5/21/14

10 Dove Flies to a New Nest

         The elusive, quaint, little restaurant that's named after its address in Sto. Nino Village has now moved to greener pastures at Oakridge Business Park. Keeping the same name, 10 Dove Street has built its nest in a more accessible location where parking is no longer a problem and accommodation is slightly larger, occupying two floors now. If you'd like to see the original restaurant, I wrote about it for my Cebu Secret Chows. Just click this link: Ten Dove St.


         Word had spread quickly about 10 Dove's new location and I was raring to visit. Fortunately, I was invited by the management for dinner just a week after their soft opening. My dinner date was none other than one of my favorite piggies, Mustachio! Little did Mustachio know he would be one of the lucky ones to witness my subtly monstrous appetite. ;)


         Though under a new management, much of the details of this beloved restaurant is retained, interior and menu-wise - the interior is country chic with comfortable upholstery, the delectable cakes are still regally sitting on the counter, and best of all, full table service that serves each course in sequence. Thus, dining here still evokes comforting warmth and nostalgia from home-cooked meals in a laid-back ambience. 


         Known for their set menu, they now offer two choices - The 10 Dove Street Experience (P250) and Kitchen Favorites (P275) - which give you the option of having either a sandwich or a meat dish with rice for your main course. The 10 Dove Street Experience is a 4-course meal that includes Soup, Salad, Sandwich, and Dessert whilst Kitchen Favorites is a 3-course meal that includes Soup, Entree, and Dessert. 

         Since Mustachio is on a fitness mission, he had the 10 Dove Street Experience while I had the Kitchen Favorites. Let's see if he doesn't crack from my eating exhibition.
  
         For the set meals, diners select from an extensive list for each course. I love how they serve each course in sequence to allow diners to pace themselves and truly savor their meal. It really helps prevent from neglecting any dish especially when the entree is too good. ;)

         Starting off with soup, I had Broccoli & Cheese while Mustachio had Crab & Corn.

Top: Broccoli and Cheese Soup
Bottom: Crab & Corn Soup
         The consistency and flavor was exactly how I had it at the original location. These are decent soups that leave you anticipating for the next courses. I love that they generously add grated parmesan cheese in these. 

         Among the salads, Mustachio took my suggestion which was the Salad Tropicale while I had the Pancheco Salad. 


Left: Salad Tropicale - lettuce greens, apples, dried cranberry, candied walnuts, red onions, feta cheese, croutons, raspberry vinaigrette
Right: Pancheco Salad - lettuce greens, grapes, tuna flakes, celery, red onions, tomatoes, walnuts, mango vinaigrette
 

         I am not too fond of canned tuna but I appreciated the right amount of celery they added to the Pancheco Salad. The vinaigrette was a lovely companion, too. The Salad Tropicale was a winner though! Oh, who doesn't love candied walnuts, dried cranberries, and feta cheese?! Everything about this salad was just fantastic. Now, why didn't I take my suggestion? :))

         And now for the entree… I couldn't settle for just one because finding lasagna in a menu always tugs at my heart and I still wanted to try their roast beef, too. Thanks to sponsored meals such as these, I can have whatever my heart tummy desires. The waiter was kind enough to call my lasagna a "side dish". This double entree move was what I meant by my eating exhibition. Hihihi! Meanwhile, Mustachio had a Chicken Waldorf Sandwich. Poor fellow. 

Old Fashioned Lasagna
(allow 20 mins. baking time)
layers of baked pasta, meat (pork & beef), cheese
Chicken Waldorf Sandwich

         My lasagna came first and I somehow felt a bit guilty seeing how huge it was. The first spoonful affirmed the right decision though. It was the epitome of comfort food. The meat-to-cheese ratio was perfect and the tomato sauce wasn’t too sweet. It's rare to find downright good lasagna like this around. If you choose this when you get a Kitchen Favorites meal, know that I'm with you on that. :D

         While Mustachio was feeling guiltless with his Chicken Waldorf sandwich that met my expectations of just being a Waldorf Salad in a sandwich, my Roast Beef Dylan arrived at the table for my entree round 2. 

