With a huge array of restaurants promising to treat Davaoenos' taste buds to some of the best local and international cuisines, restaurant owners are compelled to come up with unique offerings to entice the local foodies and tourists. Ronaldo's is one of those restaurants that fit this bill. They promise to offer local inspired cuisines using locally grown ingredients but also something that is unique and creative enough to excite the local palate.
The ambiance at Ronaldo's might slightly intimidate - but don't let it. It might be a classy looking restaurant but you will quickly feel at home with the deletectable dishes served on your table. Even before our orders were served, we got this complimentary that comes with freshly baked bread served on a pastry basket and comes with its mango puree in olive oil dip. If the complementary were any indicator, I knew this was going to be a great meal! You have to try it to believe it.
As if that hot and fresh bread isn't enough to fire up your appetite, we ordered the Sopa de Samal Estilo Ysabel or market fresh shellfish in a saffron chowder (PhP 140). What a rich soup this is! I am a big fan of chowder as there isn't anything more that could represent comfort food better. The soup is a combination of creamy and savory. And I love that the shellfish flavor really comes out on top, which is a treat for a seafood and shellfish fan like myself! And with that, we are so ready for the next course...
The Salmon Lasagna (PhP 245) is another unique dish that quickly drew my attention. And you've probably guessed why by now - salmon. This dish consisted of a layered Norwegian salmon pasta with homegrown herbs in a saffron sauce. The aroma coming from the saffron truly does help to bring this dish to another level, just like it did with the chowder. The meat from the salmon is extremely tender that it almost melts into the pasta.
The only not-so-good part of this meal is their half Fragrant Fried Chicken (PhP 160). There was nothing special about this dish though I appreciate the color from the outside. The seasoning is just right, too.
This is one of few restaurants that had been in my must-visit list for the longest time and I can say with confidence that I will recommend it and be back here soon. Ronaldo's truly exemplify how the local cuisine can compete with some of the world's bests.
Ronaldo's is located at Torres St. beside Tiny Kitchen.
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