In the recently concluded Dine Bacolod leg of the Dine Philippines Food and Tourism Caravan, two young cafes in Bacolod emerged as the top two Emerging Dine Destinations in Bacolod– Quino’s Café and Rau-Ram Vietnamese Café.
In a social media poll, Quino’s led the race at more than 800 votes while Rau-Ram followed closely with almost 800 votes. Quino’s Café has been making cakes, cupcakes, and desserts for several years already, but it has only been a year and a half since they opened their first shop along Lacson Street, Mandalagan, Bacolod City. After that, two branches followed suit—one at The District North Point (Ayala) in Talisay and recently at the 888 Chinatown Premier Mall. They are famous for their designer cupcakes, dessert arrangements, homemade ice cream, and their signature creation, Puffyani. Rau-Ram Vietnamese Restaurant on the other hand, used to be as Saigon Garden Café, a backyard restaurant serving authentic Vietnamese cuisine at Brgy. Bata, Bacolod City. But in June this year, they re-opened in a new and bigger place across the road from their old location under their new name.
The Bacolod restaurant contenders were nominated according to basic criteria, namely:
1. A restaurant within Bacolod that has operated at least 1 month and not more than 24 months.
2. Offers a unique gastronomic experience or a new dining concept for its customers.
3. Has shown a significant success through a consistent following, or has generated strong buzz in social media.
The entries were then posted on Facebook where supporters can vote for their favorite new dine spot. Other nominees are Sandok Comfort Food, Tiffany’s Confections, and D’Groundhouse Café.
“I personally believe that Quino’s Cafe and Rau-Ram Cafe are the representatives of the greater happening that is unfolding–Bacolod City is fast becoming the top dine destination of the Philippines.–Sigrid Says”
The Dine Philippines Food and Tourism Caravan is being produced by Courage Asia in cooperation with several national sponsors. It is the longest-running caravan of its kind in the country, endorsed by the Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Tourism. The event has brought four top-notch speakers in the field of Food Business and Tourism to Bacolod, who imparted eye-opening facts as well as encouraging and motivational ideas to further improve the food business and food tourism industry in Bacolod.
The speakers are, namely:
Mr. Ige Ramos, Chief Creative Officer of Food & Font IRDS, talked about “Hot Food Mapping Trends for Cool Food Business Ideas”.
Mr. Adolfo Aran Jr., President of Courage Asia Management and Consulting, discussed “Tourism Trends Breaking New Ground for Resto Menu Trends”.
Chef Justin David shared about “Managing Fresh Kitchen Talents with Crazy Ideas: A Chef’s Perspective”.
Chef Waya Araos-Wijangco, Executive Chef and Owner of Gourmet Gypsy Art Café, talked about “The Restaurant as an Agent of Change”. She encouraged everyone with her advocacy of training youth with developmental problems so that they can work and function in mainstream jobs.