E.Lopez Jaro: Some say Ilonggos are hard to please – gastronomically. So we made the call and decided to explore the restaurants that do just that – meeting the Ilonggo expectations when it comes to good food. E.Lopez Jaro is a good start. So we hailed a Jaro Liko NFA jeep and made a trip around the metro. We started at Seminario Street, which – so they say – houses a unique restaurant featuring the best of European, specifically German, cuisine.
Bavaria German Restaurant. Nestled in 113 Seminario Street, Jaro, across St. Vincent Seminary, Bavaria serves German cuisine, Spanish cuisine, Italian cuisine as well as Filipino cuisine. Bavaria features an array of sausages (bratwurst, weiner, nurnberger, schublig), Schweinshaxen, for-groups specialties (Spanish paella mixta, butcher’s platter, meat platter), German specialties (bouletten, berliner, weiner schnitzel, beef goulasch) and a variety of beers (German weizen, Bavarian mass, radler mass – all imported from Germany).
Wawa Heritage Restaurant. Next in line is a typical Ilonggo restaurant, Wawa Heritage Restaurant. It is a haven that combines ‘heritage and gastronomy’. It is nestled along E. Lopez Street, nearby the Seminario – E. Lopez intersection. A commendable dish, by experience, is the black rice risotto (squid ink blackened rice with a variety of shells and sauteed squid in peewee tomatoes and exotic lemon grass) and the Paella Ilongga (seafood/marinara; chicken/pollo; mixed/mixta).
Uncle Tom’s Restaurant. A few steps away is the ever-popular Uncle Tom’s which features American cuisine (new and traditional) and Filipino cuisine. Moreover, an Uncle Tom experience won’t be complete without its signature fried chicken. Also, I can’t help but acknowledge its interiors, as well as its facade.
Alberto’s Pizza. And there’s Alberto’s Pizza. Moreover, who would’ve thought that Alberto’s started out in Cebu and branched out to Manila, Iloilo, and Bohol, to mention a few. Alberto’s is a Cebu-grown company that offers pizza (i.e. cookies and cheese – crushed oreo cookies and cheese; Spanish sardines, chogburizo, oreo-pineapple on cheese, and more).
Margec’s Cream Horn. Margec’s Cream Horn is home to the famous ‘cream horn’. Cream horn is a pastry made with flaky or puff pastry, and whipped cream. It is a horn-shaped pastry made by winding overlapping pastry strips with a conical mould. After baking, a spoonful jam or fruit is added and the pastry is then filled with whipped cream. The pastry can also be moistened and sprinkled with sugar before baking for a sweeter, crisp finish (excerpts from Wikipedia). Aside from its signature cream horn, Margec’s also have a variety of pastries such as napoleones, cream puffs, chicken pies, banana cakes, apple turnover pies, moist chocolate cakes and more.
Havfrost Cafe. After reaching WVSUMC, a little slope to the side and we see Havfrost Cafe – and one thing comes to mind: cold beverages because of the word ‘frost’ in Havfrost? Havfrost Cafe is located in No. 39 Del Carmen Street, Brgy. Javellana, Jaro. Experience the best of frosts and enjoy their endless array of cold frappes (cucumber; vanilla, cookie monster, caramel; and strawberry). The serving is quite generous in this cafe.
Bottomline: Iloilo City is heavily decorated with diverse food destinations. Ilonggos are, undeniably, lovers of good food. And good food is a way of life in Iloilo. Read more: Iloilo Diversion Road
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