Monday, March 3, 2014

Food Trip: Razon's Halo-Halo Surprise

We were in Davao City a few weeks ago to attend the wake of my recently departed uncle. Before going to the wake, my wife and I decided to have dinner first in Gaisano Mall. We planned to eat in a particular restaurant but we could not find its location inside the mall. Instead, we came across The Original Razon's Pansit Palabok and Halo-Halo located at the fourth floor. Since my wife and I are both palabok fans, we decided to give it a try.

Razon's is not a homegrown Davao City restaurant. I believe that it originates from Razon's of Guagua which has several branches located in Metro Manila. Razon's is famous for their Pampanga's Halo-Halo and Pansit Luglug (or Palabok).

Razon's has a bright and colorful interior dominated by orange, yellow and red. There were only a few customers when we entered the restaurant so we were able to place our order immediately at the counter. Service was fast as our food was served in less than 15 minutes.

These are our orders with respective comments as to how the food tasted: 

1. Sisig with Rice (P95.00)

This is what my wife ordered. According to her, it tastes good but is too oily.

2. Beef Tapa with Rice (P95.00)

My order. The beef is so tender and I love its semi-sweet taste. It bursts with flavors once dipped in vinegar.

3. Palabok (P75.00)

Razon's version of this Pinoy favorite has lesser ingredients than the usual palabok. The noodles are simply laced with palabok sauce, egg slices, baby shrimps and chicharon bits. My wife and I agreed that it was a bit bland for our taste.

4. Halo-Halo (P75.00)

Compared to the usual halo-halo that brimmed with colorful ingridients, Razon's Halo-Halo looked bland. Aside from the finely shaved ice, its mix is only consist of macapuno, bananas, creamy milk and leche flan. But when I tasted it, I was surprised that it is to my liking. It has the right creaminess and mild sweetness perfect for someone like me who are not too fond of very sweet desserts.  No wonder top travel blogger Pinoy Adventurista recently named it as one of the Must-Try Halo-Halo in the Philippines.

The Original Razon's Palabok and Halo-Halo
4th Floor, Gaisanon Mall,
JP Laurel Ave., Davao City

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