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“Nothing extraordinary but still worth trying” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Chef Doy's

Chef Doy's
nside Cereza along Magsaysay Avenue, Naga, Luzon, Philippines
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Ranked #6 of 37 Restaurants in Naga
Cuisines: Filipino
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Manila, Philippines
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Nothing extraordinary but still worth trying”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

We tried Chef Doy during one of our regular trips to Naga City. It's the resto's apparent fame that enticed us to give it a try. The food they offer is indeed something new and unique particularly for the long list of Naga's restaurants. Local dishes served with a twist in terms of preparation and presentation. After ordering, we were so hyped while waiting for the food to be served. But, I personally, was disappointed with one of our food. The 'Pininyahang Manok' was no extraordinary food. Few small pieces of chicken wings and huge chunks of pineapple. For me, that should have been termed as 'Minanukang Pinya'. Anyway, food wasn't bad really except that it did not meet my expectations given Chef Doy's popularity.

Another thing that should be somehow resolved is their dining area. The space is very limited. Again, given their popularity, I am quite convinced that the place isn't an ideal dining venue when packed by patrons.

Right now, I have no plans of trying again Chef Doy but let's see. I'd like to treat that Pininyahang Manok as in isolated incident. And since there were just the 2 of us, we ordered a limited number of food and probably we just didn't picked the star. Good food and place, but not as excellent as others see it. Still, worth the dine.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Manila, Manila, Philippines
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Nouvelle Filipino Cuisine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

Here's a place that takes the filipino dishes to a new level, specially the bicol dishes like Bicol Express, pinangat, and kilawin. even their adobo was given a new twist. prices not too high service is quite good

Visited February 2012
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Cebu City, Philippines
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32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
“friendly and cozy restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2012

Chef Doy's is located inside a compound of restaurants of Laksa, Grissini, Uncle Johnny's.
We chose Chef Doy's for it's Bicolano cuisine. We had Bicol Express of tiny shrimps, laing, and a dish with shark meat. The servings were big and the food was really good! One of the chefs-Johnny- was so friendly and entertained us well. He even walked us to next door Avenue Plaza Complex and toured us at the hotel. I would recommend all the restaurants in this compound!

  • Visited February 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Taytay, Philippines
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“Terrific Bicolano Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

We ordered Ibos-ibos (rice cooked in coconut milk with a choice of entree and egg & tomato), Pininyahang Manok (chicken with pineapple) and Kinalas (egg noodle dish with beef). All were fantastic. The flavors just explode in your mouth. Their shakes are really good, too. The only thing I would criticize them for is lack of space. It is quite cramped. They should enlarge their restaurant to accommodate more tables.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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