Monthly Archives: January 2013

[Event] Cellar de Boca Opening

Davao has really made it big with lots of malls, more restaurants are opening in the past month. Recently,Cellar de Boca had invited us bloggers to try their dishes during their opening held at their resto at SM Lanang Premiere. A wine kitchen that is owned by Tricie Pengson-Arcenas, her husband Vince Arcenas & wine importers Bobby Basa Tenchavez & Carlo Calma Lorenzana. It was created after the success of their 1st restaurant Cellar de Oboza, located at their ancestral house on Rizal St. owned and managed by Tricie & Vince Arcenas.

Tricie’s brothers are successful chefs in Manila. Her culinary success began when she opened Salutti last 2007, a hole-in-the-wall Italian Bistro. Her brothers are also chefs. She wanted to bring out a menu where comfort food can be affordable and reachable everyday.

Aside from the selection of quality wines from Lagarde, Cellar de Boca is something to look forward to, in terms of their selection of food on the menu. I got to try their specialties during their opening night. Here are what we had during the said early dinner:

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Since I didn’t come on time due to work, they gave me a plate of appetizers. (from left-Right) Imbao w/ chorizo, Tuna Tartar & Steak Empanada. Among this 3 appetizers, its the steak empanada that got me craving for more. The imbao with chorizo taste good same as with the tuna tartar.

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Tuna Plantsa is tuna that is cooked on its 4 sides & raw on the center with a tangy sauce. Its something new for me.

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Boca Angus Steak Must Try!- is their house specialty. Though I don’t eat steak cooked medium rare, I really have to taste this. Its really good, after a small piece, I requested the waiter to have it well-done for me to enjoy it.

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Paella Fried Rice– its one of their specialty rice, its a mix of seafood in brown rice. Its a must try! same with their Steak Rice which is really good. (no photos)
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Churros w/ chocolate dip- The dip was made of 100& pure cocoa tablea. the richness of the chocolate paired with the churros is a good match & its not too sweet.
Its really a delight to dine at Cellar de Boca, a great hang-out with friends over a glass of wine and sumptuous comfort food.

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Cellar de Boca

2nd floor Fountain area SM Lanang Premiere

[Events] Hog’s Breath Pre-Tasting

Hog’s Breath Cafe has opened its doors to Davao last December  10,2012, coined as Australia’s home-grown steakhouse. It has opened its first branch in the Philippines which is located at SM Lanang Premiere. It has 80 branches around Australia & a few branches in New Zealand, Thailand, Singapore, Papua New Guinea & Vietnam.Since the resto was really not open to the public during the pre-tasting, it was exclusive to the media and bloggers that day. We had a tour on what the restaurant had during the event.

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The restaurant is spacious, in fact, its Hog’s breath’s biggest branch. They had a function room & a bar to serve people who are on meetings or special occassions. There where two menus to choose from during the pre-tasting event. We chose the Menu B. We were given two servings per order for our group to share.

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Here are what we had during the Pre-tasting event:

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Buffalo Wings- Chicken wings on buffalo sauce and Bleu cheese dip

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Salmon Nicoise Salad– Pan-seared salad on a bed of salad greens accompanied with chunks of potatoes, cherry tomatoes and drizzles of Hogs breath Italian Viniagrette. One of my fave since it has salmon 🙂

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Smoked Pork BBQ Ribshalf slab of baby back ribs in barbeque sauce with twister fries on the side. Its one of the house specialty.

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Natural Prime Rib Steak (200g) Must try!– a juicy Australian beef steak which was cooked medium well with mashed potatoes, veggies & corn. This one of the highlight of the meal we had during the pre-tasting.

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Tomato Bruschetta- bruschetta with tomatoes on garlic bread.

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Salt & Pepper Calamari– fresh squid fried in special breading marinated in salt & pepper. one of my fave during the pre-tasting

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Seafood Marinara.. Must try!– pasta with seafoods in red sauce.

Food trip won’t be complete without trying their desserts & specialty drinks. Here are what we had for desserts:

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For the drinks, we had Frozen Mixed Berries which is a mix of Sorbet, strawberry, raspberries & Apple Juice.. its a MUST Try!  Mango– a mix of Mango & Apple juice & Tropical– Strawberries, Mango, Banana & Fruit juice mixed into a smoothie. The drinks they serve were refreshing.. perfect for our food trip. (from left-right)

Mississippi Mud Cake– its chocolate cake with a cup of ice cream. for the chocolate lover who loves the mix of vanilla & chocolate cake. I instantly like this after the first taste.

Banana Split– Banana cut into half with three scoops of ice cream, its something ice cream lovers would love.

Apple Crumble– Home style apple crumble w/ caramel sauce. Its one of my favorite among the three desserts we had during the event.

 

Its always been fun to try new restaurant to gain dining experience, with this resto, you will surely enjoy not just the sumptuous food, but you will also love hanging out on their cozy place plus good service.

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To know more on their updates and promos, you can add them thru FB Fan Page.. Hog’s Breath Café Davao on www.facebook.com/HogsBreathCafeDavao and you can also follow them on Twitter @HBCafeDavao for updates.

Hog’s Breath Café Davao

is located at Unit 147 – 149 Ground Floor, SM Lanang Premier, Lanang, Davao City. It is near the SM Lanang Supermarket entrance/exit going at the Fountain Court.