I am astound by how convenient dining out here in Davao City has become. With the spring up of new malls, vacant properties converted into arcades, renovations of old commercial buildings and even old houses transformed into restaurants there were now many places to choose. Not only that, restaurants and fastfood chains which we only heard to be in Manila or abroad were now here franchised by Davaoeño businessmen or brought in by new investors from other places.
We literally had nothing to cook at home. My Mom and nieces usually spends their weekends at my house and that gives me reason to go to the grocery and buy ample goodies for them to enjoy. But for three weeks now they were not able to visit me because of some meetings, my nieces examinations and a doctors appointment in that (weekend) order. So, for the past weekends I got lazy to go to the grocery. Instead, I just cooked whatever was left in the freezer or in the cupboard.
As I've said earlier, because of these rapid developments going on in Davao City, we now have lots of choices where to dine. So while most of "who's who" in Davao City was in the grand opening of a new mall, my friend Dave and I met at Abreeza Mall. As expected, there's not too many people around and I liked it. I asked Dave to suggest where to have dinner this time since we almost tried most of the restaurants in the ground and second floors. So Dave said that we go to the third floor and suggested that we try RANCHERO.
We went inside and we were seated on a sofa type chair. The atmosphere inside was relaxing, the decors was like in a ranch diner with fine dining setting but not intimidating. The waiter immediately attended us by giving us the menu. We chose the following dishes
|Condiments (spicy vinegar, pickles vegies and spicy soy sauce) a perfect partner for the inihaw.|
|Inihaw Fiesta Platter|
|Grilled Squid this was supposed to be in the Inihaw Fiesta Platter but they had it to follow because it was not yet done when they served the platter.|
|Lychee Iced Tea and Fruity Iced Tea|
The Inihaw Fiesta Platter has pork and chicken barbeque, grilled hito (catfish), squid, porkchop and shrimps. All the meat was tender, juicy and you can tell by the taste that it was well marinated. The grilled hito was succulent and the shrimp was a little sweet and tasty. The condiments that was given to us further enhanced the taste of the food. The combination of the lychee juice with the iced tea was really good while the fruity iced tea has minced apple, kiwi fruit and mango that made the taste "fruity".
|A finely designed wrought iron chandelier has further enhanced the look of Ranchero|
RANCHERO is a bit pricey kind of restaurant but you cannot make it a reason for not eating there. Before Ranchero Abreeza, it used to be located near BSP (Banko Sentral Ng Pilipinas) and was able to dine there three times. The first was my cousin from Cagayan de Oro invited me to dine there with her family. Second was during the birthday of my former boss and lastly Dave's Aunt from United States invited me to join them for dinner.
The Inihaw Fiesta Platter cost P975 but the good thing was Ranchero gives 30% off if we use a BDO Credit Card. Good thing Dave has it and so we got the discount. With it's great service, good food and the discount it was surely a nice dining experience for us.
3rd Floor Abreeza Mall
Special thanks to Dave Penn. All the photos in this post was taken from his I-Phone =)