(Ninoy Aquino Avenue, Mandurriao, Iloilo)
According to my limited readings, batchoy is a noodle soup made with pork organs, crushed pork cracklings, chicken stock, beef loin and round noodles. Originally from the district of La Paz, Iloilo City, this explains why the batchoy is oftentimes referred to as La Paz Batchoy.
Jas and I hit the streets of Iloilo as soon as we arrived, searching for the best place to have a batchoy. The cab driver recommended Ted’s Oldtimer La Paz Batchoy. We ordered their extra super special batchoy (for Jas) and special batchoy (for me). The server suggested we try the batchoy with puto, and so we did. I had no idea the two were a pair. I honestly thought the dish tasted heavenly, and this is a lot coming from a non-fan of batchoy. Jas said it could use some more garnish though. Anyway, I’d recommend the same establishment for your batchoy cravings should you drop by Iloilo.
(Santo Niño Sur, Arevalo, Iloilo)
We were searching for a place to have authentic Ilonggo dishes when the cab driver suggested Tatoy's. He was all agog about the restaurant, we were practically salivating on our way there. Located 8 kilometers from the city center, the restaurant is located near the beach, which we didn't notice because it was nighttime, and which I should have deduced given the rustic set-up of nipa huts.
According to my readings, Tatoy's was built in the 1970's by Honorato Tiburan Espinosa, a fisherman. The restaurant had a humble beginning - a nipa shack with only three tables. It boasts however of dishes that are unique. The restaurant became what it is now through word of mouth.
Honestly, Tatoy's isn't what I expected it to be. There were a few dishes to choose from, or maybe because we came at night. I ended up ordering their lapu-lapu, while Jas ordered dinuguan. The taste was just alright, which made me wonder what the fuss is about Tatoy's.
Maan suggested we also try Perri Todd's because they serve this burger that's as big as her head. Out of curiosity, we asked our cab driver to drop us off at the restaurant so we could see for ourself this humongous burger that Maan was raving about. We ordered their cheesy mushroom premium burger, and laughed our hearts out at its size. It was huge, it could have been good for four. What's nice about the restaurant, it doesn't sacrifice the taste. Our burger cost Php270.00. We had it for dinner at the airport, and it was more than enough to satisfy our hunger.