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Grilled Tuna Overload in Davao Oct 13, 2016

Grilled Tuna Overload in Davao

Location: Yakituna
Location: Sobrecarey St., Obrero, Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines
GPS waypoint: 7°04'47.8"N 125°37'01.8"E

Tuna Splendor
Gen San comes to mind when the word tuna is mentioned. They have a huge tuna wholesale market and September is Tuna Festival. However, grilled tuna frenzy happens in Davao all year round. It is here you find grilled tuna from street side hawkers to high-end fine dining, ranging from P80 to P500! Here in Davao, I can get a thick slab of grilled tuna belly for the price I pay for noodle soup in Singapore.

Grilled Tuna Overload in Davao
the Maestro at work

Tuna is everywhere in Davao. I usually eat anywhere it's being grilled but the tuna place that takes the cake is the one I discovered on a street side close to North Zen Hotel along Sobrecarey where I stayed - Yakituna. They cook tuna in big slabs - tuna collar or tuna belly. Price starts at P200 for what might weigh close to a kilo. It's done right - char grilled on the ouside and juicy on the inside. 4X4 trucks, SUVs stop by, and with hand signals from the driver, a tuna is wrapped up and off they go. For noontime goers, be prepared to line up. Unlike most tuna restos that open up at night, Yakituna opens from 7am to 1pm. The tuna comes fresh and never frozen. They don't compromise on this. If they don't get fresh tuna from their trusted supplier, they close shop for the day instead of getting previously frozen tuna from other suppliers.

Ending Thoughts
I came to Davao for my durian fix. Little did I know I would develop a tuna fix as well. But while I can devour a kilo of durian daily, I get my tuna fix weekly. It's an indulgence that goes better with chilled white wine (for next time). After discovering Yakituna, it was never the same eating tuna anywhere else. With friends or alone, tuna at Yakituna makes the grade.

--- TheLoneRider

the Maestro keeping a close watch on tuna doneness Yakituna is a road side grill but quite popular even for the well heeled SUV riders my precious
all that gorgeous juicy slab of tuna collar more tuna on the grill my Korean guest can't get enough of the tuna
selfie pose with the dynamic tuna masters    

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Great Things Going for Davao City

  • one of the cleanest potable water in the country
  • smoking is banned from commercial establishments
  • pineapple samurais are endemic here and nowhere else in the country (pineapple vendors who cut-up whole pineapples into chunks with just a few strokes of their carving knives)
  • public utility drivers conspicuously display their IDs
  • durian Mecca of the Philippines (not to mention Marang, Mangosteen and Sweet Pomelo)
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Not So Great Things Going Against Davao City

  • the weighing scale of fruit vendors specially the durian push cart vendors are a blatant cheat - showing almost twice the actual weight

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