Ahhh... Squido's. What can I say? I'm sorry to say that I was very disappointed with this place. I've never felt so neglected and discriminated against, in a place I never expected... and this is the country I was born in! I've gotten better service and treatments in restaurants in Austria where Hitler was born in.
I came into this so-called restaurant/diver's shop... The place was half full of foreigners. I was the only Filipino in this place. I came through the door, no smile from any of the busy waitresses watching a local game show on TV. I had to find a table for myself.
I asked for the menu. Still no smile from the waitress/owner (supposedly the wife of a French smoker/owner). She just throws (literally) the menu on my table. That was fine. I don't really complain much. So, I ordered a San Mig Lite. Man! It's so hard to get a smile from these people.
I ordered a Thai curry beef with rice (which tasted like sh*t and too rubbery) and another San Mig Lite. Still no smile!
I told myself, I've had enough of this! I couldn't finish my plate of rubber. I paid my bill... No "thank you or salamat" from any of them.
The thing that bothers me is that everyone else of different race other than Filipinos get a smile and "how are you?" at the door as soon as they come in... Isn't that weird?
All in all... Very bad customer relations, very bad food, and very bad service. I wouldn't recommend this place to my dog. Wait a minute! My dog is a German shepherd. He might get better service in this place than me. Big thumbs and big toes down for this place.
We came across a little leaflet in my cottage in El nido about a home cooking, it says cooked by local families and housewives- using fresh local produce and the prices are quite reasonable. So we got in contact and ordered a dinner for 4. Its a set meal with whatever the catch of the day- and vegetables and rice. But we were amazed when it came- its in a weaved bamboo platter - we got grilled tuna with spicy coconut sauce and some native vegetable wrapped in banana leaves, arranged around a steamed rice with tomato and cucumber salad with soy vinegar dressing- pineapple and bananas- the food is well presented with flowers and aromatic leaves. Very impressive. I didn't know what to expect- i thought that it would be in take away styroboxes but we got an amazing platter and real plates and complete with cutlery and napkins. The food was so delicious and you can taste the authentic home made cooking, the portions are big and the service is first class with infectious smiles of the ladies that delivers it. The rest of our stay, we ordered lunch and dinner with them and they cooked us Sushi, grilled chicken, pork, squids and even lobster, and amazing filipino noodles. they tell you what they have and you can request. It only cost us 650pesos for 4 persons, it is very reasonable. I was fascinated with this service so i asked if they worked in restaurant before but apparently an organization trained them with cooking , presentation and economy of home cooking business and helped them out to advertise and get costumers. I salute this organization that brings out the talent of the locals, who then gets a share of the money tourism gives to this region.
Favorite Dish: My favorite is the 1st night dish we had -grilled tuna with spicy coconut and native vegetable, although they served us lobster on my brother's birthday which was quite special and the sushi platter- yum. The fruits that comes with it- mini bananas that taste like apples, the melons and pineapples are glorious.
this is as local as it gets. "balay tubay," when translated from cuyunin, means "my father's house." and what the owner, bong, did. he took bits from his father's house and turned them into art pieces. bottles are woven into dreamweavers. portraits of bob marley and similarly revered artists decorate the walls. his father's shoerack was converted into a clock. there's live music -- usually acoustic. that, or dvd's of rock greats are played. liquor shots are fairly cheap, at 50 a shot (ok, admittedly, the shots are kind of small). but there's a terrific, laid-back vibe you won't find elsewhere in el nido.
Favorite Dish: i'm afraid i didn't get to eat anything! :)
Squidos is another nice restaurant in El Nido. I ate dinner here once and primarily used them to get packed lunches for my picnic. They were able to accommodate my request for vegetarian dishes and packed it very nicely for island hopping tours. One of the days while I was waiting, I met the French owner of the restaurant who also operates the dive shop next door.
