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Bigby’s Restaurant

There are many restaurants here in Davao from the small road side stands to the high class restaurants in the major hotels. There are of course Filipino cuisine, and specialty restaurants including American, Indian, Turkish, Italian and many more. Quality, atmosphere and service are as varied. Even places you visit often, there can be a good night and sometimes a bad night for the wait or kitchen staff.

One restaurant I have never experienced a problem is Bigby’s Restaurant on F. Torres.

Bigby’s restaurants started in Cagayan de Oro City but now have 9 locations. Two in Cagayan de Oro, two in Cebu, two in Bacolod, two in Davao and now one in Manila.

The two I am familiar with is the location in SM mall in Ecoland and their relatively newer location just off F. Torres on Jacinto just behind Bo’s Coffee.

When I first visited Davao in 2006 Elena and I were in SM Mall and stopped in Bigby’s for an afternoon snack. The ambience was attractive and the servers were friendly. We had Mango Shakes and a Mango crepe. While there I looked at the menu and noticed many interesting food items. There fare goes from Filipino items to some international tastes.

On that trip and on my next visit we would go there to eat since I enjoyed their food and timg124he friendliness of the staff. One waiter even remembered me from my previous trip six months before.

img126Unfortunately we do not go to SM Mall often so a few months back we were happily surprised to see their new location. We went one day for lunch and found the design following their international theme and their redesigned menu had even more items I looked forward to try. They also have a nice, covered and comfortable outside seating plus a rear room that can be closed off for private functions.

img127I am a friendly type of person and enjoy talking to Filipinos and with this, became friendly with the staff there. One waiter, Ryan is a friendly and funny person that enjoys talking to us while we wait for our food. I am not taking anything away from the other server staff, they are all friendly, and I hear a chorus of “Hello Sir Bruce” as we enter, but at times I think when we walk in, Ryan takes our table.

img_9665One of their items I love to have there is their Tiki Waki Chicken Salad. It is a green salad with a scoop of chicken salad, pieces of mango, grape half’s, walnuts with a nice light salad dressing. Since both Elena and I enjoy this salad, we have gotten into the habit of ordering the salad and another item to share. One day as we ordered we mentioned we were going to share both items and when Ryan delivered the entrée, he had requested the cook to divide it into two plates for our ease. This type of initiative was unlike what you find here in the Philippines where most do their job as told without any change.

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They have so many delicious items, it is hard to remember, so visit their site at http://bigbyscafe.net/ for menu and locations.

Last evening we went there for dinner and met Sonjie Ang, the General Operations Manager from CDO and Carlo, the restaurant manager. We sat and talked for a while about the quality of their restaurants, foods and staff. As custom in the Philippines, Sonjie animg128d Carlo were humble and attributed it all as a team environment and would not take credit. I said, they had to learn it somewhere and they had the winning skills to train their staff.

It turned out Carlo started 5 years ago as staff supervisor and moved up the ranks to manage the Torres location. I am sure there are bigger and better things to come for him in his future.

I do have to say, if Sonjie, Carlo, or any others of the Bigby’s staff see this article,Thank you again for always taking such good care of us and sharing your honest friendships.

For the rest of the readers, if you’re in Davao, and looking for a good meal at reasonable prices, Bigby’s is a must. Maybe I will see you there.

14 Responses to “Bigby’s Restaurant”

  1. Henry says:

    Hi Bruce,
    I will definitely put this place on my things-to-do list when I come back to Davao. Just reading your article has made me hungry.

    • Bruce says:

      Henry,
      Thank you for visiting and commenting. Maybe you can contact me when your here. I can be easily nudged to go there for dinner or lunch, especially if your buying. 🙂

  2. ryan villarimo says:

    hi sir bruce kmusta, i am very much thankful that you given such effort to write this article. and thank you so much for giving me such credit just to serve you better with ma’am elena. it is very much flattered in my self because a guest like notice my work as a server in you favorite place. i am very honored also that i give you comfort every time you dine at bigbys. my sincere thank you will give more boost to enjoy my work… thank you so much sir bruce. i hope to see u again at bigbys

    • Bruce says:

      Ryan,
      You were one of the main reasons I asked to meet Carlo and then to email and then meet Ma’am Sonjie. As I said I always enjoy the food, but the feeling of friendship with you and the rest of the staff is one of the reasons we like to eat there. There is always fun conversation and we do not feel alone. Thank you for your friendship and great service.

