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