Shrimp Bucket

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.

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The Inagiku Experience at Makati Shangri-La Hotel

When: August 28, 2012

Where: Inagiku at Makati Shangri-La Hotel

What:  Private Teppanyaki Dinner. Set Menu 

Price: Php 8,500.00 per person

Our company is hosting private dinners for very valued clients and their families until next month.  I was lucky enough to have had the chance to dine with one of these very special clients and her family and at a very classy restaurant!

Inagiku is a very pricey Japanese restaurant located at the 2nd floor of Makati Shangri-La Hotel.

Have a look at my table setting.

Setting

Here’s the Drink Menu made specially for our clients.

I wasn’t able to try any of the specialty drinks since I’m preggy and I can’t drink any drinks with liquor in it.  I opted for the Pineapple Chilled Juice and it was nothing special.  Well, they said the white and red wine were great. So, it was just me who didn’t enjoy my drink.

Here’s our Set Menu for the night and it did look yummy the first time I read it.

Teppan Course Menu

Let’s start with our appetizer.  The meat under the green beans was smoked duck. Under that was like Egg Jelly with Tofu on it.  On the little saucer was Mushroom in a Jelly.  The fried fish with crab roe on top sits beside the beans.  I liked the smoked duck the best.  The others were just so-so for my taste.

Appetizer

Now, the Green Salad was just that, Green Salad. The whole bowl was full of chopped greens.  Though the crunchy stuff on top of it made the texture different and the dressing tasted yummy.

Green Salad

Before the main course was served, the Teppan Chef started his Teppan cooking.  By the way, this was how the room looked while it was still unused.

Teppan room

The Teppan Chef made some entertaining moves when he cooked the fried rice with beef. He shaped the fried rice into a heart, and he made the heart beat with his pan.  He also made some sounds using the seasonings. But that was it, after that he just kept on cooking the other food.  I had a chance to dine at a Teppan Resto before (but it’s closed already), and the Chef there was much entertaining.  Well anyway, the smell of the butter and the oil mixed with the fried rice made the whole room smells good.

Beef Fried Rice

After the Rice, we were served our Miso Soup. I just had a taste of it, the smell’s very strong.  I can’t take it.

Miso Soup

Here comes one of the best parts! The Seafood Plate. Panfried Salmon, Tiger Prawn and Scallops.  The Teppan Chef  flamed the prawn and the salmon to have that smoky taste.  The Salmon’s very fresh, it doesn’t have that fishy taste.  The Scallops’ yummy also! The size is not so big, not so small.  Tender and juicy.  And last but not the least, the Tiger Prawn tasted so good.  It’s just too bad that it’s only 1 piece.  Bitin much!

Seafood Plate

Oh, I forgot to mention that they made this special seafood sauce also.

 

Scallops

And now we’ve come to the Super Main Course.  The US Kobe Beef. I’m not much of a fan of beef, but I must say, this Kobe Beef really tasted differently.  We asked the Chef to cook it Medium Well, but we all thought he overcooked it.  Some bites were just right, some were chewy.  But since it’s US KOBE BEEF. We couldn’t complain more, right?

US KOBE BEEF

After that very satisfying beef meal, comes our dessert.  It was supposed to be a choice between Fruit in Season Jelly, Coffee Jelly and Ice Cream.  But the server forgot to ask our personal choices, he served the Fruit Jelly for all of us.  We complained that we wanted a different dessert.  So he willingly obliged and asked us our personal choices.  I wanted to try the Green Tea Ice Cream and the Coffee Jelly, but I can’t.  So for dessert, I had Fruit in Season Jelly and the Red Bean Ice Cream.

The Fruit in Season Jelly is nothing special.  The watermelon even had some seeds.  The jelly didn’t taste anything.

Fruit in Season Jelly

The Red Bean Ice Cream however tasted good.  The Ice Cream was Vanilla Flavored, mixed with some red beans., which you almost couldn’t taste already.

Red Bean Ice Cream

Overall, the Inagiku experience was good. The whole menu would make you really full, especially if you will consume the whole bowl of fried rice!  The Seafood Plate and the Beef would make up for the whole set.   The server and the Chef made sure that we got what we need.  The service was really great.  Come to think it, it should be as we are dining inside a very pricey Japanese restaurant in a 5star hotel.  If you’ll ask me though if I would be willing to pay Php 8,500.00 for that meal, I definitely would not think twice, I would not pay that much.  I just don’t think spending that much money for a meal is worth it.  But if you have the means and the moolah to do so, why not?

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