Her love of ramen inspired Chef Mia to start Sunahama Noodle Bar. In the last installment of our series on Davao’s young and talented chefs, the restaurant owner discusses what diners can expect from the metro’s flourishing culinary scene.
Mia Pineda, 34, Proprietor/Cook, Sunahama Noodle Bar
Sunahama is located at Mabini Commercial Complex, Mabini cor. V. Mapa, Brgy. 9A, Poblacion District, Davao City
How long have you been in Davao?
Since birth, but I lived in Manila during college and for another 2 years for work and culinary school.
Why did you decide to open a restaurant in Davao City?
I always make ramen at home and I decided to make a business out of it for lack of choices. I love tantanmen and tonkotsu and no one has it here.
What is the concept of your restaurant? What’s your favorite dish to serve visitors?
It’s mostly Japanese mixed with my favorite dishes from my travels.
Aside from your own, what is your other favorite Davao restaurant? What do you usually order?
Belitos for their squid ink paella, tornos and bihod dip. Alibaba shawarma. Ah Fat Seafood Restaurant. Yellow Fin for their greaseless fried chicken. The Griddle for their burgers and sandwiches. Tiny Kitchen for their duck paella. Huckleberry and Open Table for drinks.
What can we look forward to from the Davao food landscape?
I just attended a bar Pintxos pop up. I also know a few small restaurants that just opened that specialize in street food. Another (to look forward to) is Fat Boys Kitchen that has different flavored empanadas and shrimp boil bags. Compared to 3 years ago, the landscape is getting better. More food choices and bars are opening up especially since our Mayor is now the President so I expect more restaurants to come in.