Yellow Fin Seafood Restaurant

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This restaurant has been around for a long time now, and it’s one of those that I enjoy each time I visit. The food — Filipino cuisine — is simply delicious. Yellow Fin Seafood & Restaurant is on its way to becoming a culinary institution in Davao City.

Typical of early Davao dining places was the turo-turo, or buffet spread. But it’s not the type where you eat all you can — you choose what you want and you pay for what you eat. Yellow Fin still has that, as well as à la carte servings. Their huge selection of Filipino dishes, from superb soups to grilled goodies, is something to look forward to, and the place is perfect for big or small gatherings.

Fried Chicken Meal @ Yellow Fin

Fried Chicken Meal @ Yellow Fin

It is a seafood restaurant, but curiously enough, Yellow Fin is quite well-known for their fried chicken meal. They could actually give restaurants that specialize in fried chicken a run for their money! For less than ₱200 per plate, you get half a chicken, a side of salad, and perfectly cooked steaming rice. You’d appreciate it, too, that they serve huge portions.

Like all Davao seafood joints worth their salt, Yellow Fin has tuna and other types of fish on the menu (as well as on the turo-turo spread). And those dishes are always worth the trip to their place. But what really makes my mouth water just thinking about it is the Tinolang Imbao at Yellow Fin. When I was there with fellow foodie bloggers last weekend, I was so happy they didn’t care much for clam soup — more for me!

Imbao Soup @ Yellow Fin

Imbao Soup @ Yellow Fin

You could tell that they pick only the choicest clams, fresh and lusciously delicious. For the thin soup, they put just the right amount of leeks and garlic and other spices to complement that tangy taste of the clam. My father also knows how to prepare clam, and I’ll let you in on a secret he shared with me, in case you find yourself in a wet market looking for imbao. Buy only female clams, and look for those that are fat and whose shells are not too smooth. Don’t ask me why, but it’s always worked for us.

Yellow Fin has grown from a small, open-air affair to what it is now. Today they even have function rooms, as well as an enclosed restaurant space for those who’d rather order off the menu. Marco, whose family owns Yellow Fin, is also experimenting with coffee. So they now also have a coffee shop in the al fresco dining area.

Ask Dabawenyos who know about good food, and they will always recommend Yellow Fin. This Filipino restaurant is open daily from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

18 Responses

  1. Brendel 23 February 2009 at 2:22 am #

    The chicken looks delicious! And they’re generous when it comes to portions, yes?

    I should really, really coerce Lyle into bringing me to Yellow Fin. Sobrang overdue na talaga.

    • Blogie 23 February 2009 at 2:24 am #

      Yeah, you guys should try Yellow Fin soon!

      Too bad, though, that you don’t eat shellfish… big grin

    • Lyle 23 February 2009 at 6:02 am #

      Well, it’s not my fault. I offered to bring you there a number of times already and you keep giving me the diet excuse. razz

      Maybe this week. happy

  2. Lyle 23 February 2009 at 5:58 am #

    Whenever our family eats out, Yellow Fin is always on top of the list along with Ah Fat and Karlyn’s.

    Blogie, have you tried their chicken soup? It’s really good I forgot what it’s called.

    • Blogie 23 February 2009 at 6:14 am #

      Tinolang manok kaya? But you know, I’m not really into chicken that much, especially if it’s in soup… But the fried chicken at Yellow Fin was very good!

  3. cj 25 March 2009 at 12:34 pm #

    i love their sinigang na pompano! and of course their greaseless chicken… nice site btw happy

  4. Michelle 25 June 2009 at 10:18 pm #

    I love their greaseless fried chicken and grilled tuna [buntot]

  5. Oleng 9 October 2010 at 1:06 pm #

    I know this is an old thread, but I’ll post anyway. I am a transplanted Dabawenyo who had the chance to vaca in Davao last Apr. My family took me here coz I was asking about the old Molave resto. I’ve always been curious as to how they achieve the greaseless texture of the chicken. Do they actually fry the chicken? This is one of those recipes I wish I could recreate since I’m halfway around the world from Davao.

  6. Nonoy 14 March 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    Saan ito banda ang yellow Fin Blogs?

    • Nonoy 14 March 2011 at 2:32 pm #

      ay andun pala sa itaas ang address.. Sorry. wink

  7. Gerry P. Elazegui 18 March 2011 at 4:01 pm #

    The first time I’ve been to Davao meeting special friends Ken and his 2 sons Pao and Marco playing
    golf with them. Thank full for the special lunch and hospitality.

  8. ryan 2 June 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    do you cater?

    • Blogie 2 June 2011 at 12:57 pm #

      Hi Ryan. I’m not quite sure if Yellow Fin caters or not, but why don’t you give them a call to be sure? Their landline numbers are 297-8777 and 298-0299.

  9. Norman 29 September 2011 at 8:10 pm #

    Davao adventure will never be completed without stopping to Yellow Fin, it’s a waste of money and time if you fail to experience the food in this place. Having Tiolang Imbao on the top choice, try also their Greaseless Fried Chicken, Adobong Buntot ng Tuna and their version of Laing with Tuna meat wrapped inside the Gabi leaves. It’s Davao’s heaven for foodie people like us : )
    Thanks to my loving friend Jek Lim (gaw, hehehehe) and the owner Marco for a great Davao food experience.

    • Blogie 29 September 2011 at 8:13 pm #

      Thanks for your feedback, Norman! And thanks for visiting my food blog. happy

      • Norman 29 September 2011 at 8:47 pm #

        NP, would love to post my food experience here in your blog. I know Davao has a lot to offer to my palate, hehehehe

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