A tropical archipelago, the Philippines is one of the world’s primary sources of seafood. As such, it comes as no surprise for locals and tourists to search for dining destinations that abound in fresh catches of the sea. This explains the popularity of dampa [meaning “hut”] dining where guests would choose seafoods market-style and thereafter hand them over to a nearby eatery’s kitchen to be cooked according to their preference.
The only downside of dampa dining, of course, is the lack of ambience, which is understandably a requirement for dates or special family occasions.
This is mind, a Pasay City complex went about redefining and elevating the dampa concept with the opening of Seascape Village Bay Market.
Home to restaurants that offer Filipino, Asian and fusion cuisines, Seascape also features a wet and dry market for fresh seafood, and an unobstructed view of the glorious Manila Bay and its famous sunsets.
Setting it apart from the dampa, meanwhile, is a unique experience of selecting fresh and live fish, crabs, shells and even lobsters, to the extensive culinary options available.
“Our goal is to provide a totally new experience for locals and tourists alike here at Seascape Village,” Marketing and Events head Christine Suntay said. “Seafood is one of the bountiful resources that we are lucky to have so we thought of coming up with a more interactive dining experience.”
The executive furthered, “The difference between us and a regular dampa is we have our own ice plant and live seafood aquariums to make sure the fish and other oceanic produce are always fresh. We also made arrangements with the restaurants to purchase the seafood from the wet market to maintain quality.”
To cater to different segments, the metro’s newest seafood destination made sure to gather restaurants that offer various price points—from casual gatherings to the more refined dining.
Now besides the many dining options, the area also features a spa resort, beach walk and sand bar and boutiques to make every visit more worthwhile.
The Bay Market is the first of the four phases of Seascape Village, which are all set to open in the next two years. The second phase is geared toward lifestyle and wellness, while the third and fourth phases will feature an events and entertainment hub and a hotel and commercial complex, respectively.
“Upon completion, one of the main highlights of the property is a beachfront to accord more views of the Manila Bay and its famous sunset,” Suntay continued. “Seascape is a beach-themed or resort type establishment that maximizes the surroundings we have.
“We want our guests to come here and make them feel that they’re on vacation outside the city. So while it’s crowded outside with the regular city scene, Seascape Village will give just that—an escape from metro.”
Seascape Village Bay Market currently houses Mr. A’s Bar, Asian Taste Restaurant, Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps, Darwin’s Café Hong Kong Special, Fish Music Bar, GoGo Kitchen, Golden China, Golden Fortune, Lhong-E, Lola Ina’s Seafood Paluto Restaurant, Mazu Seaside Diner, Wow Cow Fresh Beef Hot Pot, Yatai Asian Cuisine, and other exciting food stalls which offer a la carte dishes and “paluto” services.
It is located within the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) complex, on Atang dela Rama corner Zoilo Hilario streets, and between Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel and the Manila Film Center.