A must see for the true foodie and market addict. A small gem of a market with stunning quality, this is a terrific place to purchase fresh seafood. For several years I had heard about Seaside and often sent the cook off to purchase crabs or prawns at this Baclaran landmark, but only recently have I checked it out for myself.
Its external surroundings and signage belie the gem within. Note the great tag line on their signage that states “very pleasant shopping place…” While I wouldn’t go that far, it is a relatively clean market inside with very fresh seafood and a high turnover at peak hours. Small and compact at probably less than 1000 square meters, the market has just four or five aisles packed with all of the best seafood available from near and far. On a recent weekday visit at 8:30 am, there were live spiny lobsters, groupers, 8 grades of prawns, tons of crab, sashimi quality tuna, jacks, sole, etc. and most looked extremely fresh. Prices were high but at 10-20% more than other markets I thought it was well worth it given the breadth and depth of selection. Live spiny lobsters at P1,400 a kilo (P800 for newly deceased), crabs at P280-350 a kilo, prawns at P350-650 a kilo, grouper (lapu-lapu) at P300 a kilo might give some a head rush but just think what restaurants charge for the same thing…
After talking to some of the stall owners, they let on that while coming to the market early (as I usually do, crack of dawn in fact) is good for seafood sourced close to Manila (delivered over land), it was also good to come later in the morning at around 10-11am to see what the planes from the South have brought with them. Apparently a lot of seafood is sent by airfreight from Mindanao, Negros and Capiz among other sources. A few weeks later I went to the market at 1030am and it was bustling and the selection was superb.
Seaside Mart is located on Roxas Boulevard near the Baclaran Redemptorist Church. On a good day it is just 15 minutes from makati. Take EDSA to Tramo and then right on Andrews Ave (Airport Road) then go straight to Roxas Boulevard. Turn right and stay on the service road, drive about 400 meters and stop at the Seaside Mart signs. Fruit vendors out front, seafood inside. If you hit the Baclaran church, you have gone too far. Parking is limited and the area just a bit on the seedy side so bring a driver if you can. I love this market and have returned frequently since my first visit.