Roast Beef Dylan
thinly sliced tender roast beef smothered with sautéed onions & mushrooms and topped with melted cheese; served w/ bread or rice

         It honestly didn't look much, but as soon as I ate it, the flavors made a statement in my mouth. Smokiness came out of nowhere and I bet you I made every tender sliver of beef tumble around in my mouth before I swallowed it towards its fate - in my belly. I was very decisive to have this because they were now serving this with rice. If you read my old post about 10 Dove as I mentioned earlier in this post, I had this as a sandwich the last time. I enjoyed it more this time with rice though! I had half my giant lasagna already so as much as I wanted to eat more, I could only finish half of my rice; but I did finish all that beef! There was just a bit too much onion, I had to dig around a bit for the beef. 

         Aahh… It couldn't get any better than this. But wait, there was still dessert to be had! The renowned cakes are the dessert for the set meals, lined up like candidates on the counter for our picking. Along our meal, I noticed that the cakes would constantly be refilled or replaced because they quickly sold out. So, if you see a flavor that you like, make sure to reserve it right before your meal starts so they can keep a slice for you 'til then.  

         I knew their Chocolate Decadence was unquestionably good but after my heavy meal, I just wanted something light to balance it all out (more like to lessen the guilt). It's great that they have several fruity cake flavors because I'm a fruit junkie. So, I got the Fruit Medley and Mustachio chose Strawberry Chocolate. 


Fruit Medley Cake
Strawberry Chocolate Cake

         Happy, happy, joy, joy. You can't not love any of their cakes. Hands with years of experience have lovingly made these and you can definitely feel the love in every bite. I had the best of both worlds with my cake, getting both chocolate and my fruit fix! Mustachio enjoyed his cake, too. 

         After our more than satisfying meal, we were ushered to Oakridge's new feature which was their Garden Plaza Cafe. Here, you can enjoy any item from Pancake House, Starbucks (with 15% surcharge), and 10 Dove Street, in a relaxing setting with the cool, night breeze caressing your face. Expect to be offered to dine here if any of these outlets are fully occupied. And why not? There's FREE wifi, live acoustic music will be played during weekends, and you can even order a slice of cake from 10 Dove for only P92! They will also be offering more items soon.


         The Oakridge Garden Plaza Cafe is open daily  4:00 - 10:00 P.M. It's the perfect place to unwind, get away from the busy city streets, and enjoy good food. Reservations for functions are also welcome.  

         With these new additions to Oakridge, it's the place to be for a great meal and to relax the night away. You can enjoy it with family, friends, your lover, and even by yourself! I'll definitely add this to my list of places where I can be alone and write.       

         10 Dove Street, on the other hand, is as promising as ever, serving up lovingly prepared food with great service. Make sure to check it out and maybe even bring home a whole cake! I still want to go back for other enticing menu items that I spotted such as their Cheddar Shrimp and California Dreamin' Sandwiches. 10 Dove Street also welcomes reservations for special occasions or corporate functions. They can accommodate up to 38 people and can serve buffet. 


         Read about Mustachio's 10 Dove Street Experience, too! 


Oakridge Business Park
A.S. Fortuna St., Banilad, Cebu City 6014

Contact:  (032) 418 1010
Store hours:    10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.


Oakridge Garden Plaza Cafe
Oakridge Business Park
A.S. Fortuna St., Banilad, Cebu City 6014

Store hours:    Mondays to Thursdays       4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

                      Fridays to Sundays              4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.




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9 comments:

  1. I was smiling while reading this hehehe! Copy and paste nalang ko ani hehehe :D Thanks for inviting me!

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    1. Haha. Thanks for taking the pictures for me, too! Lovin' the teamwork. :D

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    2. You're welcome! :D Here's the story from the other side of the table: http://mustachioventures.blogspot.com/2014/06/10-dove-street-oakdrige-cebu.html :D

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  2. The Strawberry Chocolate cake looks so yummy! Will definitely try it there!

    xo,
    Janella

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  3. Hi! I really like your blog and was really happy to learn that 10 Dove Street still exists. I've seen their menu before including that for buffet and was wondering if they serve paella ala carte. I will certainly try your suggestion and they all look so good! More power and God bless.

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    1. Hi! Sorry, I don't know what they offer for their buffet but you can call them to inquire about that. Thanks for dropping a comment! :D

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  4. Thanks for posting this. My twitter name is included in one of the photos hehehehe...i love 10 Dove so much!

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  5. awesome post nak! :D have u noticed that their salad portions got much bigger since they moved, or is that just me? :D

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    1. Thanks, Kazoot! And oh yes, they are bigger than before! I think you have an extra eye when it comes to food. :))

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