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Saturday, August 2, 2014


OUR driver Mark recommended it but we wanted to go back to where we ate before, and so dinner was spent eating pizza and pasta topped with red wine in Tacloban City last week.

We decided to go with Mark’s suggestion for lunch the following day. The place: Ocho Seafood and Grill along Senator Enage Street, Tacloban City.
The place was full, as most restaurants in Tacloban tend to be, majority of the customers being aid workers of all colors. We were led to a smaller room, that still had a vacant table. We were handed menus, but as we started ordering, were told that we have to go where the food are displayed. Oh.

It was a delight though. Fresh fish, freshly shucked scallops and “saang”, and live shells that would squirt at you. I started to take photos but was told off. “Ma’am, bawal.” Like duh?

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True enough, on top of the glass and aluminum food display was a laminated sign: No picture taking.

Really. And so I sneaked in a photo of that as well.

We got adobong fresh scallops (complete with its other innards and not just the white meat we recognize in scallops, we also got sinigang na ulo ng lapu-lapu, but which we had to add an ulo ng maya-maya to because there was just one ulo ng lapu-lapu left. We also got polonchay in garlic sauce, while Haydee tried the mango sago.

Mark was right. Ocho serves good food. It’s one place you should try when you find yourself in Tacloban. Afetr that, you can drive on a few blocks farther to buy your pasalubong of binagol and moron at Zamora Street. We did just that. Our friend Melissa, who happened to be there when we were had with her a friend who lives in Tacloban, and asking some advise from her, Rochelle said she liked Aida’s store the best. So we went to Aida’s. I wouldn’t know if it is really the best since we didn’t have the tummy space to try what we bought. I just got binagol and moron plus… one huge hopia Malitbogan, which the tindero in Aida’s described as piaya. Wat he meant is that it’s just molasses cooked in bread.

Back to Ocho… yes, you should try this place among the two others that has become our fave: Sunzibar along Burgos Street and Guiseppe’s along Avenida Veteranos. There are several places to try… what you’d notice in Tacloban is that they have several tiny restaurants that all look interesting.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 03, 2014.

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