The Ponsyon Restaurant on Diversion Road in the Plazuela de Iloilo near SM City is a branch of the popular Breakthrough seafront, seafood Restaurant. Ponsyon is tremendously popular. The last time we were there for lunch we could not get a seat, so we decided to try again and were successful. We arrived at about 11:30 am and got a good table inside. There are also tables outside, but in the afternoon they are hot rather than charming. Perhaps they are nice in the evening.
We started off with an eggplant salad. Bob likes this dish, but was disappointed with the Ponsyon’s version. It was spicy, but not especially flavorful.
The first main course to arrive was fish and chips. As you can see, they were beautifully presented. Unfortunately, they were edible, but mediocre. The fish tasted like Pangasius, a widely used and bland frozen fish. The Kamote fries were good.
Our next dish was Crispy Pata, a dish consisting of deep fried pig knuckles. This dish was well prepared and presented, but as usually Pata, it’s mostly bones.
Pantat is a type of cat or mudfish. The flesh was carved away from the fish so that it would be crispy when cooked.
Ponsyon is a beautifully designed restaurant with many nice touches. It’s prices are modest. The four of us paid about P1,200 for lunch including mango and buko shakes. That said, we were a bit disappointed with our meal, but we feel that Ponsyon does have potential and that we may have made poor choices in the dishes we ordered. We are going to try it again and try to stick with the dishes that Ponsyon is known for, such as crab fried rice, managat (with the head made as sinigang and the body grilled), and scallops. We hope to come away from our next meal as satisfied as the Ponsyon’s many fans.