ISLAND SIZZLERS: SIZZLING MEALS AT A ECONOMICAL PRICE
Island Sizzlers is located on the second floor of Robinsons Mall and the sizzling dishes are excellent. Choose your sizzling dish and 10 minutes later it will arrive at your table while the meal is still sizzling. Your choice of fish , beef, pork or other seafood is cooked in the kitchen rather than being already prepared. The sizzler is usually accompanied with vegetables, gravy and java rice, so if you are at the mall and fancy a bite to eat you will not be disappointed. Most items on the menu are around 120-150 pesos.
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BODATO BURGER: EXCELLENT BURGERS
Bodato Burger is located in the food court on the second floor of Robinsons Mall and i usually stop and have a burger here while my wife is at the supermarket. My favourite is the spicy Burger which comes with fries and a drink for around 130 pesos. Other choices include crocodile burger and fish burger, all at similar prices. You will pay in advance and 10 minutes later your burger will be ready and for me it is much better than Macdonalds and the other fast food chains.
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KA LUI'S: THE ORIGINAL SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
Ka Lui's has been around for 20 years or so and is now very popular with an expanded menu. Years ago they had a choice of two, a simple seafood meal or a special seafood meal. The place has grown with its popularity and is still worth a visit. Try the blue marlin steak, but stay away from the special meal, don't think it is worth it.
UPDATE---We went to Kalui's last night and the food was outstanding. I tried the blue marlin steak while others ordered the shrimp, tuna steak. Most meals cost 200-250 and the portions are big enough. There is a complimentary soup and a fruit salad included in the price. If you want to dine here it is advisable to book in advance to make sure you get a table.
CHOW NA!!!: GOOD FOOD AND REASONABLE PRICE
Chow Na (means eat now) is located in the ground floor of A@A Plaza Hotel by junction 2. There is a good selection of budget meals as well as expensive plates for 4 or 6 people. I chose chicken with mango and oyster sauce and it was mouthwatering as well as colorful. My wife had tuna belly which was also good. The budget meals range from around 69 pesos to 100 pesos and you can add rice and a mango drink for another 15 pesos. We were a little surprised when the bill came there was an additional 12 % VAT and 5% service charge.
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LALE'S: TRY THE CURRIES
This restaurant is in a hidden spot near the city Coliseum and is run by a very nice girl who is a wonderful cook. The menu is not extensive but serves delicious Indian curries as well as chapatis, nan bread and chutney. There are also a few Thai dishes on the menu. The owner will always listen to advice on how to improve the meals, as my friend had the chicken curry with the meat served on the bone but after his suggestion, it is now served boneless. Possibly prices are a little high but good food.
Update---We tried this restaurant today and for starters we had potato samosas and chicken samosas---they were quite good but perhaps the pastry crust was a little too thick. Thai and Indian Curries were as good as usual and the Pad Thai was particularly good!!!
Fresh Seafoods: Delicious stuffs
On our second day trip at Puerto Princesa, We tried Island Hopping at Honda bay. We visited 8 islands and islets. "Isla Pandan" is one of the island that we visited. There are palaweno who sell fresh crabs and prawn and can request for them to cook. Our lunch cost for only 400Php, 10 steamed crabs with rice and 3 fresh coconut juice.
Favorite Dish: Great!
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KaLui Restaurant: Come for the interior, not for the food.
Here, credits are given more to the interior designing of the place rather than the food and the service; especially the service. It was recommended by the hotel and the locals but i feel it's very overrated.
Food is so-so with very limited choices. There's even not much of the menu that's "unique". The place during our visit was full. I think it always is since they require reservations. But this shouldn't be a reason for the staff to be all grumpy and haggard looking. We didn't find them hospitable with the frowns or straight-faces. We didn't just go there to be served with food; we were expecting to be amazed.
This brings me back to the physical set-up of the restaurant. Very homey, artsy and culture driven. We were required to remove our shoes and we sat by the corner where we had to squat on pillows. This was a cool experience. I loved the ambience of the place. The lightings were prefect, the displays and the paintings at the back were interesting to look at.
