Cucina Higala, Mindanao Heritage Cuisine

Cucina Higala, Mindanao Heritage Cuisine

During my tour in CDO with the Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines (TPB) we had dinner in Cucina Higala. This restaurant is well known in CDO due to its delicious Mindanao heritage cuisine. This is actually my first time eating in a restaurant that serves a lot of Mindanao dishes.

Cucina Higala Mindanao HEritage Cuisine - Where to eat in CDO Cagayan de Oro - Happy and Busy Travels

 

Important Information

Facebook: Cucina Higala

Operating Hours: 11 AM – 9 PM

Cellphone No.: 0917-7946-118

Landline: (088) 881-1570

Email Add: cucinahigala@gmail.com

Payment Options: Cash, Credit Card

Address: 222 Capistrano St, Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental, Mindanao

Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/

 

 

The Restaurant

As soon as we arrive, I was immediately impressed by the facade of the restaurant because it is well embellished.

Cucina Higala Mindanao HEritage Cuisine - Where to eat in CDO Cagayan de Oro - Happy and Busy Travels

 

Cucina Higala looks inside too, it is spacious and can accommodate a lot of guests.

 

Private Dining

There are various function rooms in the restaurant, so you can reserve them for your meetings or intimate gatherings.

 

Here is the room that we used.

Cucina Higala Mindanao HEritage Cuisine - Where to eat in CDO Cagayan de Oro - Happy and Busy Travels

 

 

Mindanao Heritage Cuisine

The restaurant specializes in Mindanao Heritage cuisine, so we ordered their house specialties.

 

Pangpagana og Ensalada

Chicken BBQ Salad

To start off, we had Chicken BBQ Salad. It tasted okay to start our dinner.

Chicken BBQ Salad Cucina Higala Mindanao HEritage Cuisine - Where to eat in CDO Cagayan de Oro - Happy and Busy Travels
Chicken BBQ Salad Php 295

 

Sud-An or Ulam

Kinilaw na Isda

I love Kinilaw na Isda, so I was excited when this was served. It looks different because we are used to Kinilaw that has a clear Vinegar sauce, but this one has a white vinegar sauce. As I expected, this dish tasted great. I can finish this whole serving just for myself hahaha.

Kinilaw na Isda Cucina Higala Mindanao HEritage Cuisine - Where to eat in CDO Cagayan de Oro - Happy and Busy Travels
Kinilaw na Isda Php 340

 

This is the Tabontabon fruit is used in the dish that’s why the sauce has this color.

Cucina Higala Mindanao HEritage Cuisine - Where to eat in CDO Cagayan de Oro - Happy and Busy Travels

 

Beef Rendang

This is my favorite in all of the dishes, the Beef Rendang. This is a Marawi aromatic beef stew with Charred Coconut and Pickled Cucumber batons. You might’ve heard this dish from other countries, but this one is from Mindanao too. The flavors of the ingredients stood out and goes well with each other.

Beef Rendang Cucina Higala Mindanao HEritage Cuisine - Where to eat in CDO Cagayan de Oro - Happy and Busy Travels
Beef Rendang Php 430

This Beef Rendang is best partnered with Palapa, which is a spicy sauce from Marawi. Ohhh this made me eat a lot! More cups of rice, please! I really want to bring some of these home, hopefully this is available in the market.

Palapa Cucina Higala Mindanao HEritage Cuisine - Where to eat in CDO Cagayan de Oro - Happy and Busy Travels

 

Pork Sisig Crispy Lumpia 

The classic Filipino dishes Pork Sisig and Lumpia were combined in this dish. This is actually one of my favorites too because I love Pork and this tasted good. I had Pork Sisig Lumpia in some restaurants already, but their version is better.

Pork Sisig Crispy Lumpia Cucina Higala Mindanao HEritage Cuisine - Where to eat in CDO Cagayan de Oro - Happy and Busy Travels
Pork Sisig Crispy Lumpia Php 275

 

Surol Chicken

I am not a fan of Chicken with soup, but this one is an exception. Surol Chicken is a classic Camiguin chicken stew with coconut milk and fresh native oregano. This tasted surprisingly better than I expected.

Surol Chicken Cucina Higala Mindanao HEritage Cuisine - Where to eat in CDO Cagayan de Oro - Happy and Busy Travels
Surol Chicken Php 295

 

Dessert

Sizzling Binaki with Caramel Sauce

Finally, here is the dessert, Sizzling Binaki with Caramel Sauce. This dish is made out of Binaki which is the pudding version in Mindanao, topped with Ice cream, poured with Caramel sauce, and sprinkled with Almonds. YUM!

Sizzling Binaki with Caramel Sauce Cucina Higala Mindanao HEritage Cuisine - Where to eat in CDO Cagayan de Oro - Happy and Busy Travels
Sizzling Binaki with Caramel Sauce Php 210

 

 

Menu of Cucina Higala

menu Cucina Higala Mindanao HEritage Cuisine - Where to eat in CDO Cagayan de Oro - Happy and Busy Travels

menu Cucina Higala Mindanao HEritage Cuisine - Where to eat in CDO Cagayan de Oro - Happy and Busy Travels

 

Happy and Busy’s Smileys for Cucina Higala

Overall, our experience in the restaurant is good. They gave me a great experience for my first time in eating some of the cuisines. I kinda wish that I had a large stomach so I can eat a lot haha.

Food

Location

Ambiance

Value for money

Service

Comfort Room

 

 

Cucina Higala Mindanao HEritage Cuisine - Where to eat in CDO Cagayan de Oro - Happy and Busy Travels
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3 Comments

  • Joaquin Eli Bacod
    Wow perfect place to visit , ang ganda ng ambiance ng place and tlga nman ang dami choices ng mga foods na masasarap . Thank you for sharing 😍❤️
  • Jenny Labutap
    Ang ganda naman po dyan very nice place and must visit talaga. Love the ambiance po and sure na masasarap po ang mga foods dito 🥰
  • Rowena Callo Villareno
    Wow ang ganda naman po jan love the ambiance and dami pa choices ng food with dessert pa sulit na sulit yung pag visit sa ganyan place siguradong ma satisfied ka sa sarap ng food nila😍.

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