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Classic Filipino Cuisine at the White House!

Ida Damo
Ida Damo | Feb 11, 2015

 

No, not the White House in Washington, D.C. but that American-Colonial White House on top of the hill here in Davao City where they serve fusion food.

What a feast it was.  Kare-Kare, Binagoongang Baboy, Twice-Cooked Adobo, White House Kinilaw, Fried Lumpiang Ubod, Sinamapalukang Manok, Salmon Head and Belly sa Miso, Fish and Chips, Rack of Lamb and Pako Salad. 

For desserts we had Durian Yema Cheesecake, Yamamomo Cheesecake and Turon.

You would think that if you have all those delicious food in one seating, all the tastes and flavors would overpower each other and cancel each other out. 

But the manner and the order by which they served the food, made each dish stand out, and retain its flavor and surprisingly, with most interesting and pleasing palatable combinations.

So order it all if you wish, satisfaction is guaranteed.

But I have my favorites and should I say must-tries.

First is the Kare-Kare.  It is an all-time favorite and I can have it every day for lunch or dinner.

White House’s Kare-Kare is made of Oxtail and Tripe in mashed roasted peanut and roasted rice sauce.  It reminded me of how “from scratch” way of making the sauce tastes like because it was exactly that and not just peanut butter or store bought kare-kare sauce.  It made the experience more homey and comforting.

Second is the Twice-Cooked Adobo which was surprisingly good. The meat was so tender.  How can it not when it was braised and baked?

It was surprisingly good for me because after tasting a lot of adobo prepared and marinated in different sauces but retaining the basic garlic, soy sauce and vinegar, this one managed to nail it and yet invoked the flavors of old.

But then again, my tastes are so simple.

Having the Durian Yema Cheesecake and the Yamamomo Cheesecake for dessert was really pieces of gustatory heaven in a plate and on your palate.

The White House itself is a thing of beauty. You can dine inside or al fresco in its patio.     

What made the experience even more delightful was the company of the chef herself, Cathy Binag, my travel conspirator Olan Emboscado The Travel Teller, Jepoi, Ben T, Dian and Sir TBF.

So if you get an RSVP to the White House in Davao, say yes!

How to Get There:

The White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge is at the Camella NorthPoint in Bajada, J.P. Laurel Avenue, Davao City.

PAL and Cebu Pacific have daily flights to Davao City from Manila and Cebu.

Bajada, J.P. Laurel Avenue is just 15-20 minutes away from the Bangoy International Airport.

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