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Review: PYT Stop (Cafe) Native & Seafood Restaurant, Lapaz, Iloilo City

Updated on February 17, 2017

To celebrate my dear husband’s birthday, we visited the PYT Stop Native and Seafood Restaurant, used to be PYT Stop Cafe, along Burgos Street, La Paz, Iloilo City, Philippines. There were ten of us who went out for lunch after church; my husband and I, his parents, his sister and a five-member family of his uncle including three teenagers who absolutely enjoys eating. We were looking for an affordable restaurant that serves Filipino food and could cater to a large group like ours. We specifically looked for a restaurant that offers “boodle fight feasts” so we decided to give this restaurant a try.

Boodle Fight Feast for a small group.
Boodle Fight Feast for a small group. | Source

What is a Boodle Fight?

Boodle fight is a military style of eating, also known as “eating combat”, where the food is placed on banana leaves laid top of a long table. The food usually includes rice and viands to be eaten by hand and expect to see small basins of water near the table where you can wash your hands before eating. (Source: Urbandictionary.com)

Definition of Boodle Fight...
Definition of Boodle Fight... | Source

How To Get There

The PYT Stop Native and Seafood Restaurant is located along Burgos Street facing La Paz District Plaza. You may easily ride a “jeepney” that passes by that route or take a cab or private vehicle to directly bring you to the location of the restaurant. From Huervana Street, it’s a no left-turn to Burgos Street so vehicles would usually circle around the La Paz District Plaza turning left to Jereos Street then left to Huervana Extension then last left to Burgos Street. You’ll find PYT Stop before reaching the corner of Burgos and Huervana Streets.

The Venue and the Ambiance

Bearing in mind our headcount, we decided to call for a reservation in advance so the front desk officer was already aware we were coming. First impression of the place? It’s a bit small especially that they were catering to large groups of enthusiastic eaters. The place was clean, the mural painting on the center wall was refreshing, the tables and chairs were Filipino-inspired and the rest of the design is military (camouflage). The air conditioning needs improvement though. It was particularly swamped the day we went because it’s a Sunday and most of the customers were either families or group of friends. Good thing we didn’t have to wait too long to be seated – they were cleaning up and preparing our table for ten when we arrived. On our way to our table, I glimpsed an announcement that they were soon to open a new branch. This is a good business decision noting that we barely had enough room to walk through in between back-to-back chairs.

Service and Food/Feast Options

We called our order in advance when we had our reservation so we were expecting it’s going to be readied quickly but we still waited around 15-20 minutes. While waiting, we can’t help but notice that the waiters were wearing something similar to military uniforms. They looked clean and snappy and it’s good to look at. The receptionist and waiters were also friendly and very accommodating but the waiters were very busy coming in and out of the kitchen and took a while even when we asked for cold water. We had the Balaan Bukid Boodle Fight Feast for 8 persons and Tim’s Treat (Mini Boodle Fight Feast) for 3-4 persons. One good thing I like about this place, they have a lot to offer. Aside from the regular dishes that you can order, here is the list of boodle fight feasts you can try depending on your groups’ headcount.

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After what seems like forever of waiting – I’m sure you can relate when I say 15-20 minutes seems like forever when you and the group you’re with is already terribly hungry, grumpy and ready to ‘eat’ each other alive – out comes our food, neatly arranged on top of a movable rectangular flat wood covered with banana leaves.

The Balaan Bukid Boodle Fight Feast

The Balaan Bukid Boodle Fight Feast

The Balaan Bukid Boodle Fight Feast for 8 people included:

1 serving of Chicken Binakol sa Buko

1 Grilled Blue Marlin

1 set of BBQ Combo

2 servings of Steamed Oysters

1 serving of Baked Oysters

1 serving of Buttered Shrimp with Garlic

1 Sizzling Pork Sisig

1 serving of Sotanghon Guisado

1 serving of Bihon Guisado

1 Boodle basket of Fruits

2 Coke Litro

Unlimited Rice

The Tim's Treat Mini Boodle Fight Feast

The Tim’s Treat for 3-4 people included:

BBQ Combo (Wings with Drumsticks)

1 Fried Bangus (Milkfish)

1 Grilled Squid

1 serving of Steamed Oysters

1 serving of Sotanghon Guisado

1 serving of Pancit Canton

1 Coke Litro

Unlimited Rice

The Customer Engagement and the Food

Before we started eating, the owner, with some of the waiters in uniform, briefly discussed how boodle fight originated, asked few things about our group and if we’re there for a particular celebration and that we had to cheer with them, “Fight! Fight! Fight!” before we ‘dive’ in. The little customer engagement was a great idea; it made the service more personalized.

As for the food, everything’s freshly cooked and smelled wonderful, we totally forgot about our bad mood minutes before it was served. It was all totally worth the wait. The food tasted great; the seafood was fresh and everything was perfectly seasoned.

Value for Money

The food served was more than enough to feed and satisfy ten people and I even heard a few ‘complaining’ about being too full and we paid just a little over Php2,000 for it all. This is already a good deal if we compare it to other restaurants serving similar native food in Iloilo City.

We will definitely be "boodling" back.

My Rating: PYT Stop (Cafe) Restaurant, La Paz, Iloilo City

4 stars for PYT Stop Native and Seafood Restaurant

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