Lachi’s – only the finest ingredients

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Sans Rival

Sans Rival

Lachi’s has been around for several years now, but I’ve never been there until tonight. Thanks to Ria, who brought three of “the usual suspects” to dinner, I’ve finally sampled their exquisite cooking. Ria got an item on her Christmas wish list fulfilled when Mike & Melvin Aviles, proprietors of Lachi’s, invited her and some friends to the restaurant.

What I’ve always heard when people talk about Lachi’s are their pastries. Come to think of it, part of the establishment’s name reads “Sans Rival, Atbp.

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake

The sign outside the modest little restaurant says “Lachi’s / only the finest ingredients”. Seeing that, I subconsciously set my expectations to a higher-than-usual level. And I was not disappointed. Fact is, I was totally impressed with their food. I had the Unforgettable Grilled Pork Ribs (₱90). It’s definitely unforgettable… but you’re in danger of forgetting your own name when you eat this! The meat was grilled to perfection, and flavored just so. I’m at a loss for words, really. It’s one of the best ribs I’ve had in town!

Tofu being one of my favorite foods, I’d wanted to have the Breaded Soft Tofu with Teriyaki Sauce (₱67) as a side dish, but too bad, it was out of stock. Ria said it’s really good — I suppose that’s why it wasn’t available anymore.

Andrew had Grilled Pork Chops (₱48) and Pork Marinara (₱67), which he reluctantly shared with us. At first I thought it strange to have breaded pork strips with spaghetti, but upon taste-testing it, all skepticism vanished. It’s a must-try!

Ria ordered the Crispy Lechon Kawali (₱78). It doesn’t look very appetizing in the photo, I know, but Ria swears by the dish. Eaten together with Lachi’s Laing, it’s as delectably Filipino as you can get.

Winston, who was also a first timer like me, ordered the Stuffed Chicken with Pineapple Sauce (₱87). See, any food with pineapple in it, I don’t like, so I didn’t bother even trying it.

What we had are all Tummy Warmers, which are served with rice and pickled cucumber. The prices are amazingly affordable, considering the ample servings and the lip-smacking goodness of their dishes.

Then for dessert, Mike Aviles treated us to their old-time favorites and a couple of new pastries. Lachi’s Sans Rival (₱48/pc) is verifiably without rival hereabouts. It was sinfully good! The Strawberry Shortcake (₱75/pc) didn’t last long either — blame The Usual Suspects! The Symphony Torte is actually a good dessert choice too… but it didn’t measure up to the level of the shortcake.

What’s new on the dessert tray (actually, a humongous refrigerator) is the New York Cheesecake (₱72), which has both blueberries and cherries. It’s baked, according to Mike. And then there’s the Crème Brûlée (unbelievably only ₱40 per slice). It lasted all of two minutes in front of us. It was rich but not sweet — totally guilt-free!

Even the service is good. The only thing is, the place is so small. I’m sure it gets jam-packed for lunch and dinner. Lachi’s is open on weekdays from 10 AM to 8 PM, and on Saturdays, from 11 AM to 8 PM. Unfortunately, they’re closed on Sundays.

The restaurant is in that complex where there are other food establishments, as well as a pre-school called Values. It’s on the corner of Ruby and Sapphire Sts., Marfori Heights, Davao City. For take-out orders or for table reservations, call 224-5552.

28 Responses

  1. dennis 12 December 2007 at 7:41 am #

    I wonder why Lachi didn’t expand somewhere else. For sure they’ll be a hit if they go somewhere near the center of the city or inside malls. The place is very small that at times they lose customers because they can no longer accommodate them.

    BTW, Blog you are starting to look fat in the pic. Hinay hinay lang, ang six pack na abs, asa na?

  2. Mikko 12 December 2007 at 9:33 pm #

    Uhmm, sarap ng food!

  3. Jehzeel Laurente 12 December 2007 at 10:16 pm #

    Stuffed Chicken with Pineapple Sauce – masarap to.. iniisip ko pa lang.. nasasarapan na me.. waaaaaaaa!!

  4. certifiedfoodie 14 February 2008 at 8:52 am #

    hmmm.. Lachi’s. when I hear the name, I immediately think of Blueberry cheesecake. Btw, Bloggie, when you say “New York Cheesecake” it means it IS baked cheesecake. I must say that this is the best cheesecake in town, since the others only sell chilled cheesecake. 72 pesos na ang cheesecake? It used to be only 35 pesos! I’ve heard a rumor that Lachi’s supplies BO’s coffee shop of their cakes and pastries.. Is this true?!

    • Odi 18 September 2009 at 3:22 pm #

      Super belated na yata ang rep na ito. Haha.

      But yep, Lachi’s supplies (at least) some of Bo’s cakes and pastries. The kuripot inside me kept pointing out how this cake at Bo’s is double the price compared to when it’s actually bought from Lachi’s. Lol.