Favorite Dish: To be honest, I don't remember what I liked best. Yes, I wasn't that impressed with their food. But the fruits were sweet and fresh. I guess that would be it then.
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KINABUCHS: TRY the Crocodile, if you must
This restaurant is located in rizal Avenue, a few minutes walk from the Capital Building. There are billiard tables, extra large movie screen for certain live events and a choice of eating at the bar, or your own private native hut. The menu is extensive with local food and international food. service is extremely fast and the waiters/waitresses are very professional. The only drawback about this place is that it is to popular with a capacity of around 200 customers, but this does not stop us from dining there regularly. I normally have a beef dish and my wife seafood. There are also 3 crocodile dishes on the menu, so try this if you have not had the opportunity to do so before-- but you might be disappointed as i ate the crocodile last night, many bones, hard grizzle like stuff and i would not have it again. Tasted something like a dog or goat, which is a pity as all the meals that i have eaten here in the last 8 years have been excellent. One of our favourites is the fish fillet with a sauce.
BURGER STAND: AVOID THIS PLACE
By the intersection of Manalo Street and Fernandez Street you will find a burger stand offering 2 burgers for around 60 pesos, which i have often stopped at in the past for a quick snack, as i sis today. I ordered the buy 1 take 1 burger but after one bight i realised there was something seriously wrong as the taste was horrible and on closer inspection the burger smelled strange too. Don't know whether this was the oil they used or the meat, anyway i paid and left without another moutful but it's the last tie i go there.
LESLIE'S: DAILY BUFFET
Leslies Palawan Tropical Hotel, Resort and Restaurant serves a buffet every day, but since Dampa opened up next door business has taken a downturn, but the buildings are good and has more ambience and character than the competitor next door. It is located on Mitra road with good views of the surrounding area.
DAMPA RESTAURANT: POPULAR PLACE
This new restaurant owned by the Commodore who has his mansion next door opened up recently and is located in Mitra Road, a few kms out of town. There is live seafood to choose from and they will cook it for you, the style you request. At night there is live music and dancing.
CHAI MIKE'S BAKERY: get your fill here
Get a couple of Chinese empanadas at this small stall near the intersection of Rizal Avenue and Burgos Street. Mike, a Taiwanese guy started his food outlet a couple of years ago and gets up early to prepare his delicious empanadas that come with tasty fillings such as tuna, chicken, ham and cheese, adobo and other filings. They cost 20 pesos each and two will fill you up. Try the gulaman juice too. I often snack here and chat to the friendly staff while my wife visits the market.
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RENE'S SAIGON: DELICIOUS VIETNAMESE
Rene has operated this place for around 20 years and is still providing tasty Vietnamese meals. It is a simple place where you can sit inside the native restaurant or outside where there are a few tables. They are quite busy at lunchtime and closed on Mondays. Try the delicious steak sandwich which comes in a baguette.
Favorite Dish: Steak sandwich
CHICKEN INATO: tasty bbq chicken
You can smell the delicious chicken bbq a 100m before you reach this place. As you enter the gate you will see on the left the huge bbq grill. Inside there are private little huts that can seat up to 8 people. Before this place only sold chicken but now the menu is quite extensive offering delicious thai curries and other favourites. I personally thought the portions were a little on the small side and will not return, but on the other hand locals will eat huge plates of rice with a topping (called ulam). Ulam is a filipino word which doesn't really have an exact translation but basically it means the main dish that accompanies the rice. Poorer Filipinos normally eat rice and share a can of sardines or corned beef between them, this would be the "ulam". Also in the compound is the Balai bungalows, good quality accommodation in large bungalows.
SKYLIGHT HOTEL: TRY THE BUFFET
Mondays and Fridays this establishment serves up a tremendous buffet at 299, mostly filipino food so try it, you will enjoy for sure. The restaurant is in the ground floor of the hotel, maybe 200 metres from Mendoza Park. LIVE ACOUSTIC GUITARIST TOO!
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