March 13, 2012 – Sooo Pinoy Food Tour Day 2 in Iloilo – Previous Post: Emilion Modern Filipino Cuisine.
One of the reasons why I love to travel is not just to discover places and its unique culture but to taste the food, delicacies and local produce. There’s no better way to indulge in local food than by dining in local turo-turo or restaurants that offer the best tasting dishes and use only products that are abundant in the area.
Kinilaw na Hipon
Our next stop is at Breakthrough Restaurant located along Villa Beach in Arevalo District still in Iloilo City. Breakthrough is an alfresco restaurant that offers affordable fresh seafood and other local pinoy dishes. The restaurant is a perfect example of a turo-turo but with a classy ambiance.
Pulot from Villa Arevalo
While we are waiting for the food to be served, a local vendor allowed us taste Pulot that he is selling. A popular dessert in Villa Arevalo in Iloilo, Pulot is surprisingly not a popular product in the entire City of Iloilo.
Pulot Vendor in Breaktrough Iloilo (photo courtesy of Jorry – Flavours of Iloilo)
Pulot is packaged in bamboo makeshift containers covered with dry banana leaf. Similar to how Coco Jam is being used but this local sweet dessert is purely made of muscovado sugar.
I like their Adobadong Hito (Stewed catfish), it reminds me of my Lola’s ginataang hito that she used to cook when i was little. It has thick sauce, rich coconut milk flavor with a perfect mix of ginger and chili.
Their pork sisig is also good, too good for the sizzling plate to be empty in less than 3 minutes haha. Although not exceptional, their Chicken Inasal is one of the dishes that you should try.
I became familiar with the taste of Kinilaw when I was assigned in Davao City by my previous employer. In Davao, Kinilaw is normally for Tuna thats why I really got curious when they served Kinilaw na Hipon. The Kinilaw na Hipon taste so good – one additional reason why I should go back to Iloilo sometime soon.
Inihaw na Bangus
Good thing I don’t have any allergy with seafood and I can eat anything unfamiliar but you’ll find it weird that Im not really a huge fan of Oyster, so in case we are on the same table with Grilled Oysters on top of it.. Its all yours buddy:)
Sizzling Crab Meat
I love Crab meat for as long as I eat it the hard way. I’m not saying that I don’t like their Sizzling Crab Meat, I’m just overwhelmed and curious how they were able to collect all those crab meats and cook it seamlessly:)
I like their tasty Inihaw na Bangus with lots of tomatoes, ginger and onion fillings but I’m so used to eating boneless bangus from various restaurants in Manila.
We also tried their version of Pangat or Laing in Bicol, I just find their servings too small compare to other dishes. Among all the dishes served, the lechon looks like very much out of place:) In fact most of us ignored it, I wondered why:)
With a nice alfresco settings and view of Guimaras Island, Breakthrough Restaurant is a perfect place for barkada and family gatherings.
Barangay Sto. Niño Norte, Arevalo
Iloilo, Iloilo, Philippines
Phone Number (+63 33) 337-3027