Choobi Choobi is a Filipino seafood franchise from Cebu that specializes in shrimps. They recently opened their flagship Manila restaurant located in Panay Ave., behind Tropical Hut and National Book Store. Choobi Choobi also introduced their new endorser, Erich Gonzales.
Choobi Choobi was founded by Stan Tanchan, whose family has many years of experience in shrimp farming. He loves to eat and also to cook, so much so that all the dishes at Choobi Choobi were from his recipes.
The first thing I notice on the table is the Post Shrimp Kit, to keep your digits clear and fresh after tackling piece after piece of shrimp. I’m not someone who likes to get his hands dirty but I feel ready to do it with this.
Scampi, Mussels, Shrimps in Whole Choobang Sauce. This was a sampler bag of scampi/langoustine (P580/pound), Chilean mussels (P325/pound), shrimps (P395/pound) and corn (+P45)in a spicy sauce. It was an interesting experience to be able to try out langoustine which taste similar sea mantis. This sauce is for those who prefer their seafood on the spicy side.
Cha Tao Miao (P180). Stir fried snow pea sprouts with garlic. This was a bit too grassy tasting for me, I prefer pea shoots which are leafier and have more crunch. They are also called tao miao in other Asian countries.
Pair your food with their healthy drink like this Lychee Kale (P130). It was really refreshing and washed away the strong flavors.
Salted Egg Shrimp in a Bag (P440/pound). Well coated with still chunky salted egg, you’ll want to dig in and lick your fingers after taking piece after piece. They go so well with rice too, I guarantee you’ll be eating more than you planned out to.
Stan’s Fried Black Pepper Shrimp (P395/pound). It’s so crispy you can eat from the head to tail, no need to de-shell. The sauce is more a balance of sweet and light spiced that will want you to coat each shrimp really well. Up to now, I still can’t decide which one I like more between this and the salted egg. You can’t go wrong with either, if both are not interesting to you, you can have it in butter garlic, sauteed in garlic, spicy gata, choobi (cajun), or choobang.
Grilled Pampano (P90/100 grams). If you are not a fan of shrimps or allergic to it, you can have good grilled fish like this well done pampano.
Meat lovers and kids need not fret because they still have a variety of comfort Filipino food on the menu like Choobi Pata (P465) and Pork BBQ (P35/stick).
Choobi Choobi is all about shrimps and that’s what I would go there specifically for, every shrimp is plump and the same size. What sauce you want for the shrimps in the bag is up to you. Any other side dishes should be up to your preference.
Choobi Choobi102 Panay Ave., Quezon City
Contact No.: (63995) 228-9726
Facebook Page: Choobi Choobi
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