If you’re as clueless as me as to what the restaurant name means, let me shed some light for you. The original owner of Choobi Choobi from Cebu has Chinese roots. We were told that for Chinese Cebuanos, “Choobi Choobi” is their common expression after every meal. It means they were greatly satisfied with the dishes they’ve eaten and it’s now time to chill and to relax. Lingaw lingaw on the other hand, means “fun” or “enjoy” and Kaon means “eat”. And from this, the concept of the restaurant came to be; a relaxing dining place for every family who enjoys eating!
Choobi Choobi along Panay Avenue is owned by All You Need is Food Corp. and represented by Ms. Geraldine Yap. This branch is one of the pioneer franchisee here in Manila and started its operations on December 2015. Ms. Elaine, the restaurant manager for Choobi Choobi Panay tells us that there are only two Choobi Choobi restaurants here in Manila. One is in Panay Ave. and the other one is located in SM Manila.
The interior of Choobi Choobi in this branch is very spacious, roomy enough that you don’t have to worry about bringing kids here. Having a seating capacity of up to a hundred people, the restaurant is really designed for big family gatherings. Ms. Elaine tells us that the design of the restaurant is different from the original Choobi Choobi in Cebu since they have adapted a more modernized version of the interior but that they have retained the essence of the brand, which is their signature fresh and good quality of food.
Choobi Choobi Panay Ave. branch is very particular with the food they serve. This is because the original Choobi Choobi in Cebu (the main branch) requires that every franchise should have the same quality of food.
Delivered twice or thrice a week from Cebu, all the seafood Choobi Choobi Panay branch offers are surely fresh. Ms. Elaine also informs us that they have a frozen warehouse located in Taguig which serves as storage for their back up stock. This is just in case deliveries from Cebu are halted due to many flying shipment factors. But fret not, because all of the seafood and meat in their warehouse are still from Cebu.
In strict accordance with the main branch, the whole team of Choobi Choobi Panay was given training in Cebu especially the cooks. This is to make sure that they meet the standards of Choobi Choobi in Cebu. Also, the main owner of Choobi Choobi have regular visits in Manila just to check if the taste of the food are regulated and are properly prepared.
One of Ms. Elaine’s personal favorite was the Stanfried Black Pepper Shrimp and upon tasting, you’ll understand why. You can taste the perfect combination of garlic and butter that almost instantly melts in your mouth. Biting into the crispness of the shrimps’ skin and then tasting the succulent shrimp meat allows you to enjoy the freshness of the shrimp in every bite. “Lahat kasi nakakainin. Even the shrimp’s skin pwede mong kainin.”
Stansfried Black Pepper Shrimp Php 440
I was surprised that this dish beats the seafood dishes. My personal favorite, their crispy pata is one to watch out for. The pata’s skin stayed crispy even after 40 minutes of it exposed on cool air. The mouth-watering meat was flavorful and luscious. Dipped in this specially made soy-vinegar sauce, completes the Choobi Pata experience!
Choobi Pata Php 445 – Php 465
The Sabaw na Halaan can be likened to sinigang that is not too sour. If you’re not into spicy food, you should definitely try this because it’s got the perfect kick of spice that is not overpowering the fresh taste of the mussels.
Sabaw na Halaan Php 210
Why is it on a plastic bag? Well, Choobi Choobi serves their shrimps straight on a plastic bag to retain its freshness. The shrimps are slightly sliced on its back so that the flavors will seep in the shrimps more. It is a different take on how shrimps are cooked. Shrimp and salted egg is an interesting pairing but it works!
Shrimp in the Bag w/ Salted Egg Php 440
It’s the first time I’ve heard of this type of vegetable but what’s good about it is that it is organic which means it’s extra beneficial to your health. These are Chinese stir fried vegetables are very flavorsome that you wouldn’t even notice you’re actually eating greens!
Cha Tao Miao Php 180
The mussels are also served in a plastic bag to retain freshness. The tasty mussels are drenched in sweet and creamy coconut sauce that’s not too overwhelming for the taste buds.
Mussel Spicy Gata Php 325
Another favorite of mine, the stuffed, grilled squid is soft and not too gummy to bite; it is flavorfully grilled and is stuffed with delicious black rice.
Stuffed Grilled Squid Php 250
The Mango Basil and Pineapple Kale are healthy, refreshing drinks that will really let you taste its natural elements : the fresh mangoes, the taste of basil, the pineapple and kale.
Mango Basil and Fresh Pineapple Organic Kale Php 130 each
Surely, after our visit, there’s no more appropriate time to say “Choobi, Choobi!”
Right now, Choobi Choobi is partnering with Food Panda for them to be able to offer deliveries to their customers.
Choobi Choobi Linga Lingaw Kaon Panay Avenue branch is located at 102 Panay Ave., Quezon City and is open from 11 am to 11 pm on weekdays and 11 am to 12 mn on weekends. For inquiries, you can call (02) 372 2654 or 09952289726