Every food has story to tell. And so as the one who prepared it.

Thanks to his experience of preparing variety of dishes for his children, Jan Rodriguez, came up with a simple carenderia that would cater the students of University of San Carlos Talamban. Established in 2002, “Ila Puti”, which pertains to his nickname, became an instant hit to the students as they provide modern twists on the usual fried chicken, bola-bola, and other dishes that are still served up to this day. To have an edge against their neighboring competitors, they air-conditioned their carenderia to provide a more comfortable dining area for their guests.

Jan Rodriguez with loving wife Karen. Photo by Toni Chan.

Jan Rodriguez with loving wife Karen. Photo by Toni Chan.

Instead of pursuing formal training on culinary, Jan widened his learning for food preparation by watching culinary shows and exposing himself to the different food cultures across the world. He then began combining recipes and experimenting on different delicacies which at first he thought was only therapeutic for him. Earning positive responses from his patrons, he later decided to expand his place to Vibo Place in Escario and IT Park. From a humble carenderia, Ila Puti gained attraction from its diners because of the richness of the menu – Asian and Fusion dishes – kindness of the crews, and the creative and cozy interior of the restaurant.

Ilaputi at Axis Vibo. Photo from Facebook page

Ilaputi at Axis Vibo. Photo from Facebook page

Ilaputi. Photo from hernewlove.blogspot.com

Ilaputi. Photo from hernewlove.blogspot.com

Some of Ilaputi’s best seller includes Great Plates which known for its delicious flavors and comes in large portions – enough to satisfy hungry souls. Other classic dishes are also available like Saigon Adobo, Pen, Nonihm Thai, and Pasta Puti. For those who are in for a gastronomic adventure, they also serve Fusion Fillet, Grilled Chinese Chicken Jambalaya, and Triton’s Treat Pasta. All these can be greatly savored when paired with their gigantic 22-ounce blended drinks and house cocktails.

Saigon Adobo - Lemongrass tenderloin adobo, garlic & dried shrimp fried rice with nuoc nam dipping sauce. Photo from Facebook Page.

Saigon Adobo – Lemongrass tenderloin adobo, garlic & dried shrimp fried rice with nuoc nam dipping sauce. Photo from Facebook Page.

The Nonihm Thai a classic Thai rice —shrimp pesto, fried egg, adobong tenderloin. Photo from Ilaputi Facebook Page

The Nonihm Thai a classic Thai rice —shrimp pesto, fried egg, adobong tenderloin. Photo from Ilaputi Facebook Page

Triton's Treat Pasta at Ilaputi—Shrimps, crab essence, dried shrimp, tomatoes, capers in olive oil. Photo from Facebook Page

Triton’s Treat Pasta at Ilaputi—Shrimps, crab essence, dried shrimp, tomatoes, capers in olive oil. Photo from Facebook Page

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Ilaputi's Menu

Ilaputi’s Menu

Ilaputi's Menu

Ilaputi’s Menu

Ilaputi's Menu

Ilaputi’s Menu

Ilaputi's Menu

Ilaputi’s Menu

Enjoy a cozy ambiance, live band music, and top-quality service of Ila Puti from 11am to 12 midnight at Axis Vibo Entertainment Avenue at Vibo Place, N. Escario Street. As per announcement on their Facebook page, they are planning to revive a branch in Talamban, and a new branch in Ayala this 3rd quarter (update as of June 2019) as well.

Fill in your stomach with the richness of food and culture at Ila Puti!

 

 

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