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
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 closed on Wednesdays and open the rest of the week in the evening only . 5 pm - 10 pm
Favorite Dish: Lasagna is out of this world
Cafeliza Grill: Something lite and tasty, we got it here.
It seemed we had been walking for hours from the port at Puerto Princesa, but it was probably not far at all, and probably just the warm weather and lots of interesting things to see on route.
We built up a little hunger :), and so decided to find a spot to eat something, and this place turned out to serve simple food and portions of just the right size for a light lunch.
At the time of writing this, the exchange rate is around 75PHP to the £1, and the price for the food and service was very good.
It wasn't just the price of the food and service, it was that the whole place seemed so clean and tidy, and the toilets were spotless. Checking out the toilets before eating is something we do regularly, and this place passed our test. And I know, not every place has a toilet, but they should!
We had BBQ ribs, and although nothing like the BBQ ribs in the west, which are covered in sauce, these were drier and spicier, but really great.
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PATISSERIE: TASTY SAVOURY SNACKS AND CAKES
The Belgian owner just opened up his second Patisserie by the intersection of Manalo Street and Fernandez Street directly opposite the Caltex Petrol Station. There are 9 or 10 savoury snacks such as Garlic or herbal bread, cheese and ham savouries and something called a club sandwich which is not the normal club sandwich but a piece of flat bread folded in half with omelet. ham and cabbage inside. Cold drinks are available and wonderful cakes. The savories are around 16 pesos, club sandwich 35 pesos and cakes around 30 pesos.
The other Patisserie is further afield but details are here.
NCCC, NEW CITY COMMERCIAL COMPLEX: FANCY AN AFTERNOON SNACK
In NCCC supermarket in Lacao Street you can have an afternoon snack for just 99 pesos. There are 4 or 4 main dishes of noodles, spaghetti as well as lumpia, french fries, puto, etc plus drinks. The offer is from 2.30 -5.30pm Monday to Friday and you can have as many helpings as you desire. Not the best food in the world but you can sure have your fill for 100 pesos.
LECHON MANOK GRILLS: A DELICIOUS ECONOMIC MEAL
Scattered around Puerto Princesa are many stands/outlets that grill chicken on a rotisserie and a whole chicken will set you back between 180 and 250 pesos. They are very tasty and normally comes with a choice of two different sauces/gravies. Some will not start roasting until late afternoon while others start mid morning. Lechon Manok or Litson Manok means roasted chicken. Some of the same places also sell lechon baboy which means roasted pig. My favorite one is across from Union Bank and next to Shakey's in Rizal Avenue, one block from the Capitol Building.----PINOY LITSON
TWENTY 8 EXPRESS MART: HUGE VEGGIEBURGER, SOYA MILK and BREAD
At the Adventist Hospital there is a canteen/store just on the left as you enter the gate, and as the Adventist don't eat meat you can enjoy a huge veggie burger or a choice of other meals on offer. They also sell whole wheat bread, soya milk and other healthy foods. The burger was huge, delicious and only cost 45 pesos, while a loaf of bread costs 50 pesos.
The canteen is closed on Saturdays
KSP KINAMAI SA PUERTO: LIVE SEAFOOD
This is a new restaurant which is owned by a Korean couple and is located on the Northern Highway about 500 m after Robinsons Shopping Mall. There is a nice garden and man made waterfall with seating outside and inside. Surrounding the dining area are tanks full of live seafood for you to choose from. The waiters were very attentative and as soon as we sat down cold glasses of water were placed in front of us. Our group decided to have beef, fish, chop suey, veg tempera and we were not disappointed. We will not hesitate in dining here again.
If there is a group of people they offer huge trays of seafood for around 1,400 pesos.
HUKAD: A NEW RESTAURANT WHICH WILL BE VERY SUCCESSFUL
There are so many new restaurants opening up in Puerto Princesa that there seems to be one opening up every week. Anyway we tried Hukad last night and we were very satisfied with the meal. The restaurant is located in One Manalo Place which is located in Manalo Extension, not too far from the airport, in a new complex which has a hotel, spa and other establishments. There are tables outside, upstairs on the terrace or inside should you desire. The waiters were polite and efficient and the meal arrived in several minutes. I decided to try chicken halang halang which i had no idea what it was but i knew it was spicy. The dish consisted of chicken meat in a coconut sauce with diced chili peppers, and being a lover of spicy food i was happy that it really was spicy. My wife had the bangus (milkfish) which turned out to be quite a large portion. Rice was not included in the meal but there was a choice of garlic rice or unlimited white rice. The shakes were excellent also. Overall i would recommend this restaurant and we are looking forward to sampling more dishes on our next visit.
By the way HUKAD means scoop, or serve. The meal is served on a plate but you scoop it on to your banana leaf before eating.
PHOENIX: GOOD FOOD
Phoenix restaurant is on the road directly across from the airport, and serves good seafood as well as enormous bowls of soup, good for two.. It doubles up as a sing-a-long and unfortunately or fortunately, depends how you look at it, there seem to be a lot of "hostesses " on the premises. Private rooms are available upstairs.
This restaurant, karaoke place has transferred to Rizal Avenue now, perhaps 200m from the airport going towards town on the left handside.
NCCC, NEW CITY COMMERCIAL COMPLEX: QUICK SNACK
NCCC is a department store in Lacao St. and outside there are food stalls selling pizza, spring rolls, noodles, and other snacks at reasonable prices, try it!
In the afternoons there is an all you can eat miranda for 99 pesos, which includes a few deserts, soups, sometimes french fries and simple sandwiches. I think there is also juice to drink.
CAPTAIN RIBS: COME ON CAPTAIN, WHERE ARE THE POTATOES?
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.
FOOD STALLS by the BAYWALK: FRESH SEAFOOD BY THE BAY
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 CLUB: Cold BEER, excellent FOOD and the best MUSIC
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
CROCONATICS: CROCODILE MEAT
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.
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