DONKIN DONUTS: ANOTHER DONUT CHAIN
Donkins Donuts are located in Rizal Avenue just after the intersection with Lacao Street and one of the attractions of grabbing a snack here is that free wifi is available. Donkins can probably accommodate many more people than its rivals, Mister Donut, which is another 500 m down Rizal Avenue.
Also Donkin Donuts and Mister Donuts have stands in NCCC and Robinsons Shopping Malls
Donuts are from around 15 pesos and upwards
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MISTER DONUT: DONUTS, DONUTS and DONUTS
Mister Donut is located in Rizal Avenue, just after the intersection with Valencia Street if you are walking towards the port. A donut and coffee will provide you with a cheap breakfast and plenty change from 100 pesos.
La Tana Della Libellula: try Italian
An Italian guy and his wife just opened a new Italian restaurant that is situated a few minutes from the airport in a picturesque garden. There are a good selections of pastas and pizzas at a reasonable price. Good Italian wines too! Try it, the ambiance is also nice.
Nick and His wife Tina also have a small store on the premises where you can buy Italian wines and other Italian products such as Parmesan, mozzerella cheese, olives, olive oil etc, all at reasonable prices.
The name means " nest of the dragonfly " in English.
UPDATE--- The restaurant is open every day of the week in the evening only . 5 pm - 10 pm.
The pizzas are now thin crust, very tasty but not as filling as before. There is wifi available for customers.
Favorite Dish: Lasagna is out of this world
SERI PAL MALAYSIA: HALAL FOOD, BUFFET and SOMETHING TO CHEW ON
This restaurant opened up last week so we took the opportunity to dine there and we were not too disappointed. Apparently the owner, a friendly gentleman from Ipoh was asked by the governor to promote the Halal Malaysian food. Keep in mind it had only just opened up so the menu had a few items only such as nasi goreng, mee goreng, but there was an all you can eat buffet for only 199 pesos. The owner assured me that the menu would be expanded in the coming weeks. The buffet consisted of sweet and sour fish, fish curry, beef curry, mee goreng and curry prawns. We tried everything between us and it certainly had the true Malaysian flavors. I was particularly enjoying the beef curry until i had a mouthful of meat that just would not go down my throat. I chewed and chewed but could make no headway, even it was impossible to bite through this particular piece of meat. I began to doubt if it was meat, perhaps it was a piece of rubber that had been dropped into the cooking pot by accident. I chewed some more, but it was a struggle, what the hell was in my mouth. After several minutes of chewing i gave up and took the mysterious item from my mouth and placed it on my plate.
I will however say that i will visit the restaurant again.
TOKYO GYOZA: RATHER A LIMITED MENU
Tokyo Gyoza is a new restaurant in town so we thought that we would give it a try out, but unfortunately we did not dine here as my wife does not eat meat and the only meatless item was a salad, so i will return by myself at a later date. However there were only a few items on the menu, two types of gyoza, a soup with gyoza, a green salad and a potato salad, but the price seemed very cheap as 5 or 6 gyozas only cost 60 pesos.
If you want to try out this restaurant i would go there quickly as i cannot see it surviving on Gyozas alone.
WHITE PINOY---EURO CHEF---BLUE PINOY: TRY THE SLOVENIAN SPECIALS
UPDATE JUNE 2014--- don't really know what is happening here anymore but Iztok has departed leaving the other guy in charge and it has changed its name to BLUE PINOY!!!!
Update----This week i noticed a new sign, Euro Chef---- the original sign White Pinoy is ard to see at night but the new sign Euro Chef is made from a series of lights
Iztok and Jaco (both from Slovenia) with their charming Filipina wives Matilda and Ruby) seem to have a good thing going here.
We visited the new 'WHITE PINOY' this afternoon and enjoyed the hospitality of the owners. The restaurant is decorated in native materials with a few traditional native products hanging on the ceiling and pinned to the walls. Prices seem reasonable and the owners are friendly.
