Yesterday, Feyma and I had the itch to go out for lunch. We needed to decide where to go. After some thought, I suggested Swiss Deli. We had not been to Swiss Deli for quite some time, except to buy grocery type items, so we did it!
As mentioned, Swiss Deli is a combination of a restaurant, and a small grocery store. The grocery store carries European products that are otherwise mostly unavailable here in the Philippines. They have a good selection of meats, sausages, breads and cheeses too, which is really nice. One of the nice things for us is that Swiss Deli has a location within walking distance from our house!
Swiss Deli has two locations in Davao. They have the original Swiss Deli which is located in the Damosa area, and the one where we went yesterday is in Matina. The Damosa branch is right along JP Laurel on the right side (if you are headed toward Lanang), right at the Damosa traffic light. The Matina location is near NCCC Mall, adjacent to the Matina Water District office.
Swiss Deli has a pretty large selection on the menu, most of which are European favorites. Don’t worry, we Americans can enjoy them too! I did mention to Feyma, though, that in all of the years that we have been going to Swiss Deli (I believe around 8 years or so since they first opened in Damosa), they have never updated the menu with new items, at least not that I can remember. From my memory, the items on the menu are the same as they were when they first opened. Not to say that the food is not good, it is very good. It would just be nice to have a few new items from time to time.
Yesterday, between Feyma and I, we ordered three different dishes:
- Tortellini - Swiss Deli has a really excellent tortellini dish! The tortellini shells are stuffed with ground beef, and the whole thing is in a beautiful cream sauce. This is, and always has been, one of my favorite dishes served at Swiss Deli. Feyma and I both commented yesterday that the tortellini was the highlight of our meal! If you like pasta dishes, I don’t think that you can go wrong with the Tortellini at Swiss Deli.
Swiss Steak – Feyma ordered the Swiss Steak (although we tend to share so that we can both sample the food). It was good, breaded meat covered in gravy and topped with tomato and cheese. I liked the piece that I tried. You get your choice of mashed potatoes, french fries or rice with the Swiss Steak. Feyma had the fries, which were quite good. The serving of the Swiss Steak was very generous, there were like 5 slices or so of the meat, plenty to fill up even the hungriest appetite!
Mixed Grill – I ordered the Mixed Grill, which I have always enjoyed at Swiss Deli. The Mixed Grill consists of chicken, pork, beef, bacon and a frankfurter. All of these were excellent. Swiss Deli has their own butchers and they make the sausages and other cuts of meat themselves, and it is always good! You can’t go wrong. All of this is covered in gravy, and you get your choice of rice, mashed potatoes or french fries on the side. Like Feyma, I had the fries, and they were great.
It was an enjoyable lunch. And, the prices at Swiss Deli are also reasonable. The meal described above, with two Coke Lights set us back P800 or so (I think it was about P850, something like that), which I consider to be very reasonable. When we left Swiss Deli, we were both very full and satisfied, so that is a good thing and at a reasonable price too!
Just as we paid for our lunch, Randy C of the Journey to Samal blog walked in, so we asked him to join us, and we all sat there talking for 30 or 45 minutes, which we enjoyed. Randy and I have developed a nice friendship since he moved to Davao about 4+ months ago, so it was nice to see him.