Café Laguna

G/F Abreeza Mall, JP Laurel Ave., Davao City, Davao del Sur

Café Laguna
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Kristella D.
4.0 Stars

When you've enjoyed your food and experience at a restaurant so much, you'd just want to go back again.

My mother enjoyed our first visit here so much that she brought my father along this time. 128522

We went here for dinner, and the waiter informed us beforehand that it would take 20-30 minutes for our orders to arrive since there were a lot of customers. Okay, that's understandable. The place was really packed that time. 128109128108

• Ampalaya Salad
Sliced fresh ampalaya, tomatoes, and onions, bathed in a vinaigrette. Contrary to the name, the bitter gourd wasn't bitter! 128516

• Lumpiang Sariwa
The serving size for this one was good for more than one person. Taste-wise, it was good, the vegetables were fresh, but I wish they used ubod (coconut trunk flesh) instead of potatoes. The sweet sauce that went with it had just the right amount of sweetness and complemented the lumpia well. (This is one of their best-selling appetizers, I think!)

• Crispy Tadyang
Theirs is the best I have tried so far! 128077 (I think this is also a best seller. Almost every table I saw had this!) Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside. And the meat just falls off the bone! The serving is very generous as well. You get more than six pieces of huge chunks of beef ribs.

• Inihaw na Liempo
The deadliest one of all the dishes we ordered. Char-grilled, marinated pork meat plus the fat! 128055 The meat was cooked well; it was charred but not overcooked nor burnt. And it wasn't dry. Dipped it in soy sauce/vinegar/onions/garlic, and my tastebuds were dancing. 128131

• Sinigang na Baka
Comfort food! I really loved this one. 10084 Clear, starchy, flavorful soup that's such a delight! The sourness of the broth was just right, and the beef was very tender. The flavor just coats your tongue! 128523 They were not skimpy on the vegetables too. A very hearty and wholesome dish!

• Rellenong Talong
Huge serving of seasoned eggplant omelette stuffed with ground meat, potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, and garlic. While this dish was good, it wasn't great. It was a little salty for my taste. I had to adjust my ratio of viand-rice to counter the saltiness.

We only spent PHP1252 for everything, including rice. The dishes here are all very affordable and definitely worth it. 128076

Service was average. Maybe because they don't have any service charge? 128527 Yes, the waiter did help in serving the soup, he took away the empty plates right away... But it was quite hard to get attention of the waiters, and we had to ask for our glasses to be refilled. 128530

But despite that, I know that we'll be back here soon. My mom is on a mission to try all of their dishes - and I'm with her on that! Haha! 128513 With food this good, how can you not resist the urge to try them all? 128522

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Kristella D.
3.0 Stars

What? Café Laguna again? And in the same day to boot? 128562

Well, since my mama enjoyed our lunch here so much, she figured that my sissies should also get to taste their food here.

She couldn't wait until tomorrow. 128517

So it was decided that we would have dinner here with my two sisters. My dad and brother couldn't make it because they were out of town.

When we arrived at the cafe, we were seated quickly since the place wasn't packed yet. When the waiter who served us during lunch saw us, he said with a smile, "Nakabalik na po kayo ma'm!" 128516

It didn't take long for our food to arrive. We had ordered:

• Crispy Tadyang
Of course! This was what we came back here for. This was the dish that my mama wanted my sissies to try! That crrrrispy yet ooh soo tender meat! 128523 Need I say more?

• Laing (Pinangat)
The taste of the gata and gabi was distinct, yet it wasn't overpowering. The flavors didn't clash at all! But the gabi wasn't finely chopped. It was still pretty good eating it with rice!

• Lengua Estofado
There were both tough and tender pieces in this one. (I was lucky enough to get a tender piece!) The taste was passable, but the sauce wasn't 'savory' enough. This could use some more tomato sauce, IMHO.

• Fish Pangat
A bit lacking in the sour department. They used mangoes instead of kamias for this one. Nonetheless, the lapu-lapu was fresh and cooked well.

Our food was fairly good, but...

It was hard to get the attention of their wait staff. I kept on looking at them but no one seemed to notice. It took a while for them to see me. I had to request for our water glasses to be refilled.

It would have also been a pleasant dining experience if not for this loudmouth toddler who keeps on playing on her iPad. (Rich techie baby! 128118) She had been screaming her lungs out for about 10 minutes or so. Everyone was clearly annoyed. 128162 Her mother didn't even pacify her. Ugh. 128547 It was not until I stared at them like a hawk (they were at the table just across ours) when her mother shut her up. And all that time, I still can't believe the staff tolerated her noise. They could have gently reminded her to keep her kid quiet.

Anyway, our tummies were very happily satiated. And we didn't even break the bank! We spent less than one grand for all our orders. 128077

My mama said she would still dine here again... this time, with my dad. 128513

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Kristella D.
4.0 Stars

Hooray! My mother, who usually plays safe with restaurants, finally agreed to try out a new restaurant! 127881

We were looking for a place to have lunch, and we were tired of the places that we usually visited. So we used the interactive map in Abreeza to search for a resto.

I didn't use looloo, you say? 128566

Well, I did, but the majority of reviews for places in Davao were written by me! HAHAHA! Yep, I looked up this place, and... there were no reviews. Yet. 128518

So we headed over to Café Laguna, situated in Abreeza's boardwalk area. When we got there, a waitress was waiting outside, beckoning us to come in and dine. My mama skimmed over their menu first, and when she was done, we were ushered inside. There were quite a number of people, but it didn't feel crowded.

The interiors exuded this classy modern Filipino vibe. They have simple but elegant wooden and woven pieces for decorations. Their wait staff are dressed in matching barong and ternos. 128107 Very nice! 128516

We ordered:

• Gambas
Big and juicy shrimps served sizzling hot! 128293 Yum! Only flaw in this dish was that they didn't use tomato paste; instead, they used some of Lee Kum Kee's ready-made chili garlic sauce. You know, the one that's sold in bottles? Yeah, those. Didn't taste bad but this dish could have tasted so much better if they put in some tomato paste.

• Halaan
Thank goodness this soup wasn't salty! In the other restaurants that I've tried this, their versions were more on the salty side. But Café Laguna's wasn't! The soup brought out the flavor of the clams. 128077 The clams were fresh and cleaned thoroughly, and they didn't taste "muddy" and bitter. (That means they served "younger" clams. The older ones tend to taste the opposite.)

• Crispy Tadyang
OH EM GEE! I cannot get over how tender and crispy it is at the same time! The meat wasn't burnt, and it was so easy to slice it up. It was full of deadly cholesterol, but it was so good I just HAD to finish my share. 128523 (By the way, they served soy sauce along with this dish. But my mom requested for a garlic vinegar sauce, and they were glad to comply. It tastes better with the garlic vinegar sauce! It enhances the flavor of the crispy tadyang.128076)

Both of us consumed our food (well, I usually do). That's a good sign from my mama! She has a small appetite but she had no leftovers this time! 128516127881

Now we have another restaurant we can return to for good food! 128523

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