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“Love this place. Every time in Iloilo, straight from the airport and last meal before leaving!”
Review of Buto't Balat

Buto't Balat
Ranked #18 of 279 Restaurants in Iloilo City
Cuisines: Grill
Dining options: Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
Antipolo City, Philippines
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Love this place. Every time in Iloilo, straight from the airport and last meal before leaving!”
Reviewed June 25, 2014

Love this place. Visited both branches in Jaro and the one along Diversion Road. I come here straight from the airport and before leaving Iloilo as well. Selections are very Ilonggo and very Pinoy, the staff are friendly - well, there's the occasional frowning staff person but I'm thinking this is because we were either too early in the morning or too late in the evening - and the servings are just right. Personally liked the one in Jaro more because of this relaxing garden feel and surroundings. Great for family lunches, as well as dinner dates and nights-out with friends. Will be back!

  • Visited March 2014
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  • English first
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English first
Quezon City, Philippines
Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“What a Local Restaurant Ought to be”
Reviewed June 8, 2014

No trip to Iloilo is ever complete without a pilgrimage to Buto't Balat. The best location is just beside the Iloilo Central Bank, close to a major shopping mall in Delgado Street, right at the heart of downtown Iloilo City. The ambience is simple but elegant and the designer makes a hit our of local greenery, bamboo nand pebbles. The entire place is like an airy nipa hut, surrounded by an elegant yet understated garden. The best thing about the restaurant however is the food. It may take a while for the dishes to reach your table but the wait is always worth it . No such thing as hit and miss with the dishes; they are always as one expects: savory, fresh, reasonably priced and redolent of Nanay's kitchen magic. Try the crab omelette, the adobong alimusan and the inasal. We have tried better chicken binakol in other places but their version (steeped in coconut juice) is still worth one try.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Leslie C
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Iloilo City, Philippines
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Native Cuisine; a touch of True Ilonggo and Tagalog Dishes”
Reviewed June 2, 2014 via mobile

The very unique dish is halang-halang and is a must try. They have very large serving of barbecue chicken so keep your tummy ready. The food is not served hastily which is a good thing since it means that they really prepare it fresh; call in advance for the ultimate spontaneous experience without the wait.

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Thank Irvin B
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Honolulu, Hawaii
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Good food, beware of mosquitos!”
Reviewed May 13, 2014

Ate here with the family for dinner. We had a large dinner party and they were very accommodating. The location is open air and very beautiful. There are a lot of mosquitos so put on some OFF. I use Doterra's Terra shield and it kept me bite free the entire night. They have large bug zappers but that doesn't get them all.

The food was spectacular! Very delicious. Well seasoned and it came out very quickly. Their water is filtered, including the ice. This is very important to know. I've eaten at places where the ice was "dirty" and I got sick. Their mango shakes are killer here. Do know that there is a lot of white sugar in it. We watched the guy make it and I felt like I got diabetes just watching him scoop sugar in it. What makes it the best mango shake? The tons of fresh mangos of course!

Overall, we loved it here. The service, the food, everything. I will most definitely be coming back here when I'm on the area!

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank sanababeets
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Vienna, Austria
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Great food, great garden, great value”
Reviewed April 10, 2014

We went to this place on three consecutive days because we liked it so much.

The menu is not huge, but selective and we mostly went with seafood, which is prepared in a variety of different tastes. It's also a great place to try native cuisine - we had a whole chicken boiled in banana leafs, which was delicious.

The outside sitting area is classy yet cosy and food as well as drinks are a great value.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Treppensteiger
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