Davao’s Home Grown Bistro Selera Opens at SM Lanang Premier
Selera opened a new bistro style dining at SM Lanang Premier last November 9, 2012 at the second floor of the Fountain Court. Bistro Selera, as their new resto is called, aims to build and level up the Mindanao brand restaurant on a regional specialty with service that has leveled up as well. The bistro looks different from their Kusina Selera as it has a more modern Filipino bistro look.
Bistro Selera is one of the few local and home-grown restaurants that were invited by SM Lanang Premier to open up a restaurant at the newest dining as well as shopping and lifestyle hub in Davao City and in Mindanao. They offer bistro style casual dining but with individual serving of dishes now. They still have majority of the dishes that are served in Kusina Selera (which was part of the Sooo Pinoy Food Trip event in Kusina Selera Davao that I attended a few months ago) but they have added more dishes that are only served there at the new Bistro. The all-time favorites are here plus a line up of new sumptuous dishes. Their menu in the Bistro will have revolving specialties from time to time aside from the dishes shown in their menu. There will be something new in the menu each week according to the owner and to the operations manager.
We met Marivi Laurel the owner when they invited a selected few of us in DB for an exclusive lunch for bloggers. We also met Googie Sanga who is also one of the owners and is the Chief Operations Officer of Bistro Selera as well as Mr. Anton Chiew, the restaurant manager. Michael Laurel Trinidad is their service trainer and consultant. It was really nice meeting him during the first dinner we had at Bistro Selera last Saturday when they just opened and after we claimed our Selera gift card from their Facebook page promo. Their gift is valid for a year and you can get 10% discount.
Now here are the sumptuous dishes they served us during that exclusive Bloggers lunch last Monday.
Two Fish Roll for appetizer with the special mango-cilantro sauce. It is standard ubod that is fried with a mix of bangus and tuyo wrapped and deep fried. I love the taste of the mix of fishes that Chef used in this dish. The sauce added a twist to the flavor when you dip the roll into it.
Bacon Wrapped Bagaybay for appetizer is a must try! I personally loved it. The crispy bacon that wrapped the tender and delicious bagaybay made it a perfect combination. This is the first time I’ve eaten them together in a dish that as far as I know only Bistro Selera offers in Davao.
I like bagaybay and it is something that I discovered with my officemates when I was still working and my former big boss from Manila in one of the companies I have worked for years ago loves to bring us to seafood restaurants in town and so I developed a love for bagaybay (not the bihod though). Enough of the side story.
I recommend this appetizer to start your fun (and entertaining it will be if you meet Michael Trinidad there) as well as great dining experience at Bistro Selera just as we had during the first time we were there last Saturday for dinner.
Pan Seared Tuna is a bestseller among their appetizers. It reminded me of sashimi being raw inside and cooked outside. Cooked European style as Chef said. It has kangkong leaves and sliced tomatoes on the side.
Served with a choice of toyo-mansi sauce and durian curry sauce which the taste lingered even after we have finished our delicious lunch.
Selera Curry Soup – a must try for all. You’ll be surprised to find out what brings that delicious hint of a distinct taste anyone in Davao will recognize in your soup aside from the curry that all or most of us are familiar with. This special soup has in fact a taste of durian that some if not most people in Davao love to eat.
For non durian lovers and eaters, Chef JP Landingin the executive chef of Bistro Selera has made this soup for those who don’t eat or like durian and changed the name of the soup to Selera Curry Soup with Chef’s intention of not making the durian really stand out. He wanted to surprise diners who may wonder on that distinct taste of this soup. He added lemon grass to balance the taste of durian. You have to try this star dish soup of Selera which they are proud of having in their menu. It will make your dining experience special when you dine in Davao especially for tourists and visitors in the city as well as the growing number of people in Davao who love to dine out given the new restos in town.
It is a delicious and subtle mix of curry (I love curry!) and there is a hint of taste of that fruit that you’ll love and appreciate especially when you don’t know it does have that fruit flavor. For those who don’t eat the fruit, come on you got to give this delicious Seafood Durian Curry soup a try! You’ll love it! Promise! Before we know it you’d be recommending it to your friends as well.
Selera’s Beef Steak Roullade which is a dish more from the concept of Beef Steak or Bistek Tagalog Chef JP explains. Chef used caramelized onions which is basic for beef steak on this second specialty dish that they served us. Topped with crispy garlic, has a small serving of slices of veggies as side dish and served with sauce on the side. It was also served with very simple garlic and olive oil pasta or diners actually can opt for garlic rice instead.
Pork Ribs Inasal – one of their bestsellers. For those who love pork ribs dish well this one is for you.
We love it being tender and juicy. Just look at the photo and you know it is!
For dessert we tried something new for me… the Mangosteen Mousse. The dessert served featured the fruit mangosteen which is also a popular and a favorite pasalubong from Davao aside from the durian and pomelo. It is the first time I tried a dessert made like this. A friend who have tried it before us described it as heavenly. You got to try this!
Mangosteen Ice Cream with Biko. While I have not tried the mangosteen ice cream from a known ice cream brand that features a fruit flavor from Davao well this is something you got to try as well.
I loved the taste of the biko which they make as well… as Sarah agrees. I could have had more!
They also have a bar to cater to diners who wants to drink and enjoy the rest of the evening after dinner with the good company of family and friends. They close at 11PM so far until the other restos around the Fountain Court second level would open, they may extend past 11 in the evening. They are serving wine and other alcoholic beverages, including their signature cocktails and Selera’s brewed coffee.
They served us two of their cocktail drinks…. Michael’s Madness and Strawberry Mintini.
Michael’s Madness… named after Michael Laurel Trinidad (the fun and entertaining service trainer and consultant of Bistro Selera) and this cocktail was invented during his birthday that he celebrated in Davao since he is actually based in Manila now after years of living in Australia.
It is an alcoholic drink which is a mix of gin, melon liqueur, triple sec, orange juice and grenadine. I don’t drink but took a sip on both drinks and I prefer this one over the other one. After all I like Michael and his passion on serving and entertaining the diners at Bistro Selera like what we have witnessed when we dined there with hubby and friends on the Saturday after the Christmas launch of SM Lanang.
Then this is their Strawberry Mintini – tequila with fresh mint leaves. It has the looks of a refreshing cocktail. Try it and let me know what you think.
This is their menu by the way. During weekends they are having a carvery table of roasts like roasted chicken or filet mignon.
Let’s support our own homegrown restos like Bistro Selera located at the second level of the Fountain Court of SM Lanang Premier. It is just beside Cellar de Boca. They serve lunch and dinner.
If you get to be in the downtown area, you should try their Kusina Selera as well which by the way is located at the Legaspi Suites Compound at Pelayo St. (former Legaspi St.) Davao City.
Thank you so much to the kind and very accommodating management of Bistro Selera… Marivi, Googie, Michael and Sir Anton, to the staff who served us as well as to Chef JP Landingin for the sumptuous and delicious dishes prepared for us by Bistro Selera! I love your limited edition coffee mug that I will add to my collection. Thank you! You can also get it free for dining patrons with a minimum order of P1,500.
By the way, Bistro Selera can take reservations good for groups of people. Their mobile phone is 0920 907 0227 as posted on their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/BistroSelera.