Lachi’s Sansrival Atbp. – Davao City

I had to travel approximately 598.36 to 650.39 nautical miles to reach my destination,Davao City, on search of this restaurant I’ve been hearing good reviews about. Located along Marfori Heights, a residential area, it was somehow difficult to find the shop as it didn’t look like a restaurant. No poster whatsoever on the glass windows. It was only the uber simple green and white sign that says: Lachi’s told me we “hit the target”.

We were welcomed by a fully packed 20-30 seater restaurant, there’s no place to sit and still I saw 4 more people trying to squeeze in. Lucky enough, we shared a table with 2 ladies having lunch.

The waitstaff was busy or should I say everybody else was busy so we got the menu ourselves instead of waiting for someone to hand them to us. No, I ain’t complaining. I was just excited to try out the mouth-watering desserts.

"Home of scrumptious cakes in Davao City" - - -tinaps

Here’s a teaser of what we had… (top view)

simply scrumptious...

On the table:

The Five-Chocolate Torte (Php65/slice) definitely blew my mind away. For me, it was the best among the rest of the cakes we ordered. This sinfully delicious cake consists of Belgian Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate and Bittersweet Chocolate. Chocolate lovers will absolutely adore this delectable creation!

Layers of chocolates blends well, silky bittersweet chocolate on top to a mousse -like texture at the bottom. For its price, there’s no doubt it’s a great deal. You should try it!

Five-Chocolate Torte

Next is the NY Blueberry Cheesecake (Php85/slice). It has a buttery graham cracker crust for the base, over it is a thick New York style cheesecake topped with sweetened blueberries.

For me it tasted ok, however, I didn’t quite like the texture of the crust.  It is a bit hard, seems like it’s been in the fridge for some time. I liked the creaminess of the cheesecake and how it blended well with the juiciness of the blueberries at every bite.

NY Blueberry Cheesecake

This silky-smooth Dulce de Leche (Php62/slice) is wonderfully sweet. It has the right amount of sweetness and creaminess  of milk and the rich caramel flavor that hit my palate on the spot. This concoction gave a mouthful of orgasmic flare!

Dulce de Leche

want some?

I guess we liked the cakes so much, we finished our plates in a snap.

We even had one Macadamia White Choco bar (Php57/slice) and Amaretto Fudge bar (Php57/slice) to go. PLUS a whole Roasted Walnut Choco Supreme cake (Php420) .

Macadamia White Choco bar and Amaretto Fudge Bar

Traveling this far is worth it especially if you get to taste fantastic finds like desserts from Lachi’s. I recommend this shop for tourists and locals, whether you have a sweet tooth or not.

Despite the cramped up seating, Lachi’s stands up as one of the city’s best when it comes to creating scrumptious desserts. It’s a clap, clap, clap!

Lachi’s Sans Rival, Atbp.

Address: Door 1-H VAL Learning Village

Ruby St., Marfori Heights

Davao City 8000

Contact Number: (082) 224-5552


Penong’s Barbecue Seafood & Grill- Quirino Ave., Davao City

Penong’s Barbecue Seafood & Grill is ” the #1 Barbecue House in Davao.” Well, that’s what it says in their banner. I’ve read about how good the chicken inasal is and how their customer service sucks before flying to Davao. Good or bad, I wanted to try it myself. After landing at the Davao airport, we headed to Elle’s Pension House owned by the Mangaoils. We checked out nearby stores and restaurants and lucky enough we found Penong’s grill -Quirino branch just blocks away from the pension house.

Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted by some wait staff having their lunch, others were busy wiping the tables, and I saw a couple of ’em sleeping. We arrived around 1pm and the restaurant was empty; I thought they were closed or we just came in early. We then went inside an air-conditioned room since it was freaking hot that day. A wait staff readily followed us and handed the menu.

Without batting an eyelash, I ordered for the Inato meal 5 (Php 92) that comes with a jumbo sized chicken inato and pork barbecue, unlimited rice and soup. Baloogs had Sinugbang Pusit (Php152) and bottomless rice (php16), plus the Adobong Kangkong (Php 63) for sharing. We added a pitcher of Iced Tea for Php 42.

