It reminded me of Casa Verde in Arlington Street, Cebu. Kind of a remote place where you have to go right through a block to reach it.
It’s at the back of an old, bleak house. Not so big. Like houses you see in old villages. So casual, tranquil for a relaxing dine. Casa Verde is commercialized, crowded and noisy.
When we began to settle ourselves on one of the tables, there was something about the concept of the restaurant. It felt like you’re in a family reunion in an ancestral home, even though the house is not old as you might describe an ancestral. The atmosphere was old-fashioned.
Everything about the surroundings of a restaurant can mean nothing without the quality of the food. I asked my company Madame Serena (my boss and the financier by the way) what kind of food they serve. She told me they serve a combination of Spanish and French influence cuisine, and a little bit Filipino style.
I thought of it as an Italian restaurant since I found out they serve some pasta. But then they are all influenced by French and Spanish cuisine.
Delicious, delectable, are such too common words to describe the taste of the food at Belito’s. I say: they’re all fantastically great!
The specialty of the house was the Paella Negra.
Ahhh, first time I’ve tasted this kind of cuisine. This is the rice with the squid steamed all together. You could even eat this without looking for the viand since the squid with the black ooze are already there with the rice. See below with those lemons.
I forget what exact names of the food we ate. I remember from the pictures I’ve taken were goat meat, lamb, kangkong, boneless bangus, beef, shrimps, chicken afritada:
The customer service? Ahh, what can I say? The waitresses are responsive. They offer you a substitute if a recipe isn’t available. They speak good English–when talking to my Australian big boss Serena Carli.
The supervisor has pleasant personality and very confident when speaking to the customers. And they have this bell that you have to ring on it to call the waitresses. The waitresses are smart and well trained.
So, if you are very particular with good restaurant customer service, Belito’s is one great venue to go.
Belito’s Vine Yard address is at Palm Drive, J.P Laurel Avenue, Bajada Davao City. Refer to the map below courstesy of Belito’s Vineyard Facebook fanpage.