The Green Dining Garden Café in Balayagmanok, Valencia is an exciting off-the-beaten-path culinary adventure. Owned and managed by Jun and partner Christine, a nurse and IT by profession, the Green Dining Garden Café has also grown a unique character to it that adds to its singularity even more. This, dear readers, won’t be an ordinary meal.
The Dumagueteneo team was more than happy to go the distance for this business review. The café itself is considered a destination restaurant, a must-try dining experience outside Dumaguete city that you really have to make time for. The menu offers an array of mouth-watering salads, burgers, pasta, and mexican food, as well as weekly specials.
Green Dining had its beginnings as only a small delivery service. After a while, they decided to develop an area in their place of residence. The setup was a few outdoor tables and huts to preserve the genuine encounter with nature. Green Dining shouldn’t confuse you to thinking its a vegan/vegetarian restaurant because their 450g Baby Back Ribs are absolute heaven.
The team sampled their Bacon Burger (P150), Beef Chimichanga (P85), Bolognese del Diavolo (P95), and their 450g Baby Back Ribs special. These dishes might be a common offering in nearer restaurants in the city but Chef Carlo pleasantly puts how “a recipe has no soul. So you as a cook, should give the recipe its own soul” and that’s how these dishes are – dynamic and soulful. This is what makes the 20 minute drive more than worth it.
Within the 4 walls of their kitchen, they excellently prepare savory meats and notably put in large amounts of vegetables to complement. This unmistakably leaves you feeling full but light instead of that bloated feeling. Jun and Christine grow their own herbs and use these in their cooking. An undisclosed amount of Chinese five spice is what gives their bestselling Baby Back Ribs its distinct flavour.
The Green Dining Garden Café is a place that exists to prioritize the happiness of their customers and hopefully elevate it with food as its medium. The fusion of flavors will definitely keep you coming back for more. In its entirety, the Green Dining experience is priceless- and these amazing dishes all served at the right price is all we can ask for.