• The Big Hook Up/Seafood Platter (Good for 3-4 Persons): Java rice with Crabs, Shrimps, Mussels and Fish Cubes
680 PHP | 13.6 USD | 17 AUD | 20 CAD
• Squid Tactics
160 PHP | 3.2 USD | 4 AUD | 4.5 CAD
• Milkshakes (Banana Caramel, Strawberry, Mango)
85 PHP | 1.7 USD | 2.2 AUD | 2.5 CAD
• Crab Fingers
165 PHP | 3.3 USD | 4.2 AUD | 4.7 CAD
• Shrimp Sisig
195 PHP | 4 USD | 5 AUD | 5.6 CAD
• Spicy Tangy Hot Wings
285 PHP | 5.7 USD | 7.2 AUD | 8.2 CAD
• Garlic Rice (1 Platter)
130 PHP | 2.6 USD | 3.25 AUD | 3.7 CAD
“SEAS the day.”
That’s the first rule in Aquaria Restobar…at least according to one canvas print in the restaurant. It’s a good reminder to make the most of what’s right in front of you, even if it scares you a little bit. Expanding horizons and trying new things can be intimidating; but most things that are worth it usually are.
With at least two great seafood places in Tacloban I can name off the top of my head, a new player should come up with some sort of gimmick to establish their brand and to attract customers. Now, the owners of Aquaria are by no means new in the food business so it’s the establishing-their-brand part wasn’t really a big issue. That didn’t let them think it’s okay to slack off, though. Their walls have aquariums, people. And a pair of diving suits and snorkeling gear. And a miniature San Juanico Bridge (the longest bridge in the Philippines) that sort of sends a message like, “only in Leyte!”. The whole vibe of the place got me feeling like I’m lost between the pages of a NatGeo article on the wonders of the ocean. The building is a masterpiece all on its own right.
And then, there’s the food.
I guess it would be safe to label their cuisine as Asian-Fusion and with their array of choices, you’re sure to pick a dish that you’ll thoroughly enjoy. Their menu is divided by funny (almost corny) headers such as FEELING FISHY for the fish meals, URSULA’S BOWL for the soup-based meals, LET’S SEA’ND WICHES for their (fish) burgers, and a whole lot more. And while it is a seafood restaurant, they also have a NICE TO MEAT YOU! section for those who are not in the mood for seafood. Why anyone would go to a seafood restaurant and not eat seafood is beyond me, but kudos to Aquaria for being prepared. Almost all their dishes are meant for sharing, their price range between 150-400 pesos. They also have seafood platters which is made up of java rice topped with a variety of buttered seafood (crabs, shrimp, mussels and some fish cubes) meant for 3-8 people that costs about 680-900 pesos. I particularly loved their Squid Tactics (Deep-fried squid tentacles) and would definitely recommend their oh-so-divine Mango Milkshake.
The servers were nice as well and patient when we couldn’t decide what to pick for our meals.
It’s good for families with kids and for groups. Also, they host live music every now and then to serenade the patrons so it can also be great for datenights.
My conclusion? Aquaria is more than just a restaurant; it’s an experience. Visit them at Paterno street and find out for yourself.