Indian Food in Iloilo

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My wife and I love Indian (and Pakistani) food but as far as we knew there were no Indian restaurants in Iloilo City.  When we were planning on visiting Boracay, a friend of ours told us to be sure to dine at Crafty’s Rooftop Restaurant in Boracay.  What a good recommendation it was! We did so and were not disappointed.  Crafty’s had a tandoori oven which produced nan as good as we had in Montreal or New York.  Unfortunately the oven was not always fired

Sikh Temple, Iloilo City (and food store too!)

Sikh Temple, Iloilo City (and food store too!)

up, so nan was not always available.  We tried the whole wheat chappatis as a substitute and they too were excellent.  Actually everything was good.  We met the Pakistani chef, Vincent, and asked him where he buys the ingredients for Indian cooking.  He said he buys some in Manila but, to our amazement, said he buys much of it at the Sikh Temple in Mandurriao, Iloilo City. Craft’s Rooftop Restaurant in Boracay is located on the fourth floor of the Craft’s supermarket building which is at the intersection of the trike-filled Main Road and the southerly d’Mall trail. After we got back to Iloilo City we found the Temple by the old Iloilo airport in Mandurriao.  The address is 113 R. Mapa.  To get there cross the Carpenter Bridge and head toward the Mandurriao Plaza.  The Temple is on your right.  Inside the Temple compound, but outside the Temple itself, you’ll find at least two vendors selling all sorts of Indian staples; Basmati rice, various dals, garam masala, whole wheat flour for nan or chappatis and so forth. When we said that we yearned for an Indian restaurant in Iloilo, we were told that we could go into the temple and have a free meal, that whenever the Temple is open a free meal is available.  We peeked in and indeed a row of men were eating.  We had just stuffed ourselves at Peppy Thai so we were not able to accept this generous offer.  When I asked about chappatis we were given a big stack of still hot chappatis .  They would not accept any payment.  What a treat and what kind people!

UPDATE:  The Indian food stalls have been moved from the temple itself and into independent food shops nearby. Raja Merchant is just across the road from the temple.  We were delighted to learn that this shop makes and sells SAMOSAS every day.  We bought a dozen, paying P10 each.  They were excellent.  You call call ahead to Yogi Jalaf 0915-575-1384 to order samosas. The other Indian food store is to the right as you exit the temple.  It had some items not available at Raja.

Making samosas at Raja

Making samosas at Raja

Raja Indian Grocery, across from Iloilo's Sikh Temple

Raja Indian Grocery, across from Iloilo's Sikh Temple

Groceries at Raja

Groceries at Raja

Indian groceries at Raja in Iloilo

Indian groceries at Raja in Iloilo

Indian/Pakistani groceries and spices are available in Manila at the Assad Ali Minimart, UN Ave, near Paco Park. Phone 02-526-1349 or 02-526-5034 Bon appetit! Subsequently, we used the whole wheat flour we bought at the Sikh Temple to make whole wheat pancakes.  They were teriffic!

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  1. I was looking for the Indian Trail in Illoilo city, I accidentally came across this site.
    Do you know how this name came in to being there in Illoilo or where I can find a clarifications please.
    Thanks.
    Deepak

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      • Thanks Bob,
        In fact I was not looking for an Indian Restaurant in Iloilo.
        What I was interested to know how the Road today known as the Indian Trail, came in to being in a such a far off place.
        However, the site was useful to me because of the Raja Store that you have mentioned, as my Philippine friend is looking for some Ayur-vedic Treatment and this may be the starting point of her search.
        I would be grateful, if you can direct me to someone who would be able to assist me in finding the origin of the name ” Indian Trail “.
        Further if you know someone or some place where my friend can obtain some quality Ayur-vedic treatments in Illoil.
        Thanks again and awaiting a positive response.
        Gutan Tag.
        Deepak.

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        • Sorry Deepak, I have no personal knowledge of Indian Trail in Iloilo. Of course I did a Google search and then a Bing search. That found a news report which contained the following, “The cover story that was circulated was that de los Reyes was hurt in a motorcycle accident on the Indian Trail, a road that connects the Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue to the NHA project in Mandurriao.” That part of the city is where the Sikh Temple is located. Perhaps that is has something to do with the name. I know nothing about Ayurveda medicine. I would enquire at the Sikh Temple and the nearby shops which sell Indian products.

          Did you know that Ilonggos call both Indian nationals and onions “Bombay”. As far as I can know as a foreigner, it’s not derogatory. It seems pretty much like calling a “white” foreigner a puti or kano.

          Good luck.

          Bob

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  2. thank u for the infos….but we are happy if theres any indian restaurant around in iloilo.

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  4. Im happy to heared that theres a indian grocery in iloilo city,where u can get all the indian spicies

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