Always on the hunt for dining places in the city, my research brought me to this quaint dining spot in Plaza del Carmen in Loyola St. Bo. Obrero – to a place known as Duo Commis Classic Cuisine. The name of this restaurant might intimidate many with its seemingly sophisticated appeal, but I encourage you to look past that because in this simple, cozy, and quality restaurant lies one of Davao’s hidden culinary destinations.
The ambiance at Duo Commis is very warm and modern. I like the predominant use of white hues and dim lighting. I instantly thought of this as the ideal place to have family lunch or dinner. However, the ambiance is only the icing on the cake, so to speak. The food does not belie the very promising name the restaurant bears.
Again, I forgot to make a note of the name of the dishes. But my order is a poached cream dory with cream sauce and dill. This is a very simple yet sophisticated dish that highlights the flavor of the dory. I initially thought the cream sauce would overpower the fish, but it didn’t. The use of dill also works quite well with helping to bring out the natural flavors of the fish – plus, it makes the presentation look even better! So, that’s always a plus.
The next dish that we ordered for that night is the Herb Crusted Tuna. The plating for this dish was really clever. I also appreciate the contrast of the crunchy exterior and the soft yet savory flavor of the tuna inside. The sauce appears to have mustard in it, which is probably why I wasn’t such a huge fan of this dish. But overall, it was one of the best tuna dishes I’ve ever had.
The service at Duo Commis is also fairly good. I think the waiting staff still needs a bit of polish and training, but they were polite, so that was not too big of a problem for me.
We no longer ordered dessert from Duo Commis because we had our dessert at a restaurant next door, Bon Appetit (of which you might remember me posting about this delicious dessert here).
If you are looking for a dining experience that is simple and intimate without compromising on the quality of food, I suggest you pay them a visit. I will surely drop by again soon to sample the other dishes on the menu. If you have been to Duo Commis before, I'd love to hear about your experience. Don't forget to drop a comment.