ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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.

Source

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

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)