CHECK IT OUT: Iloilo Cooking at Café Jeepney

Café Jeepney
Hotel Intercontinental Manila
No. 1 Ayala Avenue
Makati City
Open 6 a.m. to 12 midnight daily

Aklan Crabs with Kalabasa Sauce. Click for more.


( Ilonggo chef and restaurateur Pauline Gorriceta-Banusing has cooked up a feast of gustatory delights at Café Jeepney in Intercontinental Manila. Experience age-old family recipes, local staples and hard-to-find grub from Iloilo, whose cuisine is known for fresh seafood fare and flavorful soups.


Start off your meal with their old-style Lumpiang Ubod packed with garlic, onions, pork, shrimp, and ubod (heart of palm) with sweetened peanut sauce. Don't miss out on their Chicken Binakol-native chicken cooked with coconut juice and served inside a coconut-for some comfort food this rainy season. Add to that the famous La Paz Batchoy with Puto Manapla with robust pork broth, meke noodles, pork, pork liver, chicken gizzards, and chicharon.

For a hearty seafood feast, try the Aklan Crabs with Kalabasa Sauce or Shrimp with Aligue Sauce, and enjoy your scallops grilled or baked. Cap off your food trip with their Yema Cake-layers of golden sticky yema with nuts and icing.

Chef Gorriceta-Banusing owns and manages Al Dente (Italian), Citrus Global Bistro (international), and Maki (Japanese) restaurants, as well as catering services in Iloilo. She also co-owns Freska, a modern Ilonggo seafood and inasal restaurant.

Café Jeepney’s Iloilo feast runs until June 26 for lunch (12 noon to 2:30 p.m. from Monday to Sunday) and dinner (7 to 10:30 p.m. from Monday to Saturday) buffets.

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Photos courtesy of Intercontinental Manila

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