07 Aug2008


After morning of meetings with our lawyer in Tagbilaran, I asked him where we could eat a good lunch and he immediately said we should go to the Prawn Farm. My initial reaction was “wow, cool, I want to eat just above the fishponds”… and off we went. And then I realized that the restaurant “Prawn Farm” was located on the ground floor of the Island City Mall, the largest airconditioned structure in the city… But any apprehensions about a mall lunch were laid to rest when the dishes started arriving at the table…


Owned by a prominent local family that does indeed have huge prawn farms on the island, not to mention owns the very mall we were in, this snazzy seafood restaurant featured a lot of their own produce, presumably freshly harvested at their own fishponds. The seafood in the tanks or laid out on crushed ice near the entrance of restaurant certainly whet our appetites. We ordered a sinigang na sugpo that was nicely cooked, with large succulent prawns and abundant vegetables in a broth with just the right amount of sourness (though the tamarind broth was from a packet, I think). We also ordered a kinilaw na tanguigue and this was very good, fresh cubes of tanguigue in a coconut milk and vinegar marinade with freshly sliced ginger, chillies, etc. A very clean, fresh and creamy kinilaw. The portion was a bit small so we ordered a second plate of kinilaw.


A sizzling plate of gambas was also well received by everyone at our table. It had some tomato sauce which I am not fond off in gambas, but this was still a nicely done version of the popular dish. And the juicy shrimp were properly cooked (not overcooked) and arrived in a serious sizzle. Yum.


We also ordered a large platter of assorted grilled seafood and some pork barbecue and this was a good choice for a table of 5 hungry diners. Scallops, fish, prawns, crab, etc. with a butter sauce. Great value this dish at just over PHP500 or $12 for everything you see on the large square platter.


Here, a view of the fresh uncooked seafood on offer. The only hitch during our meal? An ordered a steamed lapu-lapu that didn’t arrive and after asking them about it, they advised that the fish was not fresh and they would have to cook another one and that would take another 30+ minutes. We cancelled that order instead of waiting… Overall, the meal was very good value for money and I would definitely eat there again.



  1. Vanessa says:

    Another reason to visit Bohol! :-)

    Aug 7, 2008 | 6:41 am


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  3. natie says:

    oh, my goodness!! a feast (for my eyes…)!! i’m homesick….

    Aug 7, 2008 | 7:52 am

  4. AleXena says:

    The seafood and pork platter made my mouth water so much!=D It looked so yummy and the price is actually quite cheap for a little over P500.

    I hope the family does branch out somewhere here in Manila. As of now the good ol’ original DAMPA in Paranque will do for me.=)

    Aug 7, 2008 | 8:27 am

  5. Rico says:

    We were in the market last night, and I saw these wonderful prawns. I restrained myself from buying because it was wickedly expensive. But now I think I so need a prawn fix. That first pic made me drool!

    Aug 7, 2008 | 8:45 am

  6. lee says:

    pork is seafood and not a vegetable?

    Aug 7, 2008 | 8:47 am

  7. Marketman says:

    lee, yes, but only for Boholanos…. :) And it was good seafood too!

    Aug 7, 2008 | 8:58 am

  8. Lizbeth says:

    my gosh! the food looks so delish! that just makes me crave for filipino food even more! thanks for sharing. maybe my family can try them when we’re back in Bohol! =)

    Aug 7, 2008 | 11:00 am

  9. toping says:

    At least they came clean about the lapu-lapu… Must visit Bohol one of these days!

    Aug 7, 2008 | 11:02 am

  10. The Steak Lady says:

    Wow, this post makes me seriously consider doing a day trip to Bohol next month :)

    Aug 7, 2008 | 10:57 pm

  11. Muan Jai says:

    I was there on the 2nd of August! We ordered prawns and crabs. The meal was delicious! I absolutely love Bohol.

    Aug 9, 2008 | 1:54 am

  12. Bong Bohol says:

    Next time I am in Bohol will make sure to try this place. Your photos sure make it appetizing. :-)

    Jan 17, 2009 | 12:22 pm

  13. christin says:

    i was working in this place for 10 months before and highly recomended to everyone,i will asure you that you will have a 100% satisfaction of what you paid, all foods are absolutely delicious, and clean and fresh.. even if i did not belong to place at this time, and i can say is if you visit to bohol, dont forget to PRAWN FARM grill and seafoods..

    Jan 3, 2010 | 10:46 pm

  14. Ricky says:

    food are great but the problem was their service. We waited for an hour and a half before the food were served. We wee disappointed and forgot about the food we ate. It really pissed us all. As we were waiting for our food, we saw other table being served 1st before us though we were the first one to arrived. I hope it’s just an isolated case but as of the moment I wont recommend it for those travelers who have tight schedules


    May 24, 2010 | 12:28 pm


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