Jamie's Steakroom introduces affordable lunch and snacks

Ilonggos and vistors can now enjoy a more affordable set of lunch and snack offerings at

It's my privilege to present you these new dishes that are truly delectable and light on the pocket. These are the by the way created by Chef Gab who has previously worked in one of the famous hotels in Manila (known for their lavish buffets). He personally presented to us over a tasting session these following dishes that are collectively known as their #LUNCHEXPRESS. Each serving costs P198.00 with steamed rice and house side salad with mango vinaigrette (though I'm not sure if they're still offering these with unli rice promo).
1. BBQ Spare Ribs 😋
2. Fish Fillet Teriyaki 😊
 3. Tenderloin Tips with House Mushroom Gravy 😋
4. Chicken Schnitzel 😊

And if you're visiting the mall during afternoon then you feel tired of roaming around and buying things or just waiting for the next schedule of movie, come and visit Jamie's at The Southpoint from SM City Iloilo's main mall by passing through their skybridge and enjoy these mouthwatering and affordable #AFTERNOONSNACKS

1. Chicken Burger 😊
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 2. Surf Sandwich P130.00 😊
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 3. Baked Mac & Cheese P130.00 😊
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 4. Monte Cristo P150.00 😍
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 5. Onion Steak Sandwich P150.00😋
6. Baked Penne P120.00 😊
If you ask me if these are already worth the cost, my answer would simply be "Very much indeed!"

Jamies Steakroom
2F, Southpoint
SM City Iloilo


Spicy Elements -now one of the best restaurants in Iloilo

I'm not really a big fan of spicy food. In Manila, I've seen countless restaurants and cafes with different concepts and there are some of course that specialize in serving spicy food. And I didn't really had the interest in eating there. 😂

Of course, in Iloilo everybody knows that we just love sweets. It cannot be denied that there are restaurants that introduced foreign concepts particularly spicy food but didn't really impress a lot of people since their recipes were not authentic. Some of them even said that they had to adjust to the Ilonggo palate by adjusting their flavors. Though they made some people come back but if you ask me, I don't think that's authentic anymore. But I always had it in mind that whenever a restaurant that really specializes in spicy food, I might try it.

There are times indeed when I feel like trying them, you know just to have something else. And luckily, I've been invited by the management of SM City Iloilo along with other blogger friends to try what Spicy Elements has to offer.
Located at the second floor of SM Southpoint near the entrance to the mall's cinema, it's location I believe is very much strategic. The place is also compared to the average restaurant in the city. They have a nice big bar with a space for acoustic bands to perform. It's also well-decorated and the colors are just so lively. The ambiance is really great.
Here are some of the must-try dishes at Spicy Elements:
Bicol Express (Bicolano selection)
Lain con Lechon (Bicolano selection)


Liz-E Kitchen's very own burger

Every time I go to or come back from the airport, I always see Liz-E Kitchen along Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Ave. in Ungka I, Pavia. From the outside, the restaurant looks like a big house. So when we finally visited the place recently, we realized that the design speaks of the kind of cuisine that they serve which is home-style.
Pancit Salo Salo- my unexpected favorite dish of the day. It was really good. I've never had thai noodles in a long time and this one was surprisingly cooked Filipino-style. I would really like to have this dish the next time I return.
Sotanghon Guisado
assorted seafood, vermicelli noodles, vegetables

Pancit Guisado
canton or bihon noodles, pork and shrimps, vegetables

Pancit Salo Salo
Thai flat noodles, vegetables, oyster sauce, seafood, pork

Pancit Luglog
traditional seafood egg sauce, chicharon, tinapa and boiled egg

Royal Ribs Pizza- this appetizing thin crust pizza was so flavorful. It had the juiciness taste of BBQ. Perfectly-cooked. Great dish!
Four Cheese
bleu, mozzarella, cheddar, parmesan

Royal Ribs
grilled ribs, barbecue sauce, mixed cheese

Mixed Seafood
sauteed squid, shrimps, mixed cheese

Sausage Feast
Hungarian, Bratwurst, Chorizo
Liz-E Burger- this one is also must-try! The 2 other dishes were really good but this one really raised the bar. The burger's patty was seasoned perfectly and the cheese with bacon was just heavenly. It complimented the tomatoes and vegetable just right below it. It's served with more sauce and potato wedges. 


