Thursday, September 16, 2021

Imok’s restaurant: Filipino cuisines in the heart of Davao

IN CASE you're looking for a place to dine out, check out Davao City's newest restaurant that will surely satisfy your craving for Filipino dishes.

On Wednesday, July 28, Imok's Restaurant finally opened to the public. Formerly Zigudu Comedy Bar, the resto is located at F. Torres St.

Eric Joseph Idong, restaurant owner, shared how Imok's was conceptualized.

Admittedly, this is his family's first venture into the resto industry, which was made more challenging in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic. The restaurant was supposed to open last year.

Idong said Imok’s Restaurant was named after his father who is a great cook and his inspiration. Not only is the word Imok a nickname of his father, Idong said it is also a slang for “I’m OK.”

"Especially at this horrific time [pandemic], kailangan talaga maging OK," he said.

What makes Imok's unique from other restos? Idong said they offer various types of Filipino cuisines including Cebuano, Kapampangan, Dabawenyo and Ilocano cuisines.

These include oxtail kare-kare, chicken asado, mixed seafood, Bicol express and so much more coming in the next months. For an introductory price of P349, you can experience a wide variety of delectable dishes at a very affordable eat-all-you-can price. Not to mention you also get to enjoy the main courses, soups, salad, kakanin (very Filipino) and the unlimited drinks. The ambiance inside the restaurant is also very Filipino because of the interior designs.

With the current travel restrictions, he said food goers don't need to travel elsewhere to taste the different cuisines.

"Imok's is a representation of different Filipino dishes. That is why you get to try different dishes of Filipino," he said.

Amid the hardships brought about by the pandemic, Idong said it is their mission to provide an "enjoyable dining experience" for all Dabawenyos.

In the future, the resto is set to offer live entertainment and music once restrictions are lifted.

Imok’s is open everyday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch, and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for dinner.


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