Review: Choobi Choobi Seafood Restaurant, Iloilo City, Philippines

Updated on March 8, 2020
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This is my review of Choobi Choobi. I went as part of a family group of nine people, so I got to try many different dishes.

Choobi Bay, one of Choobi Choobi's specialties.
Choobi Bay, one of Choobi Choobi's specialties.

For my mother-in-law’s birthday, we decided to try out Choobi Choobi Seafood Restaurant in the newly constructed wing of one of the biggest malls in Iloilo City. It was a Sunday, and we just came out of a church service that ended late, so we were famished and in a feasting mood. There were nine of us, and at first, we had another restaurant in mind. Our attention was caught, however, by the seafood-in-a-bag concept. We’ve had always wanted to try something like that, so we decided to go to the Choobi Choobi restaurant.

Choobi Choobi Seafood Restaurant
Choobi Choobi Seafood Restaurant

Location

It's very easy to find the restaurant. Just go to SM City Mall, on Diversion Road. Use the entrance door of the newly constructed north wing (it's the left wing if you are facing the front side of the mall). Choobi Choobi is located on the lower ground floor.

Ambience

The restaurant is very spacious and bright. The atmosphere feels like it’s a restaurant for typical, middle-class families. I loved the simple set-up and the white and red paint combo of the walls. The tables and chairs were neatly arranged. Photos of their dishes were strategically displayed on the walls, and a larger version of their menu was situated up front to entice and welcome the guests. The almost-life-sized version of the menu actually did its job well in convincing us to give the restaurant a try.

The Service

The service was satisfactory. The staff assigned to us was helpful and took care of our orders well, even the late orders. We waited around 20-25 minutes before our food started to arrive. The wait was worth it, and the food that was served was hot and freshly cooked.

The Food

There were nine of us so it’s just right that we ordered a feast. Here is some of the food we tried out:

Choobi Bay, one of the restaurant's specialties
Choobi Bay, one of the restaurant's specialties

Choobi Bay

This was a combination of shrimp and mussels with corn in a bag. We asked ours to be cooked with mild spiciness and we enjoyed every bit of it.

Shrimp in a Bag
Shrimp in a Bag

Shrimp in a Bag

The was, obviously, a batch of shrimp with corn in a bag. We ordered two bags and asked them to be cooked in butter garlic and salted egg. Salted egg shrimp was one of my favorites and a must-try if you like seafood and red egg.

Sizzling Bangus
Sizzling Bangus

Sizzling Bangus

The was grilled milkfish topped with a special creamy sauce. Nothing unforgettable but can be enjoyed if you’re a bangus fan.

Chai Tao Miao
Chai Tao Miao

Chai Tao Miao

The was a dish of stir-fried snow pea sprouts. It was my first time to try snow pea sprouts and it was all right. If you’re not very picky and actually enjoy greens, include this in your order.

Mussels in a Bag
Mussels in a Bag

Mussels in a Bag

This was a batch of mussels with corn in a bag. We asked for ours to be cooked in spicy gata (coconut milk) and this is another favorite. My sister-in-law liked it too, so that’s two points for this dish.

Choobi Chopseuy
Choobi Chopseuy

Choobi Chopseuy

This was cooked like how chopseuys are usually cooked. Nothing really special but this can allow a different flavor in the table since most of the specialties in the menu are seafood.

Choobi Pata
Choobi Pata

Choobi Pata

This was pork trotter that was fried to a crisp. And should I say, this pata was “wow!” It was perfectly crisp outside and soft and juicy on the inside. Almost everyone in our group loved it. Definitely one of the “must order” things at this restaurant.

Tinolang Manok Bisdak
Tinolang Manok Bisdak

Tinolang Manok Bisdak

This was a chicken soup cooked with green papaya and malunggay. With all the seafood in the table, the comfort of chicken and the warm broth of tinola were very much welcomed.

Stuffed Grilled Squid
Stuffed Grilled Squid

Stuffed Grilled Squid

This was nicely grilled and stuffed with rice seasoned with squid ink and other flavorings. For me, this was average but can be worth a try if you love squid.

We enjoyed all these dishes together with unlimited rice and two pitchers of iced tea.

Value for Money and Overall Rating

We paid a little over Php3,000 for the food, the service, and the ambiance. Nothing to complain about the staff, the pricing, the service, and the place though there is still room to improve when it comes to the food. Some were outstanding, really delicious, yet most of what we ordered was just average. Also, the plating can still be improved for the food to look more appealing. Overall, I’m giving Choobi Choobi an average score. I hope to give them a better score on our next visit.

Choobi Choobi Seafood Restaurant, Iloilo City

3 stars for Choobi Choobi Seafood Restaurant

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    • SheilaPornan profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila Navio-Pornan 

      2 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Nice! Hope you enjoy your experience, Mary! :)

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      Mary Norton 

      2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You make me miss Tinolang Manok. Next time we're in Iloilo, I'll go to this restaurant.

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