Lebanese food at Rihanna’s Cafe

LOCATED at Don Dioniso complex along Cabaguio Avenue, Rihanna’s Café is a quaint little eatery eager to give Davaoenos its first taste of affordable, delicious, and authentic Lebanese home cooking.

Ahmed Chehab, a 26-year-old businessman and chef, said this is his first business venture outside Lebanon.

He owns five restaurant businesses in Lebanon and is looking to bring something new to a different place.

“I want to introduce real Lebanese home cooking to Davao city,” said Chehab who settled in Davao for its reputed safety.

Chehab said he imports most of his ingredients to duplicate the tastes he grew up with.

But the prices of his dishes do not scream “imported therefore expensive” — his chicken or beef meals, which can be ordered with saffron rice or tortilla wraps, do not exceed P100 and come in generous servings.

Chehab added he will be frequently rolling out budget meals so even students and those looking for a good meal for affordable prize can taste Lebanese food.

His menu also expanded to include Lebanese desserts and Arabic or Turkish coffee, not even exceeding P50.

Chehab added he is eager to start expanding his venture which will include delivery services, and to open more branches in the city.

Since he started operations in Davao last Aug. 19, Chehab said he has loved the temperament and the variety of people who come through his doors and sampled his food.

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