(SPOT.ph) Here's the deal: seafood is downright delicious. There's just something about protein-infused fish and shellfish that makes them so addicting and worth every struggle of cracking, peeling, and getting your hands a bit dirty. We're always on the hunt for the best places to devour seafood (we're waiting for you, Blue Posts Boiling Crab and Shrimps), so we round up a list of our current faves. We hope you're not allergic!
Bag O' Shrimps
"The messier, the better" might as well be Bag O' Shrimps' official motto. It is, after all, the best way to enjoy seafood. Their food is brought to you in a plastic bag, the sauces and spices seeping deep into the meat. There are no plates, no utensils, just a sheet of paper over the table, gloves, and a bucket for the shells. The menu gives you an idea of how Bag O' Shrimps works; simple and no-nonsense, just good ol' seafood for your hearty appetite.
Must-tries: Crabs (P130/100 grams), Clams (P295/500 grams), Seafood-shrimps (P565/453 grams)
Bag O' Shrimps has branches at Tuscany, Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Hill, Taguig City; 3/F Mega Atrium, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City; and Dual Star Building, Brixton Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City. Read more about Bag O' Shrimps.
The Red Crab Alimango House
For people who love crabs, hail The Red Crab Alimango House! You'll be happy to know that they serve fresh, hefty crabs in 24 different scrumptious recipes. The claws are filled with so much meat, so you won't feel cheated at all. We recommend it with the crab rice.
Must-tries: Crab Maritess (P220/100 grams), Schezuan Crab (P220/100 grams), Pinais na GG (P199)
See here for a list of The Red Crab Alimango House branches.
Crab n' Crew
The vibe at Crab n' Crew is relaxed and warm with its wooden tables and outdoor umbrellas (think Sunday lunch on a beach with your family.) Their menu offers seafood of all kinds including mussels, shrimps, clams, and squid—but the real star of the show are their crabs! The crabs are drenched in special spice-infused sauces that will have you licking your fingers and asking for more. If you're up for it, they even have a Crab-All-You-Can promo for only P799!
Must-tries: Crab Seafood Bag (P999), Shrimp (P310/250 grams, P615/500 grams, P1,230/kilogram), Seaweed Salad (P115)
Crab n' Crew is at 77 Visayas Avenue, Quezon City.
Fish & Co.
Don't be fooled by the name, because Fish & Co. offers more than just fish and chips. There are other noteworthy items on their menu that will make you want to keep coming back—but the real winner is still their signature Best Fish and Chips in Town. The key at Fish & Co. is to skip the Just For Me servings and go straight for the regular servings, lest you want to end up craving more.
Must-tries: Best Fish and Chips in Town (P475), Sea Buffalo (P295), Steamed Seafood Bucket (P625)
See here for a list of Fish & Co. branches.
Blackbeard's Seafood Island
There's always a long queue at Blackbeard's Seafood Island, but it's one of those restaurants that's still worth lining up for. Their boodle feasts will drown you in appetizing dishes which includes mostly seafood with some pork and beef as well. Blackbeard's Seafood Island will leave you overwhelmed in the most delicious way possible.
Must-tries: Magellan's Landing (P995/three to four persons, P1,385/five to six persons), Kinilaw na Tuna (P245), Dagupan Festival (P795/three to four persons, P1,285/five to six persons)
See here for a list of Blackbeard's Seafood Island branches.
Too much steaks and crabs may sound like trouble, but over at El Cangrejo—trouble is definitely worth it. The crabs are big and juicy; the flavors enhanced by a touch of butter sauce. El Cangrejo makes sure everything—from clams to baked scallops, crab croquettes to fish and chips—is always served hot and perfect, just the way you like it.
Must-tries: Steamed Mud Crabs Tossed in Beurre Noisette (P610), Clams (P160), Baked Scallops (P345)
El Cangrejo is at Unit D1, Jardin De Zenaida, 34 Sergeant Esguerra, South Triangle, Quezon City. Read more about El Cangrejo.
The Shrimp Shack
The Shrimp Shack is one of those restaurants that you've walked past a hundred times and never stopped to try—but once you do, you'll keep coming back for more. The ambience and interiors is enough to fool you into thinking that you're dining in a shack or a beach. They offer a wide variety of unconventional food choices (they have shrimp popcorn!), making the restaurant a friendly place for groups and families. There’s just something for everyone.
Must-tries: Garlic Shrimp Scampi (P185 to P245), Seafood Bowl (P198), Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti (P230)
See here for a list of The Shrimp Shack branches.
Buckets and buckets of crustaceans and shellfish are what you'll find at Holy Crab! The first step is to choose among shrimp, crab, local mussels, or the quintessential Holy Crab Catch, a combination of all three which comes with squid and sweet corn. Step two is choosing your sauce, and step three is choosing the heat level. Soon you'll notice that your table is quiet and all you will hear are the cracking of crabs and peeling of shrimp shells. Don't worry, that's just the Holy Crab! mentality.
Must-tries: Holy Crab! Catch (P650), Clark Quay Crab (P145/100 grams), Crisp Gambas Overload (P350)
Holy Crab! is at 252 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City. Read more about Holy Crab!
Kapitolyo is a haven for hole-in-the-wall restaurants and Crunchy Crab is no exception. Hidden at the far end of 16 United, this little beach-inspired escape has a little bit of everything. Their seafood burgers are crunchy, filling, and hearty, and their seafood-by-the-bucket is equally great. Have we mentioned that all their ingredients are local and fresh?
Must-tries: Soft-Shell Crab Burger (P245), Shrimp BLT (P165/quarter pound, P310/half pound, P540/pound), Shrimp Bucket (P165/quarter pound, P310/half pound, P540/one pound)
Crunchy Crab is at 16 United Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City. Read more about Crunchy Crab.
The Shrimp Bucket
The Shrimp Bucket offers Bags by the Pound—where people are handed out gloves and bibs, and the food is served in a clear plastic bag. You can mix shrimps, mussels, and crabs in the bag with your choice of sauce in five variants: Mardi Gras, Salty Eggsperience, The Spaniard, Coco-Sol (south of Luzon), Frenchy Lemon Pepper, and Coco-Curry. People swear by the Mardi Gras and Salty Eggsperience; soak the seafood in it for one heck of a gastronomic treat!
Must-tries: Shrimp in Salty Eggsperience (P560/pound), Mussels in Mardi Gras (P350/pound)
See here for a list of The Shrimp Bucket branches.