One of of the days in The Philipines we wanted to go to a mall. Just to see how that was compared to the rest of the city, and to have lunch of course. We went to the Island City Mall which is a (as I have read in the previous link) prestigious shopping mall. Two things stood out when we went there. First the location. I don’t know if the taxi driver went on a scenic route but it looked like the mall was in a quite remote area. Secondly, the security. When entering the mall you had to took of any bags and had to show the (many) guards what was in it. Also you could get frisked if you looked a bit suspicious. Even inside the mall there were various guards at the different stores. Apparently, buying a book in the National Book Store is risky business:
In the middle you see a cop. With a gun. As a guard. In front of a BOOKSTORE!
To determine were we would go for lunch we used our travel guide(s) and we saw that The Prawn Farm was well recommended. The restaurant looks really nice from the outside (and inside) and seems fancier than the name suggests. When entering you have tanks filled with fresh lobsters, crabs, shrimp and fish on your right just waiting to be prepared for you. I couldn’t wait to order some seafood!
But first. Drinks. I ordered a fresh watermelon shake which not only looked good, but tasted very good as well:
After the drinks our first food arrived. This was something we hadn’t ordered. It was complimentary from the restaurant because we had ordered above a certain fixed price. I believe this amuse-bouche was water spinach (kangkung) that was dipped in dough and then deep fried. It was served with a whisky-cocktail sauce. Although deep fried this amuse-bouche was very light on the stomach. A delicious, crispy beginning of our lunch:
Next came the grand dish. Although The Prawn Farm has great seafood, it also serves (great) meat. Our main dish was a variety of grilled food ranging from seafood to meat. On our plate were absolutely great tasting grilled shrimps. They were prepared with a salty and spiced kind of powdered marinade which was really finger licking good. Also on our plate was grilled white fish (can’t remember what it was exactly), really sweet deliciously marinated sate and as a grand finally a grilled crab (can’t do wrong with crab:
Everything on that plate was delicious. We ate all the grilled deliciousness with rice and a side dish of grilled vegetables and it deserves a special mention since the vegetables were good. I am not a real vegetable fan, but this was simple but good.
All in all I would say that we had a great lunch at The Prawn Farm and I can understand why it was recommended. Something that is also worth mentioning is that the restaurant looks quite fancy, and the food is good, but the prices are very reasonable. The price-quality ratio was very good and after pleasing your stomach it is also very nice to not hurt your wallet for once.