One approach to eating out here is to wander around a complex such as Smallville's Boardwalk, the Shops at Atria or the SouthPoint expansion of the SM City Mall, which all have many restaurants.

Seafood lovers should head 10km west out of town to Arevalo, where several seafood buffets await with picnic-table seaside dining. Most 'Arevalo' jeepneys get you here.

Feature: Iloilo Specialities

La Paz Batchoy, a concoction of broth, onion, rice noodles, beef, pork and liver, is Iloilo's culinary signature dish. Bandi, an Iloilo speciality of sugar-coated caramelised peanuts, is good for a snack. Iloilo's babingka, essentially rice cakes which originated in Balasan, nearly three hours to the north, are considered especially good. San Miguel, around 8km northwest of the city centre is known for its kambing, goat served in a variety of styles, including adobo, sizzling, with garlic and in soups. Locally grown mangoes and melons are especially good.