Feyma and I had a great outing on this past Friday night. We went out for dinner at a place called Outback Grill, which is located on Bacaca Road here in Davao City. You will find Outback just across from the gate going into Ladislawa Subdivision.
When doing restaurant reviews, I have always gone to restaurants unannounced, unknown to the staff at the restaurant. I have always paid for my food, never expected a free meal, if you do that, it makes it seem that the review may not be completely objective, like you are “paying back” for the free meal by writing a good review, even if it was not fully justified. So, I want to be clear on this article/review… I was invited by the owner of Outback, and he provided our meal free of charge. Everything that I write in this review, though, is the truth based on what we experienced.
If we are going out to eat, Feyma and I usually only go out for lunch. We like to stay home in the evenings, spending the time with family. When Andrew, the owner of Outback invited us, though, he told us that they are not open for lunch, they open at 5pm. He really pleaded with me to make an exception to our “lunch only” policy and come out and visit Outback in the evening. We agreed. We were very happy that we did, because we had a great time at Outback.
We met Andrew upon our arrival, it seemed that he was waiting for us, and watching the front door for us to arrive! I was impressed with Andrew immediately, a very nice man, and very hospitable. Andrew is from the UK, but has been living in Davao for quite a while already. First thing after we arrived, Andrew gave us a tour of the facility, which includes Zoofari, a children’s play area, and the main restaurant, Outback Grill.
Now, don’t be confused, this is Outback Grill. It is not the famous franchise operation, Outback Steakhouse. Many people confuse it and think it is Outback Steakhouse. You know what… I’m glad it’s not Outback Steakhouse, because the ambiance at Outback Grill puts the Steakhouse to shame! More on that later.
All of the facilities that we toured were really first class. The Zoofari facility was super! It is something along the lines of a “Discovery Zone” in the States, where the kids can play and probably never get tired of it. All of the equipment was super!
When touring the restaurant, I was quite impressed with the facility. It is an “outdoor” type place, which is popular in the Philippines. But, it is so much more than the other outdoor restaurants that you might go to. One thing that really impressed me was the collection of Motorcycles that are on display throughout the restaurant. I saw bikes from WW2 era, right up to more modern styles. Some are inside the restaurant, some are outside. They are all great, though.
Andrew really did a nice job of showing us all that he had to offer at Outback! And, he has a lot to offer. A lot of food choices (and it’s good food) and also a lot of entertainment for guests at the Outback Grill.
One thing that was kind of cool is that Andrew has these wooden “picture frames” that they will bring to your table and put in front of you then take your picture. It is a nice promotional thing that the guests seemed to really enjoy. I saw people all over the restaurant requesting photos using these frames, and Feyma and I had one too!
Andrew gave us the menu to look over what Outback had to offer in the way of food. But, we did not have to worry ourselves too much about what was on the menu, as Andrew had taken the liberty of ordering quite a sampler of the food for us to check out. What a feast! We were quite impressed.
The food at Outback:
The foods that we had at Outback Grill included:
- Ribs – These ribs were great! We had a full kilo of ribs, so much that there was no way we could eat it all. Our kids were happy about that, because we brought the left overs home, and they loved them. These ribs were super meaty, super tender and super moist. A perfect combination. The sauce on them was great.. more of an American style sauce, not so sweet as you find at many Philippine restaurants. These ribs were among the best ribs I have found in Davao, and I am a real rib lover!
- Steak – The steak that we had at Outback Grill was super! I mean, it was so tender that it melts in your mouth. Very nice flavor too. One of the best steaks that I have had in the Philippines. I buy some premium Wagyu beef from Bukidnon that is veyr expensive, and this steak was better than the premium beef that I have been buying and having shipped to Davao. Really, of all the food we had at Outback I only had one criticism, and it was related to the steak. It was poorly seasoned. Needed to be salted and peppered while it was being cooked. No biggie, I put salt and pepper on it at the table, but hey… you can’t have a perfect experience anywhere, even though this visit to Outback Grill was pretty close to perfect!
Hamburger – One of the best hamburgers that I have had in the Philippines! We had the Western Burger, and it was great. Nice combination of condiments and ingredients on the burger. Great ground beef! Nice sized burger. Andrew told us that they have their buns made specially for them, and the buns are quite good. If you like hamburgers, you really need to try Outback Grill!
- Pancit – When the food was first brought to the table, I told Feyma that she would be happy, because there was buko juice (young coconut water). I was surprised when we opened the coconut shell and it turned out that it was actually pancit put inside the buko! Unique way of serving, kind of fun, and also delicious pancit.
- French Fries – The waitress asked Feyma if we wanted rice, and Feyma said if we could get some French Fries we would prefer that. Next time I turned my head there was a huge basket of French Fries on the table! They were quite good, no complaints! Not much you can do to fries to make them something to rave about, but these were delicious.
The food was very abundant. Lots of choices! Lots of delicious food too, really nothing was “bad”, or even “not so good”. Everything was truly delicious!
Entertainment at Outback Grill
Another big aspect of the great ambiance at Outback Grill is the entertainment! Every night, 7 nights per week, they have a live band. It’s a family place and serves people of every age, so they try to feature bands that are pleasing to all age groups. You won’t find heavy metal or punk rock, instead you will find bands that play classics, but still songs that the younger folks will enjoy too. Pop, country, that kind of music. It’s just the right volume so that you can enjoy your meal and a nice time with your companions, but still enjoy the music! Really nice.
Perhaps the highlight of the entertainment, though, is the fire dancing! Very nice, and also a unique form of entertainment among Davao Restaurants.
All in all, I think that you’ll love Outback Grill if you give them a visit. Good food, nice atmosphere, great entertainment. The staff there is also a lot of fun, and they work hard to make your visit great! I have to say that Outback is great as a family restaurant. You can go there with a date, with your wife (probably better not go with your wife and also a date!), go with your kids or friends visiting Davao. Everybody will find something fun about the place, and I predict that everybody will find a type of food that they will enjoy too!
As I said earlier, we ate free at Outback at the invitation of Andrew, the owner. He did not even ask me to write a review. He was very hospitable to us and treated us like royalty. We enjoyed meeting him and seeing his place. We will certainly be back again and again! But, I can assure readers, this review is honest to my feelings, I did not fluff it up because I got a free meal. If you are unsure, give them a try, I think you’ll feel just like I do!