Someone once said, “First time's a chance; second time's a coincidence and third time's a tradition.” I find this quote so fitting for a restaurant opening I attended days ago. I also call it a privilege to have journeyed, in gastronomic sense, with this home-grown seafood haven notably called – Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps.

Inspired by a New Orleans cuisine in one of their trips in America, Anthony and Jennifer Ang, the lovely couple behind this resto, thought it would be a novelty to introduce a ‘kamayan’ concept of eating crabs and shrimps to Davaoenos. So, on December 2013, they opened their first restaurant in Bajada. It was our first chance to get our hands messy with, I remember, boiled crabs in screaming Cajun sauce.  Beat that! A year after, they opened their second branch a short ride away located at Lanang Business Park. Today, they’re not just opening their third branch here in Davao City, they’ve also opened another branch in SM MOA, Manila. Indeed, third time’s a tradition.

Just like the first and the second resto, this newly opened branch at the ground level of SM Annex in Ecoland also boasts a marine-themed ambiance. The convenience of a mall-based restaurant is always a plus factor for me and this, perfectly fit the bill.

Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps.
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The opening was graced by several bloggers and friends from the media. It started with a short presscon and a ceremonial cracking of the crab. It was then followed by the waitstaff’s demonstration of the wax paper laying on the table. Note that this resto do away with plates and silver utensils, hence the wax paper laying, which also mean you need to get to the vibe of ‘it’s fun to be messy’.

Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps.
Mr. and Mrs Anthony Ang and business associates 
did the ceremonial cracking of the crab.

You might think that Blue Posts Crabs and Shrimps is only famous for what's in the name? Well think again. They actually have a lot more to offer;

Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps.
Potato Fries

Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps.
Pomelo Salad.  I can’t get enough of this concoction. I’ve always known pomelo to be a complex fruit, adding more flavours and a good mix of hot and zingy essences that jive in together made this all the more distinctly appetizing. Forgive me, I can't help but ask for a second helping. So good!

Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps.
Gumbo Soup. I know I'll be sniffing heck when I'll have this. 
And true enough, hahaha, TS jud ko.
Thick, hot and spicy stew!

Fried Native Chicken, Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps
Fried Native Chicken 

Pork Riblets, Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps
Fried Pork Riblets

Sinuglaw, Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps
Sinuglaw. A culinary portmanteau of sinugba and kinilaw

Every shrimp and crab lover who has gone to any of the Blue Posts resto I think knows the drill. But for the sake of those who haven’t yet, here’s a little preview of how your seafood indulgence will go.

Blue Posts takes pride and guarantees quality and fresh catch ‘from sea to table’ all the time, so it’s now time to call up a wait staff and order up. 

Step 1. Seafood selection. You have three choices - crabs, shrimps, mussels or you can have it all.

Step 2. Cooking Preference.

The Classic Blue Posts Boil.  Your fresh seafood choice boiled and lathered-up with Blue Posts signature Cajun Sauce. My husband is a true fan of this dish, he made taking out a bag on a week-end a tradition, lol.

Garlic Fried. Your seafood choice coated with Blue Posts signature garlic batter and fried to golden perfection.

Sambal. Your fresh seafood selection cooked in sambal paste. It’s a spicy fusion of Indonesian/Malay dish with a Blue Posts twist. It's a delightful burst of Asian flavours packed in a food-grade bag.

Crabs or Shrimp in Garlic Lemon Sauce. This is new on the menu. It’s a zesty combination of garlic, lemon and spicy sauce. I love it, it’s uncomplicated and easy-going spicy dish. 

Crabs or Shrimps in Salted Egg. This is also new on the menu. The last time I had one, it was cooked with the salted egg blended hence, saucy. Blue Posts version is supple and dry and in a more sophisticated flavourful fashion. Love this version better, less mess too!

Fried Garlic Crab, Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps
Blue Posts classic Fried Garlic Crab. 

Shrimps in Lemon Garlic  Sauce, Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps
Shrimps in Garlic Lemon Sauce

Shrimps in Sambal Paste, Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps
Shrimps in sambal paste

Crabs in Salted Egg, Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps
Crabs in Salted Egg

Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps
It's indeed fun to be messy

Our ever-smiling and accommodating waitstaff, Junrey. Thank you, buddy!

Now that you’ve determined how you would like your crabs, shrimps or mussels done, let’s move on to;

Step 3. Add Your Extras. You have choices of corn on the cob, potatoes, pork sausages, Hungarian sausages and of course, plain rice and extra rice. Adding corn of the cob is always my choice.

Now the last step will break or make your dining experience with Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps.

Step 4. Select your spicy indulgence. If you’re not adventurous and have a low tolerance for spicy foods you can have it regular, the usual. But if you want a bit of zing on your spread, go a little hot. And if you want more, pumped it up a little and go mild for your spicy treat. 

But if you think mild spiciness is not for you, up the ante of your indulgence and go full throttle. Ladies, just a suggestion, bring elastic bands to bun your hair up, you’ll need it trust me! 

Dining at Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps is always a fun, filling and hot experience. With now branches open in the Metro, we’re glad to share what we’ve been enjoying best back home - exploring the fresh flavours of the sea in regular, hot, mild and spicy the Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps way.

Spicy Indulgence with Team DDI 

Thank you Anthony and Jennifer Ang for having us! It’s always a joy to dine at Blue Posts. Cheers to more branches and congratulations!

Ground Level, Annex
Ecoland, Davao City, Philippines

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