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Jan 28, 2021

Enderun Colleges alumnus and Berbeza Bistro’s Chef Don Colmenares is Bacolod’s pride because of his culinary talent known to specialize in Southeast Asian fare.

There’s no shortage of culinary talent in this province. Another proof to this is Don Colmenares, whose Berbeza Bistro has been spicing up the restaurant scene here since 2018.

The 30-year-old Enderun graduate, who is also a councilor at the municipality of Hinigaran, specializes in Southeast Asian fare using only ingredients found within his vicinity. In fact, the only items he gets from Manila are spices. The rest are sourced from nearby cities, like duck and organic lamb from neighboring Bago.

He can customize a menu based on preferences, and that’s what he did the night we had dinner at his place. Our seven-course meal consisted of fork-tender lamb kaldereta on tinigib polenta, rib eye with smoked kamote puree, and Kanlaon pear poached in spiced wine. Of the lot, his inspired take on pancit molo stood out. It came as a duck meat and egg yolk ravioli with a lemongrass-infused chicken broth.

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