Higalaay, Cagayan de Oro’s fiesta celebration is just around the corner. In fact, in the past weeks, pre-fiesta festivities have been hogging the limelight. So, as in the past two Saturdays, the spotlight for today will be on CDO, particularly the 1st Uptown CDO Food Crawl, which happened last December 2018. The said food crawl was organized by Italpinas Development Corporation, developers of Primavera Residences and Primavera City.
This is the last installment of my Uptown CDO Food Crawl experience.
Our next stop was Luna Ristoranti, one of my favorite dining places in Camiguin. I love their pizzas and pasta, which are all uniquely Italian (and mouthwatering!). The CDO branch, located on the ground floor of Primavera Residences, opened back in 2016 and Kagay-anons have been enjoying world-class Italian dishes ever since.
For the food crawl, we tried out some of their best dishes. We had their Pizza Margherita, Luna Pizza, my ultimate favorite Spaghetti Aglio Olio, and Bruschetta Pomodoro, among many others. It was a feast of the senses because everything did not only taste eccelente, they also looked and smelled good!
Luna also offers al fresco dining, so an Italian-inspired date with your dog (or cat) is a welcome option.
Luna Ristoranti accepts reservations and bookings for special events. Just call 0927-5708636 to get all the details you need.
Luna is open from Monday to Sunday, 8am to 11pm. It was recently re-launched as La Bella Luna Ristoranti.
Our next stop was Barkadahan Grill, one of Kagay-anons’ ideal go-to places when craving for good food at reasonable prices. The restaurant serves all-time favorite Filipino dishes.
That night (yes, it was night time already when we visited the restaurant), we feasted on some of their bestsellers like sisig, lechon kawali, liempo, grilled blue marlin, and chicken barbecue, among others. Although we were quite full already, we couldn’t say no to the tempting goodness of Barkadahan Grill’s culinary masterpieces.
Barkadahan is already quite well-known among Kagay-anons. What some people do not know, however, is that it has a branch in Uptown CDO. Located at the ground floor of Primavera Residences, Barkadahan Grill Uptown is a favorite hangout of diners in the neighboring communities, establishments, and offices.
Our last stop for the food crawl was a cozy, comfortable, and Instagrammable coffee shop at SM City CDO. Coffeeholic is located on the ground floor of the mall, near the supermarket. It serves some of the best coffee specialties in the city.
The minute you step into the cafe, you won’t be able to resist the tempting aroma of coffee. After a brief introduction, each one of us was given a piece of paper where we were to write two coffee specialty choices. I chose Arabic Coffee and Karak Tea. I’m not a coffee drinker (I react to caffeine), but I drank a little of both so I could experience what Coffeeholic was all about.
Both tasted good, but I liked Karak Tea more because of the two, it was the one that was “un-coffee” like. But seriously though, Coffeeholic knows its coffee specialties.
Everything not only smelled great (certainly a feast for the senses, too), all the coffee they served us were a hit. Everyone loved them!
Aside from Arabic Coffee and Karak Tea, Coffeeholic also served Vietnamese Coffee, Turkish Coffee, and Armenian Coffee (among others).
Coffeeholic SM City CDO is open from Monday to Sunday, 9am to 9pm.
That was the last stop of the first Uptown CDO Food Crawl sponsored by Primavera Residences. However, the following day, the Iligan and Davao bloggers had a chance to try Pig Out’s mouthwatering lechon – and other dishes. Located on the ground floor of SM City CDO, the restaurant is the go-to place of Uptown residents who want to enjoy a good lechon meal.
All the establishments we visited, including Pig Out, are partners with Primavera Residences and offer rewards to all unit owners who are Primavera Perks Card holders. For more information about the Perks Card, contact +6388-880 5002 or +63917-792 1078.
The first Uptown CDO Food Crawl introduced us to some of Cagayan de Oro’s best dining destinations. It helped us discover some of the reasons why living in Uptown CDO has become the norm nowadays. Hopefully, we’ll get more opportunities to explore and experience this progressive, safe, and beautiful community in the City of Golden Friendship.
More local dining destinations will be featured in this corner in future issues. This is in preparation for a bigger food crawl we’re organizing and hoping to put up towards the end of the year. In the meantime, enjoy touring Cagayan de Oro’s culinary scene and discover a lot of mouthwatering and palate-pleasing wonders.
Happy eating! J