seafood city scarborough

Seafood City Scarborough

Seafood City Scarborough is a Filipino supermarket that stocks grocery essentials including fresh seafood, meat and produce, and even has a three-vendor food court and bakery in its store. 

This is the fifth grocery store of its kind in Canada and only the second in the province, with the other Mississauga location drawing long lineups after opening back in 2017. 

seafood city torontoThere are also a good 27 locations across the U.S., including in Chicago, Hawaii, Seattle, and California where the supermarket chain – that's now reached somewhat of a community hub status – got its start in 1989. 

seafood city scarboroughJust like at all of the other stores, the Scarborough location features a large food court where shoppers queue up at one of the three food counters to place an order before snagging a table in the central dining section. 

seafood city scarborough

The cooking style changes from restaurant to restaurant with most everything including freshly skewered meat and giant squid seared and barbecued in clear eyeshot of customers in line at Grill City. 

seafood city scarborough

BBQ pork and chicken skewers can be ordered in whatever quantity you fancy from individual to party packs of 100 and are covered in a sweet in-house basting sauce that remains consistent across all locations. 

seafood city scarborough

Grilled squid (two for $20.99) comes at an impressive size, stuffed with seasoned tomatoes and onions. 

seafood city scarboroughAny of the grilled meat and seafood options can be ordered as an entree served with a side of rice and pickled green papaya. There is also a good variety of noodles and veggie stir fry kept warm under heat lamps. 

seafood city scarboroughPancit ($6.99) made with vermicelli rice noodles can come with stripes of golden brown pork belly ($8.99 extra). 

seafood city scarboroughSpeaking of pork belly, you'll find plenty more of that over at Crispy Town, right alongside fried chicken, breaded calamari, crispy smelt and even more seafood options. 

seafood city scarboroughArroz Caldo ($9.50) is one of the noodle dishes at the third restaurant in the food court: Noodle Street. Comfort in a bowl, this Filipino-style rice congee has chicken and tofu as its protein. Plus, pork belly and more tofu in the side salad. 

seafood city scarborough

Drink offerings are the same across all three restaurants. Melon or sweetened cantaloupe juice ($2.99) tastes true to the fruit and has lots of shredded melon pieces to scoop up once you're done sipping. 

seafood city scarborough

The Pinoy street food stand, just to the left of the food court, offers even more sweet and savoury snacks. 

seafood city scarboroughKwek Kwek ($2.50) is a favourite, made of hard-boiled quail eggs covered in an orange batter and deep fried. A sweet and sour sauce gets drizzled over the crispy balls. 

seafood city scarboroughOf the sweeter variety is banana polecat ($2.99), with banana and jack fruit rolled in a thin layer of pastry paper and pan fried. Good luck trying to find them in the same gigantic size elsewhere. 

seafood city scarborough

Missing from the Mississauga location is Bakers Avenue. This bakery that pumps out fresh made loaves of bread, pastries and cakes daily takes up yet another full section of the 40,000-square-foot store. 

seafood city scarboroughThe fluffy loaf infused with ube ($5.50), also known as purple yam, for both a pop of colour and flavour is among the best-sellers. 

seafood city scarborough

Cake flavours include ube custard, caramel custard, yema, uba yema, chocolate and their very own layered cake, Sans Rival. Get one, or several, by the slice ($5.99) or full cake ($29.99 to $39.99). 

seafood city scarborough

Over at the seafood section, you can bring your fish of choice to the counter to be cleaned and fried free of charge so that you don't have to worry about preparing it yourself. 

seafood city scarborough

Pangasinan bangus, herring, golden pompano, mackerel, tilapia and white shrimp are some of the options in the fish market. 

seafood city scarboroughThe meat department offers cuts like pork belly with rib and beef shank that are geared toward Filipino dishes, sourced locally and shipped twice weekly.

seafood city scarborough

An aisle I'd spend most of my time in is the one filled top to bottom with Filipino, as well as a few Asian, packaged treats. Candies, cookies, crackers and chips, there are more than enough otherwise hard-to-find sweet and salty snacks to choose from. 

Ice cream comes in Filipino flavours like ube and halo halo with a mix of fruit and sweet beans (around $13). 

seafood city scarborough

When it comes to beauty products, facial masks are offered in more than just your run-of-the-mill sheets. Look like a dragon or an otter ($21.99) while moisturizing. 

seafood city scarboroughNear the entrance, mugs and travel cups with Filipino quips and phrases can commemorate your visit. 

seafood city scarborough

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