Been wanting to try Shrimp Bucket for some time now. Finally had the chance yesterday when we were in Ayala Malls the 30th. Could have gone to our fave resto, Gringo, but a little change wouldn’t hurt right?
The interior makes you feel like you are inside a ship. With small holes surrounding the area, and some ropes dangling and barrels lined up, the wood finish and the warm lights complete the look.
For you to have an idea what they serve in Shrimp Bucket, here’s their menu.
So we wanted to order crabs, but they’re out of stock. We instead ordered Shrimps in Salty Eggsperience and Mussels in The Mardi Gras.
I love Salted Egg whatever, but this one didn’t do it for me. I would have liked it more if there are bits and pieces of salted egg or maybe not too saucy. Some of the shrimps were overcooked. The skin sticks to the shrimp meat.
Would have tasted better with the Mardi Gras sauce.
The mussels gets a thumbs up. They did great with The Mardi Gras sauce. It’s a chorizo based sauce with a little tinge of spiciness. The chorizo meat’s like grounded meat and mixed with the mussels.
The Deep Fried Baby Squid is a hit with my kids. The breading’s not too salty. The squid is not chewy.
Shrimp Bucket has non-seafood items too!
We tried their Spicy Pork Belly (not spicy at all). It’s like binagoongang bagnet (pork belly with shrimp paste). The meat melts in your mouth, the hint of shrimp paste tastes good. There’s still a crunch even if smothered in sauce already.
Instead of ordering an extra bowl of rice at Php 40.00, we ordered a Rice Bowl instead at Php 160.00. The Dad’s Seared Chicken with coconut milk sauce gets a high grade. Like the pork, the chicken melts in your mouth as well. The coco based sauce seals the deal!
Overall, I like the non seafoods better. Maybe I need to try the crab and the shrimp in the Mardi Gras sauce, or try the other sauces available. There are also a lot of other rice bowls and main entrees to choose from. And it’s affordable too!
And it’s fun to see what you have devoured in a bucket after!
Shrimp Bucket has a few branches all over the metro.
When Din Tai Fung arrived in Manila, everyone lined up to have a taste of what is known to have the best xiao long baos (steamed dumplings). During this trip to Taiwan, of course, we wouldn’t let the chance to visit the original branch pass. To get there, take the Metro Rail at Ximen Station and hop down at Dongmen Station, take the Exit 5, cross YongKang Street and walk straight.
You wouldn’t miss the shop becaus3 a lot of people are outside. We arrived around 11:00am and we had to wait for 60 mins. If you plan to go here, be sure to be there before their 10:00am opening.
The receptionist will give you your number and a checklist. It’s in English and the price is also written. They will take this once your number is called.
Outside is the enlarged menu board with pictures, if you can’t picture what’s written in the checklist.
After 60 years, minutes rather, we were finally seated at the 3rd floor. The main branch is just a small branch so it can really be tight! But you’ll still feel like you are in a restaurant with the service and the service charge of 10%! 😁
Yey! Our orders finally arrived! The girls from the other table were looking at us because there’s only the 2 of us and the food’s so many!
The xiao long bao! So juicy, it really does tastes better than the other xiao long baos in the market. Best to devour it when hot and fresh.
For first timers, they have a guide on how to eat it.
Dip the dumpling into the sauce.
Poke a hole on top to release the broth before eating it. Danger here – it can be so hot!
Next to try is this Shrimp and Pork Dumpling. Unlike other shrimp dumpling, this one is filled with real shrimps and pork. It also has some juice inside. Tasty as well!
Their Hot and Sour Soup tasted good also. Didn’t mix it so the hotness was all consumed by my husband. Afraid I can’t take it. I still like the soup. Sourness is just right.
We were curious with this on the menu, so we ordered it. Turned out it’s just Machang, pork wrapped in sticky rice. Not their specialty.
Up next is the Beef Noodle. The soup’s too oily. The one we had in Jiufen is better. But the texture of the noodle is good.
On the 1st floor, the dumpling making station can be viewed through a glass partition. I wonder how many xiao long baos they make in a day?
When we left the shop, it’s a chaos outside. People can’t resist that cute little dumpling though!
Recently tried this Japanese Resto in Megamall. Tori Chizu specializes in all food cheesy! 🧀🧀🧀
Ordered too much! Got the set meal and it consisted of 2 choices of Japanese Doria, 2 sets of 2pc Fried Chicken, 4 glasses of Iced Tea and 4 cups of Cheese Ice Cream!
I don’t have anything to say about the chicken. 😐🤐
The Milk Chiz ice cream can actually get to you! First 5 bites is heaven, but the succeeding bites take you back to earth. Too salty or too cheesy, I am not really sure. Too big of a serving, the kids didn’t finish it. Maybe a bowl for sharing is okay. Or a little less ice cream per cup.
For our main dish, there’s the Doria. What is a Doria? It is a Japanese Rice Gratin dish, usually with different variations.
For our first doria in Tori Chizu, we called the Chicken Chizu Curry. It should have been called Curry Chizu because that’s all it was, curry sauce. Maybe they forgot to put the chicken meat! 😣
There is really nothing special in this dish.
Our other doria is so much better! Chicken Teriyaki Doria had a lot of chicken meat! The teriyaki sauce was beneath the mozarella cheese and this tasted good. The kids loved this dish. The cheesiness and the the taste of the teriyaki blended well together.
