Saturday, January 29, 2011

Dencio's Kamayan Sa Hilltop - Travelling Full in Davao

I first experienced Dencio's Kamayan Sa Hilltop some years back when there weren't much structures along the dark uphill road. Of course, Jack's Ridge views are better because it's nearer - and lower - from the height of the hill that goes further up Barangay Langub in the Ma-a District of the city. But Dencio's Kamayan sa Hilltop provides a more relaxed atmosphere. Unlike Jack's Ridge which typically congests during the weekend (it is a compound where several shops and restaurants conglomerate), Dencio's Kamayan is a lone structure at the top of the hill.

I was told this wasn't a branch of the Dencio's found all over Manila - and throughout Luzon! This is allegedly owned by Davaoenos. They have 4 branches in Davao (SM City Davao, NCCC Mall in Ma-a, Market Basket at the Damosa Gateway in Lanang, and the Hilltop branch which is my favorite). They also have branches in Tagum (Davao del Norte) and another in Cagayan de Oro City (KCC Mall).

Dencio's Kamayan prides itself with their barbecues, their grilled meat and the way they cook them tastefully, with a subtle preference for a bit of sweetness, a signature palate identifier that has translated into loyal patrons since its first branch opened in 1998. The view from the top is dreamy and romantic; tables are available at a main dining hall, as well as separate bahay kubo-style cottages down below. Their waiters are more than attentive, and best of all is their affordable price!

You can call them at (082) 286-5070 for inquiries or reservations. The only hitch here is the availability of public transport if you haven't got a car. It is a bit isolated - which is the inherent charm of the place. But you can always ask your taxi driver to wait - though I sometimes forget the time when I am there.

Visit their website for a glimpse of their menu and prices here -

Below are some photos we ordered during our visit. We made the mistake of ordering a huge platter aside from individual orders, each one with huge servings! This is a place that justifies the term "pig out"!

And we were more than satiated by the time we left the place.

This is the Eye in the Sky!

A platter of different grilled items: chicken, pork, sausages, squid, and even spring rolls with minced meat inside.

Pansit canton (noodle)

Seafood Sinigang and Sinigang na Bangus Belly

Chicken liver at their tastiest!

Lumpia shanghai (Spring/meat rolls)

Dencio's mascot stands at the entrance.

Up next: Compare Davao's Dencio's with Manila's Dencio's! -

Davao City, the view from the top. This photo only courtesy of Philip Cadabuna.

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