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Lunch at Bistro Selera

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Bistro Selera review
My sister celebrated her birthday last Sunday and we made a reservation for lunch at Yakimix. We didn’t go to Abreeza right away, though, because we had a couple of errands to do at SM Lanang.

However, after staying in SM for a while, we decided na nakakatamad na to have to go to Abreeza to eat (then back again to SM for groceries). So we cancelled our reservation at Yakimix and decided to just eat at Vikings.

However ulit, when we went to Vikings (it was just around 10), there were already several people in line. We asked the staff if there’s an available table, and he said wala na. Everyone without a reservation is waitlisted and for a table pa talaga outside.

No thanks!

So we went to look for another restaurant since my sister and I were already hungry (#boa). Long story short, we decided to try Bistro Selera.

Since we were there early, they were actually still closed when we got there. The waiter immediately flipped the Closed sign upon noticing us though!

I was surprised at the smallness of the area but the interior design was cozy so everything worked. I also liked the touch of art on the walls.
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Since we were the first customers, it didn’t take long before our food was served. (Later, I would eat the best karekare I have ever eaten so far!) Here are what we ordered:

Bistro Selera Kinilaw

I haven’t eaten the kinilaw because I’m not a big fan of fish, but they said it tasted really great daw. The fish used is Malasugui (swordfish) if I’m not mistaken. I think this was Papa’s favorite dish among everything we ordered!

Bistro Selera Crispy Pata
This is Bistro Selera’s bestseller, which is Crispy Pata. I loved that the skin was crunchy and the meat was very tender. I just didn’t like the huge chops because they can be difficult to eat! #poiseproblems
Bistro Selera Karekare
In the photo, the dish looks bland but only because I took the photo before the stew was mixed.

This was the winner, in my opinion. I seem to always order karekare when it’s on the menu because it’s interesting how restaurants cook it differently.

But this karekare is hands-down the best one I’ve ever tried yet. The sauce was thick and very tasty. I like that it wasn’t sweet because dishes in other restaurants just taste like peanut butter. This was different because it was really savory.

I also loved the very tender meat (although I didn’t eat the other parts like the tripe). Also, unlike other dishes where the vegetables are mushy, the vegetables in this dish are crisp!


FOOD: Yummy!!! I can’t wait to try their other dishes next time!

SERVICE: I can’t say anything bad about the service. Waitstaff was really attentive and observant of our needs. Friendly, too!

PRICE: Price is surprisingly affordable! We paid only around P1200 for the meal because the waiter recommended a Fiesta combo meal (Crispy Pata + Karekare + Iced Tea + Rice) for just P900.

I was really pleased with my dining experience at Bistro Selera and would surely go back to eat it again!

(Just writing about that karekare made me hungry. Grr!)

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. 🙂

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  • Reply nicole p. July 13, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    I wish that they’d open a place here in Luzon! Kahit Batangas or Laguna or better if Metro Manila.. hehehe, Your post made me remember my time in Visayas and all the wonderful food we ate there during my childhood.. :3

    • Reply Maan July 18, 2015 at 4:59 pm

      I hope nga! I really love restaurants that serve hearty food for an affordable price 😀

  • Reply Vance July 13, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    The restaurant looked so inviting and classy. I salivate through the ceviche alone. I wish it were near my place so that I could come and visit them too.

    • Reply Maan July 18, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      I’m drooling over the photos as I re-read the post! Haha. I hope they open a branch in Luzon!

  • Reply Monica July 14, 2015 at 12:10 am

    Looks like they had really good interiors, and from the way you described it, even yummier food! : )

    • Reply Maan July 18, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      I didn’t expect such classy interiors! 😀

  • Reply sarah tirona July 14, 2015 at 10:42 am

    i love discovering quaint new places like this, too bad its all the way in davao…

    • Reply Maan July 18, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      I hope they open up a branch in Manila!

  • Reply May De Jesus-Palacpac July 14, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    I so love the chairs, how comfy is that! I also like that you get that much food for only Php 900, presyo lang yun ng isang crispy pata ah! Wow, sulit talaga! I want.

    • Reply Maan July 18, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      Really comfy! As in nakakaganang kumain haha. I know! Lipat na sa Davao! Haha 😛

  • Reply Ayi July 14, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    I love the interiors! And the food looks yummy too 🙂

  • Reply Louisa July 14, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    All looks delicious. Kare Kare seems to be different depending on the resto.

    • Reply Maan July 18, 2015 at 5:02 pm

      I agree. Nothing beats home-cooked though! 😀

  • Reply Mommy Levy July 14, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    Sayang ang layo ng Davao. I wish that they will put a branch here in Luzon soon.

    • Reply Maan July 18, 2015 at 5:03 pm

      Sana nga! I hope they branch out to Manila.

  • Reply lariza garcia July 15, 2015 at 12:04 am

    my daughter will visit Davao next month for a show and i would definitely recommend to their group to try bistro selera

    • Reply Maan July 18, 2015 at 5:03 pm

      Exciting! Thanks!

  • Reply Joy July 15, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    I want to try the kinilaw! All the food are “nakakagutom”. I share the sentiments of other mommies, sana magbukas sila ng branch dito sa Metro Manila!

    • Reply Maan July 18, 2015 at 5:04 pm

      As in! My tummy’s rumbling now just replying to comments!

  • Reply Kat Rodriguez July 15, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    The place looks great, sarap naman itry kung andito lang yan sa Metro Manila. I hope I can visit Davao soon. I know sobrang ganda sa Davao kahit di pa ko nakakapunta based sa mga sabi ng friends kong nakapunta na. And I love your Mayor, haha, wala lang, bilib lang ako sa mga nababasa ko about him.

    • Reply Maan July 18, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      Hahaha thank you! We love Tatay Digong, too. I hope you’ll be able to come and visit!

  • Reply lorly July 16, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Is bistro celera anywhere near qc? Hoping to try it soon.

    • Reply Maan July 18, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      Sorry, it’s in Davao City 🙂

  • Reply lorly July 16, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Hoping there is bistro celero in qc. Keeping this in mind

  • Reply Ruth July 16, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Sis, very nice ang pictures mo! I love it! What’s your cam? Aaaaand the foods! Grabe! Nakakatakam! It’s 10 pm na and I’m craving for Kare-kare! Hehe!

    • Reply Maan July 18, 2015 at 9:37 am

      OMG thanks, sis! It’s just a Samsung WB150F. Thanks to the resto’s lighting! 😀

  • Reply Ma.Me.Mi.Mommy July 17, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    The logo reminds me of Sola Iced tea. 🙂 The price seems good a if you had that much food for only P1200! And sarap pa. Galing! 🙂

    • Reply Maan July 18, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      Now that you mention it, the logos are similar nga!

  • Reply edel July 19, 2015 at 11:30 am

    I’m drooling over the kinilaw and crispy pata 😀

  • Reply jared's mum September 14, 2015 at 9:43 am

    this looks like a lovely place to dine. i particularly love kare-kare so i think i will order that dish! making a mental note to include this in our list of places to check out in Davao.

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