This would probably my longest phlog — to date.
After a gruelling photo shoot, we were looking forward to a hearty dinner in Davao City. We’re all for seafood. When you’re in the provinces of the Philippines and especially if they’re near a body of water, say Celebes Sea, you’d find the freshest, tastiest seafoods! I’m not a sea food lover, but I enjoyed our feast here!
We were naturally lured to this restaurant called Marina Tuna. It sounds good. Things taste good. So good we dined here for two straight nights – two nights’ worth of photos, baby!
They say it’s a good dietary practice to start your meal with fruits. They say it cleanses out your digestive tract right before you pack it with more food. And so we start off with pomelo. Here in Davao City, the pomelo fruit abounds and we bought way too much so we gotta eat them in every opportunity we had.
It’s not called Marina TUNA for nothing. Tuna fish hogs the limelight here. In fact, the restaurant claims it serves tuna in 10 different ways.
Kilawin (in Mindanao) or Kinilaw (in Visayas) is a kind of food preparation where fish slices are served raw but they’ve been marinated with vinegar, pepper, salt and sometimes, onion. In the photo above, it’s served with cucumber slices. I wish I could tell you what it taste but raw food, especially fish (yes, including sashimi) is not really my thing. “Kilaw” is related to the word “hilaw” which means raw, uncooked or unripe. Many people enjoy it, especially as pulutan or snacks when you’re having your happy hour drinking (Hik!).
We also tried other foods on the menu. There are many creatures out there, you know.
The MARINA Tuna will be remissed without their display of marine life:
Overall, Marina Tuna is a great place to experience the gastronomical wonders of the sea world.
There’s only this corner in the restaurant that kind of bothers me just a tad bit.
Here’s my bonus feature/picture. From now on, in every restaurant I go to, I would include photos of their restrooms. If it is not your thing, then you may skip this part. But if you’re like me who does a lot of bladder breaks, then I sure hope you find this useful. A great restroom is a luxury for travelers.
Here in Marina Tuna, they’ve got a restroom for men and a separate one for female. Those fe/male restrooms drive me crazy.
Location: Km. 8, Barrio Pampanga, Sasa, Davao City
Tel: (63 82) 233-2666
Date Visited/Photos Taken: April 2012
*Davao City has recently celebrated their colorful Kadayawan Festival (August 19th), Dabawenyos annual thanksgiving celebration. This fiesta is highlighted with floral floats, street dance and proudly-local product exhibits. This Davao food phlog is posted to send my big “Cheers!” to this lovely city!