K..A..L..U..I..: kaLui's bamboo seafood Resto!
SO BAmbooo-ey and woood--ey. The place is rather small for the number of people who might wanna dine in there. There's one thing that actually saddened me. you can't stay too long once you've splurged and got full-tank. Your nibblin moment is timed coz there are people waiting in line. You can go walk-in though, at around 6-7pm, but, they prefer that you make your reservation prior to the date so they won't get overcrowded. why do think..?
coz they serve the best (yumyumyum mouthwatering!) seafood dishes in towN..!
Favorite Dish: It was a budget meal for 4 people (we were just 3). They served us..uhm . I think 3 varieties of seafood dish (plus rice, soup and seaweed salad) and a coconut bowlful tropical salad. just for P300+. imagine?
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the loTuS gaRDen (asian dining): all you Can eaT suShi .... . . . .
the Lotus garden was the only resto in Puerto Princessa that we visited more than once. the ambience was really inviting and totally at bliss (it wasn't crowded with nibblers when we were there plus the sound when the bar opens..hhoo . .hmm . . japa--nice!), the people (esp. JOrdan (the owner), Richard (the manaGer), ryan, Ivan, And Luigi) were so cool, they're very attentive to your needs, they made us feel comfortable and relaxed (they'd even give you some infos 'bout the place), and all that pleasant gestures that they exhibited toward us.
the food . .?
their all you can eat sushi was really mura (affordable). you can order for as long as your stomach can handle... dazz sooooperb! coz in Manila, I usually spend a thousand or so just to get my sushi apetite satisfied. hmm. . theirs is just P370!
I just regret the Unagi wasn't part of it . . huhuhuhu ...
know what? they can actually make whatever kind of drink that you want if it wasn't on the list. (as long as their resources can accomodate). name it. he'll (mr. Jordan) make it.
Favorite Dish: all you can eat sushi . . (esp.) the kani and the pink salmon were so . . soo . .soo mouthwatering . .!
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.
Bilao at Palayok: famous for local noodles and seafood
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!!!
WHITE PINOY---EURO CHEF: TRY THE SLOVENIAN SPECIALS
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.
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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
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.
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.
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
BRUNO'S SWISSFOOD AND DELI: THE BEST HAMBURGER IN TOWN
Pop into Swiss Brunos and pick one of your favourites from the menu. he has a large selection of quality foods and all of them are good. The premises ar split into 2 rooms with the wine and deli, as well as imported treats on the right and the cosy restaurant is on the left. There are five tables with neat table cloths, but be advised this restaurant is a non-smoke, but there is a small table outside should you wish to pop out for a quick one. Bruno has the best selection of wine in the city and a good selection of cheeses and cold cuts. There is also a small book exchange and a magazine rack to catch up on the latest news. It is open from 9 daily except Sundays and closes around 9pm
Favorite Dish: Most of the time i order the double hamburger, which comes in a bun with a little salad and a choice of mustard or mayonnaise.
PHO SAIGON: TRY THE LOCAL VIETNAMESE
Pho Saigon is around km4 on the northern highway, the owner's filipino name is Lily, i forget her Vietnamese name but it is enjoyable to go there just to try something different. The food is good but i think that it is not real authentic Vietnamese as the dishes are not as spicy as they should be because the locals here are not so keen on spicy food, anyway it's worth a visit. Prices are cheap, there were 6 of us and the bill came to less than 1,500 with drinks
BALINSASAYAW: GOOD FOOD, LOW PRICE
We frequent this restaurant quite often if we are in town, there are actually two branches, one in Rizal Avenue and the other in Manalo St, preferring the latter as there are several small huts in the garden for the diners. There is a large selection of all kinds of local favourites and my wife usually has a mixed seafood dish and i a fish dish and we share a large pineapple rice or similar. With a couple of drinks you get change out of 500 pesos. We find this good value for money and often take a doggy bag away with us.
Favorite Dish: Try the Balinsasayaw express which is a mixed spicy seafood dish with veg and cheese
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.
GYPSY LAIR: A LITTLE MEXICAN and A LITTLE THAI
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.
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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