A bucketload of Cajun seafood goodness

Pampanga’s The Orange Bucket opens its biggest branch in Metro Manila

It is an understatement to say that the Philippines is a foodie’s paradise. Each island and region has a champion dish to offer diners, not only serving culture and tradition on a plate but also Filipinos’ undeniable passion when it comes to cooking and hospitality. Among the best places to go on a food adventure in the country is Pampanga. Dubbed the “Culinary Capital of the Philippines,” one can expect nothing but the best eats and sips from the province crafted by chefs and families with a strong legacy in its local food scene. And if it is seafood you’re craving, Kapampangans know that one of the restaurants to get a heaping dose of it is at The Orange Bucket.

The Orange Bucket - DoubleDragon Plaza branch formally opens with a ribbon cutting ceremony led by The Orange Bucket executives Mia Caballa, Maria Elaine Caballa, Corina Caballa-Santos, Capt. Arturo Perlada Jr., JP and Sheryl Yujuico, Pampanga governor Dennis Pineda, former Sta. Rita mayor Yolly Pineda, Lubao mayor Esmie Pineda, Bayaning Pulis Foundation president PBGeneral (ret.) Noel Baraceros, FTA Design and Phoenix Home founder Nix Alañon, and Atty. Benjamin Lozada III.

Established in 2016, The Orange Bucket restaurant is known for its fresh seafood and Asian-Fusion dishes. With its Cajun seafood offering, it didn’t find it hard to capture the hearts—and tummies—of its patrons. Soon enough, its bucketload of seafood goodness made its way online, luring both local and international foodies to try its seafood dishes through its “messy dining experience.” 

Lucky for us here in the metro, seafood lovers no longer need to drive up north just to get a taste of its Cajun seafood feast. In December 2022, The Orange Bucket opened its biggest branch in Metro Manila, located at DoubleDragon Plaza in Pasay City. This follows the brand’s first expansion in the capital when it launched its Newport City branch in February 2021. 

“This new branch aims to cater to the ever-increasing number of discerning customers from this side of the country,” CEO Mia Caballa said. “We opened a bigger place, which can seat up to 250 guests, so we can provide our diners not only the best food, but also the best ambiance, comfortable dining experience, and top-notch customer service.”

Last Jan. 21, The Orange Bucket officially launched its latest branch with a grand celebration. A parade was held around the vicinity of the restaurant followed by a Holy Mass and a festive lion and dragon dance to ring in good fortune. Of course, it will not be a true The Orange Bucket event without its signature Cajun offering. Guests were treated to a sumptuous feast as buckets of Cajun seafood made their way from the kitchen to the table. Diners put their gloves on and indulge in the mouthwatering The Big Bang Seafood Bucket and Super Tray variants. 

What makes its Cajun seafood a standout is its signature spice-infused sauce. To make it, the restaurant sources its ingredients from the US, where the dish originated. The result is a variety of seafood drenched in golden sauce that will make you salivate as soon as its servers pour them onto the table. 

“We believe that it all comes down to our high-quality food and unparalleled service. These are what really set us apart,” Mia said. “We cook and serve dishes using first-class ingredients and traditional techniques that our chefs personally mastered during cooking classes abroad.”

Apart from its DoubleDragon Plaza and Newport City locations, foodies can also experience its Cajun seafood feast at its branches located in Plaridel, Bulacan and at San Fernando City and Angeles City in Pampanga. Better go there with an empty stomach because you’ll be needing space for its addicting seafood offerings.

To know more about The Orange Bucket, visit theorangebucket.com or @the_orange_bucket on Instagram and @TheOrangeBucket on Facebook.