Kadayawan feasts at Waterfront Insular Hotel

Cafe Uno's Kadayawan spread will have tribal-inspired and Dabawenyo dishes

A feast fit for a king to celebrate the King of Festivals at Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao. It’s a fitting way to welcome back the Kadayawan after a two-year pause of the celebrated Davao festival. 

At the launching event. Ali Banting, OIC-Operations & Paolo Rosello, OIC-Sales & Marketing

If the lure of the vast and verdant garden that frames the Davao Gulf is not enticing enough, how about diving into the hotel’s bountiful culinary offerings and dine al fresco (or indoors) to rediscover fond pre-pandemic seaside episodes in the hotel-resort? 

Here are four reasons why you should be heading to Waterfront Davao during this festive month of August.

1. Cafe Uno's Kadayawan Weekend Buffet

Café Uno welcomes the month of August in full bounty with festive culinary delightscomposed of local favorites and traditional dishes inspired by the tribes of Davao. Must try are the Chicken Piyangyang and Itula Itum inspired by the Tausug Tribe, the Nilotlot na Manok inspired by the Bagobo Tagabawa Tribe, and the Chicken Pastil, a Maguindanawon specialty. 

To spark excitement, Chef Gilbert Banday added “street food” selections like the Barbecued Chicken and Kwek-kwek, and dishes that one can’t say no to, like the Chicharong Bulaklak and the Pansit Palabok, a nostalgic dish for the chef, and the Humba Dabawenyo. 

Waterfront Chefs Chef Gilbert Banday & Pastry Chef Roche Audeji

NIlotlot na Manok

Humba Dabawenyo

Chicken Piyangyang

Chicken Pastil

Crossing over from the breakfast buffet to the lunch and dinner buffets is the insanely delicious dish, Beef Tapa. What makes this dish extra special is it is uses in its recipe Tuba Vinegar sourced from the coconut trees on the hotel’s gardens. 

Beef Tapa, from breakfast to lunch & dinner buffet on the weekends of August

Your favorite Pinoy kakanin lands on the dessert spread along with the staples. Suman, Kutsinta, Maja Blanca, Palitaw, Ube Turon, and Durian Panna cotta are as tempting as the Western sweet bites on the buffet. 

Fridays to Sundays for lunch and dinner. Php 999.00. 

2. Filipino Merienda Buffet at Cafe Uno 

You don’t have to wait for the weekend to enjoy a buffet meal at Cafe Uno. This month, the buffet fiesta extends beyond the first meal of the day to include the mid-afternoon snack time. If you’re craving for Pinoy favorites, then Cafe Uno is the spot to go. Filipino delicacies such as, biko, puto with dinuguan, pancit, palabok, etc. are on the spread and you can have as much as you can. Make your weekdays extra fun and flavorful!

Mondays to Thursdays, 2:00PM to 5:00PM. Php 428.00. 

Pansit Palabok

3. La Parilla’s Bilao Bundles

Here’s something different at the popular sea-view, al fresco grilling joint of the hotel. Instead of ala carte, how about ordering the August offering with everything on it? The for-sharing Bilao Bundles come in two varieties- All Meat Bonanza and Seafood Fusion. So whatever food type you’re fond of, you can have the best of everything in an order. But no one’s stopping you from ordering both bilaos for a totally filling fiesta celebration!

Available daily from 6:00AM to 10:00PM. All Meat Bonanza Php 1,399; Seafood Fusion Php 1,799

4. Pizza of the Month

Pizzailo is synonymous to good pizza. One of the classic flavors can turn anyone into a regular diner. The al fresco pizza joint is also known for its unique concoctions, and continuing on the Davao inspired recipes, the Humba Dabawenyo tops this month’s edition— Humba Dabawenyo Pizza. Enjoy the sweet, savory pork Humba on a traditional pizza base of tomato sauce and cheese. 

Available daily from 10:00AM to 12:00MN. Php 428.00. 

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Also published in the SunStar Davao newspaper.