A quiet nook-A A +A
Saturday, August 17, 2013
IT’S in a quiet corner of The Peak at Gaisano Mall of Davao. Café Perla, that is.
With my friends’ penchant for disappearing from Davao, there was just me and Miggy this time, and so I was very happy that finally, there is this restaurant in town that gives you a choice between ordering single or double. The double being already good for three and not just two. This is perfect for those eating alone or those who are in a small group but want to try out several viands.
We ordered mixed seafood sinigang (double), the gambas al ajillo (single), and the homemade longganisa (single). The mixed seafood and gambas because Miggy doesn’t eat meat, and the homemade longganisa because someone who’s really good in the kitchen should know how to make a good longganisa.
The mixed seafood was huge and had a lot of seafood and vegetables in it. Impressive. Except that, mussels tend to lose their flavor when frozen, and the mussels in the soup obviously spent some time frozen. Otherwise, the soup is good and had a generous amount of shrimps in it. (Definitely not one shrimp per serving, there was more).
The gambas is good, too. It’s not something that will make you rave, but it’s good. But it’s not for those who can’t take spicy food. This one’s got some, a little bit more than normal.
The longganisa… there definitely is someone who knows her stuff in the kitchen. Except that… it’s lean longganisa. The health freaks will rejoice. I like living on the edge along with some taba ng baboy.
They have more, but we can only take so much.
Our orders of two singles and one double was more than enough. Maybe for two people, three single viands will be just perfect. A single order soup, a single order fish, meat, or appetizer, and a single order main course.
Had there been more of us, the carnivorous ones, I would have loved to try the binagoongan, caramelized pork adobo, sinigang na liempo, and classic crispy pata. Hehehehe. The health buffs need not despair, they have a lot of fish dishes as well, including salmon fillet.
On that rainy Tuesday night, there were just three tables occupied. Ours, and two other couples occupying tables on opposite corners and minding their own businesses. I guess, it’s a good place for dates; the quiet is perfect for low-toned conversations… now, where do I buy dates? (Joke!). It’s away from the hustle and bustle that Gmall is known for.
By the way, Café Perla is the former Bon Appetit at Gmall, and the owners are the same, Yves and Rosalie Monestier of the Bon Appetit fame.
Where is it? It’s on the “second floor” of The Peak, just around the corner from Don Beppe’s.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 18, 2013.