Having Lunch at Breakthrough Restaurant in Iloilo City

After reading a blog posted in the FB PTB Group about the Breakthrough Restaurant in Iloilo City, we made sure we paid this food joint a visit. A friend of lakbaydiva.com also recommended the place so before we went to Miag-ao, we had lunch here.

We rode a jeepney going to this area on a Sunday. It wasn’t really that far from the city proper as what I read from some of the blogs I stumbled upon.

When we entered the place, there we saw a lot of folks having lunch and the place was packed! There were attendants at the food counter who were ready to take our orders. Some were even wearing headphones so that they can communicate with the staff in the kitchen. ย After ordering our food, we found a nice table with a good view of the restaurant and the shoreline in front of it.

So while we waited for our order, we just ate the bibingka I bought outside of Breakthrough.

the placemat resembled that of a Manila paper with the word Breakthrough printed in it

Then after some time, our order came one by one.

Pangat @ P15.00

When I saw this one at the food counter and learned that this small pangat only costs P15.00, I immediately ordered 1 serving to taste the dish. However, I was disappointed with its taste. My mom prepares this dish better than Breakthrough’s. I didn’t enjoy eating this. Thumbs down for this dish.

Ginat-an isda
Ginat-an @ P38.00

Who would have thought that this big serving only costs P38 right? And who would think that this one’s cooked in coconut milk? Ed thought this was cooked with tomato sauce. I’ve tasted this dish before less the spice and the color. This dish deserved 2 thumbs up! Oh, this is fish cooked in coconut milk. Not sure why the color of this food’s orange though. Maybe atsuete? nah!

Ensaladang Puso ng Saging
Ensaladang Puso ng Saging @ P45.00

Weird, this one’s more expensive than the Pangat and the Ginat-an na Isda ๐Ÿ˜† Anyway, this dish is just right for my taste buds – not too sour so 2 thumbs up! ๐Ÿ˜€

 lucos lagba
lucos lagba @ P65.00

This one’s squid stuffed with onions and tomato. I give this 1/2 thumbs up since there wasn’t really anything fancy about their version of the grilled stuffed shrimp.

Sisig Baboy
Sisig Baboy @ P125.00

This sisig is different from what most of us were accustomed to since it doesn’t come with cracked egg on top. Just calamansi for flavoring. I failed to notice what was added on top of it since I was busy nomnoming but Breakthrough’s version of this sisig baboy is really yummy. I also liked how some of the sisig were crunchy. 2 thumbs up!

Scallops @ P120.00

I remembered Estan of langyaw.com asking the PTB thread what Iloilo food is worthy of blogging and Jerik of Pinoy Boy Journals mentioned the scallops of Iloilo. I got excited at the thought of eating this in Breakthrough. There were different ways of having this food prepared and we opted to have it baked. I wasn’t pleased though with how they baked it. I wasn’t amused at all. I like my scallops to be buttery not garlic-y so this one only gets 1 slanted thumb up from me ๐Ÿ˜†

fresh buko juice
my fresh buko juice for P30.00

I would have preferred a cold version of this but I know they can’t keep the whole coconut in a fridge ๐Ÿ˜† It will also loose its freshness. hehehe. I just wondered what happened to the coconut meat since I hardly saw any. tsk tsk tsk

Even at past lunch time, the Breakthrough Restaurant are still being flocked by groups and I now understood why. They have great tasting food and the best part is that their food are really really cheap! As in! ๐Ÿ˜€

Ed ordered Mango juice shake for P45.00 while Edwin ordered Mountain Dew priced at P15.00. Their plain rice was P35.00 for a platter good for 2-3 persons. We consumed a total of 2 platters and 1/2. After all those food we ate, our bill amounted to P585.50.

I noticed that most or some of their food were cooked with coconut milk which reminded me how my mom prepares food like the ones we ate at Breakthrough. Now I’m wondering if the dishes of Iloilo are Bicol inspired or the other way around since I found a resemblance based from my mom’s cooking. Oh well, the best thing is I enjoyed the feast we had that time.

I wish Cebu will have something like this too. Cheap food by the sea. The Sutukil stalls in Mactan are far from what Breakthrough have to offer to their fellow Ilongos.

Salamt gid!


  1. murag nilabog man ang tawag namo sa amo-a sa bohol. ๐Ÿ™‚ and yeah orange na xa kay naay coloring…

    i love the ensaladang pusรด or we call it kilawin. ๐Ÿ™‚

    madamo na salamat gid ya! hahaha…
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  2. i love this post!! maka gutom! plus barato!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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