind. That’s not Luz, and that is not the kind of waterfront that I am talking about!
Luz sits right next to the highway, with the Davao Gulf right behind it. This waterfront area is a squatters area, dirty, dingy, it even stinks a little bit. But, Luz is quintessential Davao. Luz is famous all across the country! Television commercials have been filmed at Luz. When major politicians visit Davao and want to eat the foods that Davao is famous for, they go to Luz. When you go to eat at Luz you never know who will be at the next table… it could be a poor, common “Juan dela Cruz” or it could be the President or a well known Senator. The place is that diverse!
My friend, Rick Bowden and I went to Luz for lunch on Wednesday, and shot a little video of the experience so that you could come along for the meal. Sorry, I haven’t figured out how to actually send food through the Internet, so you can only watch!
For lunch, we had Panga, which is Tuna Jaw. Rick also enjoyed the dish that Luz is famous for, Kinilaw! Kinilaw is raw fish with vinegar and vegetables. I’m not a fan of Kinilaw. It’s not the raw fish, I love raw fish, but when I choose to eat my fish raw, I prefer sashimi. We also had rice, and soup. We even enjoyed a few live ants with our tuna, since they were crawling on the plate! You get used to things like that when you live in the tropics for any length of time! I know that it didn’t bother me, and Rick didn’t seem too upset about the ants either!
Anyway, it was a great meal, and a place like Luz really shows you the “real” Philippines, and how the common people live! I hope that you enjoy the video!
By the way, how much was the lunch? Two people – one medium sized tuna jaw, rice, kinilaw, drinks…. P350 total. Not bad!