Friday, May 06, 2016

Calle Preciousa: Not Your Ordinary Dampa Dining




I am a big fan of dampa style restaurant. I love the liberty of buying the fresh catch from the seafood market and have them cooked the way I wanted. When I was invited to dine at Calle Preciousa Seafood Dampa Palutuan in Pasig last Sunday, I didn't have second thoughts. I was wondering though how this restaurant is different from the other seafood dampa restaurants I've been to.




With the help of Waze, I arrived at Calle Preciousa for an early dinner. It was a 30 minute drive from lower Antipolo to Dr. Sixto Ave, Brgy Sagad, Pasig City. The restaurant has an ample parking space that can accommodate 15-20 cars. 

About Calle Preciousa



Calle Preciousa opened last August 2015 but the Vistan family has been in the restaurant business for 10 years. The family owned the Sophia's Villa Seafood Dampa Palutuan in Oranbo, Pasig. The restaurant has to close down when the lease expired. When they found a new location, they registered a new name, Calle Preciousa inspired by Calle Crisologo during the family's trip to Vigan and Precious is the name of the owners' daughter.




I fell in love with the place because it felt like I was transported elsewhere. I almost forgot I'm in Pasig. I personally prefer a restaurant with a beautiful ambiance. Calle Preciousa exceeded my expectations. I was so used to a dampa restaurant lined up with monobloc tables and chairs. Very plain-looking. 

Let me tour you around Calle Preciousa



The lower garden is near the spacious parking area. It can accommodate 16 guests and a maximum of 70 guests if you like to reserve this garden for private event.


Passing through this canopy will lead you to the more spacious upper garden with a capacity of 80 guests. The upper garden is popular for wedding receptions.




A pond and a waterfalls adorn the upper garden. The sound of the water made me feel like I'm dining at a resort somewhere.

The Food





I've already mentioned that I like seafood dampa style restaurants because it allows me to buy the fresh seafood onsite and have them cooked the way I wanted them. One of my favorites is the salmon. I personally buy this at the market and know if it's fresh or not. When I found out that Calle Preciousa is serving me Sinigang na Salmon Belly sa palayok, I told my husband, "Tignan nga natin kung kasingsarap ito ng niluluto ko sa house."


Salmon Belly Sinigang

It was my husband who first tasted the sinigang. And when he gave me a smile and a nod, I know right away it passed the taste test. The salmon belly is fresh. Not malansa. Tamang asim ng broth.


Ginataang Kuhol

See the thick coconut milk? Perfect! My family ordered something like this at Dampa sa Libis and we were disappointed. The gata was malabnaw and matabang.


Glazed Buttered Chicken

We enjoyed the glazed buttered chicken. It's crispy with the right amount of sweetness and the meat is tender. Bitin ang one cup of rice because masarap lahat ng ulam. 

Verdict: We've only tasted three dishes but they are all good. It's safe to say that this restaurant is worth the long drive from Antipolo. It was our first time in that part of Pasig and I was glad we discovered Calle Preciousa.





Calle Preciousa also caters to wedding, baptismal, birthday and other private events. They have 3 VIP Rooms that can accommodate 20-50 guests. You can also rent the entire second floor. 

Calle Preciousa
Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue, Kapasigan, Pasig City
(02) 477.5519; (02) 622.9806

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