With the increasing traffic and high urbanization of Davao, residents from the north and south of the city are opting to stay where they are and not risk braving the traffic in downtown Davao.
This is where the need for good and filling food should be fulfilled by local entrepreneurs. Toril in Davao City is taking up the challenge by coming up withbranches of local favorite restaurants and voila, there’s Lumad Restaurant that is a sister company of the Davao staple, Jack’s Ridge.
Located just right at the highway, Lumad not only provides good food but a playground for families with children. It also answers the need for a quality restaurant by the southerners in order for them to escape from the city.
So what do you order at Lumad?
Start with the Davaoeño appetizer of fresh tuna in vinegar, cucumber, radish that is the kinilaw. It sure opens up the taste buds for the next dishes that you would order.
Since Davao is also a grilled food country, go ahead and order the sinugbang tuna belly.
What’s a Pinoy meal without the calorie-laden dish that is so endearingly Filipino--- Crispy Pata?
All the meaty goodness of pork that is crispy on the outside but tender on the inside dipped in the kalamansi and toyo combo of the Davaoeños.
If it is too dry a meal for you, order the Lapu-Lapu tinola and yes, the vegetable part of the go, grow, and glow foods, the Chopsuey.
When the kids are done and the adults are talking over the hearty meal, let them have fun at the playground.
Did I mention that you can dine in the big hall for large groups or at the cottages for smaller groups?
Wherever you choose to eat, you’ll get good, comforting Filipino food at Lumad.
How to get there:
Major airlines fly daily to Davao City from Manila and Cebu. Travel time is an hour and 50 minutes from Manila and just 50 minutes from Cebu.
From the Bangoy International Airport of Davao, it would be a good 30 minute ride to Toril without traffic if you take the Diversion Road.