On our way from the airport to our hotel in Bacolod, our driver pointed out to us a restaurant that we should try out during our stay, Aboy’s Restaurant and its specialty is seafood. Carlos and I decided to table it for later in the trip.
After a tiring day eating and going around, we decided to get dinner at Aboy’s Restaurant so we could rest up after dinner. We were quite surprised at the size of the place, it was very very big, from the looks of it, could handle more than 300 diners comfortably.
You go up to the live and fresh seafood as well as meats of many kinds and then choose what you want and the way of cooking. On the side they also have some pre-cooked dishes “turo-turo” style.
Baked Scallops (P110/5 pieces). We found out that each order was only 5 pieces, we order 4 plates, 2 for each of us. Once the plates were laid on the table, we devoured it after the requisite picture taking. The scallops tasted very fresh, with the garlic and oil topping imparting a wonderful flavor that complimented the somewhat briny taste of the scallops.
Halaan (Clam) Soup (P95). Clear, flavorful clam soup, with herbs and vegetables. A hot soup for the drizzling night.
Pangat (P90). Bacolod’s version of laing, this was from the pre-cooked counter. This was very flavorful but lacking in spiciness.
Blue Marlin (P315/350 grams). Carlos wanted fish and insisted on ordering this one. Perfectly grilled fish tasted buttery and seems like it melted in the mouth. I was quite surprised with this one since I’m not really a fish fan.
Locos (P60/3 pieces) One stick of these small sized squids was composed of 3 pieces. Finding it too few for us, we decided to get two sticks. Each piece of squid is stuffed with onions and tomatoes, giving it a nice sweet flavor. The squid itself tasted fresh, its meat soft and grilled just right.
Complimentary Tarragon Tea. We were quite surprised when the wait staff handed us a pot of tea, informing us it was complimentary tarragon tea. After the great meal, the hot tea washed away the aftertaste of the food.
A little tidbit, we saw famous crooner Jose Mari Chan entertaining some guests at Aboy’s, we had previously seen him on the same flight as ours to Bacolod.
There are other seafood places like Aboy’s but I think most of them don’t have air conditioning. The place is very clean and seemingly fly and mosquito free. I definitely know that I’ll be back, for the locos and the scallops.
Goldenfields, Liroville Subdivision, Bacolod City
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