Saging Repablik

Tionko St. cor. V. Mapa St., Davao City, Davao del Sur

Saging Repablik
3.9
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11 Reviewers

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  • 11 Reviewers
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Mary Love S.
5.0 Stars
9

I'm always on the lookout for good food. I usually check apps and ask for recommendations whenever I'm somewhere I'm not familiar with. And when ForkSpoonManila recommended Saging Repablik to me when I was in Davao, I made sure that I drop by the place. After all, Forkie said the magic word... bibingka.

Hello, Saging Repablik.

I've read a few reviews about this place on TripAdvisor before visiting. Most reviews say that service is slow and that the serving size of the dishes are not that generous. All reviews agreed though that this place offers delicious meals. It's just lacking in some aspects. Reading these made me expect a bit less from the place.

I recall someone mentioned that this place is Instagram-worthy. And it sure is. The restaurant was oozing with hipster vibes with its wooden, brick and cement walls, potted plants, tin cans and straws on empty glass bottles.

We were warmly greeted by one of the staff who ushered us to our table. He quickly handed the menu and even cracked a few jokes with R's dad. It made me wonder if this guy is new as he's definitely not someone who'd define bad service.

We decided to go with Smoked Bangus Pomelo Sanigang (PHP245, solo), Sabagnet (PHP220, solo) and Beef Tenderloin Salpicao (PHP250, solo). We also tried its Fresh Sweet Lemonsito Juice (PHP80) and Fresh Pomelo Juice (PHP95). And what's a trip to Saging Repablik without trying its famous Gigingka? We tried its Giginka with Walnuts (PHP80).

First served were our drinks which were served on plastic bottles that reminded me of Sap's.

I liked my lemon calamansi juice. It had that sweet yet tangy taste that I like. R's pomelo juice was good too.

While waiting for our mains, we feasted on the gigingka. And it was pretty good.

It was moist, fluffy and tasted just like banana bread with the texture of bibingka.

Beef Tenderloin Salpicao was served next and our group couldn't help ourselves compare it with Tiny Kitchen's succulent version. True, both are tender but there's something about Tiny Kitchen's salpicao that had that delectable wow factor.

Don't get me wrong. Saging Repablik's salpicao is not bad at all. The chunks of meat were tender and had that delightful garlicky taste.

It's just that it doesn't have anything that made it extraordinary.

Sabagnet was served next and I drooled over the sight of the huge crunchy pork skin.

It may look very sinful and I bet it really is but... it was worth every calorie and cholesterol! It was really good! The pork was perfectly cooked--crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside, and leaves you wanting more. The saba added a lovely break from the fatty treat and also served as a dessert.

It took a while before they got to serve my Smoked Bangus Pomelo Sanigang. But it was worth the wait.

I was overwhelmed by the generous serving of my order but I was saddened by how much they scrimped on the smoked bangus. I tried to fish out some pieces for the photo but couldn't get any. Apparently, there was a whole smoked bangus at the bottom of the pot and there were just too many veggies that buried it. The serving size was so big that I was ready to raise the white flag midway. But it's too good too to leave leftovers.

The smoked bangus was fat and had this delectable salty taste which went well with the tangy broth. The pomelo and saba added sweet notes to the dish making it extra delightful.

Overall, it was a great lunch. I liked everything that was served and service was surprisingly good. I still remember calling one of the staff to ask for the wifi password but he handed me a piece of paper with it even before asking him. I'm not sure why this place received a lot of complaints with service and serving size as everything was perfect during my visit. And I will definitely be back for more!

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Jae A.
3.0 Stars
3

We have ordered chicken tinola, bicol express, chicken adobo and a chocolate ganache and it tasted good but it's kind of a bummer if the waiters aren't fully attentive and forgetting small details like giving us a cutlery so we could start eating. Or serve the appetizer first at least before the dessert. Aside from that, The industrial style interior is a total "GO" for me and the idea of putting banana in every dish.

