Captain Ribs just opened up last week by a friendly French Guy and his wife. However we went their tonight to try their food. Unfortunately my wife is a vegetarian/seafood only so there was only one dish on the menu that she could order, fish fillet. Of course she ordered the fish fillet which was out of this world (i tasted it too!!).
I ordered the burger which came in two different sizes, and of course i ordered the larger one which came with potato wedges, but i was extremely disappointed as there were only 4 potato wedges and the burger was rather dry. Come on Stefan, if your guests order burgers and fries, don't give them half a potato, give them more!!! I left a little disappointed, if not a little hungry. Our friends had the smaller burger and there was only 3 wedges and they also were not happy.
Also there was no mayonnaise, ketchup or mustard served with the burger. One of our friends chose the pork and said it was delicious.
Do yourself a favor and take a stroll down to the Baywalk, near the port and you will have a wonderful choice of seafood, meat, all on display waiting to be grilled for you.
There is a line of around 15 or so small outdoor restaurants, each with its own tables and umbrella covers in case of rain. Fresh fish, stuffed squid, shrimps, prawns, chicken, pork and beef are all available from as cheap as 90 pesos. The staff will grill your choice of meal while you enjoy a beer while you wait. The restaurants, food stalls start operating after 5 pm and will close in the small hours of the morning, if there are enough customers.
Tom-tom is ideal to enjoy good food while listening to an excellent selection of music. This well established restaurant/bar has operated for more than 10 years and serves German food and other European and local dishes. Tom, the owner will be pleased to talk to you while his wife, Annalyn is busy running the place. Tom will often be seen in his small computer office where he selects the best music from his collection. There is quite often a live band playing at the weekends, and he has a big screen for football matches, formula 1 races, boxing and other sporting events. The prices are reasonable and the service is good. the club is situated in Manalo st, just ask any tricycle driver or it is a 10 minute walk from the capital.
The bar also serves San Miguel draft as well as the regular bottles of beer. There is an excellent wine selection to choose from, or house wine by the glass. You can dine inside or there are a few tables outside should you desire.
And if you are feeling GENEROUS there is a bell to ring, but don't ring this as a joke as it will not be appreciated, and you might end up buying a round for 60 people!!!!!!!!!!!!
Favorite Dish: pepper steak is my recommendation
There is a stand outside the souvenir shops where you may taste crocodile meat. Or you can buy some to take away for your BBQ by the beach. Prices are around 600 pesos a kilo but meals are also served at the stand.
La Patisserie is a small bakery/coffee shop that is located in Manalo Extension, just before you turn left to the airport. A Belgian and his wife opened up the business in 2012 and seem to be getting by. There are a selection of cakes/gateaux on offer and you can drop by for a coffee. Cakes for all occasions can be ordered here and they are quite delicious.
This simple place
ace opened up a few days ago so i thought that i would try it. The Hot Rak is located on the National Highway in San Miguel, close to the end of the runway. They sell mushroom burgers which tasted ok, once you add some hot sauce (for 55 pesos). The mushrooms were grown on the owner's property and it is possible to have a mushroom burger with ham or a beef patty. The drinks available are carrot juice, soya milk and fruit shakes.
My verdict-----I went for something different but i doubt if i will eat there again. Maybe drop by for soya milk if i am out on my bicycle.
There are several turo-turo stands in the small plaza located across the road from the Allied Bank. Although this is not my preferred dining establishment there are several stalls selling prepared food for a few pesos , so if you are on a budget , go for it.
Turo turo is slang and comes from the verb 'turo' which means point, therefore you point to the pot containing the food that you require.
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.
The ambience is lovely in this place- great views around - the water, the lush verdant mountains, and native decor.
The cosy atmosphere is complimented by lovely food that is made to order and using fresh locally grown ingredients. With very friendly staff, you won't go wrong sampling the food in this place!
Favorite Dish: I love the brekky- there's always native fare- Filipino fried rice with adobo or tocino with egg salad are my faves in this place. It comes with fresh juice and fruits too.
We often pop into this restaurant when we are shopping in town. The bowls of soup are good for four persons and are priced at under 100 pesos. The spring rolls (lumpia) are also very good, one of our favorites. Whatever we choose we usually accompany the meal with a plate of fried rice which has a little ham and vegetables in it. There is a choice of chicken and pork on the menu as well as fish and chips ( which perhaps may be a little disappointing compared to British/Australian fish and chips. However the meals are very economical and tasty.
The restaurant is a little difficult to find but it is behind the Landbank in Rizal Avenue, just after Lacao Intersection going towards the Capitol building.
Papa Boss and Mama Mia are a father and daughter team.
You will find a good selection of delicious cakes in this small cafe that is in Valencia Street, opposite Mendoza Park. Probably only bettered by ITOY'S
UPDATE-- The business has been so successful that there is now a second branch in Robinsons Mall, which is much bigger and nicer than the one in town.
You can't miss this place as there is a huge clay soup bowl outside. The restaurant is built from native materials and the ambience is nice. Bilao is the native bamboo tray you gently shaking it up and to clean the rice or pick out the bad grains, while Palayok is the big pot you see outside. Each time that i have eaten here i was invited for a function and a buffet was served. while the food was very good, it wouldn't be my first choice.
UPDATE--- We w ate at this restaurant the other night with friends and found the food delicious. There are quite a few seafood plates on the menu so we chose Tuna Cheeks ( Panga- the most delicious part of the tuna fish), fish fillet with honey and mustard dip and sizzling seafood. We had a few drinks and the bill came to 1200 pesos--a bargain!!
By the way we started off with seaweed called LATO, a favourite on the island.
UPDATE--- i see that the restaurant has just started an all you can eat buffet every Friday evening or 299 pesos. This is one not to be missed!!!
Jollibee is the biggest fast food chain in the country with over 750 outlets and Puerto Princesa has 3 of them, one in the new Robinsons Mall, one at the intersection of Lacao and Rizal avenue and the other at the intersection of Valencia Street and Malvar Street. This chain is more popular than Macdonalds, Burger King and Wendys, and often you will see many local people queueing up for their order. The chain was founded by Tony Tan who adjusted the normal items on sale at burger joints. a well as burgers you can have chicken in batter, spaghetti and everybody's favorite---rice. It has become tremendously popular and outlets can be found in Hong Kong, USA, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei. Prices are cheaper than Macdonalds.
I have lived in Puerto Princesa for 18 years and even though i am not a fan of Macdonalds and have never visited the establishment i know that there are some of us who love a Big Mac, so i am informing you that the local branch of Macdonalds opened up this year selling the standard burgers, fries that are available at the same establishments throughout the world. There is even a drive-in here, and it is located in Rizal Avenue not far from Lacao Street intersection.
We went out with friends and really enjoyed the food here. As well as a few local and pasta dishes you will find a few Thai and Mexican dishes. We each chose a different dish and all were excellent including Fajitas, Thai curries, tom yam . The starters were also very good and tasty. The restaurant is situated in San Miguel Mercado, has an outdoor area where musicians will play, and an upstairs dining room too.