Here’s my firstborn attacking the doria!
She’s in love with all things cheesy!
If you are in the area and you want to try having a doria, go ahead and do so. There are 3 more other flavors to try. They also serve Ramen and Hambagu Steaks.
Tori Chizu is located at Upper Ground Floor, Building A, SM Megamall.
Tori Chizu is beside Zubu, should remind myself to dine at Zubu soon! 😋
The new wing of Powerplant Mall houses a unique kind of food hall that focuses on the food they serve rather than their “brand.”
The Grid Food Market did away with individual branding of the food stalls. Instead, they focused on what specialty that food stall has to offer.
The hall was divided into a number of stalls representing different cuisines each.
The first thing that caught my attention was the wine & cheese stall by Estrella Galicia. You can order wines by the glass. Cool, right? 🍾
Next is the Thai Resto.
This huuuuge Porkchop is called Tank XL (literally XL!) served with Pulled Pork and Monggo Beans. This dish gets my thumbs up! It might look dry and looks like it’s a tough cut of meat, but in reality, it’s juicy and tender. The breading’s tasty and crunchy too! This is a pork version of the chicken from Bad Bird.
I am a fan of ‘gata’ (coconut base) dishes but this one doesn’t get my approval. The leaves in this Green Curry Laing should have been polverized more. The leaves definitely leaves a very bitter taste in your mouth, literally! And the chicharon on top’s so oily that when you bite, the oil comes oozing out.
There is also a Japanese Resto which serves Tsukemen and Ramen. My friend ordered Karaage for her kids. Would try their Tsukemen next time.
Their Karaage looks crunchy.
Another stall we tried and has a long line is this one, Le Chon by Happy Ongpauco-Tiu. Taking lechon into the next level by applying French techniques in cooking it.
1st step is to choose your own lechon – pork, beef, chicken or fish.
2nd step is to choose the rub.
3rd step is to choose the sides.
4th step is to choose the kind of rice.
Last and final step is to choose your sauce.
The Lechon Porchetta’s meat was really tender and juicy. That huge ‘balat’ (skin) you see on top was super crunchy, even the kids loved it. This is a must try especially for Lechon fans.
A different take on one of the most well loved Filipino dishes.
My friend ordered Potato Tots from the burger joint.
The hashbrown-like potato tots with cheese is something new. For sharing with a group of people who loves carbs.
For Seafood lovers, they also have seafood rolls.
The lobster roll was already sold out so I guess it’s also good. I got to take a photo of their crab roll while waiting to be picked up. It’s priced cheaper compared to Luke’s Lobster which could set you back by Php1,000.00 or more.
Of course, a food hall like this should always have something sweet to offer. They have Workshop by Le Petit Souffle.
Cakes, brownies, tarts – all for your picking!
Other stalls have yet to open, so hopefully, they will be the next time we visit.
If you are looking for something unique and you would like to feel the vibe here, visit The Grid Food Market at the Powerplant Mall in Rockwell.
Braved the rain to go to the newest place to hang out in San Juan.
Courtyard@453 is located at 453 P. Guevarra Street San Juan, hence the name with the 453.
And unlike other food parks in the metro, this courtyard has parking spaces and the actual dining area is air conditioned.
Inside, a bright and airy space will greet you. 5 restaurants that serve 5 different cuisines surround the place.
Right smack in the middle is the bar. They serve everything from juices to shakes to beers! They also have ice cream for dessert and coffee to cap off your meal.
Since our kids love Japanese, we went straight to the Japanese resto. Ebi 10 is famous for its tempuras and crazy rolls. They were just named by Spot.ph as having the best ebi tempura in Metro Manila.
My minnies got hold of the menu and ordered their own ebi tempura. For the adults, we tried the Crispy Torched Salmon Skin Maki.
We ordered Gyoza as we usually do when going Japanese. Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.
For sure, kids loved the tempura. Gone in 50 seconds!🍤🍤🍤🍤
As for me, I love the Crispy Torched Salmon Skin Maki that we ordered, very very tasty and really crunchy!
Moving on to the next resto, Tra Vinh Express is the newest baby of Tra Vinh Philippines, an Australian born Vietnamese restaurant serving authentic Vietnamese cuisine that has already carved its way into the hearts of Manila’s foodies.
Not Vietnamese without the Dry Noodles and the Fresh Shrimp Spring Rolls.
The dry noodles is good.
The fresh shrimp spring rolls could do better with a tastier peanut sauce.
Since it was a rainy and gloomy day, we decided to have some hot noodles. We ordered from The Silver Dragon which serves Chinese Cuisine.
The kids love the Wonton Dumplings that comes with the Noodle soup.
Kids also loved the Xiao Long Bao.
Hope they improve the Fresh Lumpia though.
There’s 2 more restaurants to try but we were so full already!
Pops ‘n Pebs serve Filipino dishes.
LIF, on the other hand, serves American Cuisine. If you are up for some burgers and fries, or maybe pasta and pizza, you should try this one out.
This slider looks good and this might be my order on my next visit!
To add, their restroom’s very very clean and smells good too!
They also have another washing area outside.
So there! Stop reading and see for yourself! DEFINITELY a must visit!