Iloilo: Bauhinia Filipino Cuisine

26 March 2012

When I asked my sister if we were going to do any sightseeing, she replied, "What sightseeing?" Yup, we were in town mostly to eat.

Our first stop was right across the street from our hotel (which I mentioned in the previous post). Bauhinia Filipino Cuisine is mentioned in Linamnam for their Sinigang na Lechon Kawali (soup/stew that is traditionally tamarind based with deep-fried pork), but before we get to that, I'll start off with the our first course.

Crispy Adobo Salad - Php 165

I liked this salad - it was light and the honey-soy dressing had just the right amount of sweetness. I was wishing that there had been a little more adobo flakes though because it barely registered among the greens.

Sinigang na Lechon Kawali - Php 225

Now my family loves sinigang, but everyone thought that the soup was biting in its sourness. The lechon kawali was really nice though and the broth gave it an interesting flavor - we definitely had to eat this with rice! Speaking of which, their rice serving is a little bigger than other restaurants so if you're not a heavy rice eater, you can share this with someone else.

Mga Rebusado - Php 325

Basically fried shirmps, squid, and fish fillet with sweet chili sauce, vinegar and soy dip, cucumber and tomato slaw. This wasn't bad but not something I'd get again given a choice.

Crispy Sisig - Php 275

We ordered this just to go with our left-over rice and we're sure glad we did! Usually made of pig’s head and liver and seasoned with calamansi (used locally as a lemon substitute) and chili peppers, I often add a bit of soy sauce and more calamansi juice once it's served. But this one was great by itself and it made us all conclude that Bauhinia does fried meat really well.

Turon Trio - Php 65

Ube (purple yam), langka (jackfruit) and banana fritters stuffed together and fried in sugar. This was a bargain at the price we paid and it's good for six people (one is more than enough per person especially after a heavy meal).

All in all, our very late lunch was worth the wait and we were so stuffed that we skipped dinner! If we're ever in the area again, I'd definitely stop by and try the rest of their menu.

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