August 21st, 2010
As a frequent restaurant diner, I already have a built-in mental blackbook of my favorite haunts in the city. Although I don’t always get the opportunity to eat there, Tiny Kitchen is one of them. Tiny Kitchen is owned by Enteng and Donna Rodriguez, a charming, hands-on couple who never fails to make you feel welcome during every visit. Many of my Manila friends recall Tiny Kitchen as the place to buy gourmet tuyo (dried fish). A few of them even ask me to buy it for them when someone with a trip to the capital comes up. But if you ask me (or my friends), I’m not after the tuyo at all.
Tiny Kitchen also specializes in breads, pastries, pastas and home-cooked meals. Their Caldereta Espanol is my all-time favorite. It’s a wonderful stew of beef, carrots, olive and potatoes drenched in a thick, savory sauce. For only P170, it’s good enough for two people. Though I recommend that you enjoy it by yourself (lol). What I do is eat it with a serving of rice, then clean the bowl with their Foccacia Bread. Their Foccacia Bread is to die for!
My second and most recent favorite is the Maya-maya ala Pobre (P240). It’s baked Red Snapper with potatoes, olive oil and topped with garlic and onions. The snapper is always fresh and if you’re after a healthy meal to cap off the day, this is the one!
For the unadventurous, fret not! Tiny Kitchen also has their own version of fried chicken, the Chicken Frito. It’s nice and crispy on the outside, tender on the inside. I love the gravy that comes with it too.
While at Tiny Kitchen, you must not miss their desserts! During our last visit, Enteng made us try their Dark Chocolate Cake. He gave us a rather large slice, but it disappeared in a few minutes! Other notable desserts are the Square Indulgence (P79) and the unique Mango Sans Rival (P70).
Entree Price Range: P120-P390
Address: Mabini Street corner F. Torres Street, Davao City
For Reservations: 082.305.9232