If the 3rd quarter of 2017 brought me to Puerto Princesa City in Palawan, the 4th quarter saw me flying to Cagayan de Oro for yet another major work trip. But let’s not talk about
work that here. You know how our group is always up for team dinners every after shift and this trip was no exception!
I’ve been to CDO many times (just very quick turn-around work trips) but this time, I’ve had the chance to explore the city’s culinary scene.
Sharing below an easy guide of where to dine and wine in the City of Golden Friendship. Who knows, you might find yourself booking a two-way flight next time! *wink*
REDTAIL SHRIMPS & MORE
Address: Stall 5 & 6, Papa Juanitos Square, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
A trip to Redtail Shrimps is a must for tourists in Cagayan for their plate-less and utensil-less dining concept. Instead, the customers are given paper bibs and thin plastic gloves. Their menu mostly consists of seafood (crabs, prawns, shrimps, tuna panga, kinilaw, etc.) but there’s also pork belly and chicken tender, referring to the “MORE” in their store’s name.
Address: Capt. Vicente Roa Street, Cagayan de Oro (beside Southwinds Hotel)
Contact #: no number | Facebook | Instagram
After opening branches in Butuan City, Bayugan, Davao, and Surigao, Tuna Republik have just arrived in Cagayan de Oro to bring tuna goodness to the City of Golden Friendship. Their menu includes fresh tuna sashimi, tuna kinilaw, tuna sisig, spicy bagaybay, and tuna tinola, tuna panga grilled on the spot to guarantee freshness.
CIRCA 1850 EATERY
Address: C.M. Recto Avenue, Cagayan de Oro (ground floor of Red Planet Hotel)
Contact #: (088) 852 1850 | Facebook | Instagram
From this bunch, Circa 1850 Eatery is a personal favorite. I came to love this place for its lovely interiors. Secondly, they serve real good food — all-natural, well-prepared, and in big servings! Top recommendations would be their Dried Herring pasta, Soft-shell Crab Salad, Calamarie, and the 12-hr Beef Brisket.
THE FAT MONK
Address: (1) The Lifestyle District or at (2) SM CDO Downtown Premier
If you are looking for some Southeast Asian cuisine while in Cagayan, head over the to the Fat Monk Restaurant. They have a wide selection of seafood, noodles, pork, beef, chicken, ostrich, and even crocodile dishes (pretty exotic huh?), all cooked in fusion style but still retaining the flavors from their respective country of origin. Their branch in SM CDO Downtown have just opened (pictured below) which makes Southeast Asian cuisine more accessible to foodies. Oh, and they have great desserts too!
FORTH & TAY FINE WINES AND SPIRITS
Address: The Lifestyle District, Cagayan de Oro City
Contact #: no number | Facebook | Instagram
One cannot miss this store at the upscale neighborhood of Lifestyle District as they sport an elegant bar and row display of various wines, which can be ordered by glass or by the bottle. Wine aficionados will be delighted to find rare wines and spirits like whisky, vodka, tequila, brandy, gin, rum among others. Here is a good place to unwind after a day’s stressful office shift.
Address: 3rd level, Cagayan Town Center, Gen. Antonio Luna cor. Capt. Vicente Roa streets
Contact #: 0917 771 5067 | Facebook | Instagram
This newly-opened roof top bar and restaurant will be the new go-to place for Friday night drinks with your squad (or in my case, my work teammates). Located at the topmost deck of Cagayan Town Center, it is a good venue for entertainment, relaxation, and good conversations. Our group had the staple “barkada” drinks like Red Horse and San Mig Light, with french fries on the side. They have a great ambience at night. One of their staff told us that they have live bands on select days as well as DJs to keep you musically entertained while you drift into the night with your drink in hand. Not much info is available as they’ve just opened so you better check it out yourself. Better yet, bring the whole squad with you!
So there you go! Hope this guide helped! Let me know if you have any other suggestion for restaurants in Cagayan de Oro. Perhaps, there are newly-opened ones out there? Drop it at the comments section!
Check out my previous post on where to eat in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.
*Select photos from Novereich Agustin, a mobile photographer from Cebu. Follow him on Instagram (@novereichseye)
**Featured photo courtesy of The Fat Monk FB page