The ambiance at De Bonte Koe is romantic, warm, and intimate. There are lots of figurines, wall paintings, and other quirky details that complete the overall vibe of this restaurant. When we settled into a table, the waitress also lit up one of the candles waiting on the table. Talk about a romantic dinner!
One of the things I like about fine dining restaurants are the complimentary treats they offer. In fact, E & I had been secretly assessing a restaurant's quality based on their complimentary. After all, this is a customer's first chance to taste the food they have on offer. This one is not exceptional but still good. I still think that Bon Appetit Le Bistro, Picobello, and Ronaldo's has some of the best complimentary treats from what I've tried so far!
Norwegian Salmon Steak (PhP 395) - This dish consist of a slow roasted salmon over an open flame to keep it tender. Love the fact that the fish isn't overly seasoned - just enough to complement the natural rich flavor of the salmon meat. This dish is served with veggies, mashed potato, and two choices of dip (garlic mayo and pesto). Just when I thought I've tasted the best salmon in my life, I think this one beats them all!
Chili Con Carne (PhP 265) - This is a spicy stew out of the oven that contains chili peppers, lean ground beef, tomatoes and red beans. This Mexican treat is also served with a choice of rice or French bread.
World class quality meal, top rate service and reasonable prices. All of these factors combine to make De Bonte Koe a dining gem in the city's culinary landscape. The owner is also very accommodating and hands-on with the service. In fact, he treated E to a shot of vodka before starting our meal. Quality food might make you appreciate a restaurant but it is the warm and friendly service that makes you want to come back! And I can guarantee that that won't be the last time we'd be dining at De Bonte Koe.
De Bonte Koe is located at Casa de Habana Compound, Rizal St., Davao City.