Favorite Dish: Veg Fried rice (They can make this as spicy as you want)
One of the main reasons I enjoyed my visit to El Nido was Art Cafe. Except the first and the last day, I ate at least 1 meal here every day. I eat a restricted diet (Vegetarian with egg & Milk) and not a fan of filipino food at all. Art cafe is an eclectic place with a nice store in the ground floor and a restaurant in the upper floor. The menu is American/ Filipino & some european dishes thrown in. I enjoyed the omelette with the whole wheat bread & pizza. One of the very few places in the Philippines where you can get fresh unsweetened plain yogurt!!!! My daughter loved the crepes filled with Jam and ham & cheese sandwiches. My wife loved the pizza and my in law's loved the Filipino dishes (Garlic rice with dried fish) and pancakes. I bought all the souvenirs at the store. They are probably the only place that accepts credit card. Be prepared to wait for about 10 - 20 mins for the credit card transaction to go through. Unfortunately , while we were there, Judith (The Owner and VTer) was on vacation outside the Philippines. The only downside is the restaurant is located far from where we stayed and it was hard to get a tricycle to go back at night. It is not that big of an issue except for the street dogs at night. Most of the time, they are all right, but once in a while fights break out and it is not a pleasant experience walking through.
Favorite Dish: Omelette & Pizza
If you're joining a whole day island hopping tour,your tour guide will bring some food for your picnic.You can also request or bring your own food.Make sure to bring your own drinks, so that you don't have to buy them from your tour guide.
We discovered the place as we were walking along the beach to look for a place to have breakfast. Not a lot of restaurants open early. The brewed coffee is the best you will find in El Nido town but is still just passable. However, the place is facing the beach and you can also see the limestone cliffs so it's a nice place to start your day.
The restaurant is more accessible if you pass along the beach. The sign they have posted along the street (behind it) is not that noticeable. It's two building from Og's Pension House. They have live music beginning 830pm and the food is decent. Beer was colder the second night.
One of the locals recommended this place so we went for lunch. The restaurant is two stories and we decided to eat upstairs. The place was dirty because there was a function the night before but it wasn't cleaned up. We ordered lechon kawali (sort of roasted pig) but they served pork chop and made it look like it. However, it was hard and the taste wasn't there. I complained and they agreed to charge it at price of pork chop (which was cheaper).
This place just serves local noodle dishes but has the best Lomi I have ever tasted (and I normally do not eat this type of noodle dish). The amenities are very bare but the food is also very cheap! Expect to spend at most PhP 120 for a plate or bowl of noodles that can serve three adults.
It's located on the side of the municipal building.
The restaurant had some good reviews on Virtual Tourist so we went. Unfortunately, when we went (during our first night in town), we waited for an hour before cancelling for the food that we ordered. The place was a bit full but it seems they just lack personnel as there was only one waiter and the kitchen looked small. It has an ethnic type of ambience and there is a group singing (although not that good) but it also has poor ventilation. It was just so warm inside.
Restaurant is located in an alley at the end of town and is very scenic because you will be facing a limestone cliff as you approach it. It is on the second floor as the store is on the first floor. Menu is limited although the pizzas are great! They have an electric generator so the drinks are chilled and you are assured that stored food hasn't gone bad. You can avail of the internet at P100 per hour and there are a lot of magazines and newspapers that you can read. The owner is a Virtual Tourist member, Judith, and will be most helpful during your stay in El Nido.
It's a nice little restaurant by the beach.Sometimes they have live music performance here.When we went there,I had slightly bad impression because when I chose a meal, they didn't have the meat,so I chose another one,and unfortunately,they didn't have it as well. So I didn't get the chance to try their house specialty.So I ordered what the available was, Spaghetti Bolognese and it was really good,not sweet like in Jolibee;).Even my husband who's not pasta fan,ate the whole portion we ordered;)
it looked quite ok, but they food poisoned me
this is why I had to take a private flight to Manila (lack of doctors in El Nido) and be checked there
I thought I would die
not only they are dirty, but there was a little piece of soft metal in the food, which i swallowed without realising it ... imagine the pains
Favorite Dish: my fave food.... a little piece of soft metal!
i ate here several times and everytime I had a good meal
my fave was the fresh mango juice, yummyyyyyyy
Favorite Dish: they offer some european dishes (the owner is European) and some local specialities
(this is Giuseppe eating their fresh homemade pizza)