Dampa (Seafood Paluto Restaurants, Pasay City)

Dampa is a Filipino word which basically means a “hut”. More of a nipa hut, to be exact. But if we use dampa in conjunction with fresh seafood, it connotes a row of restaurants that cook fresh seafood according to the wishes of the guests. The kicker? Fresh seafood is conveniently sold in nearby stalls, directly handpicked by the guests. If Mactan/Cebu has sutokil, Metro Manila has its dampa.

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The concept is really simple. You pick the kind and quantity of the fresh seafood, pay at the fish stall (which sometimes sell pork belly and other meats, as well as other fresh products like fresh buko, seen at the photo below), proceed to a restaurant of your choice, then instruct the restaurant personnel how you want the food cooked.

It could be tuna, tilapia, lapu-lapu, maya-maya, hito, crab, shrimp, lobster, scallops, oyster, seaweeds, and other seafoods. It could be a heart-stopping steamed fresh crab (photo above, complete with that forbidden golden alige or whatchamacallit), a delightful fresh hipon / shrimp sinigang (photo at the bottom), kinilaw or other recipes. The restaurant charge per recipe (as well as for the beverage and desert that you may also want to order). Voila! Fresh seafood meal at the heart of the Metro.

There are a number of dampa-themed restaurant clusters in Metro Manila. Our first encounter with dampa years ago was in Paranaque, right after the international airport (NAIA I). I have tried the (they say) original dampa at the back of the Baclaran Church and the one near Eastwood City (Quezon City). There’s also a dampa along Timog in Quezon City, but that is still a place yet to be explored.

Our most recent dampa encounter is at the Seafood Paluto Restaurants, along Macapagal Avenue in Pasay City. (How to get there is not really a problem: It’s found at the reclamation area, near the Mall of Asia, the World Trade Center and the Westin Philippine Plaza Hotel). We chose the restaurant right after the entrance, which happens to be Claire dela Fuente’s Grill and Seafood. Yes, the Claire dela Fuente who was once a jukebox queen. But let’s not stray into that point.

You’ll notice that three of the dampa mentioned above are near the airport — Paranaque, Baclaran and Macapagal Avenue. This is perfect for those who are leaving the country and is not expected to taste fresh seafood for a long time, or those who just arrived after a long seafood-free stay abroad. Also perfect for those who simply tag along for the trip to or from the airport. In short, PAL: PALalamunin =). Enjoy!

32 thoughts on “Dampa (Seafood Paluto Restaurants, Pasay City)”

  1. hi’ I just want to offer fresh tuna (PANGA ng TUNA, TUNA BELLY,SASHIMI CUT TUNA) at a reasonable price!I assure freshness of my products.Its fresh from GENERAL SANTOS CITY. its delivered to me through plane and if u order i assure u that its as the same day as it docks the fishport!
    Im a small time business deal but if you’ll give me a chance (please do give me) you wont regret you did!just please give me a shot please please please thank you godbless

  2. Hi! I just want to offer Live Tiger and Bamboo Lobster at very reasonable price! Its fresh from Zamboanga City. If tou want to order please call or txt me. this is my number 02-4274640 smart: 09087340008 globe: 09157188860
    thank you and God bless.

  3. Hi, just want to know how much would it cost to set up a stall in Dampa, the information I need is just for my thesis. May I receive a list of the set up costs?

    Looking forward to your response. Thank you.

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  6. gusto ko pong kumain sa DAMPA PALUTO RESTAURANT! SEA FOODS ! God willing pag bakasyon po namin by june next month

  7. Hi I just want to offer live shirmp,lobster and tilapia at very reasonble price fresh from batangas and I also offer lapu lapu from quezon at very reasonble price.I t is very fresh and if you want to order please call me at my number 09394934282 and09482495080.

    Thanks and GOD BLESS YOU

  8. i just Want to offer a live red crab & lobster from masbate. contact me if interested. 09063731333

    1. I be interested in the Lobster tails only frozen is ok…How much would the tail weigh?? I would want larger tails … How much would be interested in 25-50 of them ..

  9. Hi,

    How can I get a contact number of DAMPA resto for our Group dinner out.

    Please advice.

  10. Hi I just want to offer live crabs,shrimp and tilapia at very reasonble price fresh from batangas and I also offer lapu lapu from quezon at very reasonble price.I t is very fresh and if you want to order please call me at my number 09076887593

  11. want to offer queen scallops,tiger shrimps,squids and white clams at a very affordable price.

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