As regular readers know, my Mom has been visiting us from the States for the last month and a half. Today, she will be leaving Davao on her journey home. After staying over in Manila tonight, her flight will be leaving in the morning. Yesterday, Feyma and I took Mom out for a sort of “going away” lunch, and we had a really great time.
For the lunch, we decided to go to our favorite “fine dining” establishment here in Davao City, De Bonte Ko Restaurant. De Bonte Ko is a Dutch Restaurant, and it’s located in the La Habana Compound on Rizal Street. The food there is excellent, but the thing that I always brag about to friends is how great the service is at De Bonte Ko. The owner, Henny, is from the Netherlands, and a very nice guy.
As with all meals at De Bonte Ko, the lunch started off with a basket of French Bread with Garlic Butter, which is always served to us “on the house.” The bread is always excellent, very fresh! I also ordered an appetizer of Smoked Blue Marlin, which was very good as well! For our main courses, both Feyma and I ordered a Porterhouse steak. I ordered mine medium rare, Feyma ordered medium well. As always, each steak was cooked to perfection, we could not have asked for anything better! Mom ordered the Spare Ribs, which she also loved!
Now, earlier I mentioned how good the service is at De Bonte Ko, right. I have a little story that I always tell about their excellent service. About 3 to 4 years ago, I went to De Bonte Ko for the first time. I ordered a diet coke with my meal, and when they brought it to me, it consisted of a glass with ice and a straw, along with a can of cold diet coke. Well, I don’t use a straw, so I immediately took the straw out of the glass and set it on the table, then proceeded to drink my diet coke. No big deal! Well, the next time I went to De Bonte Ko was nearly one year later. I had only been there once in my life, and that was about a year earlier. Feyma and I ordered our meal, and each of us ordered a diet coke. When they brought our drinks, Feyma’s glass had a straw, and mine did not. Imagine, after one year, they still remembered that I do not use a straw! To me, that is amazing, and really shows the level of attention that you get at De Bonte Ko.
We have really enjoyed having my Mom stay for the past 6 to 7 weeks. The kids especially enjoyed seeing their grandma so much! It will be hard for the kids over the next few days as they readjust to not having “Granny” around anymore. But, she will return another time to see them again.
Whenever you visit Davao City, I give my highest recommendation to De Bonte Ko, if you are looking for a fine dining spot!