Last weekend gave me and my cousins a reason to indulge in some fresh seafood at Sutukil, one of the most popular destinations for tourists to try out fresh seafood.

We went to Maribago Bluewaters last weekend. We’ve been going to Bluewaters for a week-long stay at the bungalows since we were young, and it’s nice to be doing it until now.

There are a lot of restaurants there, but collectively they’re called Sutukil as one. I think we went to Inday Pinas. So the seafood is displayed, and you basically pick what you want. They sell by kilo, and the way it’s cooked doesn’t matter. The prices are NOT local-friendly, like they were priced with foreigners in mind. Tip: always ask the price per kilo

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We picked out fish, squid, clams, prawns.. they were cooked differently. I might have missed out a few dishes. Of course, plain rice, garlic rice, and litres of Coke and Sprite were part of the orders.

We sat on the 2nd floor, the third floor was quite shaky, and this was the “view” we got. It’s nothing spectacular, but it’s not bad either.

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Baked Scallops – when we thought baked, we thought.. scallops with butter and cheese. We asked one of the waitresses and she was like, “you have to specify with cheese” – so this was just scallops drenched in butter. Blech. What a waste.

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Calamares – Deep fried calamari – it’s a shame, it was tasty, but it was kind of obvious they reused oil, because the calamari tasted fishy.

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Chili Gambas – This was REALLY good. It doesn’t look good, but it tasted good.
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Clams with Black Taosi Sauce
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Grilled Squid – sorry, bad photo. My cousin in law sorta ate on it before I could snap up, haha!
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Shrimp Sinigang – It wasn’t hot anymore by the time it arrived, they should’ve served it when it was done, it would’ve helped our stomachs settle for the long wait – but it tasted like old fashioned sinigang. Really good!
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Sinugbang Isda – Grilled fish. Very fresh, and surprisingly, was still “juicy”, something you don’t really expect from a big fish that’s been grilled for a long time. Usually, the fish dries out because it takes longer to cook the bigger fish. Not this time!
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Sizzling Squid – … or what’s left of it! Hahaha! 🙂 Same taste as the Chili Gambas
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Steamed Fish w/ Soy Sauce – whoops, bad picture, sorry!
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Sweet and Sour Fish – This was really good!
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We had another order, I think it was Prawns in Chili Sauce and THAT was what I devoured on the whole meal. Definitely recommended, but make sure you pick out the most fresh prawns!

Service – 2.5
When you pick out the food, they’re really helpful. But our orders took SO long to arrive, we waited almost an hour before our orders came. Some of them even came cold, makes you wonder why they didn’t serve the moment the orders finished. You also don’t see waitresses waiting around. The only time you can approach one is if they serve a customer in that area, or if you actually go downstairs to approach them. A pair of koreans were eating there, and they were completely neglected. I felt so bad for them, they finished eating their rice before their seafood arrived!

Food – 4
Food wasn’t bad. If you’re craving for fresh seafood, not only is it fresh, but the taste of the dishes are actually decent – given the limited resources they have. The place is run by lower middle class, so you don’t expect them to come up with fancy dishes, and you have to understand the situation they’re in (like re-using oil to deep fry).

Value – 3
I think this is where the problem lies. In the eyes of a foreigner, these prices are probably worth the food, or even cheap for fresh seafood. We were around 7 persons, and we paid almost PhP4,000 (roughly $100). We were stuffed, though. I’m a local, so the prices were a bit too high for the food we ordered. Our cooks can cook better than that, more promptly, and with better ingredients (yeah, I’ve got a major problem with re-using oil. LOL).

Over-all Rating – 3.17
The place, however, which is like a broken down seaside shack, might give some foreigners that “exotic” experience they’re looking for when they come to a country like ours. But as I’ve mentioned, it’s run by lower middle class, and I’m glad that they’re making a living with what they’re doing. I don’t think I’ll be going back anytime soon though; to a local, it just doesn’t seem worth paying that much for the quality we get.

Sutukil Seafood
Mactan Shrine, Lapu-Lapu City,
Cebu, Philippines

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