Gourmet Dimsum

When we go abroad and get to enjoy the experience of tasting their local food, it's really amazing. But what happens when you get home and you suddenly miss that feeling? There are indeed times when you want to eat something that's from another region or country. Luckily, there's a solution to that because there's a lot of restaurants and cafes all over the city that offers dishes from other parts of the world. At SM City Iloilo Southpoint, Gourmet Dimsum Cafe offers authentic Singaporean food. Though they are more focused on serving dimsums, they also have other must-try dishes. It's my first time here, so let me share this wonderful experience with you.
The size of this cafe is not actually very big. I would somehow describe their over-all interiors as neatly arranged, the colors are in harmony and there theme is like a really foreign fastfood.
Here are some of their food that I really liked most:
Roti Onion Paratha
Prawn Hargow
Fried Bun
Roti with egg



Casa Amore Atria

My family and I had lunch after church at Casa Amore at The Shops at Atria last Sunday. I believe it's the newest restaurant that opened in the area. It's located near the entrance that has a water feature and faces Donato Pison Ave.
 The concept of the restaurant is Italian-American. Upon browsing their menu, I've found out that they are offering these specialties:
  • La Familia Board Platters 
  • Crispy Pork Trotters, Sausage and Bacon 
  • Barbeue Grill Feast 
  • Ultimate Fried Feast 
  • Pizza & Pasta
Insalata: Frutta Mista w/ grapes, pasta, mangoes, almonds, orange-lemon dressing.
A leafy salad mixed with bits and slices of fruits are my kind of thing. I just like having it with tangy vinaigrette and this plate just got it right. Not to mention the grapes were perfectly paired with slices of orange.
Pasta Negra (familia) w/ bucatini, squid ink, chili, basil & lemon
 It may not be everybody's first choice when ordering pasta but I wanted something different that day. What we have below here is the La Familia Barbeque Grill Feast. With Backfibs, grilled chicken and sausages, it was indeed a delicious treat worth sharing.


The new Cafe del Prado

Being the oldest existing hotel in Iloilo, Hotel del Rio in Molo has always been one of the favored destinations for relaxation and dining in the city. It's cafe situated beside the main lobby and check-in counter is Cafe del Prado. It has always been filled with customers who are have their own agenda like meetings, work on their laptops, conversations of all sorts and of course, most importantly dining and having coffee. Some of their regular patrons are businessmen, politicians and other notable Ilonggos.

The interior design by Claudine Yao-Diez is modern with touches of wooden fixtures, indoor greens, mirrors and Spanish Matsuka tiles. The lighting and over-all ambiance is ideal for the cafe's new look.
Famed Chef, Miner del Mundo added new items to their menu. Here are some of their must-try dishes:
In a separate food tasting after their grand opening, we first had salads, the Mushroom and Quinoa Salad was so pleasing to the palate. The taste was so unique that I instantly fell in love with it.


Delicious meats cooked on the "Iron Grill"

Thanks to SM City Iloilo for having me once again! After being gone in the City of Love for more than 6 months, my usual foodtrippin' in Iloilo City may be back on track but it wouldn't be complete without visiting the biggest mall in the region. We were at the Food court near the activity center to celebrate the grilled meats and other BBQ goodies that are now available at Iron Grill!

Here's their menu and below you will see their sample servings.

If you ask me, it's totally worth it considering the serving size and the price. These are actual food servings and were not just served for photo ops. We tried every one of them and they were good. For the steaks, of course you can always request to have it well-done, medium or the rarest of them all! Hehe. As Ilonggos, of course we "die" to have grilled chicken once in a while.


