Feeling at home at De Boerderij

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Sunday, January 5, 2014


NOWADAYS, many young people flock to restaurants or bars on weekends to spend time with their friends. While it is fun to be around a large crowd of people and bumping into friends every once in a while, some people may prefer to be in a smaller area where they can focus on having a good time without having to put up with the hustle and bustle of other partygoers.
If this sounds appealing, De Boerderij may be the kind of place you're looking for.

Al Jaspers, son of owner Joseph Jaspers, shared that De Boerderij (pronounced De Boar-duh-rye) is Dutch for "“The Farm," which, with the windmills and cows, is something that symbolizes Holland's Dutch heritage.

Having been around for seven years, De Boerderij has quietly survived in a time where bars and restaurants tend to open to much fanfare then close after a year or two.

Al Jaspers said that opening the business was "more like gambling," as the establishment had blank interiors when they were just starting.

Thanks to their regular customers who keep their business alive, he said, De Boerderij was able to grow into the place it is today, with the interior keeping true to the place's name.

One side of the place is distinctly modeled after a barn while the other is modeled after a house. Al Jaspers said that it was designed that way so in case the neighboring businesses leave someday, they can expand De Boerderij and design the new space keeping in mind either the barn or house theme, depending on which side of the place the expansion will be.

With the general theme being very Western, the food at De Boerderij is also mostly Western. Al Jaspers, who works with his father in making new recipes, said that some of their best sellers are their burgers and pizzas.

Two of their signature burgers are the De Boerderij burger and the Al's Classic burger.

The De Boerderij burger is made with lettuce, cheese, caramelized onions, sunny side up egg and a thick beef patty. The Al's Classic burger, made by Al himself, consists of a beef patty, two slices of cheese, tomatoes, pickles, mustard and tomato sauce.

De Boerderij also offers a veggie burger made of banana heart, for those who are on vegetarian diets.

Their burger buns and patties are all made freshly at De Boerderij, and Al Jaspers says that they use 100% beef for their patties. He also shared that they are thinking of adding a half pound burger to their menu soon.
For their pizzas, one of their specialties is their Four Mix Pizza, which is a single pie with four sections dedicated to different flavors, namely, ground beef with peas and carrots, ham, chicken and mushroom, and tuna and olives. The average price of their pizza is around P300 and is good for 2-4 persons.

De Boerderij also serves alcoholic drinks, and has stocks of imported beers such as Heineken, Stella Artois and Guinness.

With all the foreign flavors being served at De Boerderij, Al Jaspers shared that they also attract foreign customers, with Americans, Australians, Germans and Brits.

De Boerderij was also used as a setting in the recently released film adaptation of Sabine, a novel written by American author Tom Anthony who is living in Davao City.

On the future of De Boerderij, Al Jaspers shared that they already have a branch in General Santos City that has been around for a year, and that they are looking at ways to spread out to the other side of Davao City.

De Boerderij is located across the street from S&R Membership shopping, along McArthur Highway. They are open from 12 noon to 2 a.m. every day and they are also open on holidays.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 06, 2014.

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