Saturday, February 9, 2013

Steak wizard of Oz

“Steak Wizard of Oz”
Sun.Star Davao, Feb. 9, 2013

While other international franchises “test the waters” first in Manila when choosing where to open in the Philippines, Hog’s Breath Cafe, an Australia-based company, boldly took the other route and set up its first restaurant in Davao.

“Davao is a place where cultures of different origins meet.  It is a place where everybody is welcome. And that is why we opened here in Davao, a place where our “Hogster” is welcome and everyone would be proud that Hog’s Breath Cafe’s “Hogster” first stepped foot in Davao”, says Sly Camba, general manager of Hog’s Breath Cafe Davao. 

Hog’s Breath was founded by Don Algie, a.k.a. “Boss Hog”. The first restaurant was opened in July 1989 at Airlie Beach, North Queensland in Australia. The following year in November, the second store opened in Mooloolaba.  Then, stores quickly followed in Townsville City, Darwin, and Cairns and along the Eastern seaboard of Australia. 

This brand of restaurant, which became famous for its Prime Rib Steak, restaurant appearance, atmosphere, and unique style of service, grew rapidly in Australia and now has over 70 branches worldwide, including Singapore and Thailand. 

During its grand opening last month at the SM Lanang Premier, guests including my family and I were especially treated to Hog’s Breath Cafe’s impeccable service and great food.

According to Sly, the restaurant is being operated and owned by RMIT Corporation, a holding company based in Manila, which is into investments, franchising, real estate, import and export, restaurant business, and engineering services abroad. 

“We take pride in our ever tender and mouth-watering Prime Rib Steaks, which can be served in different ways.  Our wide variety of our steaks is what we are really proud of”, Sly declares proudly. 

And, true enough, the steaks did not disappoint. We savored every juicy bite of the precious meat that was slow-cooked for 18 hours. What bliss!

“Aside from steak, Hog’s Breath good start appetizers such as the Salt and Pepper Calamari and Buffalo Wings are a must-try.  We also have spectacular seafood dishes, one of which is the Hog’s Fishy Business composed of a little bit of everything seafood, the known Hog’s pasta selection, and Premium Pizzas”, Sly recommends.

Hog’s Breath also offers the “Boss Hog” burgers, wraps, and sandwiches which are perfect for those with huge appetites.

“For people who love veggies, we do offer our sensational salads for them. Kids can choose from the Hogster’s Kids Menu, which comes with free scoops of ice cream.  Also, the Apple Crumble and Mississippi Mud Cake as desserts to cap the meal”, Sly says.

Hog’s Breath Cafe is an ideal place for the family as their generous Australian serving is meant for sharing.

“We also offer a variety of imported beers and Australian Red and White Wines.  Our refreshing Fruity Smoothies and Free-From-Alcohol Mojitos are most wanted, too”, Sly shares.    

“At Hog’s Breath, we’ll make sure you’ll have your unforgettable, unrushed and completely satisfied dining experience”, Sly assures Dabawenyos.

Hog’s Breath Cafe is open every day from 10am until 10pm at SM Lanang Premier. Tel. number (082) 285-2393.

Enjoy the cafe’s Happy Hour for selected beverages from 3pm to 6pm, Mondays to Fridays. They also accept reservations in their three (3) function rooms, free of charge.  

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