Steak ni Juan: Changing the Davao Food Scene

Disclaimer: This is the full feature from The Royal Chef column on Edge Davao.

A foodie knows gourmet can be anywhere. Just like fine dining need not always equate to fine China. That despite a nonchalant ambiance, one can always find a reason to enjoy a gastronomic meal minus the stereotypical labelling of what is best and not. And that one thing is for sure, above all the munching and chewing, a best dining experience is always about experience.

In the world over, it’s always about being able to share a meal with family and friends that matters most. In Davao, and elsewhere in the world, you are beyond what you eat. From enjoying internationally flavoured dishes to getting a taste of home at renowned restaurants, Davao’s unique dining experience makes for a great meal every single time.

Though oftentimes we are categorised according to how our plate looks like; still, the real story lies on the aftermath of how we are able to conquer a gastronomic feat without losing our identity along the way.

Just like eating steak. Steak might not be what diners think of when ‘cheap eats’ come to mind. But Steak ni Juan, Davao’s newest food-hub-favo, makes for an attractive place for everyjuan to come together and appreciate the delicate flavours of a tender flame-grilled prime piece of meat without maxing out your budget.


Though the location itself is no longer a guiding factor in deciding how, where and when to eat, this quaint steak house’s location is a dead giveaway for people who loathe the hustle and bustle of going “off the radar” in order to enjoy steak. And yes, it’s located in downtown Davao.

Steak ni Juan serves delectably marinated flame grilled steaks cooked according to your preference. This is what Anthony Bourdain would call perfection. Them asking how you like your steak is one thing; them cooking it specifically for you is another thing. It’s you taking charge of how you want to enjoy your meal. Your steak, that is. Now, the choice is yours. Do you want your steak medium rare, medium well or well done? See, wishes do come true.


Aside from their steak, one other best thing about Steak ni Juan is that they are very much affordable. Yes, at Php149 for a T-bone, you cannot go wrong with that. Owners Mon, Tristan and Mike emphasised that they may be affordable but each steak served is of top most quality. Beyond what you would expect for an affordable priced steak – it’s big, juicy and something you’d crave for on a regular basis.

Menu wise, theirs is very straight forward. Choose between a T-bone or a Porterhouse (Steak ni Juan Chef, Mike, said that the difference lies only on the size of the steak). Each order comes with a generous cup of rice and a more generous serving of gravy – which, by the way, is awesome on its own. Add on’s include a plate of lusciously seasoned baby potatoes or a brightly grilled corn cob. They also serve a pitcher of home brewed iced tea. And everyone’s favourite, unlimited rice.

Steak ni Juan is located at V. Mapa corner Tionko Avenue, Davao City
Operating Hours: Mondays to Sundays 11:00AM to 2:00PM (lunch) and 5:00PM to 10:00PM (dinner)

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erratum:  As written and published, Eric was named as part of the owners. Eric handles Steak ni Juan’s marketing. Apologies for the confusion.



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