Saturday, December 11, 2010

Manila's Signature Dishes 2010: BluFish Contemporary Coastal Cooking by Red Crab

Me and Mr. AMW visited BluFish right after a whole day of makeup gigs.  I was looking forward for a very fulfilling and relaxing dinner before I call it a day.  We arrived at the restaurant an hour earlier than dinner time, I think it was around 6:00pm at that moment and we were able to take a shot of the unique ambiance.  

The "feel" of the restaurant is very important for us when we talk about dining experiences.  We prefer restaurant ambiance that's quiet, comfortable and not over the top.  I am not into bright lights against my eyes as I chow down my food!  BluFish passed my "ambiance" standard as I comfortably looked around the place while I wait for my food.

Pans hanging on top of us are quite unique against the blue colored graffiti walls which reminded me of Little Mermaid's "Under the Sea". 

I have a little secret to share, when it comes to dining, me and Mr. AMW always have this issue of ordering!  We just can't make up our minds and we tend to ask the waiter on each dish and its ingredients or how it was cooked.  I am very happy to announce as I flip on the pages of their new menu, each dishes were photographed and labeled!  Yay for stress-free ordering!

For the said day, we did not stress out on what to eat as we had the chance to try on....
BluFish Contemporary Coastal Cooking by Red Crab
Manila's Signature Dishes 2010 Set

Iced Tea

I cannot comment much on the iced tea as they tastes similar to a lot of restaurants I've tried!  I personally do not have sweet tooth so I prefer adding more ice or cold water on iced tea!  I can seriously hear my friend complaining how she dislikes my "unsweetened" drinks!  :P

Mediterranean Salad
I prefer salad that's quite refreshing to taste rather than heavy on the tummy!  I like to enjoy my main dish and Vinaigrette is definitely my choice of dressing.  Olives, Grapes, Tomatoes and Cheese were tossed together with fresh lettuce.  There's a tiny hint of wine on the dressing but it must be just our imagination!  I must be too tired and wonky!  *laughs*

I have to add that the cheese is quite unique as compared to other restaurants I've tried, it was very soft in texture, imagine hardened tofu!  I actually like it that the cheese did not overpower the taste of the whole salad!

Pepper Spiced Tenderloin Tips (PSTT!!!)
When I see the word "Pepper" in any dish, I try to steer clear and run to the opposite side.  I am not a fan of peppered anything!  With the PSTT served at BluFish, I like how I can still taste the tenderloin tips and the tiny hint of pepper complimented it.  I have to say, I chewed down on the onions and pepper too!  This is my favorite dish of the night!

Moroccan Sea Bass with Vegetable Couscous
I was told by Leo Vergara, Marketing Manager of The Red Crab Group of Restaurant, that the Sea bass served in this restaurant are all cultured to manage the high demand of the said fish!  This meal can be served baked or steamed and tonight, it was served steamed.

The Sea bass served in this meal tastes fresh and none of the hint of bitterness especially on the belly part!   I have to admit, it was a bit 'new' for my taste bud but after several tries, I am getting used to the taste of vegetable couscous together with the natural flavor of  fresh sea bass.  It was a first for me to try couscous with eggplant, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, onion, pepper mixed with all the right herbs and spices!

Couscous" is considered in between the family of pasta and rice.  Its texture, taste and look leans to the "rice" family more in my opinion!

How did we find the dish?  Embarrassingly, here's what happened to the poor Sea bass at the end of the night!

Here's how the restaurant looks at 6:00pm ...

And here's how BluFish looks outside around 7:30pm.  The place was starting to get busy and I'm glad we went there early! 

Contemporary Coastal Cooking by Red Crab
Ground Floor, Eastwood Mall Veranda,
Eastwood City, Libis Quezon City
Tel. no: (632) 900-0886

We did have attentive servers that night, but I don't count the services done to us but I've looked around on how they serve other customers beside us, waiters are quite knowledgeable with their dishes and I've realized that most customers dining in here knew what they want the moment they stepped in the restaurant!  Saw a lot of crab dishes!  

Credit card and cash payment accepted.  

Thanks Mr. Leo Vergara for accommodating us with all the dish explanations and stories amidst the super busy night!  Thanks to UFS for making this possible and Nuffnang for helping me out with the dinner schedules!

Have you tried BluFish at Eastwood Mall Libis?
What's your favorite dish there?  

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!

Unilever Foodsolutions (UFS), being the preferred foodservice business partners among restaurateurs, felt the need to acknowledge notable restaurants who are developing Manila as a culinary city.  They have partnerered with select restaurants within the metropolis in coming up with signature dishes.  UFS has synergized with these restaurants, both through dish development and promotion campaign for these signature dishes, in achieving one common goal: coming up with a different culinary experiences that provide value for money and culinary memories for diners.  
If you're a restaurateur (or an aspiring one) and in need of help in coming with your signature dish, call (632) 588-8855 or email at

1 comment :

  1. I love lots of pepper in my food lol especially in my pork chops or steak :)

    This restaurant looks cool and the food sounds really amazing!


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