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Food Tripping: 3 Best Buffet Restaurants in Davao City

Buffet restaurants have always dominated the Davao City resto-sphere. It appeals to the two things Filipino’s love the most: great food at a good deal. It’s the same mentality that makes us suckers for “2-for-the-price-of-1” sales. We love knowing that we get a little extra for the price we paid.

 

Although big-name buffet establishments like Yakimix have recently popped up and started trending, there’s no replacing the old family favorites. Long before Vikings even crawled into Davao City, these buffet restaurants have mastered the art of all-you-can-eat Philippine cuisine – with a dash of Western favorites, of course. Don’t know where to eat in Davao? This list can help you out.

 

  1. Nanay Bebeng Restaurant

Atmosphere: Quiet, relaxing, feel-at-home Filipino setting with wooden capiz-shell sliding doors, bamboo-patterned glass frosting, and warm, yellow lighting.

 

Operating Hours: Monday-Sunday

Lunch – 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Dinner – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Price: Lunch & Dinner – Php325/head

 

Still good 7 years later!” says one enthusiastic blogger on an online forum.

We couldn’t agree more. Even as one of the oldest buffets in Davao, Nanay Bebeng serves arguably the best dishes that offer a delicious taste of genuine Philippine cuisine. It’s the perfect “taste of home” for those who have grown accustomed to the oilier, greasier flavors of fast food and Western. The generous spread of native fare does not disappoint. Attentive and friendly wait staff refill the trays immediately, so you’ll never be left hungry and wanting.

 

  1. Probinsya Restaurant

Atmosphere: The perfect blend of stone walls and wooden panels, giving it that slightly-more-high-end native feel. Not much in the way of decoration, but the simplicity can be charming.

 

Operating Hours: Monday-Sunday

Breakfast – 7:00 am to 10:00 am

Lunch – 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Dinner – 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

 

Price: Breakfast – Php168/head; Lunch & Dinner – Php298/head

 

Probinsya offers a good selection of Filipino delicacies to choose from. While the options are arguably limited, the serving sizes more than make up for it. The trays are huge and are refilled often enough that you can still leave feeling stuffed.

 

What sets it apart from the other restaurants though would be the breakfast buffet; bottomless dishes of fluffy scrambled eggs and plain or garlic rice with Filipino breakfast favorites like chorizo, longganisa and tocino. The dessert table offers delicious puto bumbong and cassava cake. They have a waffle station for on-the-spot waffles and they serve Chocolate Eh! – thick hot chocolate that is authentically Pinoy and slightly bitter. Don’t worry, every table has its own sugar bowl.

 

  1. Grand Menseng Hotel Le Grandeur Cafe

Atmosphere: In true Chinese fashion, Grand Menseng’s Le Grandeur Cafe is full of round, red things; the tables, the chair arrangements, and the decorations. The set-up is undeniably luxurious for the relatively low price you pay.

 

Operating Hours: Monday-Sunday

Breakfast – 6:00 am to 9:00 am

Lunch – 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Afternoon Tea Buffet – 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Dinner – 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

 

Price: Breakfast & Afternoon Tea Buffet – Php199/head; Lunch & Dinner – Php299/head

 

They offer typical Chinese-Filipino staples like lugaw (congee), lumpia (fried rolls), sweet-n-sour pork, and chopsuey (mixed vegetables) for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is tasty enough for a night of good eating. But if you want a unique experience, don’t go there for a meal; go for the snacks.
Grand Menseng provides an afternoon Tea Buffet everday. Translation for Filipino ears: merienda. At a mere 199 per head, you get an overloaded mix of Philippine and international cuisine. All filling and all delicious. You pay a little extra for drinks, but nothing wallet-breaking. The best part is it’s buffet, so you can keep those munchies coming. Grend Menseng is where to eat in Davao City if you’re looking for an inexpensive – and delicious! – bonding moment with a huge group of friends.