Seafood Shack: Now Boiling in Quezon City
In some parts of the U.S, it’s not uncommon for families to gather together during warm-weather months and have what is known as a seafood boil. Shrimp, crabs, mussels and all sorts of delicious sea creatures are tossed in a pot and boiled to sweet, juicy perfection. The seafood is either served in a plastic bag or spread on newspapers where they are feasted upon by bare hands and satisfied smiles. This is not an entirely novel idea here in the Philippines. There are establishments that serve seafood in the exact same manner but there aren’t a lot of them. Seafood lovers like myself will be pleased to know that another establishment has been added to this short list.
Seafood Shack, located in another up and coming food hub in Quezon City simply known as the F7 building, just opened last December. The restaurant gives off a strong beach vibe with its nautical décor. Since summer is just around the corner, it’s worth mentioning that it’s the perfect place for beach-themed parties.
The first step: Choose your catch! Shrimps (P580-P1,410), Mussels (P230-P595), Clams (P370-P980), and Crabs (P1,260-P2,210) are your options. If you can’t decide on just one, go for the Shack’s Catch (P1,750) which combines all four. The small serving size is approximately 700g, medium is 1,400g and large is 2,800g.
The second step: What’s your flavor? This is where you pick the sauce that goes in the bag with the seafood. The choices are Lemony Peppery, Soy Garlic, Southern Cajun, and again if you can’t decide there’s the Shack Daddy that combines all the sauces.
Step 3: How spicy can you go? You can go from Non Spicy to EXTRA HOT!!! The all caps and all the exclamation points intimidated me so I opted for Mild when I was there.
Step 4: Choose your add-on (P70/add on). Traditional seafood boils typically include potatoes, corn, and sausage. At Seafood Shack you have the option not to have any add-ons in your seafood boil but I suggest that you add them all because it adds flavor to the seafood.
Boiled Shacks are served in a plastic bag. Fret not, it’s meant to be that way.My lunch companion and I had two small Boiled Shacks: Shrimps in Shack Daddy sauce and Mussels in Lemony Peppery sauce, both complete with add-ons. The seafood was cooked just right. I loved the Shack Daddy sauce more than the Lemony Peppery one because it had more flavor and went really well with the shrimp. A small serving of the Boiled Shack could easily feed 4 people. Feel free to ditch your utensils and use your hands, they actually encourage it. Don’t forget to put on your bib because some seafood splattering will ensue, I assure you.
Shrimps in Shack Daddy sauce
Mussels in Lemony Peppery sauce
Photos by Albert Peradilla.