How would you want to order in a restaurant with a promise that your meal will arrive in 10 minutes? If not, it’s free. Well, that was one of the promotional takes of Oyster Boy in Metrowalk with their “10-minute Lunch Special.”
As for their Cubao restaurant, Oyster Boy created various platters inspired by Philippine festivals just like the Ati-Atihan fest where the food is good for four to six persons thus targeting the barkada market.
As the name suggests, Oyster Boy specializes in oysters. Fresh oysters daily are what you will get whenever you order. According to operations manager Jerry Aveña, the oysters are shipped daily from the owner’s Iloilo farm after the early morning harvest. For any leftovers, oyster sauce is then created.
As of my visit last February, the menu offers 25 ways to enjoy oysters, from steamed, grilled, with cheese and garlic, fresh with lime, oysters with sinamak and Oysters Rockefeller to name a few.
Oyster Boy also offers other Filipino dishes – of Iloilo cooking. Adobong Pusit at Baboy Sa Piña (Php190) is made with squid and pork then cooked in the black squid ink and mixed with pineapples, herbs and spices.
Crispy Guinamusan na Baboy is Iloilo’s version of Pork Binagoongan. Flavorful with just the right amount of saltiness and is priced at Php190. Guinamus is the Iloilo version of bagoong.
|Oyster Boy's Smoked Tinapa Roll|
An Oyster Boy original is the Smoked Tinapa Roll (Php185). Quite interesting to turn the lowly tinapa into what we usually eat as lumpiang shanghai.
As for dessert, nothing beats the sweet mangoes of Guimaras. Mango Float (Php85) makes use of mangoes from Guimaras Island which is shipped to Manila twice a week. Good thing my friends Michelle and Noimie opted for the other dishes and were too full to have dessert. I savored two orders of deliriously delicious Mango Floats. Heavenly!
With the success of Oyster Boy, even actor Marvin Agustin ventured into the business which restaurateur Dennis Gan pioneered. These partners opened Oyster Boy Gateway while the Alabang branch is handled by Gan and his mother.
Oyster Boy is located at Cubao fronting Araneta Coliseum with branches in Metrowalk, Gateway and Alabang.
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