We tried the food and we loved it!!! I had the Slovenian dish cevapcici with potatoes and i must say the meat was very good indeed. My wife had pasta with shrimps in a delicious sauce. We will become regular patrons there and looking forward to our next visit when i will try the Goulash!!
The guys make home-made bread which is tasty, and also one of the few places or maybe only place in Puerto Princesa that makes home-made pasta. On our second visit we ordered BUSARA which are local shells cooked in a delicious sauce.
The restaurant is located just a few meters after the turn off from Rizal to Manalo, ---Rengel Road.
Balinsasayaw: Swallows nest soup
Waiters were nice and very well organized, they were very professionals.
Favorite Dish: It was in Puerto Princesa where I tasted swallows nest soup for the first time in my life in a centrically located restaurant named Balingsasayaw along Rizal Avenue.
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NCCC, NEW CITY COMMERCIAL COMPLEX: QUICK SNACK or ALL YOU CAN EAT AFTERNOON BUFFET
NCCC is a department store in Lacao St. and inside there are food stalls selling pizza, spring rolls, noodles, and other snacks at reasonable prices, try it! You will find them in the ground floor shopping mall at the rear.
In the afternoons there is an all you can eat merianda for 99 pesos, which includes a few deserts, soups, sometimes french fries and simple sandwiches and all the juice you can drink. (MONDAY-FRIDAY only)
We felt like a snack in mid afternoon so we had the 99 peso deal which is available from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm.
Today's food selection included spaghetti, pancit (noodles), lumpia (spring rolls), squid balls, macaroni salad, and 5 different types of Philippine deserts as well as orange juice. Well worth the 99 pesos ( US$2)
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UGONG ROCK: FINE FOOD
UGONG ROCK is next to the Badjao Hotel in Rizal Avenue and after a long absence we ate here last night and thoroughly enjoyed the food. As you walk in they have fresh seafood displayed on ice with the prices per 100 gms clearly larked. Next to it is a counter with different type of meat for grilling so you just choose what you want. There is an extensive menu also which we decided to order from. I had grilled chicken which was quite tasty, my wife had a tanguige steak, which is a fish and it was accompanied with a delicious sauce. Our guests had a mixed seafood dish which was also good value for money, and we shared a seafood fried rice dish. The beer was cold and the service was good, and meanwhile there was a acoustic guitarist playing some well known songs. We will to hesitate to dine here again.
5% service charge is added to the bill.
If you want to enjoy a conversation sit as far away from the entertainers as possible as sometimes the music can be rather loud.
NCCC CAFETERIA: TRY THE HALO HALO
A Philippine favorite that will refresh you, and will only cost a little more than 50 pesos. Pop along to NCCC department store and you will find the cafeteria on the far right after you enter. Order the halo halo and you will be given a bowl of shaved ice that will contain many of the following----caramelised plantains, ube jam, macapuno coconut, sugar palm fruit, leche flan, kidney beans, garbanzos, gulaman, sweet potato, nata de coco, tapioca, fruit, beans and other sweets, topped with a scoop of ube ice cream with evaporated milk poured over it. Usually the locals begin to eat it and when there is less in the bowl they will mix everything together which will result in a delicious snack!!
THE OUTBACK: TRY THE SIZZLING SEAFOOD
Last night we attended the opening of the OUTBACK which is a restaurant at the Kookaburra Hotel. We soon found out that the owners were a Filipino family that lived in Australia for many years and if you talked to them with your eyes closed you would assume by their accent that it was a group of Aussies. The owner is now retired and spends his time between Australia and Puerto Princesa, but the whole family was here for their vacation for the opening night. They were extremely friendly and we had a few beers together.
Now for the food! The menu only had a few items on it such as sandwiches, chips, noodles and sizzling seafood and as it was opening night everything including the beer was half price. The chips were very good and came in Australian portions, the chicken pancit was good and the sizzling seafood was excellent, which consisted of fish, squid and shrimp that had been cut up into small pieces. There was a live acoustic guitarist and singer which may be a weekly event on a Saturday. Also they are going to put in a pool table in the near future, as well as add a few more items to the menu. If you are expecting Aussie pies and fish/chips you will not find any here, only local food.
