Do you like to try exotic foods? I do. I have tried so many different dishes that are considered “exotic.” Sometimes they are really good, other times they are just OK. I don’t recall ever trying an exotic dish that I really disliked, at worst I just thought it was OK, but probably would not order it again.
What is exotic food? For those who are wondering what I mean, I am talking about things that are unusual, not normally eaten in most cultures, etc. Some examples of exotic foods that I have eaten? Snake (I have eaten rattle snake, water moccasin and anaconda snakes), frog legs, water buffalo, bison and other such food. My most recent walk down the “exotic trail” was when I recently visited Riverwalk Grill here in Davao City. Riverwalk specializes in exotic foods, particularly in Crocodile meat. This is convenient, because Riverwalk is right behind the Davao Crocodile farm, in Maa, Davao City.
I had been wanting to try crocodile for some time, and I knew that they served it at Riverwalk, I just had not made the effort to go and give it a try. On Father’s Day of this year, my sons and I were watching a TV show called “Swamp People” where they fish for alligators, and I decided to go to Riverwalk and have some crocodile! My kids weren’t too excited to give it a try, though. Nonetheless, my wife and I went to Riverwalk and checked the menu. We also had my sister in law, and daughter Nicole with us for the feast.
Upon inspecting the menu, we decided to try several dishes. We had the Crocodile Ribs, Crocodile fried rice, pork chorizo, BBQ pork and BBQ chicken. Yeah, many different things, but we really wanted to sample the things that Riverwalk had to offer!
How was the food?
Well, in a word, the food at Riverwalk was delicious! I really enjoyed it a lot. The prices were also very inexpensive, with the exception of the crocodile dishes, which were expensive. Expensive for the exotic food is to be expected, though, as it is rare, and supply is limited.
I particularly enjoyed the Crocodile ribs! They were really great, succulent and delicious. I had expected the crocodile to be dry, as I have heard that alligator is quite dry, but the crocodile was quite moist and not tough at all. I am not sure what kind of sauce was used on the ribs, but it was really great. I could go back again and again for more servings of crocodile ribs.
The crocodile fried rice was also quite good, as well. Our daughter ate 3 servings, so obviously she liked it. Our other kids didn’t come along for the meal, because they were not interested in eating crocodile, but we took some of the ribs and rice home for them to try, and it turned out that they loved it!
All of the other “non-croc” food was also excellent. I was not a big fan of the Pork BBQ, but the others in the party loved it, so I suppose that it was just not right for my taste buds, but that doesn’t mean you won’t like it. All in all, we will be back to Riverwalk Cafe, it really passed our taste test!
In addition to crocodile, Riverwalk also features other exotic foods like snake, ostrich and others.
Give crocodile a try, if you have a chance… I think you will like it!