Restaurant Review Worth the Weight

Lunch with Friends at Perch Modern Kitchen + Bar

Perch Modern Kitchen + Bar Davao

I had a great time last Sunday! Well, I always have a great time whenever I find myself spending the day with my friends since college. Last Sunday was another of the days (although one of our friends, Christine, was sorely missed because she’s now living in Japan!).

We wanted to try the new Picobello at first, but on Saturday, we decided to try Perch Modern Kitchen + Bar instead. We’ve heard a lot of great reviews about it, and upon checking out their menu, we couldn’t wait to try their Filipino dishes with a twist.

But first – OOTD! I didn’t want one taken because I was feeling fat that day (yet I ate to my heart’s delight), but Hazel insisted, so here it is 😀

Midi dress – bought online | Denim bolero – Mags, given by George | Sandals – Gibi | Bag – Aldo, gift
On Yuri: Shirt – Garanimals | Shorts – Mothercare | Shoes – Nike | Bag – Disney

I had a crisis that morning because none of my clothes fit me. I hope I’m only kidding but I’m not. I’m so sad. How do you lose weight? Huhu.

Okay, back to Perch. I only have phone pictures here; I can’t believe I forgot to bring my camera! It was just lying beside my bag, but I grabbed my bag without putting the camera in. Blame it on my weight crisis (or is it the anaesthesia?).

Perch Modern Kitchen + Bar

Freaky picture – the upper side looks cropped diagonally but it’s not

We’ve been hearing about this relatively new restaurant and bar in the city, so we decided to meet there. It’s situated in a (relatively new) mall, Felcris Centrale, and there weren’t a lot of people. In fact, when I entered the restaurant, there were only two other patrons.


However, the place quickly filled up as we ate. These were the dishes we ordered:

Perch Modern Kitchen + Bar Candied Bacon

Candied Bacon – P190

Perch Modern Kitchen + Bar Kaldereta Pizza

Kaldereta Pizza – P260

Perch Modern Kitchen + Bar Kaldereta Pizza

Toppings are homemade potato chips

Perch Modern Kitchen + Bar Angus Basil Meatball Pasta

Angus Basil Meatball Pasta – P240

Perch Modern Kitchen + Bar Stuffed Chicken Leg Quarter

Stuffed Chicken Leg Quarter – P250

Perch Modern Kitchen + Bar Whiskey Barbecue Chops

Perch Modern Kitchen + Bar Whiskey Barbecue Chops

Whiskey Barbecue Chops – P380

We ate inside the restaurant (and tried not to disturb other patrons), but since it was a nice, windy day (and we were getting louder), we decided to transfer to their al fresco dining area. It was a great decision on our part because it was a bit chilly – just perfect for hanging out!

Perch Modern Kitchen + Bar Perch Modern Kitchen + Bar
Also, we could laugh as loudly as we needed to haha. I’m sorry; it’s very rare that I get to hang out with these girls so we tend to go crazy on these occasions!


When patrons vacated another table which had couches instead of wooden chairs, we transferred again. Sorry, servers! We didn’t leave much of a mess anyway.


The kids ENJOYED the couch – as if they’ve never seen a couch before.



Food was really yummy, but I had some complaints. First, the meat in Whiskey Barbecue Chops was quite tough and the taste was nothing special for me. Also, there was too much carb. For Whiskey Barbecue Chops, you get not only a serving of mashed potatoes but also a bowl of rice – there were also two cuts of corn. Meanwhile, for Stuffed Chicken Leg Quarter, the dish did not only contain java rice (was that java rice?) but also had mashed potatoes. What’s with the obsession with carbs, seriously?

But aside from those nitpicks, everything was yummy – take my word for it. From the candied bacon (which my son loved) to the kaldereta pizza, everything was calorifically delicious.


For true-blue Davaoeños, Felcris Centrale is absolutely easy to locate and will, subsequently, locate Perch. However, it is a bit far for people like me who live in the northern part of the city. If you find yourself in the south, though, do give this place a visit!


Service was really good. Our servers paid attention and were smile-y all afternoon (we were their first and last patrons that afternoon), and catered to our every request with no complaint. Not much attention was paid to the little kids – which can be a good or a bad thing. It depends.


The dishes were quite pricey upon initial inspection of the menu (a regular meal for a family in Davao City can easily cost as low as P1,000), but the servings were huge. Each dish can be good for two people (depending on the appetite), and the pizza can be shared by a group. In other words, price is fine for the serving! And, like what I mentioned above, they have this obsession with carbs, so a dish would not fail to satisfy your hunger. Our group paid a little more than P1,600, which was quite acceptable.

Now, I’m on the lookout for the venue of our next food trip. This is why it’s so hard to lose weight!

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  • Reply Tina Madrazo August 8, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Another resto to try on my list! Mouthwatering!

  • Reply MrsMartinez August 8, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    The food looks yummy and nice ootd by the way!


  • Reply Donna August 9, 2015 at 9:11 am

    The Candies Bacon looks delish 🙂

  • Reply Donna August 9, 2015 at 9:12 am

    I mean candied bacon

  • Reply Shane August 9, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Food looks so yummy with very good presentation. Nice! You and Yuri seem so happy with friends. What is good food without friends, right?

  • Reply Jackie August 9, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    I was about to ask you where this mall was then remembered you’re based in Davao, huhu. Food looks so good, even your “negative” comments made me want it more haha. Nice OOTD by the way 🙂

  • Reply Mommy Anna August 10, 2015 at 7:35 am

    I like the candied bacon and the kaldereta pizza 🙂 you look good in your OOTD, same here sometimes naka stress if wala ka makita clothes na will fit in you

  • Reply Joy August 10, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Love the dress! 🙂 the place surely looks cozy and food yummy! Definitely a must-try when we visit Davao City again! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  • Reply Mommy Donna August 10, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    food looks yummy especially the Whiskey Barbecue Chops.. drooling 😀

  • Reply jared's mum August 18, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    losing weight is one of my biggest woes these days. i need to get rid of excess 10lbs + soon! but i must admit, it is never easy to shed the extra weight, especially if we will frequent places like these, everything looks yummy! 🙂

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