Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tiny Kitchen in Davao City

Call this an exaggeration at all forms and fixtures, but even an exaggeration is an understatement. Tiny Kitchen is life's biggest irony. The word "tiny" is an absolute opposite. Life here is ushered in massive delight.

Tiny Kitchen is a quintessential restaurant at the heart of Davao City, where they initially serve Spanish cuisines, but had grown into a full blown restaurant with menu that are acclimatized to local taste buds. Buzzword is Spanish as the owner Vincent "Enteng" Rodriguez has a Spanish descent(his mother is Spanish) and he attributed a majority of his acquired culinary mastery to his mom. 

Of course, it isn't discounting that the restaurant is a perfect blend of fine courses and mouthwatering desserts. His wife, Donna, has an indomitable skill that can turn anything into a really delectable dessert. 

So don't gas up your gastric tank full with the main courses yet without trying out on their desserts. 

The restaurant is a bit full(it shouldn't be a surprise) and we waited a little bit. We are welcomed by the owner's 9 year-old daughter who was cutesy and kind enough to take our order in a gleeful fashion. Wearing an apron and a head garb, and at age 9, she is probably the youngest management trainee I know. :)

Lemonada - Lemonade brew and Strawberry Blush - fresh strawberry slush

Vaca Salpicao - beef sirloin cooked in a special concocted sauce withy lots of garlic and mushrooms

Vino Rojo - a traditional Spanish chicken stew simmered in wine

Caldereta Espanol - Spanish style brew of beef simmered with chorizo, olives, potato and carrots

Balbacua. It's a beef shank softened to perfection. It has been more than 20years since I last tasted this. And this is one of those moments that I have been craving for it. 

The ingredient to Tiny Kitchen's success story is the owner's attitude for life, from the way they groom their daughter to the business to the way they were so immersed to serve savory entrees out of the freshest produce, from to the way they treat their employees to the way they serve their customers. It's a zest of everything they do at the core of their business model that make them stand out. Truly, you should try them out.   


  1. The Vino Rojo looks really good. I want to try it.

    1. Oh they are. I don't know which entree in Tiny Kitchen that is not delicious. They all are.


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