Were I presented with that dish in a “fancy” restaurant, I’d cut the shrimp in two with a knife and, with a fork, eat both parts. I wouldn’t bother with separating the tail.
That particular dish is pretty oily and the sauce is on the tails as well as the body of the shrimp. Picking them up with my fingers mean my fingers are going to get oily, too. Unless there’s a finger bowl in which to rinse my fingers, I’m going to use a fork.
In a less formal restaurant, I’d pick them up and consume them in two bites each. The second bite would include the tail. I would expect there to be cleansing hand wipes available, beyond just napkins.
Shrimp Bucket offers a different dining experience for Filipinos. They offer shrimps, crabs, and mussels mixed with their house special sauces for casual dining that’ll get your hands dirty!
They are the first who paved the way to hands-on shrimp dining in the Philippines. Founder of Shrimp Bucket, Paul Martirez opened up their 7th location in Ayala Malls the 30th. To celebrate their 5th anniversary, we got invited to feast on their best sellers:
The Salted Eggsperience (PHP 560/lb) is certainly an experience best enjoyed on an empty stomach simply because you’re going to want more than a pound.
The Mardi Gras (PHP 560/lb) is my favorite of the two. It offered that cajun taste I’ve been looking for from all the shrimp restaurants I’ve been to here in Manila…with, of course, a little Asian twist.
The Salt And Pepper (PHP 560/lb) is a certified classic. Nothing better shows shrimp its true colors, fresh and crisp.
They say their shrimp are cooked in a special broth, but let’s be real, it’s the sauce that makes the difference. The two sauces are: Thai, with its lemongrass flavor and fragrance. The Viet has a pho broth flavor that lingers. The shrimp in their buckets deviates from cajun flavor to asian in order to cater to the Philippine palate.
The Crab (PHP 200/100g) is juicy, fresh, and succulent. The aligue was just bountiful every time you crack it open.
The Deep Fried Squid (PHP 215) is super crunchy and lightly salted in batter for that lasting crisp texture.
The Chicken Wings (PHP 225) are extremely crunchy and light. Full of natural flavor, it’s crisp texture will have you mindlessly stuffing your hole.
To cleanse the palate, we were served Sollie’s Tapioca in coconut Milk (PHP 75) with crushed ice and syrup. Refreshing!
Shrimp Bucket has been around for years, and they still got it. To celebrate their continual success, Shrimp Bucket holding a cook out behind the Titan Basketball Court on December 9, 2017.
Location: 2/F Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Avenue, Ugong, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Operating Hours: 11 AM to 11 PM Daily
Contact Number: (+63 2) 246-9069 ext:495