Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Iloilo City: Seafood-Loving at Breakthrough Restaurant

Iloilo is known to have a rich cultural heritage, coupled with delicious dishes and treats that definitely draw people to visit the city again and again.

A couple of months back, my Digicon friends and I visited the southern shores of Panay Island to fulfill some work mission. Of course, we maximized our stay there by trying out several food establishments too.

We ate at Breakthrough Seafood Restaurant on our last lunch in Iloilo. This go-to foodie place is very popular for its fresh and authentic Ilonggo seafood dishes. They have the usual turo-turo style where you choose among the cooked dishes, or the ala carte dining where they cook whatever you have just ordered.

At Breakthrough, you could see several indoor ponds and aquariums where sea creatures such as clams, crabs, shrimps, fish, and more are being rested while waiting to be caught and cooked.

The restaurant is horizontally long. It follows the path of a beach, which is located right across, giving customers a view of the neighboring Guimaras island. What's great about that is you can feel the cool breeze while eating at the restaurant. Due to the spacious size of Breakthrough Restaurant, you won't easily lose seating slots.

On to the food tasting, here are the dishes we ordered. I'm ranking them according to my most favorite to the least favorite.

This huge Bangus is a crowd favorite, mainly because of it's delicious taste. Even the small parts and bites of this fish can be a great partner with plain rice. It isn't oily too and has no fish bones, so fish lovers will like it even more. One order of the bangus can be shared by 3-4 people.

These Oysters are well kept in the vicinity of Breakthrough Restaurant, ensuring that they are harvested only when ready to be consumed. The oyster meat is still moist and not dry. When soaked in vinegar for quite a while, it becomes really yummy and palatable.

Having seen the crabs well taken cared of in the ponds, we know that this Sweet and Spicy Crabs dish would taste good. Although it didn't taste really spicy as the name describes, we still enjoyed it because we didn't want it to be very spicy anyway. 

This next seafood dish called Kinilaw contains raw fish cubes marinated in vinegar along with garlic, onions, ginger, tomato and various peppers. Because the fish itself tastes very fresh, it is very tender and quickly melts in the mouth.

We also ordered Lechon, so that we have meat apart from seafood. I love it's crunchy skin and tasty meat. It's neither too salty nor bland - just enough to satisfy the appetite.

We already have seafood, pork, so we wanted chicken as well. This litson manok Native Chicken is one of the specialties in Iloilo that is sought after by locals and tourists. We loved it too because it has a unique flavor and texture of meat, as well as it is more nutritious. Downside is, native chicken usually have lesser meat, so you might want to order more.

Here are a few of my friends with me enjoying the seafood and meat dishes at Breathrough Seafood Restaurant in Iloilo. The food is great, seafoods are fresh, and the prices are not that expensive as well. Going there on a breezy day will make your experience worthwhile - good food plus relaxing ambiance equals a happy tummy.

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Breakthrough Seafood Restaurant
Barangay Sto. NiƱo Norte, Arevalo, Iloilo, Iloilo, Philippines
Phone Number: (+63 33) 337-3027


Sarap naman nyan! Pag-uwi ko mag seafood trip din ako... Hehehe

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