Tiny Kitchen

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Tiny Kitchen façade

Tiny Kitchen façade

Tiny Kitchen started out as a small outlet for husband-and-wife team, Vincent & Donna Rodriguez, and their handful of choice delicacies. One of the first that they introduced was the Gourmet Tuyo — dried fish bottled in olive oil and garlic. They also started operating a modest bakery, since Vince is in fact a baker. My mom is a huge fan of their Ciabatta and the Rosemary Focaccia Bread.

Today, despite its small size, Tiny Kitchen is a gastronomic giant in the eyes of their patrons. The dining area can accommodate only about 16 people, but a lot of folks — like Christian (who took the photos here) and myself — often order out. So that means they’ve developed a separate niche clientèle of people who go there to order bring-home items. Another thing my mom often asks me to buy there is pesto cream, which they make without salt, so you can season your dishes to taste.

Catalonia Penne Pasta

Catalonia Penne Pasta

This mom-and-pop shop offers a mix of Italian, Spanish and Filipino cuisine. They have a fine selection of pastas, such as the Catalonia Penne (₱190), which Vince’s kitchen prepares by cooking the pasta and the sauce separately, then cooking them together once over. There are other pasta dishes that deserve two thumbs up: Chorizo Tomati (₱175); Gourmet Tuyo Pasta (₱140), which is a must-try; Paella Fideos (₱185), which Donna tells me is the pasta version of paella; Verdura (₱185), a vegetarian pasta dish.

Paella Valencia

Paella Valencia

Talking about paella, Tiny Kitchen’s Paella Valencia is absolutely delish! I’ve had it and the rice was perfectly steamed and cooked in their secret sauce (Vince has his own recipe). And it’s a complete meal in itself, with generous helpings of fish (malasugui), tangy shrimp, succulent squid, crab, and sweet-tasting red & green bell-peppers. The fish chunks I truly enjoyed because it was moist and tasty — malasugui (black or white marlin) tends to dry out if not cooked well. The small paellera (₱410) is good for 3 people (possibly 4 if you have other orders). They also have Paella Mariscos and Paella Negra.

Eating at Tiny Kitchen gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling that you get only from home-cooked food. Their waitstaff are well-versed in their wares and look like they’re part of a happy household. Many of their dishes do have homemade ingredients. Take their chorizos, for example: they make their own and it’s mouth-watering, I tell you!

Two of my favorites are their Caldereta Español (₱225) and the Salpicao en su Salsa (₱240). The beef caldereta is obviously simmered for hours, because I could even eat the bones they were so tender and crunchy. The salpicao is not as spicy as I normally like it, but its rich sauce offers an undertone of French cuisine — Vince reveals that he cooks it with white wine. The first time I had their delectable salpicao, I couldn’t help but eat more rice than I should have!

They have pizzas, too. What I want to try next time I’m back is their Ming’s Blush Special, because they prepare it with blue cheese from the Malagos Farmhouse.

Let’s hope that Vince & Donna decide to open a more spacious restaurant someday soon. In the meantime, with only 5 tables, I suggest you call ahead to reserve for lunch or dinner. Their landline number is 305-9232.

Tiny Kitchen is open Monday to Saturday, from 10:00am to around 9:00pm (last order at 8pm). On Sundays, the dining area is closed, but their takeout counter for frozen items, bread and pastries is open from 11:00am to 6:30pm.



35 Responses

  1. Kit 26 January 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    hey blogie!

    tiny kitchen is one of our favorite go-to places for lunch. the caldereta is my favorite. super yummmmmmmmmyyyyy!!!!

    this is a sign. i was just telling joey earlier that i want to have lunch at tiny kitchen. hehehe will definitely have lunch – late lunch – there today. wanna come with?

    kit

    • Blogie 26 January 2011 at 12:57 pm #

      I would love to go, Kit, but I have other engagements. If you were going in the afternoon, say 3pm, I could go…

  2. Isa 26 January 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    Ayyy! Looks delicious!! Thanks for the info!!!!

    • Blogie 26 January 2011 at 1:59 pm #

      My pleasure, Isa! happy

  3. Micamyx 27 January 2011 at 12:47 am #

    Paborito ko ‘to big grin

    • Blogie 27 January 2011 at 3:14 pm #

      Hey Mica! Sarap diba? When you’re back in Davao, kain tayo dito. happy

  4. MindanaoBob 27 January 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    Just went and bought several kinds of bread at Tiny Kitchen. Looking forward to trying it! Thanks for the tip, Blogie.

    • Blogie 27 January 2011 at 3:15 pm #

      Looking forward to your feedback, Bob!

      • MindanaoBob 27 January 2011 at 3:25 pm #

        Really enjoyed the focaccia breads, but mostly the pan de sal was really good!

        • Blogie 27 January 2011 at 3:32 pm #

          I knew you’d like it. happy

          The pan de sal, huh? Pinoy na gyud ka, Bob!

