Last Saturday we had planned to watch the Araw ng Dabaw's Parada Dabawenyo but my little girl went to sleep late at night on Friday, so we end up waking up at about 9am in the morning. Since the parade started already at 7am, we decided not to go, but instead we change our plan to go eat at Mesa - Filipino Moderne at SM Lanang Premier. My wife read reviews of this restaurant from other sites, and was intrigue about it since one of its owner is said to be Kiko Pangilinan husband of Megastar Sharon Cuneta.
We went to SM Lanang Premier late in the afternoon, it was a bit dark that time of the day, since it was about to rain. I'm just glad we arrive at SM Lanang before the rain started falling. Mesa can be located at the back of SM Lanang Premier fronting the dancing fountain.
When we arrive at Mesa the female attendant immediately accompanied us and brought us to this cone shaped place at the restaurant. I forgot to ask her if there is a name for such a place though. There were only a few customers when we arrived, maybe because it was raining that time. When the waitress handed the menu, I let my wife pick what food to order, I was busy then with my little daughter who just can't stop tinkering with the spoon. My wife ordered a Grilled Liempo Mesa Way - A Classic grilled pork belly (Php 185.00), Soup Buntot - Double boiled oxtail and tripe soup (Php 290.00), Apahap(Seabass) or Lapu-Lapu (Grouper) - Pan fried with latik (fried coconut meat) (Php 495.00 - 90 Php per 100g). Our drinks are Sago't Gulaman (Php 60.00), Fresh Buko (Php 75.00) and Mango Juice (Php 75.00) and 4 cups of plain rice (Php 35.00 per cup). I think we had a total bill of Php 1,300+ service charge included. A bit too pricey for me though.
|Our Drinks - Sago't Gulaman, Fresh Buko and Mango Juice|
|Grilled Liempo Mesa Way|
|Apahap(Seabass) or Lapu-Lapu (Grouper) - Pan fried with latik|
|Soup Buntot - Served to us by this lovely waitress|
|All Three of our ordered dishes|
Let us forget the amount for the moment and let us go to the foods instead. Almost all their servings are good for 2-3 person, so this will be a great place for a group of friends or a family gathering to go to. As for the food we ordered, I like the Soup Buntot since I like eating with a soup as a partner. My wife loved the Lapu-Lapu, though she only ate a few of it, leaving me to finish a large amount of the fish. Our daughter is more of a liempo lover but like me she loves eating with soup. The drinks are served on almost a foot high glass.
I do love the place, especially the cone thing shape area we were in, it gives you some privacy. Just beside our area are two enclosed rooms on the restaurant which would be great for business gatherings. The staff are also on their toes, polite and attentive (They do have a service charge as I mentioned earlier hmmm).
So despite the price, we did enjoy and loved the meal so it makes up for it and I recommend Mesa to be one of the places to eat when you visit Davao City or SM Lanang Premier.
Mesa Filipino Moderne
SM Lanang Premier - Davao City
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