The last time I was in Iloilo was when I delivered a keynote lecture for a symposium organized by the Metro Iloilo - Guimaras Economic Development Council (MIGEDC). That was almost 3 years ago when I was still Director of our research and extension center at UP Diliman. When we went out for dinner, my staff led us to a new restaurant near the still unfinished Plazuela de Iloilo. We had a nice dinner there and I remembered the restaurant when we recently were walking around Plazuela and trying to decide where to have our dinner. Only a few minutes walk from the Plazuela, we easily got a seat on that weekday evening.
|Entrance - I didn't notice the child seated near the walkway to the restaurant when I took the photo|
|I found the lamps at the restaurant amusing and likely interesting to the wife|
|Located near the waterways, there was surprisingly no mosquitoes or other insects. The restaurant management did a good job on this and is surely a plus for their customers.|
|I think this photo pretty much captures the ambiance of the place. It's great for dates and for barkada nights out. It can also be a good place for clandestine meetings like those talking business over dinner.|
|We ordered mostly grilled food including the very delightful managat (mangrove jack). We also had soup from the head of the managat mixed with vegetables.|
Buto't Balat is located beside the Plazuela Iloilo and a short walk from the Diversion Road. It can get quite crowded during weekends but on weekdays, especially early dinner, its not difficult to get a good table.