FOOD : Dumaguete’s Best

One of the things I love about traveling is the chance to eat like locals do. When I went to Dumaguete, I made sure that I was able to try their restaurants, especially these four:

Casablanca Restaurant

Located along Rizal Boulevard, Casablancas is probably one of the go-to restaurants for those who would like to experience fine dining in the City of Gentle People. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner; and they are proud to have a fine selection of wine from all around the world.

During my visit, I tried their Fritto Misto Al Mare ( I was craving for seafood).

– Fried Calamaris, Shrimps and Fish Fillet with Remoulade Sauce. I was just supposed to have snacks, but the serving was generous, so I added a cup of rice and it turned out to be an early dinner. The food was great, but I did not feel that it was special enough. The shrimp was small (well, the price was relatively low for a seafood platter) and I’m a huge shrimp fan; needless to say, I was disappointed.

I think, for first timers, you should not order what I had; unless you’re part of a group.  I should’ve asked for the bestseller; or just ordered wine or chose some from their cold cuts.

But to be fair with the restaurant, they have friendly staff and the ambiance was very chill and relaxing and posh. I’d give them a 4/5.



Dumaguete is known for their Silvanas – and if you know anyone who has been there, chances are, you have also tasted these famous pastries from Sans Rival. The Silvanas are best eaten when they’re chilled (some like it frozen). They have branches around the Metro, but nothing beats the original. Plus, a box of 10 in Dumaguete would cost you P165, while in Manila, the price is P320! To be honest, it’s that good, I wouldn’t mind paying the extra cost. Lol.

They also have chocolate-flavored Silvanas!

The restaurant in Dumaguete also served food other than dessert, and we tried their breakfast selection when we were there.

Overall, the experience was amazing.. A 5/5 for me 🙂


Café Racer

If you’re up for a good time, Café Racer is the place to go to.

One, it is Instagram worthy. You can stay outside in the open air dining or inside if you love the AC. If you’re drinking, I suggest you stay outside.

Two, they serve good food and good beer. Although we only tried their Beer + food packages, I could say that they prepared the food well because they did taste good (especially the chicken skin haha).

Three, since the place is located near other popular Dumaguete restaurants, it’s almost always packed. So expect to see a lot of people, and if there’s one thing I love about the Visayas, it’s that they have friendly men, who are also equally good-looking.

The only downside of Café Racer is that they have a small toilet. Lol. And they don’t have bidet.

Nevertheless, I’d still give them a 4/5.



I think I have already tried this in Cebu, but what the heck. I was looking for a place that serves good pasta; and since this was one of the restaurants fronting Silliman University, we decided to just try this.

I had Spaghetti ala Gambas – Shrimps sautéed in butter, garlic, cayenne and paprika.

My friend tried the Spaghetti ala Mooon – sautéed chicken, shrimps, shiitake mushrooms, roasted peanut and their signature sauce. This looks like the one from Yellow Cab. And boy, for the price of these pastas, their serving was HUGE.

So, whether you’re in Cebu or in Dumaguete, don’t forget to try this one. You won’t be disappointed, definitely a 5/5.


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