DoVa in La Paz is now The Groceteria

When Chef Miguel Cordova first introduced brunch to the Ilonggos, it became a big hit. It wasn't located inside a mall or in other commercial districts in Mandurriao but across the tennis court of La Paz Plaza. And now that the concept attracts more diners, he opened a bigger spot in Iloilo Business Park that can now accommodate more people.

Instead of closing the place, he decided to transform it into Groceteria, a combination of the terms grocery & cafeteria. Though it now offers more affordable meals and take-out goods, the quality of their meals and products are still good. There's a lot to choose from when you dine here.

We visited the Groceteria to see it for ourselves and try their dishes. Lucky for me, I'm from La Paz and I was there in a couple of minutes. Nothing much has changed although I observed the interiors toned down a little bit and of course, I've observed these refrigerators that has goodies such as my favorite cheese pimiento spread, onions & cream spread and other ready to cook or other microwavable goods for sale.

Backribs in BBQ sauxe
Beef with Mushroom
Chicken Kiev
Meatballs with gravy
Classic Fried Chicken with gravy & coleslaw

Buko Pandan drink


Punot offers new Filipino favorites!

After successfully launching their restaurant here in Iloilo City, Punot which is originally from Estancia town has captured the hearts of the Ilonggos and visitors alike. It's like one of the many restaurants here where you can take your family or guests and never be embarrassed because they serve quality dishes that really taste good! It has also become one of my long-time favorite dining destinations and every experience has always been pleasurable. They recently added new Filipino favorites to their menu and you don't want to miss these when you dine there.

Lychee gulaman drink

Tanglad (Lemongrass) drink
La Paz Batchoy
Appetizers galore: liempo chips, spicy sriracha adobong wings and gambas
Appetizer: Fried Lechon and Cheese Balls
Punot Salad
Tres Manggas salad - must try!
Ube Sago shake
 The lovely view of the Esplanade

Crispy Kare-kare
Soy Chicken
Grilled Seafood Fiesta
Stuffed Crispy Pata Hamonado
Chicken Cordon Bleu 
KBL (Kadios, Baboy, Langka)
Batwan breeze