It took more than 30 min for our food to be served. I was able to take pictures of the restaurant, cross the street to buy prepaid load, and up to the time I came back, our food wasn’t served still. I try to understand that it takes a lot of time to grill meat but they should’ve at least served our drinks while waiting.

On the table:

Here’s the Sinugbang Pusit with atchara on the side. The grilled squid is stuffed with onion, tomato, ginger and spring onion. I was expecting a bigger size of serving for its price. I could get grilled squid way cheaper than this in Manila.

The squid, however, is soft and easy to chew. I didn’t enjoy it much since it has too much onion and tomatoes in it that overpowers the taste of the squid.

In contrast, the serving of the Adobong Kangkong is more than expected. It’s probably good for up to 4 persons. We couldn’t finish it. It has too much pepper and ginger which again, was overpowering. We were disappointed about ordering this dish.

Then came my chicken inato and pork bbq. It’s fantastic. I like the char and the golden brown color of the skin. The juicy meat was cooked well. I dipped it in soy sauce with calamansi and chowed it in no time.

I like the chicken skin, as always. It was sweet, similar to tocino. I think vinegar with chili would be the best match for this just to balance the taste.

The pork bbq tastes the same. There was just 3 small pieces of it which left it unnoticeable. The soup wasn’t served. I had to remind the wait staff that the soup is included in the meal.

The chicken is good…but in my opinion, the chicken inasals I’ve tried in Manila tasted better than Penong’s. I give it one clap though for the good taste of chicken and the cleanliness of the place.   🙂

Penong’s Barbecue Seafood and Grill


Ilustre Branch
Ilustre St., Davao City, Philippines
Tel. No. (082) 221 8390

Matina Branch
McArthur Highway, In Front of Southern Motors,
Matina, Davao City, Philippines
Tel. No. (082) 297 2674

Sta. Ana Branch
Sta. Ana Ave., In Front of Davao Central High School,
Davao City, Philippines
Tel. No. (082) 221 9280

Matina Gallera Branch
McArthur Highway, Beside Matina Gallera
Matina, Davao City, Philippines
Tel. No. (082) 298 1005

Quirino Branch
Quirino Ave., Cor. Mabini St.,
Davao City, Philippines
Telefax No. (082) 282 2088

Buhangin Branch
Buhangin District, In Front of Ladislawa Entrance,
Davao City, Philippines
Tel. No. (082) 221 7308

Toril Branch
Toril District,
Davao City, Philippines
Tel. No. (082) 295 1171

Lanang Branch
J.P. Laurel Ave., In front of Toyota Motors
Lanang, Davao City, Philippines
Tel. No. (082) 234 9718

El Buono Pizza- B.F Homes, Parañaque

It's a great place to hang out with family and friends.

The best way to enjoy pizza is to share it with family or friends…unless you can finish a 65-inch pizza by yourself. 😉

I’m glad to have found this place in Parañaque where friends can “chill”, sit back, watch a live band , or play beer pong while feasting on pizza, pasta, and more. The restaurant has a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere… it spells F-U-N!

I was there to take photos with my team from Asian Escapades/Manila Escapades Magazine (watch out for this events guide magazine this June 2011). We were able to take a closer look of the restaurant, watch how they make their famous pizza, and interview Sir Lance – the man behind El Buono Pizza.

The pizza guy and his "masterpiece"- photo by: Mishale Aragoncillo

Being a pizza lover, I was captivated by the way the pizza guy made this 4 flavor Celebrity 36″ pizza. It’s the largest pizza I’ve seen in my entire life. I have yet to see the 65″ pizza…hopefully soon. Sir Lance described the process in pizza making from preparing the dough, putting in the sauce, adding the cheese, arranging the toppings, and popping it in the oven. He explained that initially, preparation and cooking time for this size of pizza was about 1 and a half hour which is now trimmed down to only 20-25 minutes.

