I’d been hearing about it, and finally I’ve seen the place: Coffee @ Yellow Hauz. It’s in an as yet secluded part of downtown Davao (the coffee shop is on Mapa St., near TumbleTots on Mabini St.), away from the hustle & bustle of places like F. Torres street. In fact, the area looks decidedly residential — a throw-back to the city’s antiquated zoning.
Yellow Hauz is certainly a looker. From your first glimpse of it from the outside up to your relaxing stint within, you’d be impressed. The architecture, the interior design, the nice little touches — and the huge glass panels on the walls and doors (something I like in a building) — all add up to one delightful package.
And it’s not a square space with no depth. It’s laid out quite snugly, with a few choice nooks for those who want to park themselves in a comfortable couch or armchair. There’s a room there that I thought of as the den, and it’s perfect for a group of, say, 10 to 15 friends to lounge in. Even the outside area is well laid out. Evidence of the owners’ careful planning and attention to detail.
Now, if only they’d bring their attention to bear on the coffee. Whenever I go to a coffee shop for the first time, I always sample their house brews, because that’s the base upon which they create their other concoctions. So I tried the regular brewed coffee at Yellow Hauz and, well, it wasn’t really awful… but it wasn’t as impressive as how the shop looks. It was rather disappointing; I felt let down.
The waitstaff were very presentable and the service was prompt and courteous, even though the place was almost full. Some of the servers displayed an eagerness to be of constant assistance, and that’s good because things like that encourage continued patronage.
The food, particularly the pastries, were OK. But with the coffee tasting like that, I didn’t enjoy the fare all that much. I hope that they’d invest more time and effort in brewing excellent coffee, as I’m sure they did in building that chic establishment.
Oh, they have free wifi, of course. I don’t think it would be wise for any coffee shop in Davao to not offer Internet access anymore.