After a full day of touring Iloilo, visiting heritage sites and swimming in crystal blue waters, you’d want to satisfy yourself with a scrumptious feast. Thankfully, the province has a full list of dining spots to settle that grumbling tummy. To help you whet that appetite, here are 10 of the best Iloilo restaurants you should visit.
Its location may not be too inviting — being located at the heart of a public market — but once you enter the air-conditioned dining hall of Netong’s you’ll know that you made the right choice for lunch. Netong’s Original La Paz Batchoy is known for serving one of the, if not the first, La Paz Batchoy bowl in all of the country, making it a must stop in Iloilo.
If you’re thinking about chowing down on some BBQ ribs, then head over to Bourbon Street. The American bistro prides itself in serving one of the best ribs in town. The smokey barbecue sauce highlighted by the tender, fall-off-the-bone pork ribs make this spot one of the best Iloilo restaurants. A little hefty in the pocket, but the taste is all worth it.
What sets The Mango Tree apart from other Iloilo restaurants is its ambiance — calm, elegant, and cozy. The indoor and al fresco dining areas are very romantic yet very family-friendly too, with warm lighting, wooden interiors, and well-maintained gardens. Of course, their food keeps up with the decor, The Mango Tree serves delicious Filipino and Asian favorites. If you’re planning for a dinner for two or a party for 50, The Mango Tree is a great option.
Filipinos love to eat, and we love to eat a lot. At Afrique’s you can eat all you can of their mouthwatering dishes on a budget! Every day of the week they offer an Eat All You Can buffet — be it their flavored wings, or their pasta! If you’re not into wings and pasta (what kind of being are you?), you can opt for their other offerings like their BBQ ribs (PHP195.00). Bring your barkada and dig in at Alfrique’s.
There’s nothing like local food and at Hometown Buffet by Freska, diners can taste the best of Iloilo every day. Their buffet features 30 of the best Ilonggo dishes for locals and tourists to enjoy! From fresh seafood to different meat dishes to the local favorite Batchoy, each dish is delish!
A room full of sweets is any kid’s — or adult’s — dream! And at Nothing But Desserts, well, they offer nothing but desserts in this hole. From cakes to cheesecakes, macaroons to cookies, pralines to pies — they have it all here! After a hearty meal, head over to The Avenue Complex for some of the best sweets in town at Nothing But Desserts.
What started out as a small eatery is now a full resort, but Tatoy’s Manokan and Seafood has not forgotten what made them a local favorite — their food. Tatoy’s is famous for its chicken dishes, like their Native Chicken (PHP340.00) and Chicken Adobo (PHP270.00). They also offer a wide variety of seafood dishes, cooked kinilaw-style or grilled, as well as Filipino favorites like Crispy Pata and Lechon Kawali.
Roberto’s has become an icon in the Ilonggo food scene for its oh-so-special, Queen Siopao. Stuffed with bacon, Chinese sausage, chicken-pork adobo, and egg, this scrumptious siopao is indeed one of a kind and is why locals and tourists flock to Roberto’s. You haven’t tasted siopao like this, making Roberto’s one of the best Iloilo restaurants today.
Amalfi Cucina Italia promises authentic Italian dining. The high-end restaurant serves the iconic Italian dishes using the finest ingredients from local and imported suppliers. Because of their great service, classic ambiance, and sophisticated dishes, Amalfi has been recognized by several food critics and award-giving bodies, including the Philippine Tatler.
Looking for a place to unwind after a tiring day? Make your way to Cable Car. The bar cafe serves rice bowls, burgers, and pizzas for the hungry Ilonggo. For those who prefer to unwind over a couple of beers with friends, they also serve alcoholic beverages and pica platters. On weekends, they even have acoustic sets to set the mood for guests. A new hub for foodies, Cable Car is a great option for the barkada.
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