Dulce Vida at last

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

I TRIED to drag along a big group to this tiny resto along Tulip Drive just outside the entrance gate of SM – Dulce Vida.

Except that… it was full and there were nine of us including our company president. Darn.

On my second try, we had our choice of table since it was already past regular dinner time.


With me were Miggy and Marivi, with Marivi bringing along her portable TV so she won’t miss her date with Coco Martin. Marivi’s a telenovela addict and she used to gets antsy when she’s still not home when primetime comes around. With her portable TV, now she can socialize.

Dulce Vida is owned by the couple behind Tiny Kitchen – Vince and Donna. Dulce Vida has been the name of their bread, pastries, and cakes, and now has its own tiny restaurant. Donna’s cakes are too die for and Vince can whip a mean meal that has been packing Tiny Kitchen since they opened.
Now there’s Dulce Vida for the southerners like me, in that building where HomeCrest Residences is, the SM-side entrance of Ecoland Phase 7.

Aside from the two refrigerated display racks that tempt you with rows upon rows of cakes, they have set meals. Miggy, being a pesca-vegetarian had no other choice but the seafood pasta. I got the lamb stew, while Marivi got the Angus beef stew. I wanted to get a salad but was courteously informed by the waitress that my set meal already has salad.

I appreciated that a lot. Marivi slipped in an order of ham sandwich.
We got the cucumber lemon coolers to go with our meal. A very, very refreshing combination.

As it was already past 8 p.m., my tummy was already grumbling and the promised 10-15 minutes to prepare seemed agonizingly long, and so I ordered bread with olive oil and balsamic. Their ciabatta bread is so soft, my tummy was clapping in glee.

Then came our orders. Miggy’s pasta was very tasty, with each ingredient standing out yet blending in a yummy whole.

Marivi’s beef stew was oh-so-tender and came with tomato salad.
My lamb stew slides off the bone.

Except that…

Each serving is perfect for one hungry tummy. Except that… I already gorged on the ciabatta, and thus ended up super stuffed. Tip: If you order a set meal, then don’t add any appetizer. In that way, you will still have space for their yummy dessert. Marivi had to have her ham sandwich wrapped because there’s just no more space to stuff it inside us. But she still insisted on dessert.

She got a slice of crème brulee cheesecake. It was heaven, but I can only sneak in one bite, no more.

The menu in Dulce Vida is different from Tiny Kitchen and they have just a few because they only have a limited kitchen, Donna said. But their selection is well thought-of, you won’t need much more. And… as I said earlier, you really need to leave space for dessert.

It’s tiny, so it’s easy to fill up. Ergo, you can either go early or a bit later than the normal dinner or lunch time to be assured of a table.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 06, 2014.


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