Many tourists and residents from other cities visit Cagayan de Oro for one thing, to taste and explore the delicious food our city has to offer. It seems we never run out of something new so here are some of the new dining spots in the city that you just might have not tried yet. Sounds like good news to all foodies out there!
J2J Fastfood and Café Noodle Hub
Here’s a place for a twist on any noodle recipe you can think of. You can find them at the corner of Arch. Hayes and A. Velez Streets.
They cater to their own twist of special noodle recipes with a distinct taste to compliment any meal or even during snack time.
They want their noodle specialties to be your special noodle taste. Their brand is Italian cooking, so their best sellers are the Spaghetti Pomodoro, Spaghetti Marinara, Carbonara, and Spaghetti Aglio Olio.
Of course, since they’re also a “noodle hub,” check out their Italian twist on their Special Pancit, Seafoods Pancit, Sotanghon Pancit, and Special Pancit Pasta. They even serve really good Italian pizzas like the Italiana, Pizza Margarita, and they also serve delicious chicken baskets.
Their spaghettis and pancit can also be served in meal boxes that you can take out or buy in bundles for meetings or conferences. They even serve Diner’s Rice Meals for those who can’t make do without rice.
Nope, this isn’t a Spartan restaurant. The restaurant name is Hebrew for “Yahweh is my god.” It’s a neighborhood mom-and-pop diner located at the corner of 14th and 12th Streets in Nazareth, so you won’t find it at the noisy hubbubs of the malls or Divisoria.
It’s beside Xavier University Grade School if you’re the type that gets lost in Nazareth. So you can imagine most of the time the area is quiet since it only gets busy during school days.
But when it opened back in December 2015 (yes it’s been open that long), everyone who has tried their food has given a thumbs up at the door.
They’re going with the trend of serving “all-day” breakfast meals, but they also have combo favorite meals, and their main dishes are lumped under “Lolo Ades’ Dishes. They also serve delicious burgers, pasta, snacks, sweets, and desserts. Since it’s a quaint place, you can book the whole restaurant for parties since it can sit up to 35 people.
Now here’s another far-from-the-city-so-you’ll-need-GPS-to-look-for-it restaurant that you won’t find in the busy city locations. It’s located at Km. 4, Upper Balulang, in front of the second gate of Xavier Estates. In short, if you’re going to upper Carmen, it’s just beyond SM City Mall, and just head for the Uptown Condotel.
This place has also been open for a while since they cashed in around March 2015.
Their bestsellers, according to people who have tried the place and want to go back, are their spring rolls, calamares, pork belly, lechon kawali, special tempura camaron rebosado, spicy chicken, sizzling mixed seafood, pork sisig, beef steak, chicken inasal, pork steak, crispy shrimp, grilled bangus, and sizzling squid.
Now if that list doesn’t set you adjusting your GPS, then you must be a non-foodie. They also cater for any special gatherings, parties, conferences, and meetings.
The overall ambiance is also super terrific, as if you just stepped into another world and you start to wonder if you’re still in CDO. But do check them out for the delicious food.
This one is easily found at the Center Point Arcade on Corrales Avenue and Domingo Velez Street.
In choosing the name “Pilian” for the restaurant, the name comes from the fact that the owners are “choosy” in a sense that they choose only the best and healthiest food for their customers.
Let’s just say the restaurant is a cross between healthy food and vegetarian food.
The owners say their bestsellers are their vegetarian foods like veggie sisig, oatmeal brownies, vegetarian lumpia, veggie chicharon (Giecharon), vegetarian pasta, vegetable salad, yam pie, cucumber smoothie and Singaporean coffee.
Pilian Café specializes in the serving of foods in their menu that caters to vegetarian and vegan diets. They serve only the freshest vegetables and fruits for their dishes, as well as using the healthiest meat alternatives. This café-restaurant is the first of its kind in Cagayan de Oro.
ProbinSeano Filipino Shabu-Shabu Grill and Resto Bar
Here’s another restaurant that opened at the Center Point Arcade at Corrales Avenue and Domingo Velez Streets.
The restaurant’s dining concept is to allow customers to cook their own food at their own table. This is what is meant by shabu-shabu the next time you see a restaurant with this word as part of the name.
So you get to choose what vegetables, meat, fowl, seafood, and spices you get to mix and cook with your meal. You can cook to your own delight or simply experiment with the ingredients at hand.
Each table is provided with a cooking stove, control switch, and cooking pot. The switch simply controls the temperature since the actual on and off switch is controlled elsewhere. This concept is actually South Korean but the restaurant is giving its own Pinoy twist to the concept.
What customers cook based on the ingredients available is either a Chinese hotpot or Mongolian broth. Some though, cook whatever they fancy, and all leave with a thumbs up before standing up from the table.
But you can also grill your food if you don’t want to go soup-style. You have choices of lobster, shrimp, and fish to grill. They also have a wide selection of local and foreign wines and liquor.
Daniel’s Restobar and Grill
Again, another new restaurant at the Center Point Arcade on Corrales Avenue and Domingo Velez Street. They serve really good food as customers will attest.
They serve meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Meals are either in Filipino style, Continental style, or fusion dishes.
They rather have large servings good for 2 to 4 persons. For people on a diet, they do serve chicken, pork, and beef barbecue value meals inclusive of unlimited rice and a choice of soft drink.
At night they serve a wide variety of wines and liquors, and for a quaint spot they have live music offerings every night.
Krunch – Eat Healthy
A healthy food place that’s located at the corner of Tiano Bros. and Macahambus Streets beside the Demiren Hotel.
They serve burgers, rice meals, pasta, and to balance out the meals, healthy smoothies and detox juices.
Their burgers are termed “vegetarian burgers” and their veggie salads are served fresh. They also server protein platters, sizzlers, and their rice meals are unlimited rice.