What should have been our first visit to Lachi’s last December 23 did not pan out as planned. But my food trip buddy and I promised to give it another try, which we finally did the day after Christmas. To make sure that we get a table this time, we scheduled lunch as soon as the store opens at 11:00AM. The plan paid off because we definitely were the first ones there.
The first thing we asked the staff who approached us was if the green tea cheesecake’s available. I didn’t have much hope that it would be since it’s not unusual for dessert shops to run out of stocks because of early reservations during the holidays. I was quite happy to hear that they have it so we quickly ordered it first.
For the main dish, we both ordered the restaurant’s bestseller – the Unforgettable Spareribs. It’s good but not as I thought it would be given the various feedback I heard and reviews I’ve read about it. There’s nothing to complain about the taste and flavors, but I found myself looking for something to go with it. I’ve tried dipping small bites of it lightly to a mixture of calamansi and soy sauce (since they provide the former and we already have the latter on the table). But the end-result didn’t quite do it for me. I saw a bottle of sauce on the table as well so I tried putting a little of it but it didn’t seem like the perfect match either. I figured the dish is probably best enjoyed without any add-ons.
Dining at Lachi’s was a pleasant experience. I now understand why many recommend it, especially to people visiting Davao for the first time. It’s not as accessible as the increasing number of mall-based restaurants in the city. But lately I find that I like eating out in places far from the crowds that malls tend to draw.