Spanish-Ilonggo heritage cuisine at Balay Remedios

Here's another beautiful heritage house transformed into a cafe/restaurant/gathering place for the denizens of Iloilo City. We visited Balay Remedios along Bonifacio Drive one lazy, sunny afternoon for merienda as we were aching for cold refreshments and snacks.  I have heard of the opening of this Filipino-Spanish cafe and museum restaurant from the Facebook page of the good mayor of Iloilo City. I have always been intrigued by this house as the facade is beautiful despite its faded antiquity. You can see the full architectural  view of this house framed by native trees when you visit the rooftop of National Museum- Western Visayas Regional Museum.

With Chef Miguel Cordova at the helm, Balay Remedios serves elevated lunch hour  Spanish-Ilonggo heritage specials like Native Chicken Binakol, Paella Negra, Remedios Pollo y Chorizo, and Costillos de Muscovado among others. Merienda selections are quite limited so we decided on ordering the prosaic  Bam-i, a mixed noodle dish served in Ilonggo homes, carinderias  and in your local school canteen. With the Balay Remedios touch, this ordinary dish turned out to be the most flavorsome Bam-i we have ever tasted. 

We would love to come back again to try the lunch hour or breakfast specials! If you have a sweet tooth, their coffee accompaniments like table mousse cake, bibingka cheesecake, calamansi leche flan, banana cake  and chocolate custard cake will literally take the cake.

The old rich charm of this dining set-up attracts Iloilo's young, old (and sometimes very old) foodies who yearn  their hometown's  nostalgic culinary treasures,  ambiance and how Iloilo's elite probably wined and dined.

See you again soon, Balay Remedios!

183 Bonifacio Dr, Iloilo City Proper, Iloilo City, 5000 Iloilo City

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