While waiting for our pizza, they served us one of their Group Platter’s Treat- Set 1. It includes 6pcs. Southern Fried Chicken, Spaghetti Bolognese, French Fries, and a Pitcher of Iced Tea. This set meal is prices P750 and is good for 4-6 persons.

On the table:

The friend chicken has a seasoned coating making the skin crispy and flavorful. The meat is tender and juicy, I finished my share in no time. The spaghetti bolognese is spaghetti topped with a rich, ground-meat and tomato based sauce. I love the generous amount of beef chunks served, plus the firmness of the noodles which gives a perfect bite. The french fries is just regular fries, served with mayo and ketchup. The red iced tea that was served in a pitcher was good, it has the right amount of sweetness.

The spotlight goes to the 4 Flavors 36″ Celebrity Pizza (Php 1,988). It has four toppings: El Buono Special, Il Hawaiian, Salami Picante, and Le Verdure.

El Buono Special has mozzarella cheese, special cheese, signature sauce, pepperoni, ham, ground beef, bell pepper, onion, pineapple, black olives, herbs & spices.

Il Hawaiian has mozzarella cheese, special cheese, signature sauce, ham, and pineapple.

Salami Picante has mozzarella cheese, special cheese, signature sauce, pepperoni, herbs & spices.

Le Verdure has mozzarella cheese, special cheese, signature sauce, bell pepper, onion, tomato, corn, and black olives.

I can eat these everyday... 🙂 - photo by: Mishale Aragoncillo

It’s a whopping 36″ sliced into 24 slices. Among the 4 flavors, I liked the El Buono Special best. Blasts of flavors filled my mouth as I take every bite. The special sauce matches the Pinoy taste which is really GOOD. The crust is thin but I wish they could make a thinner version.

There’s 4 of us in our team and we were only able to finish 1/4 of the pizza. My mind says “eat more” but my tummy couldn’t handle another slice. Good thing they divided the pizza and placed in small boxes for us to bring home.

Below is the brick oven used for cooking “the world’s largest pizza” that is deliverable. According to Sir Lance, some restaurants only make large-sized pizza for the world record and their restaurant is different because they make the largest pizza that is sellable and could be enjoyed by customers.

the "mean" machine...strong enough to handle the biggest pizza

Though a number of pizza restaurants tried to serve large sized pizza, Sir Lance claimed El Buono to be the pioneer in making the biggest pizza in the Philippines. When asked about their edge with other pizza places, he said it’s the size and the taste. People will patronize pizza not only because it’s big but because they like the taste.

Sir Lance of El Buono Pizza- photo by: Mishale Aragoncillo

Whether you’re up for a challenge or just wanna have fun, you can try this game: Beer Pong – a beer drinking game for added fun in your drinking sessions.

El Buono in Parañaque have tournaments every Thurs/Fri and Regular games from Sun-Wed. We were able to watch a few games from the qualifications, down to quarter finals. We left the restaurant around past 12mn and semi finals hasn’t started yet. Jared, the organizer of the Beer Pong tournament said tournaments end around 3am.

Champions for every tournament get a shirt with a “Teammate” and El Buono logo or 1 grand cash… Most winners choose the shirt instead of moolah.  😛


BTW, El Buono Makati and Parañaque offer this EAT ALL YOU CAN Promo for only P299. Read the mechanics below.

All you can eat for P299!!!

It’s me and the pizza guy with the star of the night… the 36″ pizza.

It’s definitely a clap…clap…clap… for El Buono Pizza. See you again soon!

El Buono is open for franchise. You may contact the numbers below for inquiries.

El Buono Pizza

Mandaluyong: 500 Boni Ave. Corner San Rafael St.

Makati: Makati Cinema Square

Parañaque: 154 Aguirre St., BF Homes

Cavite: Congressional Road, Dasmariñas

Soon to open: Quezon City branch and San Pablo branch


Contact: 519-1111/ 519-2222

403-1528/ 403-1575