When you dine in a restaurant for the first time, it’s advisable to do some research before your visit. Ask friends, look for reviews online, and know the best sellers. But sometimes, it’s refreshing to just be surprised.
During the Ala Eh! Festival week, we visited the most popular restaurants in Batangas City. One of which is Fred’s Seafood Restaurant in Club Yolanda situated at the heart of G.C. Berberabe Subdivision in Pallocan East.
I got excited when Jackie told me that she got a yes from the general manager for us to feature Fred’s. Excited was an understatement, I was thrilled. It may not be obvious but I’m such a foodie and that’s seafood restaurant we’re talking about in here. Shrimps, crabs, mussels, they were all saying hello inside my head.
You may think that Club Yolanda is exclusive for the homeowners of G.C. Berberabe Subdivision but it’s not. Anyone can go there, eat at the two restaurants (there’s also a shabu-shabu restaurant aside from Fred’s), opt for a quick swim, and hold special events in any of Club Yolanda’s function halls.
We were welcomed by Club Yolanda’s General Manager, Mrs. Aleli Bonifacio-Guico, who happens to be my former Filipino instructor when I went to Lyceum of the Philippines University – Batangas. Haha. Small world indeed!
Moving on, Fred’s Seafood Restaurant flaunts an interior that matches the menu specialty. The wall design and the color palette of the dining sets give you the fresh, by-the-seashore vibe. It’s always a rewarding experience to dine in a place where you would feel comfortable all the time.
Okay, I bet you’ve been waiting for this part – the food!
What are the house specialties of Fred’s? Singaporean prawn and crab and lapu-lapu. Well, those were just three of the many dishes you have to try at Fred’s. Lucky us, we were able to indulge on more than just the house specialties. Turning green with envy? Sorry pooooo. 🙂
I was specifically excited for the Singaporean crab. I’ve been craving for that since Kris TV featured how to cook the chili crab in their Singapore episode! The kick of its spiciness is just right but might push you to take more spoonfuls of rice so if you’re on a diet, kalimutan muna ang diet.
There’s a subtle sweetness in the tempura batter which I like. The sweet and sour pork and beef with broccoli are okay, particularly the latter because the broccoli chunks are big! I was lucky enough to grab a piece of the buttered chicken as it was a hit among my teammates. The sweet and sour lapu-lapu, according to them, was also good. Sadly, I wasn’t able to taste it as I was then busy with the aligue. Haha!
Outside the restaurant is Berb’s Bar where customers can enjoy a bottle of beer or their fave drink while marveling at the view across.
The menu rates at Fred’s is a bit pricey but they also have regular priced menu. The dishes, by the way, are meant for sharing. Good for 2 to 3 persons.
If you want to reserve a table, call (043) 723-7540. Fred’s Seafood restaurant is open from 10:00 am – 11:00 pm.