  5. janus 2 June 2008 at 12:50 pm #

    i love thier Unforgettable Prok Ribs… Its trul;y a work of heart! haha… Sarap ng food sa Lachi’s, lami kau balik-balikan..

  6. mai 28 June 2008 at 10:26 pm #

    lachi’s is just a walk from our house in san rafael village,davao.i miss their chocolate cake..unforgetable spareribs..wlang lachi’s dito sa ireland.i swear,the first resto m gonna dine pag uwi..promise!

  7. Blogie 29 June 2008 at 12:05 am #

    Tumpak talaga ang pangalang “Unforgettable Spareribs” no? Talagang di mo malimutan! big grin

    @janus — Tinuod gyud na!

    @mai — I feel for you. Sige, ikakain na lang kita ng masasarap na putahe ng Lachi’s… wink

  8. wootie 11 July 2008 at 10:57 pm #

    i usually eat here with my classmates…the food is absolutely delectable! and it’s really inexpensive… unforgettable spare ribs is really unforgettable, i like the tuna with coconut milk(ginataan)-it’s one of our home recipes now wink..i love their carrot cake…i’m getting hungry na

  9. May 4 February 2009 at 2:27 pm #

    Lachi’s spell delicious pastries and laing! cheesecakes, breaded tofu and cakes…yum yum! happy)
    The owners are twins..chefs on the go..big grin

  10. kai 20 April 2009 at 4:21 pm #

    it’s my birthday on thursday. sadly i’ll be working. boo. when my boyfriend asked me where i would want to have lunch, i immediately said Lachi’s, wala nang iba. Hehehe. Natawa sya coz’ he was expecting daw somewhere more pricey kasi nga birthday raw. wala akong maisip but that Unforgettable Spare Ribs…Yummmmmmm.

    • Blogie 21 April 2009 at 3:42 am #

      Pasalamat boyfriend mo may taste ka! wink

      • Kai 21 April 2009 at 4:49 pm #

        Hahahahaha…Lachi’s will make my day! :]

  11. Cristina Santo 27 April 2009 at 10:33 am #

    I love Lachi’s.. I came in Davao Around October 2004 and that’s one of the first Restaurant I went to because my Tita took me there… And all I can say is, I wont forget the unforgetable food there.. And I love the pastries.. I must say its one of the Davao’s Finest!! The bestt!!

  12. tsa 4 May 2009 at 3:34 pm #

    hi, nice blog!

    my sis and i went there to have lunch sana but the place was full (at 11.30 ha). the one manning the counter said ‘second batch na lang kayo maam’ .. hahaha. but it seemed that nobody was gonna leave for a while so we went someplace else na lang.

    but we’re definitely coming back, keeping in mind to be much much much earlier.

  13. Blogie 4 May 2009 at 3:40 pm #

    @Cristina Santo — You won’t go wrong with Lachi’s anytime.

    @tsa — That would be wise. Or, you can call ahead to reserve a table.

    Thanks for reading my blog, guys! happy

  14. Cesar Noel 26 May 2009 at 3:39 pm #

    Buti na lang at lumipat na kami sa marfori.. Sobrang lapit na namin sa Lachi’s (walking distance na lang)

  15. wInDYLiCiOuS 21 July 2009 at 7:49 pm #

    nkakainis lng laging puno ang lachi’s..kelangan pang mghintay..

    • Blogie 21 July 2009 at 10:38 pm #

      Eh kasi naman sobrang sarap, kaya pinipilahan! happy

      But seriously, dapat nga siguro mag-expand na ang Lachi’s…

  16. toy 17 August 2009 at 9:10 pm #

    sarap ng new yorks blue berry cheese cake and unforgettable grilled pork ribs.. the best!!! pero from 90 pesos 115 na sya ngaun.. hahaha pero sulit sarap!!!

  17. Odi 18 September 2009 at 3:36 pm #

    I’ve always been whining over why Lachi’s has not expanded yet considering na they will always be a hit anywhere. Hehehe. Still, that does not keep me from waiting and waiting for my turn (especially during lunch time).

  18. wulvie 20 October 2009 at 1:16 am #

    nung last kong balik sa lachi’s, wala akong nakitang strawberry shortcake at creme brulee…. gusto ko pa namang kumain nun… huhuhu… kelangan ko pa bang magpa-order nun para gawin nila yun?… i’m planning to buy some good cakes para sa bertdi ng koya ko this november…

    yeah, ang lachi’s din ang nag-susupply ng cakes sa caffe firenzo…

  19. Jimsimon Cerdina 23 March 2010 at 5:26 pm #


    Do you have any email address that I can contact them? Our hotel is now open for lease with our commercial spaces and maybe they are interested with expanding their business.

  20. cleo 7 April 2009 at 8:18 pm #

    yum yum!!!!i love lachi’s..kaso so out of the way lang talaga!!…good thing, figaro serves their cheesecake…so yummy talaga!!!


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