THE famed giant butterfly squid which became a trend in Metro Manila for the past several years has finally come to CDO.
Above Sea Level – the restaurant behind such exquisite delicacy – opened its fifth Mindanao branch last September 6 in Centerpoint along Domingo Velez-Corrales, Cagayan de Oro City. (There are already existing branches in Davao, Zamboanga and Iligan cities.)
According to franchisee Mae Grace Pilapil-Siao, the giant butterfly squid is a deep-fried breaded giant squid on a skewer cut in the open to resemble a butterfly. Sizing of the giant butterfly squid begins from baby groot to giant to super to king and to groot. Of course, one can still order the giant butterfly squid in threes and they call this the squidfest which is good for up to three persons.
The Cagayan de Oro branch of Above Sea Level strictly follows the standards of the company which originated from Quezon City way back – all their cooks are trained by the parent branch and Ms. Pilapil-Siao herself assured that the ingredients are of the utmost quality.
That means that they could not just change the menu anytime they like – they must adhere to the reputation that Above Sea Level has been known for. So the only other dishes in the menu are beef-wrapped shrimp, squid overload, firecracker shrimp, Seafood Festival (crabs, mussels, shrimps, corn cob and sauce made of crab fat) and spicy krispy sizzling posit with Java rice.
In the evening, however, Above Sea Level offers acoustic entertainment with matching beer.
Above Sea Level is open Sundays to Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. and on Fridays through Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight.
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