The Moon Cafe' is a head turner. I couldn't help but notice it the first time we went to SM City Iloilo. The queue of waiting diners was very long so I thought their coffee must be good. After our dinner, we went to Moon Cafe'. We were already inside when we noticed that there wasn't any customer drinking coffee; they were having meals. Then, I saw their signage which said Mexican-inspired restaurant. We inquired if they served coffee; the waitress said they don't serve coffee as yet, just Mexican entrees.
Moon Cafe's interior has a happy ambience, with its bright paint and attractively colored decors. The staff attended to diners' need with a smile, even the security guard was courteous and smiling.
We'll definitely keep this place in mind when we return to Mandurriao.
When hubby and I are very hungry, we look for Chinese restaurants. There’s something about Chinese food that satisfies our hunger pangs. The Mandarin Tea Garden in SM City Iloilo looked like it wouldn't fail us. It is a restaurant offering both Filipino and Chinese cuisines, but it specializes in Chinese dimsum.
While waiting for our order, I scrutinized the restaurant. The place is clean, without the usual clutter of some Chinese restaurants. The pictures of their food posted above the order counter are attractive enough to lure curious mallers to go inside.
The service is fast and the crew seemed attentive to customers’ needs. Their Chinese-inspired uniform made them look "professional" food caterers.
The tables were all occupied when we arrived but we were lucky that a group just vacated the table near us. We ordered special siopao and siomai, chicken feet, spareribs with black beans, pork asado rice topping, etc.
Verdict? While we felt full after eating all the food, we agreed that the taste of food was not extraordinary, and thought the food at Hongkong Kitchen was better.
Favorite Dish: Sorry, no particular favorite dish, but I loved my 4-seasons fruit shake.
Camera Haus is a well known camera and imaging specialty store. We were so happy to find a branch in SM City Iloilo. Hubby ran out of SD cards; he underestimated the number of shots that he would take at the Dinagyang festival. We already went to the Atrium which was the nearest mall to the Dinagyang Judging Area #2, but they didn't have stock. We walked further to the Gaisano Mall (roads were closed so there were no taxis or jeeps in the area), but didn't find any there, too. Our next guess was the SM City Iloilo. The first time we inquired at Camera Haus, they said they didn't have stock. We went around the mall but didn't find any other camera specialty store. Hubby decided to go back to Camera Haus to inquire if they could transfer the contents of his loaded SD card to a flash drive or disc. The lady sales clerk was about to do hubby's request when a male sales clerk said he'll double check if the SD card he saw in the case was part of a camera sales promo, or if it is possible to sell it. Luck was finally with us! The SD card could be sold to hubby. I commend the staff of Camera Haus for their good customer relations. If you need anything for your photography, go to Camera Haus Iloilo.
What to buy: SD cards, digicam, videocam, photography gear, imaging equipment, etc.
What to pay: P900+
With a land area of 175,000 sq. m. and a total gross floor area of 101,735 sq. m., SM City Iloilo is the biggest shopping mall in Iloilo and Western Visayas. It houses the SM Department Store, SM Supermarket, SM Appliance Center, SM Cinemas, SM Food Court, Ace Hardware, Surplus Shop, Our Home, Toy Kingdom, National Bookstore, Watsons and a number of boutiques and restaurants. Opened on June 21, 1999, SM City Iloilo continues to expand with more restaurants and business outlets.
What to buy: Like other malls of SM Prime Holdings, SM City Iloilo lives up to the reputation of having everything you might need under one roof.
What to pay: Goods in the SM Department Store have the same, if not lower price as tose in the malls in Metro Manila.