URBANISSIMO: Cafe Marco says Sawadi Krab

From the fancy restaurants in Bangkok to the street fare of Phuket, there is no mistaking the allure and complexity of flavours of Thai cuisine, and beginning last June 30, the Marco Polo Davao’s Cafe Marco is the place to be to have a taste of Thai.

Just a few months from their much talked-about Indonesian food festival, Marco Polo Davao brings another Southeast Asian flavour to Duranburg headed by Thai chef Baupha Nontra-Udon of the Marco Polo Prince in Hong Kong.

“We are delighted to host this event as it is a very timely and great opportunity for us to know more about different cultures which includes their food, arts, music, especially our neighbouring countries like Thailand. This is a very great exposure not just for our culinary team but for Davao city as well. We hope this will not be the last Thai food festival, but a beginning of more culinary endeavours for both countries and other ASEAN countries as well,” says Marco Polo Davao General Manager Dottie Wurgler-Cronin.

Although infamous for being a spicy cuisine, Chef Baupha achieved the perfect balance of sweet, sour, salty, and spice which I believe will be freindly for the Dabawenyo palate.

Marco Polo Davao’s General Manager Dottie Würgler-Cronin (right) opens the Thai Food Festival together with Marco Polo Davao’s Peal Maclang-Peralta, Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc (DCCCII) president Ronald Go, Chef Baupha Nontra-Udon, and Indonesian Consul General Berlian Napitupulu.

On the menu during the launch event dinner was spicy Thai Green Papaya Salad, savoury Thai Beef Salad, Crispy Catfish Salad, Tom Yum Soup, Pineapple Fried Rice, Phad Thai, Thai Crab Cakes, as well as Thailand’s famous Chicken and Beef Satay (of which the beef satay is tender and moist). There is also Steamed Fish with Lime, and my favourite for the evening, Thai Duck Curry.

The meal was completed with servings of Sago in Coconut Cream, and Mango Sticky Rice for dessert.

Today is the last day of Cafe Marco’s Thai Food Festival so you better make a beeline to the Marco Polo Davao to catch it. Reservations can be made through phone at (82) 221 0888.