There’s a lot to see in Puerto Princesa, so it’s no surprise restaurants aren’t the first thing you think of once you land.
But in between zooming from one location to the next, you’re going to need to keep up your energy. What better way to do it than with delicious food? Here are 10 Puerto Princesa restaurants you should definitely check out when you’re there.
If you’re going to make a round of Puerto Princesa’s restaurants, make your first stop Kinabuch’s. The restaurant is the go-to when you’re looking for cuisine that’s native to Puerto Princesa and Palawan.
Some of the exotic dishes you can try at Kinabuch’s include tamilok, crocodile sisig, and sinuglaw. If you don’t have an adventurous palate, they also serve conventional dishes like camaron rebosado, crispy pata, and sinigang na baboy.
Seafood and seascapes more your thing? Head on over to Badjao Seafront Restaurant. The restaurant sits right on top of stilts right on Honda Bay, so you have a front row seat to the amazing view. Make sure to head there early during dinner time so you get great seats to the beautiful Honda Bay sunset.
While you’re enjoying the view, you can also relish their seafood offerings, some of which include clam soup, fried squid, and crab in coco milk.
Another great restaurant that will satisfy your craving for Filipino food is KaLui. Their menu includes favorites like shrimps halabos and sizzling seafood sisig, as well as more adventurous fare like stingray or eel in coconut cream.
The restaurant even has a veggie plate for vegetarians. If you’re a foreigner, eating is an experience there as well, as you’re required to take off your footwear before entering the restaurant.
Want a little art to go with your food? The Gypsy Lair Art Cafe will help you scratch that particular itch. The restaurant’s walls are decorated with artwork by Palaweño artists, so you get a taste of the local art scene. The restaurant also has live bands that perform every night except Sundays, as well as palm reading session during the weekends. As to the food, their offerings include desserts like ice biko, halo-halo, and dishes like buko pancit and chicken adobo.
Even with bigger pizza chains around in Puerto Princesa, Neva’s Place is still the go-to place for the city’s pizza lovers. The place had actually burned down before, but rather than consider it a setback, the owner decided to turn it into an open-air restaurant instead.
Eating amongst the old restaurant’s ruins gives it an unexpectedly homey feel, an experience that’s hard to replicate in a large pizza chain. Aside from the pizza — that the locals hold in high regard — the chicken cordon bleu and the mashed potatoes are also a favorite.
Can’t function without caffeine? Go to the Eightynine Cafe so you can satisfy that craving. The cafe bills itself as “a casual chill out cafe serving traditional home cooked specialties”, with offerings like an Oreo Cheesecake frappe and a Salted Caramel Pretzel frappe.
It also offers meals snacks like Nutella banana balls and a classic big breakfast that comes with bacon, honey glazed ham, sausage, sauteed mushroom and potato, scrambled eggs and toast.
If your mind works well on a full stomach, then head on over to Scribbles and Snacks. Located at the back of Best Western Plus Ivy Wall Hotel, Scribbles and Snacks was started by a family of artists who wanted a place where creative minds could work together and eat.
The restaurant is a simple nipa hut with mural-covered walls, and its menu offers burgers, pasta, rice meals, and pica-pica. Aside from the food, the cafe also holds free art activities for kids.
Are you a health nut that’s conscientious about what you put in your body? Check out La Terrasse Restaurant. The restaurant prides itself on serving organic food locally sourced from the community, as well as cooking methods that do not involve MSG, tenderizers, or additives.
You can be sure that the food you’re eating leaves as little a carbon footprint as possible. If this is exactly your type of cuisine, try out their duck rendang as well as their honey nougat.
If you like eating with a group of friends, head on over to Mangan Kayon, which was formerly known as Bilao at Palayok. The restaurant is hard to miss, what with the large palayok that’s right in front of the restaurant.
It’s especially well-known for its Boodle Feast, which features pork sisig, grilled squid, laing, salted egg salad, sweet grilled pork, chicken adobo, fried tawilis or lamayo, 3 pieces steamed crab, boneless bangus and rice.
This 19-year-old establishment prides itself as the place “where locals eat” and it’s easy to see why. It started out selling Chicken Inato, a Dumaguete recipe, but the restaurant eventually refined it to fit the Palaweño tastebuds.
Aside from their trademark chicken dish, Haim Chicken also serves local seafood and exotic dishes like rattan in coconut milk, sizzling ranga ranga shells, and tamilok.
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