Buko Halo-halo

Dessert combo: Leche flan, Turon stick, Ibos Mangga skewer

Bayi-bayi Croquettas

Thanks to all the staff, Ms. Andrea, Ms. April and Chef Tope Aranador.
gracias Punot! If I would rate this experience, it wouldn't be too far from perfect. I'll always look forward to coming back.
Punot Colada
Estancia Chowder: mixed seafood, bacon, and potato at Php 150 | Pancit Molo: molo balls, dried molo kinihad, and chicken broth at Php 140 | Batchoy: miki, pork, chicharon, and pork stock at Php 95
Liempo Chips: pork liempo and red wine sinamak at Php 170 | Sisig Tacos: pork mask, annato ranch, and salsa at Php 180 | Lumpia Bites: chicken, vegetables, and sweet chili sauce at Php 170 | Gambas Ilonggo Style: shrimp, sausage, garlic, and lemongrass at Php 190 | Kilawin Shots: ceviche choice of tangigue or shrimp at Php 180 | Crispy Sriracha Adobo Wings: chicken wings, and bleu cheese dip at Php 175
Salad and Vegetables
Pomelo Balingon: pomelo, lettuce, cashew nuts, balingon (dried anchovies), and house vinaigrette at Php 250 | Pinakbet: mixed vegetables, Ilonggo ginamos (shrimp paste), and crispy pork at Php 190 | Ensaladang Puso: banana heart, coconut milk, and danggit (dried fish) flakes at Php 140 | Chopsuey: mixed vegetables, quail egg, and garlic chips at Php 250 | Laswa: local vegetable, broth, and shrimp tempura at Php 155 | Hoy Gising: string beans, pork, and coconut milk at Php 210 | Laing: gabi leaves, coconut milk, crispy pork, and danggit (dried fish) at Php 180
Sinigang ni Toto: local spinach, tomatoes, soured broth with tangigue or blue marlin at Php 315 | Baked Imbao: imbao, hot sauce, and mozarella at Php 220 | Fish and Kamote Chips: lapu-lapu cutlets, tartar, and kamote chips at Php 260 | Seafood Ala Punot: seafood trio and special lemon butter sauce at Php 300 | Calamares Camaron Duo: squid, shrimp, and thousand island dressing at Php 210 | Sizzling Tangigue: tangigue steak, house sauce, and crispy onion rings at Php 290 | Garlicky Crabs: bleu crabs, garlic sauce, and pechay at Php 310 | Salted Egg Crabs: fried crabs, salted egg, and leeks at Php 300 | Crispy Managat sa Gata: crispy managat, tomatoes, gata, and atsuete (ask for assistance regarding this dish) | Grilled Seafood: blue marlin, tangigue, managat, shrimp or squid, and special lemon butter sauce (ask for assistance regarding this dish) | Sizzling Indong: eel cutlets, chili, and spices at Php 220 | Sizzling Mixed Seafood: mixed seafood, ginger, native chili, and spices at Php 250 | Kare Kare Seafood: mixed seafood, vegetables, special peanut sauce, and ginamos (shrimp paste) at Php 270 | Adobado Indong: gata, chillies, and atsuete at Php 250
Beef Steak Ilonggo: beef, mushroom sauce, olives, mushrooms at Php 290 | Caldereta: goat meat, tomatoes, pepper olives, and potatoes at Php 280 | Sinigang Corned Beef and Pork: corned beef, pork, tomatoes, tangkong (local spinach), and soured broth at Php 290 | Lengua de Punot: ox tongue and gravy at Php 295 | Carne Frita: beef, sinamak, and garlic chips at Php 270 | Crispy Pata: pork leg, soy sinamak, and liver sauce at Php 395 (medium), Php 595 (family) | Lechon Kawali: pork belly and liver sauce at Php 250 | Lechon Belly: boneless pork belly, herbs, spices, and special apple gravy at Php 375 | Sisig Ala Punot: chopped pork mask, chili, and spices at Php 245 | Adobo ni Inday: chicken, pork, vinegar, and soy sauce at Php 260 | Corned Beef Kansi: corned beef shank, jackfruit, lemongrass, and soured broth at Php 295 | Beef Kare Kare: beef, vegetables, special peanut sauce, and ginamos (shrimp paste) at Php 260 | Sizzling Beef Salpicao: beef, garlic gravy, and garlic chips at Php 280 | Bicol Express: pork belly, chillies, coconut milk, and crispy chili leaves at Php 260 | Belly Dinuguan: pork, herbs, and pork blood at Php 275 | KBL ni Emma: pork, herbs, jackfruit, and kadios at Php 295 | Bulalo: beef shank, broth, potatoes, sweet peppers, and string beans at Php 330 | Short Ribs Bakareta: beef, liver, vegetable, and tomato sauce at Php 325 | Callos ni Elving: ox tripe, olives, sausage, and native tomatoes at Php 195 | Lumpia nga Ubod: vegetable, pork, and peanut sauce at Php 160 | Stuffed Crispy Pata Hamonado: pata, homemade hamonado sauce, and pineapple at Php 590 | Sizzling Bulalo: bulalo, batuan gravy, and fries at Php 350 | Tocino Liempo: tocino marinated liempo, egg, garlic rice at Php 195 | Sizzling Bopis: pig’s heart, atsuete oil, and chillies at Php 210
