Friday, November 15, 2013

2-in-1 Dining Experience: Sushi Dito & Il Forno

Despite Davao offering a major lineup of international cuisine restaurants, a serious foodie like me is always on the hunt for new restaurants and those offering a new concept that will help them rise above the competition. When me and the foodie BF are dining out, it can be a daunting task just trying to decide where to eat. We both love food and though we have similarities in our preferred cuisines, we also have just as many differences. Gladly, we found out about this new restaurant that lets you pick three different cuisines under one roof. He gets to eat Japanese food while I satisfy my craving for an Italian stuffed pasta.

If you're wondering where this is, it's the new building that was built in front of LandCo in JP Laurel Avenue. This was quite a surprise for me, too. I thought that this building is going to be an office or commercial space but it was a brilliant idea to open a restaurant in there. Pardon, three restaurants!

Image: SushiDito Davao Facebook

The three restaurants in question are Sushi Dito (Japanese), Il Forno (Italian), and Klasikos (Filipino).Of all three, we went for the first two because Japanese and Italian are our top two favorite cuisines.

Walking into this restaurant is a unique experience. The interior in itself is divided into three different sections with their corresponding interior design that signals right away where you need to sit if you are looking for an Italian dining experience, a Japanese dining experience, or a Filipino dining experience. However, if there are plenty of you in the group, you can sit wherever you prefer and the staff will hand you any one of three menus that you prefer to enjoy while there. What a cool experience, huh? 

Romanitos (PhP  240)

The stuffed pasta is an absolutely refined yet delicate type of dish to pull off, in my opinion. I am developing a stronger preference towards stuffed pasta over noddle pastas of late. There are several components that make preparing a stuffed pasta dish a bit more challenging than your usual pasta. The thickness of the pasta has to be just right so that when you fold in the filling, it is not too thick to the bite and you can get an even amount of pasta and filling with every bite. In addition, the amount of filling must also be properly apportioned or else it will become too overpowering to the palate.

Ravioli has always been a top favorite of mine, but as I get to explore other types of stuffed pastas, I am also starting to realize that there is more that I am missing out on. Hence, it was a no-brainer why I picked Romanitos for our dinner at Il Forno. And I could not have been more excited with my pick because this dish is aromatic and rich. The Gnocchi pasta is a specialty that is served in only a few countries so that is one more reason why I was excited to try it. The potato dough is very soft that it almost melts in your mouth when you bite into it. Then, it comes with a ham and cheese filling and finished off with a marinara sauce. Absolute perfection in my book!

Katsudon Bento

This bento meal comes with several Japanese goodies so I am not surprised that E picked it for his meal. There are two pieces of Philadelphia Salmon Maki, Katsudon, sauteed vegetables, and Japanese rice. Every component of this bento box can stand on its own yet it was a pleasure to have them in one plate. The maki was delicious, as Sushi Dito's sushis and makis had been. All of the vegetables were evidently fresh such that even the veggie side dish was beautifully sauteed and could eat it by itself.

Cookies & Cream Ice Cream Sandwich

Desserts are always an exciting part of any meal. A good dessert, in my opinion, can do a lot in ending an even not-so-good meal on a high note. When I saw this cookies & cream ice cream sandwich on the menu (priced at approximately PhP 120), I knew I had to try it out.

This dessert was actually very light and comes with a subtle flavor. If you're a fan of cookies & cream, there is not a question that you are going to love this dessert. The drizzle of chocolate syrup and whipped cream on top helped to incorporate more sweet flavors into the dessert, which is a treat for someone with a sweet tooth like me.

Have you checked out any of these three restaurants? Visit Sushi Dito at G/Fof Hai Global Building, Pryce Business Park, JP Laurel Avenue, Davao City.

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