It’s been a very long time since I last went to Market! Market! that I already forgot how it looked like. The invitation I got from Ace from The Old Spaghetti House and Ross of Wazzup Pilipinas could not have been very timely as it was around the same time when Ramon Bautista caught unwarranted attention for his shrimp pun. Anyway, the invite I received was for The Shrimp Shack and what my fellow bloggers and I were about to try are real shrimps waiting to be tasted!
We started with the Shrimp Popcorn (P 195), which is simply a combination of breaded shrimp and popcorn. The dish looks great in photos, though! Meanwhile, I like the Tomato-Cheese Fondue (P 145) for it gives me that foodgasm. Blame the cheese. The Hawaiian Chicken Salad with Water Chestnuts (P 140), on the other hand, has ginger and it tasted off for me.
The Shrimp Po-boy Sandwich (P 185) seems to lack a certain ingredient, while the US Angus Cheese Burger (P 265) needs something to improve their patty. Nevertheless, I was happy with their thick fries!
The buttery Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti (P 220) is delicious. Just a caution though, the shrimps are not totally peeled, so don’t be deceived. After all, the tag line of the restaurant is Suck. Peel. Eat. The tender meat of their Pot Roast Beef Belly (P 285) comes with a mashed potato; however, I find the sauce quite bland. The sauce of US Angus Burger Steak Loko Moko (P 255) is more flavorful, but the patty needs to be better grounded. The Soy Glazed Chicken Barbecue (P 155) has a teriyaki hint to it. The Macaroni Salad (P 45) tastes mediocre.
Surprisingly, their desserts are superb. The Apple Crisp ala Mode (P 130) comes in a sizzling plate of crumbles with slices of apples. It’s topped with Vanilla Ice Cream to cool down the palate! We also had a Butter Mud Pie (P 130). It’s a tempting voluminous butter pie topped with chocolate crumbs and oozing with chocolate sauce. God, their desserts are sexy!
The Old Spaghetti House and The Shrimp Shack is under the same company, which is why they share one kitchen only. The mural in the place and the Hawaiian polo shorts worn by the crew give off a beach-y vibe. The staff was friendly and accommodating. I’m guessing that the place can accommodate around 50-60 persons. Their servings are just enough for the price. Personally, I like the desserts, the Tomato-Cheese Fondue, the Scampi Spaghetti, and their well-blended Pineapple Iced Tea! On a serious note, though, I thought they would offer different flavors of shrimps as I thought that was what the restaurant’s name implies. However, they only have two ways of serving their shrimp—breaded and garlic-flavored. I know they are still going to continuously develop their menu, so This shouldn’t be a problem. In the mean time, let’s just suck, peel, and eat.
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