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“To die for Manok Bisaya at a price!”

Tatoy's Manokan and Seafoods
Ranked #1 of 290 Restaurants in Iloilo City
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

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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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.

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Thank Leslie C
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Reviewed June 3, 2014

Fish "grill blue marlin" represents freshness super delicious...good value for money..While the resto is obviously clean and well-kept, the sandy floor gets the rest room messy..But the food they serve at its reasonable cost is more than enough to get diners keep coming back not worrying with minor flaws.. I will definitely come back and recommend..More power Tatoy's am a happy customer..!!

Thank Raquel W
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Reviewed May 30, 2014 via mobile

The place is huge. We went on a Friday and were expecting a lot of people but to our surprise there were only a few. The food was great but service is not so good. This in spite of the large number of waiters and waitresses around. Our order arrived after 30 minutes and came one after the other. The waitress who attended to is was very apologetic though. I think the price of the food is quite high and they offer no small portions. For example, you should order a whole chicken. Half or quarter chicken are not available. We ordered whole chicken, lechon kawali, one piece of crab, mango shake and fresh coconut. Our bill was Php1,000

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Reviewed April 29, 2014 via mobile

Our relatives brought us here to try their famous food. Chicken and more chicken. Nothing grand but fancy toastwd chicken and adobo that is not at all adobo looking, more if chicken with orange grease. Fell short of my expectations since everyone has been raving of how good food is served here. My advice is if you eat out a lot and from time to time experience good dining then lower your expectations. IMO the food they serve here are under level even at cheap carinderias in Manila. Took a while for the servers to bring our food and to think that they were over staffed most of the staff just pile in the order section and stare at their customers. Floor is dirty sand and there are rodents on the floor from time to time eating up scraps off the table. I had to put up my feet while eating. Good to try for experience but will not be included in my next trip if ever.

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