Franchise Ideas: Above Sea Level PH

If you want to succeed in business, you have to stand out from the rest of the competition – and that’s exactly what Above Sea Level PH did, almost literally!

Instead of selling the usual ‘calamares’ (squid rings) on the menu, Above Sea Level PH creates a standing ‘butterfly’ figure from the squid. While some called it alien-like, the giant butterfly squid would quickly go viral on social media, driving a lot of people to the restaurant so they can also sample this Instagram-worthy food item.

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Photo credit: ABOVE SEA LEVEL PH / Facebook

Above Sea Level PH claims to be the only restaurant offering this type of ‘standing squid’ presentation, making it popular among diners. But not only is the butterfly squid popular because of its appearance, people are coming back again and again to the restaurant because of its taste as well as the budget-friendly prices of the items on their menu.

The price of the butterfly squid depends on its size but, as an example, with a price tag of Php450 for one giant squid, with 4 servings of Java rice included, this is truly an easy favorite among diners!

On TV Show “My Puhunan” hosted by Karen Davila, the restaurant owners share their success story.

Polsan Pangidian and Winna Baldonado, the restaurant’s co-owners, shared the story behind the success of Above Sea Level PH.

The two, especially Polsan, had worked on various jobs, including as service crew in restaurants, call center agent, and even at the bank. But after they had a kid, the couple thought about trying their luck as overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Dubai.

They had already processed their papers and had saved Php200,000 for their pocket money when they had this ‘Eureka!’ moment while hanging out at a food park one day. There was an empty space at the food park.

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Photo credit: My Puhunan / Facebook

While they had no idea what they would do next or what food they would be serving, the two decided to not proceed with the Dubai plan and simply invest their pocket money in this business. Knowing seafood is popular but expensive, the two decided they would open a seafood business with affordable items.

The giant butterfly squid remains a popular item on the menu but Above Sea Level PH also offers other delicious and affordable options.

Above Sea Level PH is available for franchise – and a lot of franchisees have shared their success stories on My Puhunan as well. Most of them revealed that they got their ROI in as fast as 3 months. The restaurant is that popular!

