Imay’s Bar and Restaurant for the Win!


If you want to know more about the town you are visiting, there is no better way to do it than to try their delicacies and culinary treats. More often than not, the culture of a place is revealed through their food. Thus, when I went to Bacolod, I asked the concierge of our hotel for their popular restaurants to find out why this city is called “The City of Smiles“. The concierge mentioned a couple of names but I got intrigued by the name “Imay’s”, it sounded punky, funny, friendly and “motherly”. “Ima” in Pampangga means “mother” and it is where my mother comes from. So, it was off to Imay’s we go to…

Imay’s Bar and Restaurant

Address:  6th Street-Lacson, Bacolod City
Contact No: +63 34 709 0900
Operating Hours:  Open daily from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
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The facade of Imay’s is always filled with cars…


Images of things ocean in concrete adorn its facade.


A wide expanse of chairs and tables greet diners when they enter Imay’s. You immediately know that the resto is very popular and that it’s clientele more often than not, come in groups – more like families and barkadas

Wash basins are a few steps away from the entrance, meaning, you will definitely use your hands when you start eating. The place after all,  is known for seafood and to Pinoys, eating seafood is unimaginable when not eaten using the hand.

Now that we’ve seen its exterior and interiors, let’s go check its much talked about food…


Chili Garlic Shrimp – PHP 180.00

It was cooked Filipino style. I mean, Juan dela Cruz will love this because it is so very “masa” in flavor and ingredients used. Very simple and humble  yet very bold in flavor.

Tofu with Mixed Vegetables – PHP 150.00

Home style cooking never fails. Fresh vegetables cooked just right with uncomplicated procedure is sometimes the key to bring out the ingredients’ juices…

Lengua Estofado – PHP 180.00

Lengua is my favorite. This one was a little bit “firm” but very tasty. If it stayed on the pressure cooker for some more minutes, it would be perfect!

Lechon Manok Bisaya – PHP 300.00

Hmmmm…my companions liked it. It’s “native” chicken roasted to the point where the flavor has seeped inside its meat. It was very tasty – as in really delicious, however, I found it to be a bit chewy.

Imay’s Quencher 

Lemonade with slices of orange, lemons and cucumber. Quite refreshing.

Here’s Imay’s menu as of January 2017 for your information…


…and because we want to give you a complete review of the restaurants we feature, here is the restroom where we spend our most private and intimate of moments…

These are photos of the Men’s Room. Actually, it may look a little bit unkempt but in actuality, it is clean. It had no smell. This is actually the usual problems of “blockbuster” restaurants all over the world –

Map Location


If you happen to be in Bacolod City, we want you to try Imay’s because  of its reasonably priced and good quality of food that will certainly put a smile on your face. Service may suffer just a little bit, but this is very common in any highly patronized restaurants.


This review is the opinion of the author based on actual experience. The establishment may have changed in terms of ownership, prices, decor, service, food preparation and food presentation after the posting of this review. This is not meant to influence the reader’s decision. Thank you.