      • MindanaoBob 7 February 2011 at 8:20 am #

        I love their pan de sal… unfortunately, I have been unable to get any since I went there based on your recommendation. Every time we go they are out, and they say “we will have more at 5pm”. When we go back at 5, they say they decided not to make it, and we should check back the next day. Next day… same story…. Oh, I really want some of that pan de sal! happy

        • Blogie 7 February 2011 at 3:28 pm #

          Hi Bob. I’ve just informed the owners of Tiny Kitchen about this. I’m sure they’re already doing something to correct the problem. happy

        • MindanaoBob 7 February 2011 at 4:37 pm #

          Thanks, Blogie! I hope we can get more bread there. Actually, last few times we went there, there was no bread available at all.

        • Blogie 7 February 2011 at 4:39 pm #

          I would love to think that they’re running out of bread because business has become brisk for Tiny Kitchen. So now they have to keep up with the demand! big grin

  5. Weddings 10 February 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    Salamat blogs for the tip .. i’ll try it is there a good parking space there as well? hehe — tope

    • Blogie 11 February 2011 at 3:30 am #

      Hey Tops! (‘Kaw jud ha, ginaspam nimo site nako hehehe!) Gamay lang ang parking space didto, pero ok ra kay gamay ra man pod ang ilang dining area. big grin

      • SEO Philippines 11 February 2011 at 7:08 pm #

        tama diay blogs sa salpicao pwede ba i request na i pa halang … murag i like to try it … I might try it lunch time on weekdays para I have excuse to go out of the office hehehe .. dili span ni ha … again great post … davao deli is the best source if you need to know the best place to eat in davao happy

        • Blogie 11 February 2011 at 7:29 pm #

          Siempre pwede ipahalang. Just request it. wink

  6. Philippines Outsourcing 11 February 2011 at 6:50 pm #

    Hehe … sorry gud … friends bitaw and unique human conversations atong gina buhat … ayaw lang tanawa ang keyword hehe .. anyways, gusto nako i try today pero na luto man gud si fritz … btw, if ever free ka kita ta kay pa tabang ko ug tips on google adsense placement.

    • Blogie 11 February 2011 at 7:24 pm #

      Sure bai! Kita ta soon! Text lang.

  7. Fernan Acido 13 February 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    hi blogs, mukhang masarap kumain jan sa Tiny Kitchen ah! kain tau tatlo ni eric ha, and also ask kmi ni eric kung saan pwede kumain ng unlimited crabs.. .hehehe

    • Blogie 13 February 2011 at 5:46 pm #

      O ba! Kain tayo ni Erick dito soon. For crab, try mo doon sa Sari Makan habang open pa sila. Sa Bonifacio St., near UIC.

      • Philippines Virtual Assistant 14 February 2011 at 12:26 am #

        Hi blogs, can you make a feature on the best eat all you can crabs … I’ll try din sa sari makan within this week … hehe … ty -tope

  8. Alexander Divinagarcia 20 February 2011 at 7:53 pm #

    Got the chance to visit this place together with Councilor Susabel Reta..Food is great..Will recommend this place to my friends!!!

    • Blogie 20 February 2011 at 7:56 pm #

      Yes, Lex, you should!! happy

  9. kathryn 24 February 2011 at 3:14 am #

    Mr Blogie, you are a natural @ this whole food blogging activity. I absolutely love Davao Delicious because your writing & photos make my mouth water nearly everytime I get a new entry in my inbox. Keep it up & pleeeease don’t stop!

    • Blogie 24 February 2011 at 1:10 pm #

      You flatter me, Kathryn! happy Don’t worry, I have no intention of stopping — Davao Delicious is my baby.

  10. jonathan 8 June 2011 at 10:19 am #

    hi blogie,
    I recently traveled to Davao and thanks to your blog, i tried Tiny Kitchen, Paella Fideos – delicious ! and we also bought their gourmet tuyo, also delicious. Thanks to your blog, we got to try local foodie spots. so far we tried Tiny Kitchen and Belito’s, and will try others when we return. Keep blogging. salamat uli

    • Blogie 8 June 2011 at 10:38 am #

      Thanks for your feedback, Jonathan! It’s very fulfilling to know that my readers find this blog useful. happy

  11. agatha 9 June 2011 at 6:43 am #

    i enjoyed choco vanilla overload. ang sarap – a must try!

  12. Faust 5 July 2011 at 11:49 am #

    I love it! the i haven’t tried the paella which is my favorite… hey do they have risotto based meal?

    • Blogie 5 July 2011 at 11:51 am #

      Good question, Faust! Why don’t you find out for yourself by going to Tiny Kitchen? wink

  13. maio 27 October 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    hi Blogie!
    i was looking for a good resto here in davao coz i’ll be meeting one of my high school friends later.
    i tumble on your blog and now i decide to eat at tiny kitchen.
    thumbs up for the good blog. happy

  14. Marie Lo 15 January 2012 at 2:35 am #

    Hello!

    Is Sari Makan closed already?

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