Seafood in a Bucket by Chef Jonas is one of the most popular restaurants in Lipa City. The restaurant’s charming and appetizing way of serving its seafood in a bucket (hence the name) found its way in the hearts and stomachs of Lipeños. Groups of families and friends regularly braved the Tambo traffic for a taste of fresh and delicious seafood. Fortunately, we don’t have to do that anymore. Yes, Seafood in a Bucket by Chef Jonas is now open at a new, bigger and better location. As a bonus, there’s parking!

About the Place

The Hello Lipa team was invited to the blessing of the restaurant last Friday. We were pleasantly surprised at the new location. Chef Jonas promised a better location with better parking and he delivered. There are tables indoor and outdoor. I estimated that it can comfortably feed around 70 people at a time.

Bernadette Sabili
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The Hello Lipa Founders with the Opening’s Guest of Honor, Bernadette P. Sabili

The restaurant is now located near SM City Lipa and the Lipa City Hall. It’s along the row of restaurants together with Uncle Cheffy. Here’s a map of the new location:

Just look for this sign and enter the parking area:

While we loved the old location’s homey appeal, we have to admit that this is a better location. There’s more natural light and you don’t have to go up a flight of stairs anymore. There are also a lot of tables and chairs. But knowing how good their food is and now with their new offerings, I’m willing to bet that it will be packed most nights.

Seafood in a Bucket by Chef Jonas
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Seafood in a Bucket from the Outside

Dampa sa Lipa Interior
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Half of the Restaurant’s Interior

Speaking of the New Offerings

We made a promise to be back as soon as the restaurant opens and we did as it opened today, March 12. We planned on having dinner after our workout. You know, so that we won’t feel that guilty when we indulge?

Yes, we were planning on indulging because we now have our very own version of the “Dampa”! Just in case you didn’t know, the dampa concept is very popular in Manila. It’s when you check out the fresh seafood like how you would in a wet market, buy whatever you fancy, and pay for the paluto.

These were available during the opening:

I wasn’t able to take a picture of the paluto rates but they were below Php 200 depending on how you want your seafood cooked and how many kilos you bought. Just to give you an idea, I think we paid Php 190 pesos to cook half a kilo of shrimp (Php 225) sinigang style because that’s what you do to shrimp!

Take a look at these beauties:

I’m a huge tinapa fan (I eat the head and all) so that’s what I ordered. It’s one of their “budgetarian meals”. My wife ordered the chicken barbecue which was tasty and juicy. We also ordered the kilawin na tanigue that had a perfect blend of spicy and sour and of course the Star of the Show, the sinigang na hipon!

Fans of the old concept would be happy to know that it’s still an existing concept. Yes, you can still enjoy your seafood in a bucket and its unlimited rice!

Here’s the menu:

Dampa sa Lipa Menu
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So Hello Lipa friends, check out Dampa sa Lipa by Seafood in a Bucket by Chef Jonas!

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Jayzar Recinto

Founder/Chief Storyteller at Hello Lipa
As a frustrated chef, Jay puts his Certificate in Culinary Arts from the International School for Culinary Arts & Hotel Management to good use by eating...a LOT. As the co-founder and head blogger for Hello Lipa, you'll often see Jay touring the city for the best places to dine in and the most fun events to attend. If not doing Hello Lipa duties, you'll see Jay either at a Starbucks or at the gym, if not doing hubby and daddy duties at the Recinto/Hello Lipa HQ.
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