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“Good Filipino food!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tatoy's Manukan and Seafoods Restaurant

Tatoy's Manukan and Seafoods Restaurant
Villa Beach, Iloilo City, Iloilo Province, Philippines
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Ranked #6 of 160 Restaurants in Iloilo City
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Pasadena, California
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98 reviews 98 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
“Good Filipino food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Back after more than seven years, and the place gets better. The best part, the food remains the same. The price did not, but nothing comes cheap anymore. Ate lunch here with the family after landing in the city. A place to visit when in Iloilo.

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English first
Pasig, Philippines
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“always a treat!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

i will never get tired of eating in this place. had a family event catered by them at their branch near the airport. great service and excellent food, as always.

Visited July 2014
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Don't waste your money, go to Breakthrough up the road”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Ordered a selection of seafood and was very disappointed. I have eaten seafood all around the world and this ranks amongst the worse I have had. The scallops were tiny, overcooked and over powered by the sauce. Prawns were not fresh, the mixed vegetables had lumps of what was meant to be meat. More like gristle. Finally the rice would make a good mortar for building brick walls.

Don't bother with this place, go just up the road to Breakthrough where the food and service is loads better.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Bacolod, Philippines
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“To die for Manok Bisaya at a price!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This is by far the Grilled Native Chicken I've tasted. But it will come at a price. Tatoy's has been well known since the early 90s for its grilled native chicken and has evolved into a full service seafood restaurant. The price also went up with the evolution. Must tries though are their lechon and managat served 2 ways-grilled and sinigang.

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Quezon City, Philippines
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96 reviews 96 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
“Not Like It Was Years Ago”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

In the 90s when I was an occasional visitor to Panay Island, Tatoy's was a byword and hosts invariably brought me there to dine. It was a quaint restaurant by the sea with a very humble set up. The central part of the restaurant is devoted by the owner Tatoy, (a simple fisherman whose fortune changed ever since people started making a beeline to his eatery to savor his chicken inasal and fresh catch) to a shrine for his "dwendes" (elves) who he believed have been the genuine source of his new found luck and wealth.
Fast forward to this decade and a revisit offers anguish and disappointment. Not only has the place become a big resto wannabe with airconditioned halls and more tables, the prices have spiralled enormously. Could it be that fame has affected the poor man's mindset and has brought him to think that whatever his prices and ambience, people will still come? The day we went was a Saturday and not even a quarter of the place was occupied. A far cry from the 90s when we had to wait for tables to be vacated even on a Tuesday! Tatoy is a household name in Ilonggo dining but sadly, not for long if he persists on shortchanging customers with atrocious prices. He should be warned. Along the way, dozens of eateries have mushroomed, providing him stiff competition. And they seem to be getting bigger crowds, maybe because their prices have not been compromised by fame.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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