Ole Restaurant Iloilo.
If you are familiar with Boracay you have most likely seen Ole. A favorite in D’Mall for many years. Well, good news Iloilo! Ole has just opened in Robinson’s Mall. And I mean ‘just’ opened. I happened to the very first customer. Now, when the owner comes out and says you are his very first customer… your first thought might be “oh no, they are using me as a guinea pig”. But not to worry, his chef has been with him for 10 years at the Boracay location. So all is well. They are on the 3rd floor right next to the newly opened Department of Foreign Affairs. From the 1st floor by the fountain you can look up and see their sign.
Usually when I drag my wife into a new restaurant she does like a lot of the food. But here we both had some great food. The menu is smaller than in the Boracay location, but the prices are lower too. So it balances out. It is mostly Mexican & Spanish, with some Cuban flair. They have a good assortment of cold & hot tapas, and paella. But I almost tried the chicken fried chicken steak with mashed potatoes.
We started with shrimp gambas. Oh… so good! My wife tried it first and said it was really good. And from the ways her eyes lit up – I knew she really did like it. I tried one and was almost floored by all the flavor. Filipino food is known for being pretty bland. And I guess I have lowered my expectations more than I realized. These were bursting with flavor. Shrimp gambas, are sautéed in olive oil with garlic and chili peppers. Spicy, lots of flavor, but not too much heat. Just perfect. Oh, also the shrimp gambas comes with some really good garlic bread. And my wife good a great mango shake.
For our entree we split the Mexican platter. A good assortment of things to try. One taco, 2 enchiladas, some nachos, and quesadillas. It was a huge serving. My wife and I split it and still brought some home with us ha ha. You could feed 3 on this easily. First, the beef was excellent. Most of the beef we get over here is not very good. I would like to know where they buy theirs. The taco was pretty good. Like I said, good beef, lettuce & tomatoes were nice and fresh. The enchilada was ok – I am used to the Tex-Mex enchilada covered in sauce. And for me it was a little heavy on the onions. But I am not a big fan of onions. So you may like it more. The nachos were good, chips, beef, lettuce and cheese. But the quesadilla was my favorite on the platter! The meat was spiced a bit more than on the other dishes and was really good. It was my wife’s favorite on the platter as well. And it came with a side of salsa and sour cream! Both were quite good.
Ole Restaurant Iloilo.