A trip to Iloilo won’t be complete without trying these foods: pancit molo, batchoy, native lechon manok, Roberto’s siopao, coffee at Madge and fresh oysters. I’ve been in and out of Iloilo and every single time, this lovely city never fails to amaze me of what it can offer. During my recent visit, we drove all the way from Miag-ao, Iloilo, an hour away from the city proper to visit the graves of our departed ones. It was almost dinner and the thought of eating oysters sparked in Joshua’s mind. In no less than a minute, all the hungry stomachs agreed. We happened to pass Y2K Talabahan in Mandurriao. All of us, even Joshua and his family, haven’t tried Y2K Talabahan. So, we decided to give it a shot!
Joshua supposedly wanted to bring us all to Bebot and Mila Talabahan, located at the Coastal Road in Bitoon, Iloilo. This oyster house is known for its “by the sea” dining experience. However, the grumbling stomachs couldn’t wait any longer so we settled in a nearby talabahan. Upon entering, the restaurant was filled mostly by groups of people, usually families.
The interior is nothing fancy. Its minimalist design resembles a wide canteen with wooden-like structures and the chairs are made of rattan. The whole space is divided into two: air conditioned and non-air conditioned.
Y2K Talabahan is known to serve talaba (oysters). However, the menu isn’t limited to talaba because they also offer other local foods which you wouldn’t regret ordering.
Their signature dish is the native chicken adobo. The whole chicken was priced at P390.00 and it is something you can’t taste in other places. The native chicken was cooked differently. First, it was fried. Then, it was loaded with garlic, butter, and their own sauce. I have no doubt why this is one of their best-selling dishes. It’s definitely delicious.
We also ordered Tinolang Tangigue (Filipino Stew of Tangigue and Veggies) and Sinugbang Bangus (Grilled Milkfish). The amount of serving is generous at a cheap price. Totally worth it!
Moreover, we also ordered Binakol na Manok (Chicken Cooked in Coconut Juice) and Calamares. Chicken Binakol is similar to tinola, but instead of using normal water, the chicken is cooked in coconut juice. Coconut is also included in the dish. Compared to tinola, it is a little bit sweeter because of the coconut. The perfecly brown crunch of calamari is perfected with the sinamak (Iloilo’s version of spiced vinegar).
Last, but not the least, and the most special of all, is the Talaba (oyster). I finished about 3/4 of the serving since this is my favorite of all the dishes served. Iloilo serves the best oysters in the country. You can assure the freshness and the quality of the oysters by every bite. Aside from that, you can no longer find oysters as cheap and as good as what you can find in Iloilo.
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One thing is for sure: this won’t be the last time I’ll be dining at Y2K Talabahan. See you again soon!
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Cha of littlemisadvencha is a Filipino Civil Engineer, a graduate student at a local university and a fur mom of four-legged babies. She came from General Santos City and finds traveling makes her an awesome person. She writes about her experiences to inspire and educate.