Filipinos and seafood are two things that go perfectly well together. If you're a lover of fresh seafood, you're in for a treat. Choobi Choobi Lingaw Lingaw Kaon which is known for its juicy seafood dishes is now in Manila so there's no need to fly to Cebu just to experience one of its leading restaurants.
Choobi Choobi owner Stan Tanchan dreams to provide Filipinos with export-quality shrimp at a local price. He has had his shrimp farm for over 20 years but it was only later on that Choobi Choobi was introducted to the market.
Although shrimp is Choobi Choobi’s specialty, their menu boasts of a slew of Filipino comfort food that's reasonably priced and that’ll have you saying, “lami kaayo!” (translates to: very delicious) even if you’re not Cebuano.
Start off your meal with a plate of Cha Tao Miao (P180), stir fried snow pea sprouts that is crunchy and tasty with all the homecooked goodness we're familiar of. If you can't think of what to order, why not order everything, right? The Seafood Barkada Bag (P645) is a mixture of all Choobi Choobi's best sellers in one bag — chilean mussels, shrimp, baby lobsters and corn.
Choobi Choobi's tagline "lingaw lingaw kaon" means to enjoy a fresh and unique dining experience with great company. It's basically an invitation to come togethter and eat well with family and friends. Crispy Pata is one of the staple dishes in every Filipino household and you can never go wrong with it. Their own version, the Choobi Pata (M: P445 and L: P465) is crispy on the outside but soft and juicy on the inside, the meat easily falls off the bone.
The Shrimp in a Bag (1/2 pound: P225 and 1 pound: P395) is clearly everyone's favorite as every table in the restaurant had 2 or more bags of shrimp waiting to be devoured; it has five different flavors you can choose from — butter garlic, sauteed in garlic, spicy gata, whole choobang (cajun sauce) and Salted Egg Shrimp (P440).
Deep fried to perfection, the Stan's Fried Black Pepper Shrimp (P440) is a dish that has always been on the best-seller list. It is a pound of fresh shrimps smothered in a special pepper sauce that will leave your taste buds happy as it is bursting with flavor. What amazes me is that all the shrimps served, whether boiled or fried, stays succulent and has a slight hint of crunch in every bite.
There are also classic Filipino favorites in their menu like Lola Pepang's Fried Manok (P345) which is a hearty family fried chicken recipe that has been passed down for four generations. Grilled fares that will make you order that extra cup of rice include the Grilled Pompano (P90/100g) brushed with a sweet sauce and the Pork Barbecue (P30/stick) that is sweet and tender grilled pork meat that will make you feel nostalgic every time you pull meat from the stick.
Choobi Choobi believes in giving their customers or Choobi Friends as they call them, a fresh and unique food experience. During the media launch of Choobi Choobi, they've also unveiled their first ever celebrity endorser — Erich Gonzales.
Like Choobi Choobi, Gonzales values her faith and is proud to be Filipino — a great fit for a restaurant that focuses on preparing delicious, quality Filipino comfort food.
Choobi Choobi is located at 102 Panay Ave., Diliman Quezon City. They're open on weekdays from 11am to 11pm and weekends from 12nn to 12pm. They are set to open two new branches at SM City Manila and SM Southmall. Find them on Facebook to stay updated.