To cap my homegrown food tour for this year’s 30th Kadayawan celebration, here’s something that not only Davaoenos can relate to – Em’s Pasta and Rolls, Cotabato city pride.
It’s no secret — I’m one to always grab a food, eat and pretend I’m Jamie Oliver on the hunt for the next best food masterpiece. I love the thrill of savouring something new and making my palate dance with excitement. Yes, I am a foodie. Always am; always will be.
Em’s Pasta and Rolls is synonymous to and with my childhood. Growing up in Cotabato City, we were treated to an array of delicious food choices that only Cotabatenos can serve. It was like growing up with your own Willy Wonka factory – right at your own backyard. Although I live some 10 minutes away from the heart of downtown Cotabato, it did not – in any way – hindered our spur of the moment cravings.
Baked spaghetti – is how I will always remember Em’s Pasta and Rolls. Their version is simply divine. Every slice and bite is packed with everything you would want a spaghetti to have. Not to mention, the cheese on top is as heavenly as your first love. Yes, I fell in love with their baked spaghetti since I can remember.
Now, years after, Em’s Pasta and Rolls transferred to Davao and has since been making the residents, visitors and everyone else happy with every meal they serve. Since the transfer, Em’s has since become a favourite for many – specially the students and yuppies near the area.
At Em’s, you get to enjoy your meal. It’s not an intimidating dining place; actually, it has a homey feel to it. It’s a quaint shop, yes, but their food is more than enough to make you order everything that they have to offer.
Aside from their baked spaghetti, I am true-blue Em’s fresh lumpia fanatic. I love how uncomplicated their fresh lumpia is. It may not be as big as the others, but this one is packed up until the last bite. The vegetables inside compliment the soft lumpia wrapper like two peas in a pod.
Another of my favorite is their puffy empanada. Well, the chicken empanada, that is. You see, they have EMSpienada in durian and spaghetti. Although I am in love with all their flavours, I am just so in love with their chicken version.
Everything at EM’s is something that you’ll want to have on a daily basis. Not only are they delicious, they too are right on the budget. Also, Em’s is not just about their snackable munchies, they also serve rice meals for you to enjoy.
Em’s Pasta and Rolls is located at F. Torres Street, Davao City. For orders and reservations, you can call them at 082 226 8268.
They take walk-ins,t ake-outs and catering services.
They are open Mondays to Saturdays 8:30am to 8:30pm
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