Seafood Degustation at The Shrimp Shack (Market! Market!, BGC, Taguig City)

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The Shrimp Shack at Market! Market!, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

I first encountered The Shrimp Shack in December 2013, when I found out that it replaced the small private area of The Old Spaghetti House at Robinsons Place Ermita. It made sense that they would take that space when I found out that the venture was from the same wonderful and food-lovin’ crowd behind The Old Spaghetti House, Grilla, Potts Point Cafe, and Swensen’s Ice Cream. Two weeks ago, I finally found the chance to be properly acquainted with the seafood restaurant, and found out for myself why many shrimp lovers would find themselves coming back to ‘Suck, Peel, Eat, and Enjoy’.

The Shrimp Shack has taken upon itself the mission to provide that unique and authentic Hawaiian Shrimp Scampi experience. Hawaii’s Oahu North Shore doesn’t only take pride in their water sports and pristine beaches, but also in the quality of their shrimps that brought many foodies to flock their Shrimp Trucks. It was in the 1950s that Shrimp Trucks started gaining popularity, but to this day, natives and tourists would still find themselves drawn to them and their specialty dishes.

For appetizers, we were served Shrimp Popcorn (Php 195), a plateful of butter-flavored popcorn with bite-sized shrimp poppers on top. The Tartar Dip served along with the deep-fried breaded shrimp was a tasty choice for the dip. I found that the serving size did not meet my expectation and look forward to seeing more Shrimp Poppers over the popcorn. The popcorn also needed a little more salt, but if you’re up for dipping popcorn in the tartar dip, then that should do the trick, too.

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Tomato Cheese Fondue (Php 145)

The Tomato Cheese Fondue is basically cheesy tomato salsa served with crispy nachos that works well as an appetizer. It’s big enough to be shared by two to three people, and tasty enough to whet the appetite while you wait for your other orders to be served. Since it was served in what looked like a sizzling plate, the food remained warm for the most part of the meal.

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Hawaiian Chicken Salad with Water Chestnut (Php 140)

For people who prefer to start their meal with a salad (or just have salad for a light meal), The Shrimp Shack has two salad dishes to choose from: a classic Caesar Salad, and the Hawaiian Chicken Salad with Water Chestnut. I found the dish heavily ginger-laden, and would not be something you’d prefer to have if you’re averse to the flavor of ginger. There’s always the Caesar Salad, a safe choice for those who are watching their weight. In case you’re not as deathly afraid of biting into the occasional ginger pieces, this flavorful and topping-heavy chicken salad is something you’d enjoy.

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Shrimp Po-boy Sandwich (Php 185)

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U.S. Angus Cheese Burger (Php 265)

For the sandwiches, we tried two of their bestsellers: The Shrimp Po-Boy Sandwich, and the US Angus Cheese Burger. The sandwiches were served with fries as sides, and had a small serving of subtly spicy ketchup. The Shrimp Po-Boy Sandwich featured Shrimp poppers with remoulade dressing in perfectly crunchy ciabatta bread. On the other hand, the US Angus Cheese Burger was comprised of a thick US Angus Beef patty, tomato, lettuce, and cheese the new TLC, perhaps?) Both were equally tasty, but a little pricier than their other menu offerings.

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Chili Con Carne Pasta (Php 185)

For the spicy eater, the Chili Con Carne pasta won’t disappoint. I liked how moderately spicy it was, making this dish more interesting than if it was done sans the chili. It had three to four pieces of chunky prawns, partially peeled for you to suck, peel, and eat, in true Shrimp Shack fashion. I found that their shrimps and prawns were well-cooked. You’d be able to determine this when you try peeling the skin off, and it’s not stuck to the meat.

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U.S. Angus Burger Steak (Php 255)

For the restaurant’s specialty dishes, the US Angus Burger Steak was one of my favorites, by virtue of the dish having a sunny-side up plopped on top of rice and burger steak swimming in delicious gravy. Simple as that.

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Angus Pot Roast Beef Belly (Php 285)

The succulent Angus Pot Roast Beef Belly was superb and worth the price of Php 285. The meat was slow-I liked that they served mashed potato instead of a heaping cup of rice. I guiltlessly devoured this dish and wished for more.

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Soy-Glazed Chicken Barbecue (Php 155)

The Soy-Glazed Chicken Barbecue makes it to my list of favorites. It’s affordably priced at Php 155, making it one of the cheapest items in the menu. Other than that, the tender soy-glazed chicken strip richly covered in sweet barbecue sauce, with a macaroni salad as a treat, will give you the best value for your money.

Desserts

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Butter Mud Pie (Php 130)

The Butter Mud Pie resembled an ice cream sandwiched between thick layers of packed graham crumbs. Outside, it was equally delightful with the drizzle of chocolate syrup, and bits and pieces of nuts and chocolate cookie crumbs. It’s big enough for sharing and makes for a great dessert on a warm day.

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Apple Crisp ala Mode (Php 130)

The second dessert was Apple Crisp ala Mode, unusually served in a warm handle-free skillet. The dessert featured slices of apples hiding underneath crumbs of cookies, topped with the perfect scoop of vanilla ice cream and thick caramel syrup. This was my favorite between the two desserts, because it’s just the perfect amount of sweetness to get me asking for more. As a tip, when eating this dish, don’t wait too long before you mix it or eat it altogether. Else, the crumbs will stick to the pan and will be difficult to force off the surface with a spoon. The dish is best enjoyed warm, just like an apple pie.

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TSS Iced Tea (Php 60)

To down the heavy meal we had, we ordered a TSS Iced Tea, a refreshing new take on the ordinary lemon-flavored iced tea. The pineapple-infused quencher was a treat to the taste buds, and I gulped the whole drink down in a few minutes. This is definitely note-worthy, since I hardly touch or finish my drinks at all. I also loved that it was served in a mason jar!

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The Shrimp Shack Menu and Pricelist

Price Range: Php 500-700 for two people

I found The Shrimp Shack’s offering very appealing to people who enjoy their seafood. Not only that, but even those who are allergic to seafood can opt for meat dishes, such as the US Angus Beef Cheese Burger, and the US Angus Burger Steak (both I immensely enjoyed). Surprisingly, I featured more meat dishes than shrimp and seafood dishes in this review. Price-wise, the dishes are a little on the expensive side, but a once or twice a month visit won’t break the bank. It’s always enjoyable to have a taste of wonderfully-prepared fresh-tasting shrimps, and at the moment, there is no other place off the top of my head that I would recommend other than The Shrimp Shack.-HANA

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The Shrimp Shack
G/F Market! Market!, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
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