Goin' wild at Safari Grill

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Sunday, November 14, 2010


YOUR tastebuds are sure to go wild at this newly-opened restaurant on F. Torres street in Davao City.

Wild Safari Grill (beside Davao Convention and Trade Center) opened last November 8 and the place will surely tickle the hungry tummies of Dabawenyos.

The restaurant offers buffet lunch and dinner with an impressive menu consisting of Filipino dishes. Dabawenyos who crave for grilled chicken and pork can now sate their palates as the restaurant includes sinugba in their list of specialties.

This writer was one of the lucky guests who partook a hearty lunch last week during the opening. The liempo was so succulent it simply melts in your mouth.

One can actually see their favorite food getting cooked as the grilling area is located at the entrance in a glass-enclosed partition.

The Dabawenyo tastebuds are quite distinct, according to Bangbang Garcia Flores, the restaurant's consultant/chef.

"Gusto ng mga taga-Davao yung parang manamis-namis na medyo maanghang. Parating din hinahanap ang Pinoy food," she says.

Coming from Cebu, Ms. Flores says that Dabawenyos and Cebuanos have similar tastebuds.

Another special Dabawenyo trait is wanting value for their money, Ms. Flores says.

"Dapat sulit ang binabayaran dito," she says.

However, the city is growing fast and has a strong market, she says.

She says Wild Safari Grill aims to cater to the A, B, C, D markets. Their primary goal is to make the price affordable.

Indeed the lunch and dinner buffet offers treats that are simply amazing.

For those who have tasted the famous Cebu chorizo and wondered where to get it, now you have a local restaurant serving it grilled. The sweet spicy flavor is enhanced as it is flame-grilled to perfection.

There is a considerable rise in the number of restaurants offering buffet meals. Ms. Flores says this is so as more and more people want their food served fast.

"Maraming gusto yung madali, maraming choices. With ala carte, you wait for your order, most people do not wish for that kind of delay," she says.

The faster than fastfood with quality and affordable prices is indeed becoming the trend these days. After all, most of us live a packed life.

And to tickle your hunger pangs some more, here are some of the delightful choices they offer: adobong pusit, crispy pata, lumpia shanghai, boneless hito and an original recipe of mashed potatoe lasagna. Also included in the buffet are the Bottomless Iced Tea and a fruit platter.

Another unique feature of the buffet is the halo-halo station where guests can make their own concoction and with a variety of ice cream flavors to choose from.

Ms. Flores says they are planning to have a different set of menu everyday to make it exciting.

An area can be turned into a function room which can easily seat 60 to 80 persons.

Owned by Kenneth Yap of Ranch and Reef, expect the same excellent quality of food and value for your money.

Wild Safari Grill opens daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on November 15, 2010.

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