Dining in Iloilo: Iloilo Spring Palace Seafood Restaurant

Chinese food anyone? I love Chinese cuisine next to my Filipino comfort food, and if you are like me, I got good news for you. Iloilo Spring Palace Seafood Restaurant is the newest Chinese restaurant in town and it is located smack between Smallville and Boardwalk, the city’s premier party places.

Expect the usual wide selection of mouthwatering Chinese dishes that we Ilonggos are used to, but there is nothing usual about Iloilo Spring Palace. Why? This is the only Chinese restaurant that offers their clients a “live” option.

If you think fresh is best, think again. Iloilo Spring Palace offers something a lot better than fresh. Upon entrance, to your left is a huge aquarium filled with live lobsters, crabs, prawns and Lapu Lapu fish. Simply point to the staff what you want and he will catch it for you. You also have the option to choose how the fresh produce will be cooked, whether steamed, fried or with sauce.

From this . . .

to this . . . Salt and Pepper Baby Lobster

We decided on Salt and Pepper Baby Lobster and took our lovely time choosing our very lively lobster. It was so delicious and cooked just right because the meat is not dry, but is a bit juicy and quite tender.  I just have to come back and maybe try the Sweet and Spicy.

Here are the other yummy dishes we had for dinner:

My comfort food - Buttered Chicken

Salt and Pepper Spareribs
Pineapple Seafood Fried Rice
The best Buchi I have ever tasted, I swear.

If you want a more private dinner with family or friends, or have a corporate meeting, the restaurant has several airconditioned private rooms aside from its main dining area. There are five rooms that have TV so you can have your karaoke sessions and sing your heart out. Minimum order is 5,000 per room.

Private Function Room
Private Dining Room with TV
The vast and well-lighted dining area.

Iloilo Spring Palace Seafood Restaurant is located at Cor. Dr. Rizalina Bernardo Ave. – Boardwalk Ave., Iloilo City (right across Ayala Technohub), and is open from 10am -2pm and 5:30-10pm. For reservations, call telephone no. 331-9282.