Because of its geographical location, the Philippines has always been endowed with abundant fish resources. Located in the heart of the coral triangle that is well recognized for its marine biodiversity and rich seafood production. A country surrounded by a huge body of water having 7, 641 islands as of writing. Thus, most Filipino population lives along it to take advantage of these resources for both nutrition and livelihood. Seafood is one of the most significant sources of sustenance, and the Philippine culinary culture has always mirrored this. Moreover, the “dampa”, a go-to place for the locals whenever they have seafood cravings is very popular in the country. It is a food place where you can choose fresh seafood ingredients and you can choose how you want it to be cooked. The Dampa Seaside Market and Restaurant in Macapagal Pasay City is one of these.
What is Dampa?
The word dampa in Filipino literally means “hut”. However, Dampa in the Philippines is a wet market brimming with fresh delicious sea creatures. The market stalls are stacked high with an abundance of squirming goodness. Standard concept is to first select a store or stall where you want to buy. Then, someone will accompany you to the market, where you will purchase various kilograms of your preferred fresh seafood ingredients. You’ll have to let them know how you want it to be cooked. Soon after, they will immediately carry the bags back to the restaurant to prepare them for you. This process is called “Paluto” or simply saying that you want the foods to be cooked for you. But you can also take them home to prepare them yourself. There are several Dampas in Metro Manila including the one in Macapagal, Pasay City. It is one of the most visited.
Dampa Seaside Market and Restaurant
Your seafood eating experience will be satisfying in Dampa Seaside Market and Restaurant. In fact, it is situated in Diosdado Macapagal nearby the Manila Baywalk. One of the reasons it has become the go-to place is because it is also near famous attractions like the Mall of Asia, Intramuros, and National Museum. People often stop by here for a lunch or dinner coming from the said places. What’s better experience than having to satisfy your seafood cravings without breaking the bank? This is ideal for family or friend reunions, as well as for balikbayans who want to treat their loved ones. They serve generous portions of seafood at a reasonable price. Indeed, it is literally a feast in Manila. If you’re looking for affordable authentic Asian seafood dishes, look no further! Here are the list of delectable sea creatures you can find at Dampa Seaside Market and Restaurant:
- Bangus (Milk Fish)
- Galunggong (Mackerel)
- Dilis (Anchovies)
- Maya-maya (Snapper)
- Pompano (Local Salmon)
- Alumahan (Long-Jawed Mackerel)
- Bisugo (Threadfin Bream)
- Salay-Salay/Salaybutang/Apahay (Yellowtail Scad)
- Salmon (Threadfin Salmon)
- Many more
- Crabs & Crab Claws
- Spanner crabs/Red frog crabs locally known as curacha
- Mantis Shrimp
- Stone Fish
Restaurants in Dampa Seaside Market and Restaurant
Some of you may prefer eating inside airconditioned restaurants than eating outside where the eateries are. Here are the list of restaurants nearby Dampa Seaside Market and Restaurant in Pasay. Please be guided that some of these charge a service fee.
- Sis-Bro Seafood Restaurant
- Aling Tonya’s Seafood Palutuan
- Hongkong Master Cook Seafood Restaurant
- Igmaan Seafood and Paluto Restaurant
- Cuzina Seafood House
- Kim Chie Seaside Paluto and Restaurant
- Robbie’s Seafood Restaurant
- Shylin Restaurant
- Trinity Iha-ihaw and food house
- Sharmila Ihaw-ihaw
- Garden House
- Royal Kitchen
- Singside KTV Paluto Restaurant
- Huey Ying Restaurant
- Alien Keng Restaurant
- Cyrill Grilled Restaurant
Tips and Guides on Dampa Dining
Of course, some of you are still yet to try the dining experience in Dampa Seaside Market and Restaurant. These are the things you need to consider before going:
- Bring anti-allergy pills such as cetirizine if you are allergic to seafoods
- Haggle responsibly and reasonably
- Before going, make a research on how to know the seafoods are fresh
- Make sure you see the right weight of your order
- Bring cash, most of the stores don’t accept credit/debit card payment
- Expect the wet market smell
- Expect it to be a bit crowded and noisy
- You can park nearby the restaurants
- Some restaurants/eateries charge a service fee so make sure you check
- Expect your hands to get dirty
Do you have any dish in mind? Of course, you have to set your mind first before going to Dampa Seaside Market and Restaurant. Remember that there are many hungry people waiting in queue. Here are the list of highly suggested dishes and meals you can try.
- Halaan (Clam) Soup for appetizer
- Crab with Salted egg. Coated crab with a light crust absorbing all the salted egg flavours
- Ginataan (Crab). Crab and veggies cooked in coconut milk
- Buttered Shrimp. Shrimp cooked and sauced with butter
- Grilled Squid
- Grilled Bangus. This is my personal favorite next to Buttered Shrimp
- Baked Scallops with Cheese sauce
How to get there?
- First, take a ride from any LRT stations bound to R. Papa Station. Then, from Antonio Arnaiz Ave / F.B. Harrison St Intersection, ride a jeep bound to Senator Gil Puyat Ave. Next, from Marina Way, ride a jeep bound to Multinational Avenue, Paranaque City. Finally, walk towards Dampa Seaside Market and Restaurant.
Via Public Transportation
- First, from Antonio Arnaiz Ave / F.B. Harrison St Intersection, ride a jeep bound to Senator Gil Puyat Ave. Next, from Marina Way, ride a jeep bound to Multinational Avenue, Paranaque City. Finally, walk towards Dampa Seaside Market and Restaurant.
- Ride a taxi or book a GrabCar from any point of Metro Manila or Nearby Cities. However, this will cost more money considering the heavy traffic and distance.