My food trip buddy and I, along with her two kids, were supposed to have lunch at Lachi’s yesterday. It would have been the first time for us to eat there. The place is said to be one of Davao’s gastronomical attractions so we were looking forward to the experience.
We arrived at the restaurant at almost 1:00pm hence the place was already jampacked. We were third on the waiting list. But seeing how most of the diners have just started with their meals it seemed like we had a long wait ahead of us. We tried following the lead of the others who were also on the waiting list by pre-ordering our food. We were already picking our desserts when we were told that they only have muffins and chocolate oatmeal bars left. All the other desserts including the green tea cheesecake, which was what I really came for, were unavailable. Whatever stocks of cakes, cheesecakes, and other sweets they have left at the store have been reserved. Lunch without the resto’s popular desserts was not exactly how we imagined our Lachi’s trip would turn out to be be.
Since it looked like it would take quite a while for us to be seated, my friend suggested that we just eat at Tiny Kitchen instead. I brought her there before so she remembered that it was just nearby. So we cancelled our orders and moved to Tiny Kitchen. It was a good thing too since it would be her first time to dine at the restaurant’s new location.
Tiny Kitchen used to be a small family-owned/ran restaurant along Torres St. But there’s nothing “tiny” about it now. They have moved to a bigger place. The new location is just a few blocks away from the old one. They got bigger and better in many ways without losing the old charm. It’s been a while since I’ve been to the new place so I was pleasantly surprised with all the changes I’ve seen. There have also been several new additions to the menu since my last visit.
We were still third on the waiting list when we got there, but the wait wasn’t long. We busied ourselves choosing from along the many scrumptious selections and ordered what we wanted so we wouldn’t have to wait long for our food once we get seated.
When we finally got a table and served our food, I couldn’t help but think that we may not have been able to dine where we originally wanted but we ended up in place that served as a hearty, much-loved, and delicious late lunch.
(Photos by Deanna Jumawan)