05 Feb More Proof that Cagayan de Oro Locally-Owned Restaurants Can Hold Their Own: 4 CDO Restos Get TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence
There are many indicators that a tertiary city like Cagayan de Oro is really progressing rapidly aside from just having those tall buildings and malls around. A large factor indicator many people – and investors – are looking for are awards, citations, and certifications of excellence. Cagayan de Oro and its different establishments have had all of these in the past year. The most recent one in memory is the National Competitive Council (NCC) naming Cagayan de Oro as the number one “most competitive city” in the Philippines.
Now, TripAdvisor Philippines recently has awarded four restaurants in Cagayan de Oro its Certificate of Excellence. This excellence certificate is only given to restaurants that meet their excellence standards based on traveler and customer reviews. These CDO restaurants are Sentro 1850, Bigby’s, Kagay-Anon, and Missy Bon Bon. Only last week, TripAdvisor also gave a certificate of excellence to the city’s main tourist attraction, the Kagayan Whitewater Rafting on the Cagayan River.
For those not familiar with the name, TripAdvisor (yes, it’s spelled like that in one word) is an American travel website that provides reviews of hotels, restaurants, tourist spots, and other travel-related businesses. It accommodates more than 170 million reviews from its more than 60 million reviewers and critiques from all over the different corners of the world, most of them just travelers doing local reviews based on their travel experiences.
Of the four recipients of the Certificate of Excellence, Sentro 1850 is one of the older and one of the first restaurants in the city to offer affordable fine dining.
It is located along Apolinar Velez Street. Like what is normal on weekends, the restaurant can be filled to the brim at 7:00 p.m. and customers can find themselves up to the fifth on the waiting list.
They serve a mix of Philippine and foreign cuisines, focused mostly on their ribs, smoked barbecue, and roast beef lineup.
The local lineup boasts of the best lechon kawali, crispy deep fried pork belly, and grilled pork chops in town!
And their cake desserts are purely sinful. They’re open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 12 midnight.
They also have function rooms for small parties and the like.
Bigby’s Café and Restaurant
Bigby’s is locally owned but has expanded with branches in Manila, Cebu, Davao, and Bacolod.
The restaurant’s ambience is actually a cross between fine dining and something out of an Indiana Jones movie, if you’re old enough to remember that movie.
Anyone going there is advised to try out their house specialties and best sellers.
Whatever they serve – pork, chicken, beef, seafood, veggies, etc. – will seem like specialties if your tongue is a true connoisseur for good food.
They have two locations at the SM City Mall and at Ayala Centrio Mall. Their original location at the Limketkai Center will soon be reopening.
This restaurant at the Limketkai Center has made a name with local Cagayanons as serving some of the most delicious and authentic Filipino dishes and delicacies in CDO.
It is one of a very few select restaurants in the city that serves authentic ostrich meat.
It is actually one of the biggest fine dining places in the city and still uses typical Filipino wooden furniture and serving utensils.
Their menu may seem pricey at first, but the servings are quite large and may be too much even for two persons.
Most notable at the entrance is the large number of awards for the restaurant.
Missy Bon Bon
This restaurant isn’t really fine dining but they serve some of the best pastries, gelato ice cream, breads, cakes, and sweets in town.
Located at the Limketkai Center, their specialty and best seller is what they term as their all-day breakfast meals.
They also serve very good snack meals and really great desserts. They are actually the only place in CDO that serves really whopping gelato ice cream.
The place opens early at 6:00 a.m. and easily fills up with breakfast eaters. They’re even filled in the evenings with people ordering the “breakfast” meals for dinner since they close at 12 midnight.