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Jin Cara S.
4.0 Stars
3

Almost everything in the menu has banana in it! Their ambiance is really great with high ceilings and great place to chill.
As for their menu i'm a fan of their tapa! really good! Sisag is also really good according to friends and relatives (i'm not really a fan of sisig). Also try their chicken poppers! The hazelnut torte is divine! but usually out of stock 128557 they also have a walnut torte but i prefer hazelnut. (195php per slice tho!) their chocolate drinks are also really good.

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Rachel T.
3.0 Stars

One of the restaurant i wanted to visit in Davao was Saging Repablik. It's a modern restaurant and is currently hyped up right now. Most of their dishes are mixed with Saba which is one of my favorite food (or well probably not my fave but it is always served at home so i learned to like it)

We went here for a late lunch but sadly due to a rotational brownout here in Davao city, they didn't have electricity (even water) when Teemee T and I got there.

But since i was only in Davao for a short visit, who cares if it was brownout. Kuya just opened all the doors and used a large cardboard and fanned us (without us requesting).

We ordered the ff:
>Lumpia ala cubana dynamite - sili with ala cubana wrapped in lumpia wrapper, oily as it is deep fry, not very spicy as the spicy part of the sili was removed and only the skin was retained, dip served with it compliments it

>Chicken sisag - chicken sisig with small bits of saging, was ok, rice served with it is really plenty

>Laing - this didn't have any saging, the not dry version of laing, bit spicy and delicious, rice served with it is plenty

>concentrated kalamansi juice - in a bottle

They also have a counter which u can create your own (DIY) banana-q. Though we weren't able to try it.

Servers were really kind and accommodating.

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April G.
4.0 Stars

Here's their famous Banana Walnut Torte! Yumm! 128077🏼

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Mary Angela L.
2.0 Stars

The food are so expensive and not worth it. The taste of the food didn't give justice to the price.

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Ivy R.
5.0 Stars

Great pick and choose your own "saging"/banana cue concept. Their pastas were a bit on the sweet side. Their fried stuffed peppers are yummy appetizers. My favorite was the plantain chips which can be our purchased in nice packages. Their dessert was quite good.

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Jin Cara S.
4.0 Stars

Tocino is love. Sisag is highly recommended too. for drinks try the chocolicious with crunch and dessert the hazelnut cake. a bit pricey place tho.

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Bea J.
4.0 Stars

Gigingka - it's basically a banana bread with lots of walnuts and chocolate chips! 127820127820127820

Also loved their Sour Cream-flavored Cavendish(?) Chips.

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Ralph C.
4.0 Stars

The catchy and uniquely themed Saging Repablik is making inroads in Davao's culinary scene by introducing a menu that incorporates saging or bananas as one of the main ingredients. This unfamiliar yet hippy restaurant in one of the city's main foodie districts offers dishes that play around with bananas in pinoy favorites like sisig, adobo and other non-Filipino dishes such as arroz a la cubana and fish and chips, while at the same time provides a casually distinct dining ambience of a cube-like industrial design mainly of glass, steel and concrete with eye-popping green and yellow colors around the interiors (the DIY furnitures reminded me of Ikea's showroom). Some favorites among local diners are the 'sisag' (sisig with saging), batter fish and chips (literally banana chips) and overload garlic chicken in olive oil—with sisag being the most favorite yet (unless if you might have an issue with oily stuff). Not too shabby for a first timer like me though.

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Ralph C.
4.0 Stars

When you happen to be in Davao City during your next travel, try visit Saging Repablik within Torres St area (near Central Bank office) and have their Banana Walnut Torte in one of your desserts (quite similar to Banapple's version but unique Davao's). Best paired with their signature brewed coffee or cappucino, be prepared to indulge yourself with this nutty sweet version of sansrival with locally grown Davao bananas.

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Joy G.
4.0 Stars

Ordered their Banana Walnut Torte and I love Naty shake. I must say, the torte was spot on. Just the right amount of moisture and sweetness. The shake was so-so for me. A little too pricey though. I think what I liked the most is their ambience and the choice of music.

Overall, the experience was great and I would definitely go back there....soon.

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Francis Jay M.
5.0 Stars

Loved their Banana Walnut Torte!

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