One afternoon, we explored the wonders of Punot, Flavors of Modern Iloilo. | Punot, featuring classic Filipino dishes with a uniquely modern twist, is situated along the most ambient places in Iloilo. The resto is seated between metropolitan Boardwalk (nearby Ayala Technohub and center of nightlife, Smallville Complex) and Iloilo River Esplanade, a 1.2 kilometer stretch by the Iloilo River. It has the perfect ambiance to dine in. Imagine sipping classic brewed coffee whilst looking at the Ilonggo skyline or witnessing a breathtaking sunset. Isn’t it perfect?
Inside, Punot is lined with elegantly refined interiors and interesting wood pieces. The flight of stairs takes you on a journey of Punot throughout the years – framed photographs of celebrities and handwritten messages of customers on plain white plates. The term ‘punot’ takes you back to the sea. It is reflective of the sun, sea, shore, and the life of a humble fisherman catching fish using a ‘punot’. Punot is a fish pen – an enclosure made with sticks and nylon net to catch fish. It is a traditional manner of fishing in Iloilo – and even in nearby provinces.
What is even more captivating at Punot is the selection of Filipino dishes with a unique modern twist. Two things are for sure though, the taste is exceptional and serving superbly large. One dish, for me, can be good for three to four people already. So come in hungry. Punot is ideal for families, friends, and large groups of people wanting to taste the best of Filipino dishes. For foreigners or Filipinos with visiting friends from abroad, Punot is the ideal one stop shop to show guests the best of Iloilo and the best of the Philippines.
*** Here is a list of the menu ***
Soup — 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
Appetizers — 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
Seafood — 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
Meat — 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 — 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
Rice —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
Snack — 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
Drinks — 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
Desserts — 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook: Punot Restaurant | Instagram: Punot Restuarant Iloilo