The Kookaburra Hotel is in Abueg Road, near the entrance to Pristine beach.
BADJAO SEAFOOD RESTAURANT: POSSIBLY THE BEST IN TOWN
We had not been to the Badjao Seafront Restaurant for over 7 years and we were pleasantly surprised at the improvement. Before we were usually the only customers there but now it is a busy restaurant with perhaps 70 diners when we left. the restaurant is built over the sea on stilts and there is a good view of the sea, the mountains and the mangroves as well as the sunset. It is a wooden structure and well decorated, and as the name suggests it mainly serves seafood although they do offer chicken, pork and beef. The menu is quite extensive with over 120 items and some seafoods are priced by the 100 grams, such as lobster, crab and certain fish. My wife opted for tanguigue fish steak which is a white was excellent and just cooked so the meat melted in your mouth. Meals at our house are usually meat free, my wife being a seafood veggie person so i settled for a tenderloin steak with mushroom sauce , which was very tasty and can't wait for my next meal there. Both dishes came with french fries and veggie and cost only 225 pesos each----a bargain for such a restaurant in a beautiful setting. 10% service charge was added to the bill! Service was speedy and the waiters friendly.
KA INATO: TASTY CHICKEN BBQ and OTHER MEALS --- ECONOMIC
Chicken Inato opened up maybe a year ago in Rizal Avenue, not too far away from the airport. It is the third branch that has been opened up by the owner and like the others it serves excellent tasty chicken BBQ and a host of other tasty meals. The restaurant is cozy and well planned, the waitress/waiters are extremely industrious and will look after you. Indeed, as soon as you sit down , seconds later a complimentary soup will be placed in front of you. Try the spicy BBQ, you will not be disappointed.
Most meals are quite affordable between 100 and 200 pesos.
D' LABAYEN RESTO BAR: GREAT PLACE TO EAT
Before this restaurant was a few kilometers from the center of town, but after it was closed for a few months we were pleased to see that it had transferred in town along Rizal Avenue and it is now called a restobar. Unfortunately this means that customers may use the karaoke and sing their favorite songs, something that i dislike. However while we were dining there were no customers that were interested in singing. The menu is mostly Korean style dishes and it appears that the same food is offered from the original menu. We decided on the squid rings, D'Labayen fried rice and a Korean soup, which i cannot remember the name, but the food was delicious and we will certainly be dining here regularly. The service was excellent and the waiters/waitresses exceptionally friendly.
With each meal you will be served 5 small sample dishes of Kimjee and other Korean favorites.
WHITE FENCE CAFE: THE BURGER IS THE BEST
Yet another restaurant opened up recently so today we dined there for lunch and we were not disappointed. The restaurant is called the White Fence Cafe which you will find in the Purple Fountain Courtyard Inn which is in Manalo Extension not too far from the airport. The Purple Fountain is actually a hotel/inn but the cafe is at the front. The cafe is divided into a non a/c room and an a/c room which at 15 C was a little cold for us. I decided to try the burger which was the best in Puerto Princesa....and i have lived here nearly 20 years, so i should know. The burger was cooked over charcoal and had a distinct flavor, served with a reasonable amount of french fries. My Wife had a salad, enough for 2 or 3 people. The menu also has a good selection of other food such as pizza, fish and chips and other favorites.
My only complaint was that the beer was not so cold and was served with a mug of ice.
The decoration in the cafe was unique with the walls different colours, several cabinets displayed wine bottles, tea-cups, and other ornaments as well as some nice paintings on the wall.\
There is also accommodation here and a small playground to amuse the young ones.
I will certainly be coming back here again and try some of their delights from the menu.
On our next visit we tried the fish in beer batter with chips and this is another dish i can thoroughly recommend. The fish was cut in strips which you could eat with your hands
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