What’s in a Name?

By , on July 17, 2013


10 Dove Street front door. Be careful not to miss it!
10 Dove Street front door. Be careful not to miss it!

When it comes to restaurants, names are important. Branding is key to being unforgettable. But for a restaurant in Cebu, they didn’t even bother to figure out a name for their place, they simply relied on their food and their address. And when the food is that good and the prices just right, all you have to do is put that “open” sign on your door and the people will come.

Locals and tourists alike flock to 10 Dove St. in Sto. Nino Village in Brgy. Banilad to savor their four-course meal. For just PhP 200.00 per person, you get your choice of tasty salad (they have cold and warm salad choices), a bowl of heart warming soup, one of their House Specials (choose from over two dozen creations!), and to cap off your meal, enjoy a slice of one of their heavenly decadent cakes.

For me, eating real crab meat is always a treat, so I had the crab and corn bisque. Since its actual crab meat, expect bits of crab shell in the soup. It’s not off-putting, at least for me. The soup was very tasty, warm, and light, just enough to whet your appetite for the next three courses.

Harvest Apple Salad
Harvest Apple Salad

After the soup is the salad. Not being a big fan of vegetables and mayonnaise, I wouldn’t normally order a salad. However, I could not let this opportunity pass without trying the most recommended salad in their menu, the Harvest Apple. The sweetness of the marshmallows and fruits (apples, grapes, raisins and walnuts) was a great way to cut the tanginess of the mayo-vidalia dressing, which would normally make me cringe.

House Special: Macaroni and Frankfurters Skillet
House Special: Macaroni and Frankfurters Skillet

For the main course, I’ve chosen a House Special: Macaroni & Frankfurters Skillet. It’s quite a hefty meal so be warned. They serve it with four pieces of toast and some butter. The macaroni and frankfurters was a little too salty for my taste, but the toasts helped ease the saltiness of the dish.

Dessert is always a welcomed treat no matter how full your stomach may be. I had the Strawberry Yogurt Cake, but their bestseller is Decadence, their chocolate cake. Both were addictively delicious. The cakes were moist and not too sweet and you can really taste the strawberries and real chocolate.

Strawberry Yoghurt Cake
Strawberry Yoghurt Cake

After your meal, they will even help take care of your transportation. Since there is no public transportation inside the village, you can either walk back all the way to the gate of the village or ask the waiter to call the guardhouse and send a cab to pick you up.

All in all, the dining experience at 10 Dove St. was beyond good. It was quiet and intimate and the food was exceedingly delicious. It’s a great place to just sit down and enjoy your meal over some light chit-chat. And seriously, who needs a name when the food is that memorable?

#10 Dove Street, Sto. Niño Village, Brgy. Banilad, Cebu
0916-718-5082 | 0922-332-3793 | +63-032-346-0618
Payment: Cash only; Inquire in advance to secure a table.