With all new restaurants in Iloilo sprouting like mushrooms in recent years, it can be hard to decide on where to eat in Iloilo. For visiting tourists or those who want to eat local cuisine, Punot Restaurant is the place to go. For locals, this restaurant needs no introduction as it has become a gastronomic institution especially in northern Iloilo. For tourists, this is a new place to enjoy Ilonggo cuisine without going to a neighborhood talabahan and seafood restaurant.
With their tagline, “ Flavors of Modern Iloilo”, Punot offers not just Ilonggo classics like batchoy and KBL but a twist and an upgrade from what Iloilo is known for – seafoods and affordable ingredients. The result is a menu using local ingredients for less the price. Though they specialize in Ilonggo cuisine, diners are not limited to grilled fish or talaba but to some take and version of regional and even international dishes.
Virtual food tour with Punot
Let’s start with the appetizers of Liempo Chips ( get this if you are dining with kids!), Gambas Ilonggo Style, and Crispy Sriracha Adobo Wings.
What most local restaurants lack is salad – the green salad. At Punot, there are great choices, some with a hint of Ilonggo cuisine adding local ingredients like balingon ( dried anchovies) and green mangoes. Everyone loves this Tres Mangoes Salad.
Crispy lechon with cheese? This is an irresistible appetizer.
Enjoy Filipino Fiesta at Punot
Where should I start? My favorite – because this is a dish my family loves – Stuffed Crispy Pata Hamonada. It’s hard not to think about Christmas with this dish.
Because Punot is famous for their seafood dishes ( the word “Punot” means “fish cage”), order this to enjoy seafood in Iloilo in just one dish. With Grilled Seafood Fiesta, you have baked imbao ( mangrove clam), crab, dried fish,etc.
A delicacy and expensive in other places – Sizzling Indong (eel)
For chicken lovers, here is Soy Chicken
and Chicken Cordon Bleu
Their version of Paella Negra
Laing for me as a Visayan is a love-hate relationship. I love this one.
Always on the menu with a twist – Krispy Kare-Kare
Share this food spread with your family and friends!
Save room for dessert
A sweet way to end your dining experience at Punot is with this dessert sampler. I love samplers, small servings of different choices.
For those with visitors from abroad, halo-halo is always a good choice.
Iloilo local food
Punot also offers Ilonggo must-eats particularly for tourists. This restaurant in Iloilo offers classics like batchoy, KBL, and desserts like Bayi-Bayi Croquettas and Ibos.
Fun twist to Ilonggo kakanin turning them into desserts.
I love this Ibos Skewers with mango and tsokolate dip.
If you are looking not just for the best restaurant in Iloilo city but a dining venue in the city of love where you know everyone will love and enjoy, visit Punot Restaurant.