Dampa Feast Seafood Restaurant

Post by Mark

You’ve probably noticed by now that for the past couple of weeks I’ve been posting a lot of food posts. That probably has to do with the fact that I’ve been hanging around @chefkb and so we’ve both been going through our long list of places we’ve been meaning to try. Dampa Feast was one of those places we both had on our list so we decided to pass by last week along with another friend of ours @chefbasmah to try it out.

Dampa Feast is a seafood restaurant thats located in Souk Salmiya. It opened up around 3 months back and I didn’t think a lot of people knew about it so I was completely shocked when I got there to find a large crowd waiting outside and a two page long waiting list. Keep in mind this was a Monday night and not a weekend. We put our name down on the list and headed to Daiso to kill some time. Finally just over an hour later we managed to get our table and sat down to order our food.

Their menu is made up various seafood dishes that include shrimp, lobster, mussels, crab, squid and salmon, all cooked in a variety of spices. We decided to go with their signature Dampa Feast menu which included shrimp, crab, mussels, clams, corn and unlimited rice. You also get to choose the kind of sauce its mixed with like cajun, soya, chipotle butter, hot garlic etc.. The Dampa Feast is meant to be enough for 2 to 4 people yet for some reason we decided to order two Dampa Feast menus, one using their hot garlic sauce and the other using their schezwan sauce. We also ordered some cajun mussels on the side. With the Dampa Feast menu you also get 2-liters of mocktails, we went with their Sex Appeal mocktail and their Lindsay Lohan one. Yeah it’s hilarious I know.

At Dampa Feast you don’t get any cutlery or tableware, all the food is served to you on the table itself and you have to use your hands to eat. If you don’t want to get your hands dirty you can wear disposable gloves which they provide but I think that takes the fun out of it. The food is poured out into the center of the table then the rice is placed along the sides to capture all the sauce. We kinda destroyed it that night and barely left any food on the table even though one Dampa Feast was definitely enough for the three of us. My favorite flavors were the hot garlic and cajun sauces with the schezwan sauce being the blandest of the three. The food was pretty good but really its the total experience that sold us on the place, it’s a lot of fun. The waiters had Hawaiian shirts on, the place was blasting good 80s music and the company was the best.

Their pricing is pretty reasonable, you can check out the whole menu [Front] and [Back] but for example the Dampa Feast cost KD13 which is really good value. The only negative thing about the place is the fact that there is a waiting list and they don’t take your phone number down or hand you a buzzer. You basically have to hover around the area and keep checking on your status every 15 minutes or so. It’s definitly worth trying and we’re for sure going back with more friends the next time. Dampa Feast is located on the top floor of Souk Salmiya near the food court and they’re open from 12PM to 11PM. You can also check them out on instagram @dampafeast

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20 comments, add your own...

  1. Rafik Beiruty says:

    how can we eat rice with hands? I am from lebanon and not used to that kind of eating. I will take my own cutlery to such places.

  2. rastapopulus3 says:

    I too went to this place a couple of weeks back and was amazed by the waiting lines on a Tuesday night.
    But all in all, my over one and a half hour wait was worth it.
    Loved the idea of plastic gloves to eat with hands. No mess, all taste

  3. Danny says:

    Eating with clean hands is proven to be the safest way to eat food.Cutlery is absolute crap.

  4. Tom says:

    Ate there two months ago Mark. Got there at 11:30 in a Saturday morning. Only a few people were seated. Started getting busy around noon to 1pm. Would have been a better experience if one of the five waiters would have brought the extra shrimp ordered, that was on the ticket. The manager did remove it but many of the staff seemed clueless or confused.

  5. Joe says:

    It’s a Philippino food tradition.

  6. Najjar says:

    How come no one has commented on the drink being called Sex Appeal yet???

  7. Xtina says:

    This reminds me of the boiling crab in LA :’) except their sea food (esp. crab) were huge and was fun to break it and eat

  8. cajie says:

    I am so trying this!

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