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    Tacloban Restaurants: Ocho Seafood and Grill

    Tutubi visited Tacloban City and parts of Leyte province three times in a span of three years and was treated by his three different hosts to this restaurant thrice making it probably the most recommended restaurant in Tacloban for visitors to the new highly-urbanized city of Eastern Visayas.

    Ocho Seafood & Grill is themed like Cebu's famous sutukil though there's a "stupid" policy of prohibiting taking of pictures at the counter where seafood are to be ordered and cooked according to your preferences. Picture taking of the dining area and of course the food is however allowed.

    Sample photos of the restaurant in downtown Tacloban taken by a hungry Tutubi eager to eat rather than taking better photos.

    the interior in typical dim-light setting

    lapu-lapu (grouper) in sweet and sour sauce
    kilaw/kilawin/kinilaw na may gata

    grilled squid

    baked scallops

    Brief review and comments:

    Ocho's claim to fame probably is the speed of delivering your orders without compromising quality. The usual orders came in about 15 minutes in all times Tutubi visited the place. Budget for each person is about P400/meal (typical, no menu, just point the main ingredients, sutukil-style, and the way to cook it). Reservations are needed if you plan to go on Friday night dinners and weekends.

    The toilet, during Tutubi's initial visit, needs a little cleaning due to urinal drippings but squeaky clean during his second and last visits.

    It's also here that Tutubi encountered tuna skin chicharon, healthier alternative to the evil pork skin kind.

    Should you ever find yourself in Tacloban City, this restaurant is sure to be the one first to be recommended "where to eat in Tacloban" list. Tutubi however loves the pakdol (bulalo) of Calle Z (Calle Zaragoza Cafe) and the homey ambiance and budget-friendly price of Yolanda's Seafood near Tacloban Airport. For coffee addicts, there's no Starbucks branch in the big city (thank goodness) but there's Jose Karlo's cafe downtown near Sto. Nino Church.

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 8:27 PM,


    At Feb 5, 2010, 8:39:00 PM, Anonymous bw said...

    love those delicious grilled squid and scallops ! It's always great when you know you'd be eating fresh seafood :)

    At Feb 27, 2010, 12:39:00 AM, Blogger Nina said...

    OMG - I drool whenever I see scallops. I just love them - baked or seared. yum...yum...

    At May 7, 2010, 7:26:00 PM, Blogger Mason said...

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yesss!!! I'm an Aussie who lives in Tacloban with my fiancee and this is OUR FAVOURITE RESTAURANT by far!!!!!

    Their food is so, so masarap - I see you also enjoyed their sweet & sour lapu lapu naman... yummy!!

    At Sep 7, 2010, 9:18:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    the food there is ok but the its very noisy inside because the customers having a loud conversation. i prefer to eat at gerry's grill in tacloban coz it's more ok shall i say and more formal.

    At Jan 22, 2011, 5:26:00 AM, Anonymous Patrick said...

    I so Love Tacloban... seafoods are fresh talaga...

    At Feb 12, 2012, 8:09:00 AM, Anonymous ann said...

    Include Ocho grill in your itinerary list when you're going to Tacloban. Seafood is always the best menu here.


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