BY PAUL MICHAEL CAMANIA JARAMILLO
The original plan was to celebrate my friends ate Mel and kuya Aldon's birthday in Splash Island in Laguna but a storm hit Manila last July. So we suggested to celebrate the occasion in Dampa.
Some may not be familiar with the concept of 'Dampa,' which literally means 'kubo' or hut. Customers need to buy the raw seafood themselves in the market. After buying those items, customers will have to choose a restaurant that will cook and serve the dishes they want.
The seaside dampa in Macapagal Blvd holds several rows of the open-air wet market where customers can walk by and choose their seafood, and on the other side, a row of restaurants where you can have your items cooked. The place is near SM Mall of Asia (MOA).
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The seafood ranges from P120 to P200 per kilo depending on the type of seafood.
There are many restaurants along the strip where you can have your seafood cooked. It all really depends upon how much you’re willing to spend and the kind of ambiance you prefer.
Most of the places here are air conditioned and have an open air space to be used at night.
We stayed at UNI3 GASTROHUB. The staff gave us a large space. The KTV room is free for the first 2 hours of your stay UPON serving the dishes. Excess hours will be charged P300 per hour. Since we got the largest space, excess hours will be charged P500 per hour. That's the KTV #4.
A menu will be given to customers for the list of packages and cooking charges. Paluto charges depend on the kind of cooking you wish. For squid, it ranges from P120 to P220. For vegetables, P120-P170; fish, P100-P200; shells (P120-P200); pork/chicken (P120-P200); shrimp (P100-P250); crabs/lobster (P100-P280). Rice are served in cup (P35-P45) or bowl (P120-P180). Customers may also request for seaweed salad (P80-P120), ensaladang mangga (P50/piece), and sashimi (P50-P90).
The restaurant offers packages for a group of 3 (P1,200), 4 (P1,350), 6 (P1,720), 7 (P1,670), 8 (P1,930), 20 (P6,100), 30 (P6,940). These packages include different kinds of dishes, bowls of rice, and drinks.
It also offers Barkadas ala-carte (P1,950-P3,140). Included in the menu are short orders like fried salt and pepper shrimp (P380), grilled liempo (P280), crispy hipon (P350), and sizzling stuffed squid with oyster sauce (P280).
My favorite dish from this restaurant? The chili garlic crab! You should try this one!
HOW TO GET THERE:
There are many establishments near Seaside Dampa. Just between SM Mall of Asia and CCP complex, you may take an orange jeep from Gil Puyat LRT Station, it will pass by along this establishment.