A quiet spot for pizza

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Saturday, March 28, 2015


MANY a Davao resident had gawked in surprise and wondered, since when has this and that building been built? This is because the city is growing by leaps and bounds and brand-new structures that were once empty lots or old dilapidated buildings rise in the period when you have last visited the place.

This was the case of Café 52, which Imee described as a Korean coffeeshop with pizza.

Café 52 is in that low-slung building with a driveway running through it beside Angel Funeral Homes. It’s at the very end of the driveway, Imee said.

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I imagined it to be beside Alpha Ocho, or at least on that building with a driveway running through it since that building still has a lot of unoccupied spaces. Wrong.

It’s at the very end of the driveway where used to be there was just lawn grass. Now, there is a two story, very high ceilinged stand-alone building. Like, huh? When was this built?

The whole place is hayahay. With grass and some bushes and trees around, and the building being in glass, and best of all… it’s away from the busy road, like a warp in time.

It has Korean food, just the basics and a few very unrecognizeable ones (the names are in Korean with Korean subtitles and veeeerrrryyy tiny pictures). All I can is that these are definitely the fastfood types; and then they regular food like pizza and salads.

I got the chef’s salad, which looked really good in the menu, but which the watier warned, doesn’t really look like that.

Ten points for the waiter for honesty. (I think they forgot the dressing…) As most of the stuff I was pointing to was not available, I opted for kimchi instead.

Peter, Imee and Edgar got the ramen (it’s quick cook noodles with squid and chili). Edgar got the gimbap, too, and the rice sticks. While, I excitedly awaited the pizza.

I like their pizza best. It has a lot of mozzarella cheese and the crust is perfectly thin.

They have various coffee concoctions too, but I was already very full by then, and work was waiting.

Verdict: If you are a Korean food fanatic, then it’s best not to look for the wow here. The best Korean restaurants are still the places where big groups of Koreans fill their tables with food in all shapes and sizes and there is the steady din of people talking all together and slurping and chomping; don’t look for those types of food in coffee shops where they relax and converse. Let’s say, this is more K-Pop.

Café 52 is for relaxing and conversing, or just letting time pass you by in peace and quiet. Promise, their pizza is very good, and the place is guaranteed to clear your mind, especially when you spend the afternoon there.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 29, 2015.

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