Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ryuma Coffee Shop: Davao's Premiere Spot for Gilded Chairs & General Royal Awesomeness


Relax, it's just Ryuma Coffee Shop.

These gilded chairs seem like those furniture from The Grand Kremlin Palace at Moscow! Really! Take it from  me, I have never been there. And while my companion was choosing our orders at the counter, I sat there peacefully like a Tsarina.

There's nothing like elegance, sparkly things, and good food to make you think that, yeah, maybe this is what I deserve in life. That maybe, just maybe, this the place where I really belong. Not the plebian, working ant conditions I was accustomed to! This is my place! This is my throne! This is--

"Aich? Tara na. Let's go up." 

So, there were a lot more of these gilded thrones chairs where they come from. There's also a second floor at the end of a flight of stairs with a red carpet that made me go "I want to come in here and go up the stairs with a ball gown on...

AND MAYBE A TIARA!" Gosh, luxury slides all over my head so easily like melted gold. I haven't even crossed half the stairs when I knew that Ryuma meant business. I mean, can another coffee shop in this city boast of a humongous sparkling crystal chandelier? o_O

If that is not EXTREMELY luxurious for a place that sells me a cup of coffee, I don't know what is. And if that isn't enough, there's also this parlor piano encased in a pristine cherry-varnish case.

One of the wonders that you can find in Ryuma coffee ship is this steampunk-looking drip coffee. It's one of the most complicated looking coffee machines I have ever had the chance to observe. And just through observation you can see how this complex machine is only good for one thing: mix water into coffee.

(debunking the mystery of how this thing works!)

1. First off, there's this crystal ball. Has water in it. Sometimes produces bubbles but that's just water going down the golden tubes.

That is definitely not cold water. That much I can tell you.

2. The water ever sooooooooo slooooooooowly drips down from the crystal ball. The droplets go down one by one. And into the tall wide cylinder filled with grinded coffee bits. It smelled like something wonderful!

3. Finally, somehow, the little droplets of water find its way all the way down from its travels through a field of grinded coffee beans, and it exits all coffee-colored. And also coffee-tasting! (maybe!)

And it finally makes its way to my Cafe Au Lait ! 

And my coffee is on this little dainty cup MADE OF GOLD. This costs about P80.00 by the way, and the coffee is amazing if you're a coffee junkie who likes to be kicked on the butt by caffeine. It would've been too strong on its own, but because there's creamer/skimmed milk on it, I got the milky version of the coffee~

It was very delicious!

Ryuma's sugar for their coffee comes in huge granules. It's not the usual brown table sugar. I submerged a couple of teaspoons of this on my cup to adjust to my sweet tooth. In the end when I finished my cup I munched on sugar one by one like candy.

My dashing companion ordered Ryuma's Mango Ice Cream Shake. It is reminiscent of all the good things life has to offer. It was pretty awesome for ice cream shake. It is milky and very mangoey. This costs about P120, and it comes in a tall stem wide wine glass with a very out of place straw. I wish they provided us a golden straw. Meh.

Random pictures of golden lounge chairs. To reiterate the luxuriousness of the place.

Ryuma is a Japanese-owned coffee shop, so don't be disappointed if you only see books in Japanese there. I can't read Kanji worth a damn, but it was nice to practice reading my Hiragana and Katakana.

If you ask me, this is a really good place to stay. The price is also not too bad! Their coffee is not the cheap kind or the watered-down kind you often get at other coffee shops. There's this coffee in Ryuma called Blue Mountain, and --consider yourself warned-- it is one of the strongest coffee I've ever tasted in my life. I haven't tried their sandwiches because I only really go there for the coffee, but they have regulars there that often eat sandwiches and pudding. Maybe next time I'll try some cakes.

Because I'm a regular Marie Antoinette during the days when the sun hides behind the clouds, of course I approve of this place. It is a quiet and magnificent respite from busy places and my princess heart revels in these levels of opulence.

Ryuma Coffee Shop
K7 Strip Building
J.P. Laurel Avenue, Lanang
Tel. nos.: (082) 234-0775

Thank you for reading!
I hope you visit the place and we see each other there!~


  1. nice review, aich! they should pay you for this! hahahahaha

  2. Incredible. I just spent a few minutes of my dreary day in a palace drinking exquisite coffee--thanks to your post!

    Beyond Acadia
    Jan at website

  3. Hahahah thanks! Well in any case I just wish I get another free refill lol!