Chicken BBQ at Php 95 | Lechon nga Manok: chicken, lemongrass, and spices at Php 295 | Tinolang Bisaya: native chicken, ginger and lemongrass broth, and chili leaves at Php 265 | Cheese Pimiento Cordon Bleu: chicken, cheese pimiento, gravy sriracha coleslaw at Php 290 | Chicken Binakol: native chicken, coconut meat, and sweet peppers at Php 285 | Chicken Adobo: native chicken, vinegar, and soy sauce at Php 280 | Fried Tanglad Soy Chicken: whole chicken, soy sauce, and tanglad at Php 360 | Native Chicken Prito: whole native chicken, soy sinamak, chili sauce, and ginger oil at Php 400 | Patotim: native duck and kalabasa (squash) mash at Php 375 | Kadios, Ubad kag Manok: native chicken, ubad, and kadios at Php 290
Pasta and Noodles 
Pasta Dinagyang: capellini, black seafood sauce, and mixed seafood at Php 225 | Pasta Carbonara: linguine, cream sauce, and bacon at Php 220 | Penne Salpicao: penne, beef, olive oil, and garlic at Php 230 | Bihon sa Tinta: bihon, chicken, vegetables, and squid ink at Php 200 | Bam-i: bihon and canton noodles, chicken, and vegetables at Php 200 | Crispy Palabok: crispy noodles, mixed seafood, and special sauce at Php 215
Calcag Rice: rice, calcag, tomatoes, and salted egg at Php 180 | Dried Seafood Calo-Calo: dried seafood, fish tocino, and egg strips at Php 170 | Ginamos Rice: ginamos (shrimp paste), green mango, and tomatoes at Php 200 | Punot Fried Rice: mixed seafood at Php 245 | Paella Negra: paella rice, mixed seafood, black seafood sauce at Php 490
Crispy Fish Sub: French bread , bleu cheese dressing, and fries at Php 200 | Nugget Burger: fried burger patties, fries, sriracha ketchup at Php 150 | Punot Club Sandwich: chicken, ham, egg, lettuce, and kamote chips at Php 220 | Pizza ala Piña: ham, pineapple, and mozarella at Php 250 | Quatro Quezo Pizza: four cheese and tomato sauce at Php 260 | All Meat Pizza: ham, bacon, tomato sauce, mozarella, meatballs, and sausage at Php 280
Calamansi and Cucumber Cooler at Php 85 (glass), Php 180 (pitcher) | Batuan Breeze at Php 80 (glass), Php 170 (pitcher) | Punot Ice Tea at Php 70 (glass), Php 130 (pitcher) | Lemonade at Php 85 (glass), Php 150 (pitcher) | Oregano Lemonade at Php 90 (glass), Php 170 (pitcher) | Fresh Fruit Shakes (mango, pineapple, orange, calamansi, apple) at Php 110 | Fresh Fruit Juice (mango, pineapple, orange, calamansi, apple) at Php 90 | Kadios Shake at Php 90 | Ube Sago at Php 130 | Fresh Buko at Php 75 | Lychee Gulaman at Php 70 | Milk Shakes (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, cookies and cream) at Php 140 | Hot Tea / Hot Calamansi at Php 50 | Hot Lemon at Php 75 | Brewed Coffee at Php 70 | Punot Colada at Php 120 | Lambanog Mojito at Php 110 | Dinagyang Cocktail at Php 120 | Frozen Margarita at Php 130 | Gin and Tonic at Php 125 | Whisky Sour at Php 150
Sorbetes de Balay (mango, ube, avocado) at Php 110 | Leche Flan at Php 90 | Turon Sticks at Php 95 | Mais Con Yelo at Php 90 | Bayi Bayi Croquettas at Php 170 | Ibos Mangga Skewers at Php 125 | Halo Halo Overload at Php 180 | Ice Cream Sundae at Php 140 | Mango Split at Php 160 | Butterscotch ala Mode at Php 130 | Tsokolate Pizza at Php 190 | Fresh Fruit Platter at Php 200 | Cake of the Day (ask for assistance)
Punot, Flavors of Modern Iloilo, is located at the Esplanade Boardwalk, Diversion Road, Iloilo City. For inquiries, contact 0907 151 6296 | 320 9893 or email punotrestaurant@yahoo.com.ph. Facebook: Punot Restaurant | Instagram: Punot Restuarant Iloilo