Four years ago, Wifey and I worked in a sugar manufacturing plant in Matalam, North Cotabato. The place was virtually devoid of an urban atmosphere. In fact, the most modern facility in the area was a small resort and the town market.
The nearest vicinity offering an urban setting is Kidapawan City. Fortunately, the city was able to house a semi-upscale restaurant called Simon and Benedict’s Pizza House. We frequented this place because of its uniquely prepared dishes. Nothing looked “commercial” in the restaurant’s food — from the hand-tossed pizzas to the easy-to-prepare pasta selections. In short, Pizza House offered the best food in that part of Mindanao.
Fast forward to the present: We’re now back in Davao City, and back to the urban lifestyle we have been used to. As fate would have it, the famous Kidapawan restaurant has reached our shores, and has planted its roots in Bo. Obrero as Boyd’s Pizza House.
The first time we rushed to the restaurant was on a Sunday. Sadly, it was closed on Sundays. On our next visit, we made sure that it was on a weekday.
When we finally landed on their doorstep, there were only two things that I wanted to stuff in my mouth immediately: Meaty Jeff Pizza, and Garlic Loaf Bread! That’s what we ordered, along with Johan’s Special (white sauce pizza with mushrooms and roasted chicken) and Isaac’s Pasta (penne in white sauce with mushrooms, chicken, herbs, and parmesan cheese).
Here’s a blow-by-blow account of our verdict on the dishes:
- Isaac’s Pasta (P105) coated my mouth with the succulent richness of white sauce and parmesan cheese. The chicken flavor was complemented by perfectly chosen herbs and spices. A winner indeed!
- Meaty Jeff Special (P305) packed a mean punch in terms of flavor and stuffing the stomach. It’s a heavy meat-laden pizza that is best for super-hungry people.
- Johan’s Special (P145) is a one-of-a-kind pizza because of its toppings: roasted chicken and white sauce. It’s the pizza version of Isaac’s Pasta.
- Garlic Loaf Bread (P65) is another unique selection from Boyd’s Pizza House. Nowhere in Davao can you find a garlic bread that’s really loaded with real garlic. (I bet no aswang can survive the intense garlic flavor of the loaf bread!)
While their food is superb, the resto’s interior is something that the owners should take a look into. The restaurant looks like an upgraded carenderia, with weak tables and a number of monobloc chairs cramping its style. In fact, we were seated next to their stock cabinet! I can still remember their original Kidapawan spot, and it looked more upscale then.
Meanwhile, their service crew was friendly and accommodating, but only two waiters were present when we visited the place. It was a packed lunchtime. and the waiters found it difficult to address all of their clients’ concerns.
Nevertheless, we’re willing to forgive their lapses because they’re still relatively new in the city after all. Just the sheer pleasure of experiencing the flavors in Boyd’s Pizza House makes us forget the kinks.
Boyd’s Pizza House
#1 Josie Apt., E. Palma Gil Street
Bo. Obrero, Davao City
Phone: (082) 300-8877