This BGC Restaurant Makes It Easier to Have Classic Ilonggo Food
They'll make you say "Namit gid!"
Ilonggo Food Company
G/F Commercenter Building
4th Avenue corner 31st Street
Bonifacio Global City
Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Monday to Saturday) and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Sunday)
(SPOT.ph) While Bacolod City is known for lots of things (sugarcane plantations and Masskara Festival come to mind), the City of Smiles is also associated with good food. Home to chicken
Owned by Bacolod-born chef Rommel Hinlo, Ilonggo Food Company offers dishes he and his co-owners grew up with. “At Ilonggo Food Company, we want to stay classic,” says Chef Rommel. “One of our goals is to preserve the original recipes passed down to us by our grandmothers, mothers, and family members.”
With a menu full of heirloom recipes, it makes sense that Ilonggo Food Company has the vibe of a modern Filipino home. Designed by architects Buji Libarnes and Nikki Dela Paz-Libarnes (who also own and designed Vessel in La Union)
The menu is pretty extensive, full of Filipino dishes not just from Iloilo and Bacolod City but also from the rest of the Philippines. It’s best to start with Ilonggo classics that are hard to find well-executed in Manila: The Kansi (P385) has the strong, sour tang of
Another Ilonggo dish that’s top-of-mind is Chicken Inasal (P295). Ilonggo Food Company’s version stays true to the traditional with a grilled chicken that has a wonderful smoky char and also bursts with an explosive mix of spicy-savory-sour. Don’t forget to have this with a mix of soy sauce and
Ilonggo Food Company also has other Filipino classics. Their Crispy Kare Kare (P495) is an extra sinful version of the dish with crispy, succulent pork knuckles in the traditional rich and nutty sauce. The Evelyn's Pork Sinigang (P390) is flavored with batwan and watermelon slices for a sweeter take on the sour soup.
Bacolod City is known as one of the Philippines’ top sugar producers, which is our fancy way of saying you shouldn’t leave Ilonggo Food Company without dessert. Their Leche Flan (P90) is especially sumptuous: Not too sweet, with the perfect, tender consistency, and a toasted-sugar flavor to round out the whole dessert.
A trip to Bacolod is worth adding to your bucket list—anyone who’s been to the city can attest to that. And a trip to Ilonggo Food Company would make you want to visit even more.
Photos by Patrick Martires