      • mar says:

        hi sir bruce its meh mar….. hw r u sir bruce? most esp. mam elena…..thank you so much sir bruce to all ur comment…..sir bruce? do you have a friendster? god bless sir and mam elena….

        • Bruce says:

          Mar,
          Thank you for commenting. I hope you and the others will continue to visit and support this site. Please comment on any topic you feel the need.
          I know we will see you when ever we need a good meal.

  3. Julie Guillermo says:

    Good day sir Bruce!
    Having you as our regular client here in Bigby’s torres branch, we felt very happy and overwhelmed co’z you have appreciated our service. We are very thankful also for the warm friendship you have given to all of us here. It is our pleasure to serve and entertain people with good hearts especially YOU SIR BRUCE and make them happy and satisfied upon dining here in our restaurant. Again, thank you very much sir Bruce. God bless you and your family.

    Julie

    • Bruce says:

      Julie,
      I felt the need to email and compliment your food and service at Bigby’s and to write about the resturant so others will know what a wonderful experience we always have there.
      As I replied to Mar, I hope you all will visit my site and comment when you feel you agree or disagree with anything I write.

      • mar says:

        hi sir bruce its me mar… hows life??? sir we really appreciate your effort for promoting bigbys torres restaurant… thank you also for appreciating us.. the employees and the staff of bigbys.. we are looking forward to visit us at bigbys sir bruce.. god bless u always sir as well as mam elena..

        • Bruce says:

          Mar,
          I added some of the photos sent to me to the article.
          We are fine and will maybe visit next week. We also look foward to our friends there, the smiling faces and good food.
          Tell everyone we say hi.

  4. love says:

    It’s our pleasure to serve u “Sir Bruce”……….
    Thank you very much for continues Patronizing our Company.
    And we look forward to your good heart for the best services that we can offer to you with Maam Elena and of course our food that always motivating you to come in our Company.,,,, ….. u,

    • Bruce says:

      Love,
      Thank you for the kind words. You and the rest of the staff adds so much extra to our visits and the food, as I have said in the past, I had never had a complaint.

  5. ryan villarimo says:

    HELLO SIR BRUCE HOW ARE YOU? CAN I ASK YOU A FAVOR? CAN YOU HELP ME TO PROMOTE OUR NEW PROMO HERE IN BIGBY’S WE CALL IT RIBS ALL YOU CAN. IT COST ONLY FOR 349. INCLUSIVE IN THIS NEW PROMO ARE BOTTOMLESS DRINKS SUCH AS ICE TEA AND LEMONADE AND IT HAS ALSO UNLIMITED SOUP AND GARDEN SALAD. THIS PROMO WILL RUN WHOLE MONTH OF JULY. AND IT SERVE ONLY FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY ONLY, AND IF THIS PROMO WILL CLICK TO THE TASTE OF THE GUEST MAYBE IT WILL EXTEND BY GOD’S GRACE WITH THIS PROMO AND WITH YOUR CONNECTION AND ALSO WITH YOUR CONNECTION IN YOUR BLOG IT WILL GIVE BIG HELP TO OUR ESTABLISHMENT. THANK YOU SO MUCH AND I HOPE FOR YOUR POSITIVE RESPONDS. AND MAYBE YOU CAN HELP ME ALSO IN VERBAL WAY SPREAD IT TO YOUR FRIENDS AND OTHER FOREIGNER THAT ARE HERE IN DAVAO. THANK YOU SO MUCH SIR BRUCE AND HOPE TO SEE YOU HERE AGAIN.. THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH.

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