10 Drool-Worthy Seafood Dishes to Spice Up Your Dining Table This Lent

You won't feel like you're sacrificing with these star dishes featuring seafood.

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(SPOT.ph) It's that time of year again when Christians and Catholics around the world abstain from gorging on beef, pork, lamb, and other meaty eats. In essence this is meant to be a sacrifice—nothing wrong with that—but we also say this is a great time to explore the great range of stellar seafood dishes you can find around the Metro! We’ve rounded up Lent specials as well as all-time favorite seafood dishes well worth having on your dining table this season.

Also read: The Best Seafood Dishes You Can Order Right Now

These stellar seafood dishes will leave your taste buds happy this Lent:

Crab Biryani from OK Bob

Crab Biryani from OK Bob
PHOTO BY The Grid Food Market
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Make Lent a feisty affair—we’re talking flavor-wise of course—with this star dish from The Grid’s resident Middle Eastern stall, OK Bob. The Crab Biryani (P2,500) is as lively in taste as it gets, as it’s got 500 grams of juicy crabs braised in a curry-spiced yogurt sauce. That’s not all, though; with spiced basmati rice, fried onions, cilantro, a zesty coriander cream, and papadums for crunch, this is a complete meal on a plate.

For orders, visit the OK Bob section of The Grid Food Market’s website. You can also check out their Facebook page.

Big Fish Sandwich from Mimi and Bros

Big Fish Sandwich from Mimi and Bros
PHOTO BY Instagram/mimiandbros

You can’t beat a good, satisfying fish-fillet burger and we’ve got just the thing: Mimi and Bros’ new Big Fish Sandwich (P275/served with hand-cut fries). Boasting a bigger fillet than most versions, this hefty treat gets a creamy-zesty profile with their dill-y tartar sauce and comes sandwiched between buttery pieces of brioche.

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For orders, contact 0945-798-5176 or find Mimi and Bros on GrabFood, Foodpanda, Dingdong, or Pickaroo. You can also check out their Facebook page.

Tri-Summer Salad from Taste & Tell

Tri-Summer Salad from Taste & Tell
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Looking to take a break from heavier fare—or at least balance them out (so you can go for round two)? Go for a lighter and more vibrant bite, like Taste & Tell’s Tri-Summer Salad (P1,800). In it are three kinds of poke—one with wakame, tamago, kani, mentaiko sauce, and tobiko; another with cucumber, peanuts, and soy-marinated tuna; and another with edamame, sweet mangoes, salmon and ikura—plus lots of fresh and crisp veg, including seasonal lettuce, carrots, onions, tomatoes, and more.

For orders, visit Taste & Tell’s website. You can also check out their Facebook page.

Crabs in Special Curry Sauce from China Mommy

Crabs in Special Curry Sauce from China Mommy
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When it comes to seafood, crabs dishes rank high as one of the most festive around. China Mommy’s Crabs in Special Curry Sauce (P3,900/half order, P7,400/full order) is bound to have everyone on your table drooling. Large crabs with the most succulent, naturally sweet meat are cooked in a Thai-style curry sauce that’s so darn flavorful it’ll have you scrambling to finish every last drop. Whether you opt to have it with rice, with noodles, or even just by itself, this is a truly special main dish that’s well worth having at the center of your table.

For orders, contact 0917-514-8540 or send a message to China Mommy on Facebook or Instagram.

Mango Jerk Shrimp from Mensie's Jerk House

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Jerk—we're talking in the food context of course—refers to the Jamaican method of cooking where proteins and other ingredients are marinated in a special mixture (usually including a variety of spices and Scotch Bonnet pepper), then smoked and grilled. Though this is most commonly used for chicken, small shop Mensie's Jerk House ingeniously gives shrimp the jerk treatment in the Mango Jerk Shrimps (P480). As the name implies the shrimps here are paired with fresh, sweet mangoes for a vivifying, tropical-style bite.

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For orders, send a message to Mensie's Jerk House on Facebook or Instagram.

Live Lobster Linguine from Lusso

Live Lobster Linguine from Lusso
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How’s this for luxe? Greenbelt maven Lusso goes all out with their decidedly lavish Live Lobster Linguine (P3,250/good for two). With a whole lobster paired with linguine tossed in cream heightened just a tad with espilette pepper and shallots, this is the kind of five-star dish that’ll have you popping open your best bottle of champagne.

For orders, fill out Lusso’s order form. You can also check out their Facebook page.

Tom Yum Puff Noods from Made in BKK

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In its classic state, the Thai soup known as tom yum is on the hearty and warming side—but Made in BKK turns it on its head in the crispified, deconstructed version dubbed the Tom Yum Puff Noods (P920). Yup, this ingenious dish employs whole tiger prawns and veggies in a rich and potent tom yum sauce—and you’re meant to pour it over their crispy puff noodles. The result? An uber-aromatic flavor bomb with welcome textural contrast to boot.

For orders, visit Made in BKK’s website. You can also check out their Instagram page.

Kung Pao Fish from Panda Express

panda express kung pao fish
PHOTO BY Panda Express

Trade your go-to Orange Chicken for a fishy new bite, because Panda Express recently introduced a limited-edition new dish for the Lent season: the Kung Pao Fish! In it are chunks of lightly breaded boneless fish fried to a crisp, then tossed with crisp-crunchy veggies and peanuts in a savory sauce with a bit of a kick.

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For delivery orders, visit Panda Express' website or find Panda Express on GrabFood or Foodpanda. You can also check out their Facebook page.

Temari Balls from Polaris Fine Foods

Temari Balls from Polaris Fine Foods
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Not all sushi is created equal; you’ve got your standard maki and nigiri, but on the especially visually satisfying end of the spectrum are temari sushi: the kind that are cleverly shaped into spheres! Get your fix with Polaris Fine Foods’ Temari Balls, which feature a variety of uber-fresh seafood. Their box of 12 (P1,688) features an array of seafood that include salmon belly, hamachi, and amaebi; after the Lent season, you can also go for the box of 24 (P3,388) which also includes A5 Wagyu and foie gras!

For orders, send a message to Polaris Fine Foods on Facebook or Instagram.

Pulpo from Hola Bombon

pulpo from hola bombon
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The Spanish have a special love for octopus and Hola Bombon's Pulpo (P750) is a great way to experience it. Here, soft and slightly charred pieces of the mollusc are paired with a nutty puree of chickpeas, plus atsuete aioli that delivers richness and depth of flavor.

For orders, visit Hola Bombon's website. You can also check out their Facebook page.

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