Dennis Coffee Shop : Typical Kahawahan Sug in Zamboanga
My heart is bursting with pride and honor to witness how Dennis Coffee Shop (Kahawahan Dennis for many Tausugs) reached its milestones since it was first established in Jolo, Sulu in 1962. I’m glad to visit its branch in San Jose Gusu, Zamboanga City – far different compared to its original branch in Sulu.
The first time I entered I was simply amazed by its set-up. Zamboanga branch is modernized and classy. Actually, it changed a bit. Zamboanguenos know the coffee shop as Dennis Coffee Garden (Pinasosyal) which simply depicts the modern age we are living in. But despite its win back ambiance, inside of this place are stories that will surely bring you back to the past.
Dennis Coffee Shop Story
The menu alone will tell you the whole story of Dennis Coffee Shop. It was established in the year 1962. The said coffee shop was initially Omar’s Place and managed by the family matriarch, Ubbaisa Ahalul.
The coffee shop was named after the first birth of Ubbaisa’s first grandson, Dennis. Now, it has five (5) branches in Jolo, all managed by the relatives. Building up this coffee shop has been the tradition of the family and it has been down to its third generation.
Where We Are: Dennis Coffee Garden
As one of the modernized coffee shops in Asia’s Latin City, Dennis Coffee Garden doesn’t just serve Sulu native coffee (Kahawa Sug) and delicacies, but also function rooms and other facilities for gatherings that will perfectly serve family or social groups’ occasion. It has a mini garden that nature lovers will truly love.
Besides, the place is a walking distance from Zamboanga International Airport that can cater tourists a picture-perfect waiting lounge before departure or place to eat and unwind as soon as they arrive in Zamboanga.
Dennis Coffee garden is open Mondays thru Sundays, from 8 AM to 11 PM. It has now a second branch located at the second floor of KCC Mall de Zamboanga.
Dennis Coffee Garden Paintings
Be amazed! Looking at the paintings hang on Dennis Coffee Garden walls makes me miss my hometown, Sulu. It tells a lot of stories of yesterday.
I really appreciated how Dennis Coffee Garden and people behind this successful coffee shop in the city who try to preserve the rich culture and traditions of Tausug people and introduce its fascinating landmarks that are enticing to the tourists which can only be seen in Sulu.
Serving 100 % Mouthwatering Halal Food
Some people are particular when it comes to food they eat. In Dennis Coffee Garden you are guaranteed that the food you eat are 100 % halal, affordable and will satisfy your tummy. They serve mouthwatering Muslim foods with a twist.
Aside from sweet and spicy Satti, Dulang is also one of the best sellers in DCG. Dulang is derived from Malaysian word means “tray.”
In one platter you can choose various dishes where Tiyulah Itum is the main course that you will surely enjoy in every bite and sip. Tiyula Itum is a beef or goat soup-stew of Tausug originated from Sulu in the Southern Philippines which is always served at weddings and other occasions.
We have friends from Davao City whom we invited to eat at DCG, and we let them tried Tiyula Itum. To our surprise, they loved it and even requested for more. They even said that the taste of food in DCG and its ambiance feels like bringing them to our culture.
DGC also caters quality aromatic native coffee(Kahawa Sug) and bang-bang Sug such as Daral, Juawalan (Deep Fried Banana), Putli Mandi (Violet, Sticky filled with grated coconut meat) and many other delicacies that are good enough for merienda.
Indeed, Dennis Coffee Garden is not just about delicious world class food, but also about keeping the legacy that has been down from generation to the next.
It preserves culture and tradition that people will truly love and lets them come back to Dennis Coffee Garden.Sponsored: