A couple of months ago, I ran my first (and will probably be the only) 21km run for the year. And what better way to work up an appetite than running a half-marathon? My preparation had not been for naught as I had one of the best post-run meals at The Boiling Seafood, in one of the food tasting events organized by Aldous of Aldous Ate the World.
The Boiling Seafood is like one of those paluto restaurants that have been cropping up left and right in the metro. But what’s special – and also the first thing I liked – about The Boiling Seafood was that I didn’t have to go through all that trouble of picking out the uncooked ingredients of my food. Whew! What a relief!
The second thing I liked about The Boiling Seafood? The Crispy Calamari (P285). Those calamari are to die for. They were cooked just the right, tender and lightly seasoned. The ranch dressing that came with it was also a perfect match. After that came dish after dish of yummy, yummy seafood.
Just like those Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books, the fun starts at The Boiling Seafood by selecting your seafood. There are crabs, mussels, clams and shrimps, sold by the weight. The next part, and the most important one, is picking out the sauce. The choices are butter garlic, Cajun, crab fat, coconut curry and sweet chilli garlic. Since customization is key, you can even determine how hot your sauce will be. They can be tame, mild or wild. For our food tasting, all our dishes came with the mild sauce.
1. Shrimps in sweet chilli garlic. The shrimps were cooked just right and the sauce was a bit spicy, but totally yummy. It was best eaten with rice. Even the corn tasted good
2. Shrimps in crab fat. It was also yummy but not as flavorful as the sweet chilli garlic sauce. The most salient taste came from the garlic.
3. Clams in coconut curry. As curry is not one of my favorite dishes, I must say that it was just alright for me.
4. Mussels in Cajun sauce. The Cajun sauce, made up of dried herbs, garlic and chilli turns out to be spicier than the sweet chilli sauce. Still, I liked it.
5. Crab in Sweet Chilli Garlic Sauce. At that point, I just gave up – everything I had tasted thus far was just delicious!
Another crab dish was the Crabs Garlic Overload. As is evident in the photos, that is one garlicky crab!
The Boiling Seafood though is not only about seafood. They also serve some chicken. We sampled the Buffalo Wings and they were divine – with or without the ranch sauce.
Another non-seafood item on the menu is the BBQ Hickory Baby-back ribs. We were served with a tender slab of meat, laid out on a bed of French fries. It was delicious.
Yum, yum, yum. I could hardly move after eating all those food.
If there’s one thing I did not like about The Boiling Seafood, it would be that it doesn’t serve dessert. Come on! There’s always, always room for dessert.
But the next time I’m craving for some shrimps in sweet chilli garlic, I’d make a beeline to this place.
The Boiling Seafood
Alabang Town Center
+63 2 511 8232
***All photos were taken using iPhone 5