FARM TO TABLE Iloilo Restaurant
mixes passion, advocacy, and good taste
Eating is a need while dining is an art. At Farm To Table restaurant in Iloilo, you will have both.
The global concept of farm to table, says Chef Pauline Banusing, is eliminating the middle man or the trader in the business chain order to buy produce fresh from the source and give the farmers, small-scale animal growers, or fisherman good rates for what they are selling. These can be fruits, vegetables, herbs, or seafood. During her stay in the United States, Chef Pauline ate and studied at some farm to table restaurants there and she went about implementing the same here. She is so passionate about this and how her business is affecting small farmers that her face lights up when talking about her restaurant concept.
But at Farm to Table, they do not just cook whatever standard dishes that we commonly know. The chef takes great effort to design and innovate new dishes as well as plate them in a manner that provides a feast for the eyes (and for your Instagram, too). They have great-tasting regular items on the menu and they also create artistic gourmet creations from seasonal fresh farm products.
If I would describe what this Iloilo restaurant serves, I would say gourmet Filipino food. They have a lot of items with ingredients like coconut, kamote (sweet potato), squash, salted egg, and chicharon, among many others. But what make them special are the preparations and presentations. Like the simple kamote fries, for example, is served in sugar cones with truffle-mayo dip. They also have this flourless chocolate cake that’s made primarily of candied squash. What a delight!
For the main courses, you may choose to pair them with white, red, or black rice, which are all organic. I don’t really like black rice, but here it’s actually good. And the red rice is so aromatic. I was told that is because the rice that they serve are from newly harvested grains, so texture, aroma, and flavor is sooo good.
You will really enjoy your visit here because the food is just enjoyable and the plating is highly entertaining and Instagrammable. But like I always say, just take photos and consume your food immediately. Cold food is always blah. And oh, I forgot to mention, despite their beautiful dishes, the farm to table practice, and their cozy restaurant, prices are all so reasonable.
The restaurant is very comfortable, too. I am in love with the place. If you are a small group of family and friends, they have a function room separated from the rest of the restaurant by a wooden structure that looks like the framework of a barn. It’s a nice touch, really!
Farm to Table is open from Brunch to Dinner and serves organic coffee, designer fresh fruit shakes, all Filipino craft beers, and imported wines. The selection is just overwhelming! They are fully supporting small brewers from different regions of the country, so with every bottle, you know that you are supporting the livelihood of a local brewery. The wine selection is also the most extensive in Iloilo City, showcasing wines from Sonoma & Napa Valley, Bordeaux France, Australia, Spain, South Africa, the Tuscan Regions of Italy, and of course, the Philippines.
Bring your loved ones and friends here and feed your palate and soul. And with every meal, know that you have helped dignify the professions of small farmers, animal growers, fisher folk, and even brewers. That’s social consciousness.
FARM TO TABLE RESTAURANT
MEGAWORLD BUSINESS PARK, ILOILO CITY
Tel. No. (033) 3202154