Please watch the success story of ABOVE SEA LEVEL PH featured in My Puhunan.. :)FOR FRANCHISING INQUIRIES:Please contact:09564036488 (mobile)09323641755 (mobile)09567352008 (mobile)09175059959 (mobile)09164235001 (mobile) (email)ABOVE SEA LEVEL PH (Facebook Page)@abovesealevelph (Instagram)Visit any of our branches:METRO MANILA- Above Sea Level Main Branch (120 Maginhawa St, UP Village)- SM North Edsa Sky Garden- Streat Maginhawa Food Park (91 Maginhawa St Up Village)- The Yard Underground Pasig (Oranbo Pasig)- Terminal 8 Food Park & Lifestyle Hub, Marikina (Near Comedor, Marikina Engineering)- Borderline Food Park (Kalentong)- Yvan Navy Hub (Barangka Drive Mandaluyong)- Pioneer Street Market, Mandaluyong (Near TV5)- Caruncho Ave Pasig (Near Pasig City Hall)- Mercado Del Lago (Lakeshore Hall Taguig)- Weidmanns Plaza Muntinlupa- Localle Foodpark Muntinlupa (In Front of SM Tunasan)- Hole in One Foodpark Taguig- BF Resort Las Pinas- iPark Center Amang Rodriguez Pasig- Arrow Foodpark Taft Ave Manila- The Food Hive (Visayas Ave)- Urban Flavors Food Park Mindanao Avenue- Regis Center (Katipunan)- JP Rizal, Concepcion 1, Marikina- The Wall, Intramuros- Fiesta Market, Tutuban- De Leon St. HolySpirit, Quezon City (#9 DeLeon St. Brgy. Holy Spirit Quezon City)- Marikina Riverbanks (E1-4 ECOM Annex Riverbanks Center, Marikina City)- Pilar Las Pinas (#93 Rose Ave, Pilar Village, 1740 Las Pinas- 8 Seas Food Park Adventure Timog- Festival Mall Alabang (Unit 3400 2nd flr Festival Supermall Expansion, Alabang, Muntinlupa City)- SM City Valenzuela- Choice Market Ortigas- ASL Market Market – Ground Floor Fiesta Market Extension – Market Market Bonifacio Global City, Fort Bonifacio Taguig CityRIZAL- Taytay, Rizal ( Near NCBA, Beside Sea Oil)- The Gate Ortigas Ave (Waltermart Taytay / China Bank)- Binangonan (Near Puregold Binangonan Beside Rusi)- Morong (Near Morong Town Center)- Tanay (Manila East Rd. In Front of Vista Barista and Jollibee)- Cainta (ASL Parola, Brgy San Andres, Cainta, Rizal)- Spark Antipolo (L. Sumulong Memorial Circle, Antipolo City)- Angono Rizal (14-A1 Col. Guido St, Bgy. San Roque, Angono Rizal)BAGUIO- Cholo's Gastro Park Kisad Rd.BULACAN- Meycauayan, Bulacan (36 Mahogany St., El Camino Sto nino, Meycauayan, Bulacan)- Food District Food Park Marilao Bulacan (Near TSU)- SM Center Pulilan, Bulacan- Guiguinto Bulacan (Cagayan Valley Road, Sta Rita Guiguinto Bulacan- Bea's Food Park San Ildefonso- The Casobey Galas Maasim San Rafael BulacanPAMPANGA- Guagua, Pampanga (299 Brgy Siran, Floridablanca Road)- Yatu-Taste the WORLD Food Hall (Dolores San Fernando Pampanga)TARLAC- City Walk Food Avenue (Tarlac City Near TSU)BATAAN- The Bataan Food Park (Capitol Drive Balanga City)SAN JUAN, LA UNION- 2/F, LU Tower Center (Urbiztondo)LAGUNA- Balibago Complex Sta.Rosa- Pacita Complex San Pedro Laguna- Rosario Complex, San Pedro Laguna- Lynderson, San Pablo LagunaCAVITE- Inbox Food Hub (Imus beside South Supermarket)- Dasma FOODBARN (Beside Garden Grove Subdivision)- Viajeros Food Park, Gen Trias (Viajeros Food Park, Brookside Lane, Arnaldo Highway, Barangay San Francisco, General Trias Cavite)- Salitran Dasma, Cavite (Lot2 Blk 2 Brgy. Salitran Dasmarinas City)- 4U2C Sidewalk Fudhub Bacoor Cavite (Niog 3, Molino Blvd, Bacoor Cavite)- The Square, Lancaster New City, Advincula Ave, Imus Cavite- Camella BacoorBATANGAS- Pemica Building, Tolentino Rd, Kumintang Ibaba- 3:16 Food & Chill Out Park (Diversion, Batangas)- Lipa Batangas (In front of De La Salle Lipa)- Taal Streat, Batangas (Beside Villas Del Pueblo Subdivision, Buli, Taal Batangas)CABANATUAN- Unit I Gueliana Bldg Maharlika HighwayBICOL- Diversion Naga Food Park- Robinsons NagaTUGUEGARAO- Robinsons Tuguegarao Food Court- SM Downtown TuguegaraoPAGSANJAN- JGW Bldg Rizal StQUEZON- Lucena City (Beside Yamaha and before SM City Lucena)- FoodThrift Food Park Candelaria (Near SkyRivet)PUERTO GALERA- White Beach, San Isidro, Puerto Galera, Oriental MindoroOLONGAPO CITY- New Asinan Olongapo City

Posted by ABOVE SEA LEVEL PH on Tuesday, 15 May 2018

How to Franchise Above Sea Level

If you’re interested in franchising your own Above Sea Level restaurant, you have several options to choose from, but these are categorized by size and store type.

Package A costs Php490,000 to Php590,000

  • Kiosk
  • Food park

Package B costs Php690,000 to Php950,000

  • Dine-in store
  • In-line store

Determined to also help budding entrepreneurs open their own businesses, Above Sea Level allows franchisees to pay the franchise packages in two installments. The first payment is done upon contract signing; this covers 50% of the franchise package.

The rest of the balance can be paid on the opening day, allowing the franchisee to still save up enough money for the new restaurant.

Take note that Above Sea Level requires a slot reservation payment of Php50,000. The company requires this to avoid having too many franchisees in one place competing against each other.

Benefits of Franchising Above Sea Level

  • Free heavy-duty deep fryer
  • Free initial inventory
  • Free location assistance
  • Free training
  • Free uniform and equipment necessary to operate Above Sea Level restaurant
  • No royalty fees
  • Systemwide marketing program

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How to Contact Above Sea Level

For franchise details, inquiries, and further questions or clarifications, you can reach Above Sea Level through the following channels:

  • Contact numbers: 09567352008 / 09164235001 / 09165039806
  • Viber / Whatsapp: 09567352008
  • Facebook:
  • Email:
  • Address:

Above Sea Level main branch

120 Maginhawa Street,

UP Diliman Ave., Quezon City

  • Office hours: 4PM onwards, from Monday to Saturday