January 4, 2016

US Potato Safari 3- Polo Bistro at Marco Polo Davao with Chef Alex Destriza

The United States Potato Board (USPB) Philippines recently held its third US Potato Safari in one of the safest cities in the world- DAVAO. The campaign follows the success of the previous US Potato Safari held in Cebu last year. This initiative by the USPB aims to promote local restaurants in the country while being able to showcase US Potatoes in the most creative and innovative way possible.

I was lucky to be among selected bloggers from Manila who embarked on a 3-day potato safari along with other media and Davao bloggers. After our lunch at Davao's Claude's Le Cafe De Ville, and dinner at Cafe Uno/Vinta Bar of Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao on the first day, we had our second night dinner at Polo Bistro of Marco Polo Davao helmed by Executive Sous Chef Alex Destriza.

A special US Potato menu was again prepared for the whole safari attendees.

Starting off with an appetizer of US Potato Crisscut and Shrimp Cake. A stack of shrimp patty, US potato crisscut fries, pomelo and singkamas salad, red and spring onions, mint leaves in an Asian chili dressing.

The US Mashed Potato Soup infused with Turmeric was a delight to the palate giving just the right amount of kick from the turmeric.

My favorite main course among the three restaurants we visited was this Honey Caramelized Pork Spareribs with chili spiced US Potato wedges, cherry tomato confit, in cucumber mint dressing and balsamic glaze syrup.

Another clear winner for dessert was Polo Bistro's US Potato Strawberry Cheese Cake with crumbled potato crust, twister, soft meringue, kiwi, strawberry, white chocolate cream sauce and vanilla ice cream. Perhaps because this was the only dessert without the durian. 

Having worked as the Sr. Sous Chef of The Peninsula Manila for 9 years, Chef Alex Destriza brings his expertise on the table by offering new and exciting dishes that keep customers coming back to this award winning restaurant in the heart of Davao City. 

Polo Bostro Pool Lounge
Marco Polo, Claro M. Recto St. Davao City

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