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Dubai Dining – Langhap Sarap at Jollibee – Dubai Mall

It’s official, our well loved bee is finally here in Dubai. In fact, it created quite a stir yesterday during the opening day. #Jollibeeopenindubaimall was all over  the social media hummed with images of serpentine queu of loyal fans patiently waiting for more than 6 hours. At isa kami sa daan daang tao!😝  

 The Emaar Group decided to add security to ensure the safety of the customers. The que was tremendous yesterday,  the mall security formed a queue system similar to an airport check-in counter outside the shop to manage the crowd. Security is so strict even taking pictures near the counter is restricted. But I managed to get one para souvenir.😆  

The moment I had a glimpse of Jollibee I felt like a child excited to open my dream toy. We came at 8:30 pm but Raquiza and Claire were already in line since 6:30 pm. We were so excited and didn’t mind that we’ve been waiting na for 6 hours. That’s how much we missed and loved the food.   

No words can explain our faces the moment we realized that it’s our turn to order,is priceless!   

Initially we were confused on what to eat as there are tons of choices but our excitement turns into sour graping when we heard that Chicken Joy run out of stock.

In the end we ordered Jolly Spaghetti, Jolly Burger Steak, Regular Yum, French Fries and definitely the Jolly Hotdog. 

We then ate in silence, joy and satisfaction.   


Now you might be asking why do we crave for this? Actually I can’t define why? It’s like every bite brings back memories.It’s quite hard to explain  but it’s just good to make you come back for more.


Now do I recommend it? Well definitely YES! especially the Burger Steak – kuhang kuha ang timpla!, Having said that spaghetti might look like the one you know but trust me it’s not, this version is not the sweet sarap Jolly Spaghetti that everyone loves: medyo sablay dito so be warned.


Overall, I’m excited to be back anytime soon! I can’t wait to try my all time favorite! The Chicken Joy! We’re planning to bring the kids!We’re going to have the time of our lives sharing the langhap-sarap world of Jollibee here in Middle East.


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Dubai Dining – New Food Destination – Dampa Seafood Grill 

Seafood Restaurant have sprout out like mushrooms here in Dubai. In fact, a number of Filipino restaurants continues to flourish in the city.Dampa Seafood Grill has been a little taste of heaven. But that heaven is located in the heart of Deira, a few steps away from Deira Metro Station.  

The unique concept of the restaurant creates a buzz in social media and quickly gained popularity among filipinos.
This new food destination serves Pinoy foodfare with focus on grilled seafood. But if you are allergy to seafood and feel chicky then you can also try their buffalo wings.

We came all the way from Sharjah but that drive is worth it. The moment you enter you can feel the fun vibe of the place.

Dampa Seafood Grill restaurant is famous in serving fresh seafood cooked to your liking. Although the word dampa is originated as a typical bahay kubo. Hence here in Dubai  Dampa is simply means dumped the “seafeast” on the table lined with wax paper sheets. 

As a seafood lover my eyes are feasting with the dishes. I can’t hardly choose. I wanted to eat them all! But in the end we settled to order one serving of Dump-@-Seafeast and a dish from the Chef’s Special. 

As for the drinks, we shared two kinds of 1 liter Fish Bowl Mocktail which are already included in the menu. Hubby and I chose the Bluer than blue – is a tropical pineapple drink and blue curacao while Tita Raquiza quenched her thirst with Lindsay Lohan- it’s a mixture of passion fruit,pineapple and soda.

They also served a plate of complimentary crackers that taste like chicharap of Chowking.

Then after few minutes our server is standing right next to our table and ready to dumped our food. It’s a pile of saucy shrimps, crabs, mussels, clams and corn in Chipotle sauce.Our server, then, placed heaps of steamed rice in the lined wax paper. Did I mentioned that rice is unlimited. #ehdiwow

And because every dish is worth Instagram, they are offering free wifi. #ansabe


From the Chef’s Special, we ordered Grilled Squid and is beautifully presented in pan.
Cost – AED 168 not bad for four adults and 2 children.
Verdict – The food creates a bursting flavor inside my mouth. You can actually taste the freshness of seafood. Even daddy A agreed that the sauce has loads of flavor too fiery and sweet but doesn’t overwhelm the natural taste of seafood. In short sulit na sulit ang pera!
Centurion Bldg  is slowly evolving into a food strip, and the arrival of Dampa  Seafood Grill adds up to the reputation of this potentially lucrative food street.

Dampa Seafood Grill

Centurion Building, Deira

Dubai, UAE

Landmark: Opposite Deira City Center, behind Day-to-Day

Contact: +971 4 299 0884
Open daily from 1 to 10 pm




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Dubai Dining – The New Seafood in Bucket at Hor Al Anz, Deira

It was a late seafood cravings and we were supposed to try the newly opened Dampa Seafood Grill but when we called the restaurant they were already closed. When I checked the time it was half past 10pm na kaya pala we were all famished. We agreed na lang to go to Seafood in Bucket at Hor Al Anz, Deira. 

If you are craving for seafood but don’t want to spend too much then you must visit their restaurant. They already have three branches in Dubai. Their first restaurant is located in Al Attar Karama, next is in Al Ansar Gallery, Karama and just recently they opened in Hor Al Anz, Deira. 

Compare to their first branch, Hor Al Anz is much spacious and cozy. It’s not too crowded and you can really enjoy your food without thinking that others are still waiting outside to be serve.

Seafood in a bucket became popular in Dubai with their wit concept. They served the food in a tin bucket and you’ll eat it with your hands. One reason why binabalikan ng pinoy is that the rice is unlimited.#carbooverload

For a first timer, this is how it works. First, you’ll choose your catch. Starting from crab, clams,mussel,shrimp,lobster,sand lobster, tilapia,hammour,squid and salmon head. Second, you’ll choose your sauce. Third, you’ll decide the level of spiciness. 

They also offer a variety of side dish to every meal. Whether you like corn on a cob, onion rings,crackers, sweet potato fries,seasoned wedges and piknik fries. They are all readily available.

No visit will be complete without trying their affordable coolers and dessert from The Workz Bakeshop.

The fun experience began as the staff placed wax paper sheets instead of plates on our table. Then, we were given complimentary crackers to nibble while waiting for our orders.

Our table consists of crabs in sweet chili sauce,mussels in garlic and butter sauce, sand lobster in black pepper sauce and calamari in garlic and butter sauce also. We requested to separate the sauce in all of our orders para less umay.

We also ordered their apple-cucumber and lemon iced- tea. And we were so excited to see the refreshing coolers served in huge glass jars. 

We finished off with their best selling Red Velvet Cupcake and Chocolate Cupcake. 

Maybe because I loved baking, i will never recommend these goodies to try on. Buti na lang mura lang siya aed 8 for each.Parang maipilit lang and dessert. Dessert are baked by The Bread Work’z. As per their name they need to really work on their pastries. Di masarap bow!#balikbayadboo!

Cost – Total of aed 128 for 3 persons including food, drinks and dessert.

Verdict – It’s a new experienced with family, friends and loved ones. A must visit restaurant which allows every customer to create their own favorite meal. I loved the simple yet elegant ambience with light fixings and graffiti walls.  Service wise – I liked how their staff are so attentive in giving extra rice and refilling our drinks. 

Seafood in Bucket Locations:

Ground Floor, New Al Attar Centre, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Road, Al Karama
Telephone- 04- 388 5219

Ansar Gallery
Karama, Dubai
Telephone- 04 396 8995

Al Ananam Building, Siddique Road
Abu Baker Hor Al Anz
Telephone – 04 269 1014