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A Simple Birthday Lunch at Yellow Fin

Yellow Fin Restaurant Davao

Yuri turned 4 almost a couple of months ago. Ergo, this is a late post. Tee hee.

Yuri’s birthday celebration was a very simple one because it coincided with this year’s Black Saturday. Many establishments were closed the day before so I couldn’t really plan a day-out. Also, it was expected that people would be flocking to the resorts so that idea was scrapped as well.

Instead, we just went to Yellow Fin, one of the best restaurants in the city, bought a birthday cake at Bistro Rosario and grabbed a tub of ice cream, and went home. Simple as can be yet the little boy had fun!

Lit it up with the prettiest candles which we've had for more than a year now! And some ice cream (background)

And we had a very happy little boy with a full tummy. Happy birthday!

I couldn’t believe I haven’t blogged about Yellow Fin yet. Along with Tiny Kitchen and Lachi’s (both of which I believe I haven’t blogged about yet, too!), Yellow Fin Seafood Restaurant is one of the must-visit restaurants in Davao City. So let’s talk about Yellow Fin!

There are currently 4 branches in the city (at least that I know of) — the original one in Sandawa, one in Torres, one fronting SM Lanang Premier, and another one in Lanang in front of Guadalupe Village (where we used to leave). The last one is the branch nearest to our house so we went there.

It’s a very simple looking-restaurant but I like that it’s spacious, clean, and cool. Here are the interiors:

Yellow Fin Restaurant Davao

Yellow Fin Restaurant Davao

Yellow Fin Restaurant Davao

There are booths with couch seats (like the one we were seated in) but I wasn’t able to take a picture of them. Anyway, Yellow Fin is famous for its turo-turo style so there are a lot of dishes in display that you can directly order. However, you can choose short-order meals, too. Here are some of the dishes that you can buy turo-turo:

Yellow Fin Restaurant Davao

Yellow Fin Restaurant Davao

Yellow Fin Restaurant Davao

Yellow Fin Restaurant Davao

Yellow Fin Restaurant Davao

Yellow Fin Restaurant Davao

Yellow Fin Restaurant Davao

Yellow Fin Restaurant Davao

And here were the dishes that we ordered!

Yellow Fin Restaurant Davao

Paksiw na Pata (P100/ serving)

Yellow Fin Restaurant Davao

Greaseless Chicken (P185/ half chicken)

Yellow Fin Restaurant Davao

Grilled Tuna Belly (P95/ 100 grams)

We also ordered an ensalada but I forgot to take a picture of it.



Food is good, as always. Really good, in fact. All of the dishes we ordered, fish, meat, and chicken, were very tender and flavourful. Nothing was dry; everything was perfectly cooked. I could personally eat at Yellow Fin everyday (crossing out money and weight factors, of course).


It is my first time to eat at this particular branch of Yellow Fin, and so far, it is my favourite. I might be a bit biased because I live in the North and it’s near us, but I find that this branch is the most maaliwalas among the four.


One of the things that make Yellow Fin so popular aside from the yumminess of their food is the price. The dishes are very affordable — a meal here shouldn’t burn a hole in your pocket.


I’m a big sucker for great service, so I make sure to take note of places that offer it. Unfortunately, Yellow Fin fell short of my expectations. It’s not that we were treated badly. The waitresses took our orders swiftly, but it was all very rigid and business-like. I prefer personalised, friendly service that treat clients as human beings and not mere customers.

Friendlier service please! :D

Friendlier service please! 😀

Here’s the menu, by the way.

Yellow Fin Restaurant Menu

Yellow Fin Restaurant Menu

Have you ever eaten at Yellow Fin?

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  • Reply cheekeegirl May 16, 2016 at 9:51 am

    haba na nag hair mo

  • Reply Kim Reyes May 16, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    That Grilled Tuna Belly made me drool!

  • Reply Juvy Ann May 16, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Oh wow. Prices is really affordable at Yellow Fin. I hope we can have more affordable good restaurants in Manila too.

  • Reply May Palacpac May 16, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    No I haven’t eaten at Yellow Fin, but when we do visit Davao (which I’m praying for), please remind me to drop by that resto. I’m a tuna addict, my husband though will most likely end up with rheumatism before he leaves the place hahaha.

    I love how you say that the service is personalised – human na human ang treatment. Isn’t it the same way with every place in Davao? I was under the impression na it’s a lifestyle there. 🙂

    • Reply Maan May 18, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      Most local restaurants ganun — I’m reviewing a new restaurant na super okay ang service — which is why I’m quite disappointed dito. Nevertheless, sarap pa rin ng food soooo hahaha

  • Reply Tetcha Figuerres May 17, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    You have the best of both worlds when you visit this resto because you can choose what seafood you want to be cooked to your liking or order what’s already cooked. Nice! And the food prices are quite affordable, too! I’ll remember this resto when we visit Davao again.

  • Reply Nilyn Matugas May 18, 2016 at 1:50 am

    Never been here pa jud! Pero nindot ni kay barato! Belated happy japon kay Yuri! Hehe. I agree, personalized customer service is a plus, it’s something we can’t forget. 🙂

  • Reply Marie May 18, 2016 at 8:30 am

    I love the prices of the dishes, super mura ha for a resto. Tapos ang fresh ng fish. 🙂 A Simple birthday for me is always the best way to celebrate.

  • Reply Berlin May 18, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Tried Yellow Fin once when in Davao. Love the seafoods than the meat. And i find their servings generous and a lot cheaper if you would of course, compare with Manila prices.

  • Reply Ma.Me.Mi.Mommy May 18, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    Love love love as I do love seafood! Judging from the outside, you wouldn’t really think that there’s such a nice restau inside it. Belated happy birthday to Yuri! 😀

  • Reply Joy May 18, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    That grilled tuna belly looked divine! I miss Davao City now. I think I’ve been to one of the branches of Yellow Fin but I’m not quite sure. Hopefully, before the year ends, my little family and I will be able to visit Davao City again. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  • Reply Nina Sogue May 19, 2016 at 8:32 am

    The grilled tuna belly looks really good! And affordable! I’ve never been to Davao though. I’ll definitely look for this when I get a chance to visit 🙂

    Nina |

  • Reply Mommy Levy May 19, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    That grilled tuna belly looks yummy! Belated happy birthday to Yuri.

  • Reply Kati Allan-Balayan May 20, 2016 at 6:54 am

    All those seafood is making me hungry! I like how it have that lutong bahay charm, you can never go wrong with it. Hope they can bring it here in Manila 🙂

  • Reply Rowena Wendy Lei May 20, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Food is so affordable there, here in Manila double the cost yan at least.

  • Reply Edel May 21, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    I haven’t been back to Davao for a long time … your post about Yellow Fin made me hungry. And the prices! Oh my …

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