“Kamayan sa Carayman”™
Tucked away about 100 meters from the Pan Philippine Highway, in the little suburb of Barangay Carayman, there is Kamayan Restaurant. No sign will lead you there, neither on the highway nor at the entrance, but everyone in Calbayog knows this traditional Filipino restaurant. The place is open and shady. Right next to the entrance there is a small pond with fat catfish, where you can select (and even catch) your meal. A delicious tausi sauce (black fermented soy beans), and the evenly delicious chili crabs. Taste wise a close second were the crispy shrimps, the mixed seafoods, the vegetable chop suey and the rather tough calamares rings.
In terms of quantity ordering is a bit tricky: On top of the menu it says “good for 3-4 persons”, which is correct for the catfish, the crab, or the chop suey, but some dishes are just good for one, like the calamares or the crispy shrimps. What we had ordered turned out to be just enough; it could easily have been a little more.
It’s somewhat sad that Kamayan, like many other restaurants in the Philippines, has stopped serving fresh fruit juice. It’s a bit of a shame, with all the fresh calamansi or mangoes easily available throughout the year. On the other hand, the service was extremely fast, considering the size of our unannounced group, plus the fact that the restaurant was already pretty full when we came.
The bestseller is the crab! Just thinking about it makes you crave for it. Place is 100 meters from the Pan Philippine Highway, in the little suburb of Carayman. A very small sign is on the highway but best to ask people as sign is unnoticeable. People in Calbayog City knows this traditional filipino restaurant that looks like a big nipa hut.
Masag – swimmer crab, blue manna crab or sand crab, rajungan in Indonesian, and alimasag in Tagalog, is a large crab found in the inter tidal estuaries around most.
Chili Crab – the best seller for the sea food lovers, good for 2-3 persons.
Crispy golden Shrimps are an out-an-out winner!
Kamayan Sa Carayman
Carayman, Calbayog City, Philippines 6710