Ka Lui has been a fixture in Puerto Princesa's tourist must visit places since time immemorial. :) It is bigger and more landscaped but the original concept and ambiance have been retained. The food is still as I remembered it, fresh, tasty and filling... reasonably priced too.
Costumers have the choice of sitting down on regular tables and chairs or sitting down on pillows strewn on mats laid down on their shiny bamboo floor. Oh! and expect to walk around the resto barefoot as all costumers are required to leave their footwear on the stoop.
Favorite Dish: I loved their halaan soup, avocado shake, seaweed salad (lato), the grilled fish and the fresh fruit salad sweetened by sangkaka (matamis na bao)
The restaurant juts into the sea and is surrounded by lush mangrove. It is nice to have early dinner there and watch the sunset.
Favorite Dish: The squid sisig is good although it could use more chili. The sashimi and crispy pata were good too. One can have a glass of red wine for P75.
This restaurant features all the regular fares to be found in a seaside city like Puerto Princesa. It has an added fillip of a giant screen (maybe 10ft x 10ft?) where costumers can watch games on ESPN and other sports channels. : ) They also have billiard tables and an extensive bar.
Favorite Dish: My cousin loved the pineapple banana shake and I liked the grilled fish *shrugs*
fIf you need an early start, you can talk to Roger the night before and order your breakfast and what time you want it served. They serve Filipino and Continental breakfasts. You won't believe the size of their pancakes. The brewed coffee is also good.
Favorite Dish: I loved their Filipino breakfast of fresh danggit, sunnyside-up, fried rice, brewed coffee and of course the ripe mangoes.
Kamarikutan is both a coffeehouse and an art gallery. A long shaded path connects the gate to the main building. All around are trees and flowering plants while a small fish pond borders one side of the dining area. The restaurant and gallery is made from bamboo, but what is immediately noticeable is the absence of walls that allows free flow of fresh breeze from the garden into the restaurant. It also allows the diners to appreciate nature while waiting for their food to be served.
A word of caution though. While picture taking is allowed at the dining area and around the compound, it is prohibited at the gallery area.
Favorite Dish: I enjoyed their grilled cheese and ham sandwich so much. It may sound ordinary but they present it in a different way. I was expecting a white bread with mayonnaise spread and thin slices of cheese and ham. Instead what they placed before me really surprised me - They melted the cheese, spread it on a Bagel then add slices of ham. To complete my breakfast, I had their Kamarikutan coffee blend which is brewed coffee.
As the name implies, this restaurant specializes on seafood dishes and is built on water. Connecting it to the mainland is a long covered path with mangrove on both sides, which reminds me of a canopy walk. The dining area has open panoramic windows which lets the sea breeze flows inside. And if you happen to be there before dusk, you'll have a good view of the setting sun.
Favorite Dish: Badjao also offers set meals at P195 per single serving composed of one dish main course and a choice between rice, french fries or mashed potato. What I liked, aside from the ambience, is their green mango shake. It has a "not so sour" taste and less shaved ice.
A visit to Puerto Princesa is not complete if you don't have, at least, a meal at Ka Lui. The restaurant is made from bamboo materials with wooden floor planks. Even the furniture and fixtures are in synch with the native theme - bamboo chairs, tables from wood trunks, capiz lamps.
The peculiar practice is to remove your footwear when entering the elevated dining area. A "footwear counter" is set up at the main door where your footwear is placed in "bayong" or wicker basket; in return you will get a number tag.
During peak season, it is advisable to place a reservation as the place can really be crowded. An option while waiting is to have drinks at the rear portion of the dining area. A tip: Ka Lui is close on Sunday night.
Favorite Dish: Aside from ala carte, they also have available Set Meals. A set meal includes soup, appetizer, main course, and dessert. An individual or single serving costs P120 with one dish for main course, while a shared serving (good for 2 persons) costs P295 with 3 dishes for main course.
I liked the dessert a lot. It's my first time to sample it - a mixture of sliced fresh tropical fruits (banana, watermelon, etc.) and "kalamay"(rice cake), dashed with "latik" (fried coconut oil) and muscovado sugar, and served in coconut shell.
Casa Linda Restaurant serves as the inn's in-house dining facility, hence most of its clientele are the checked-in guests. The dining area is relatively small occupying half of the inn's main lobby; the other half serves as the reception area.
Honestly, I didn't give it much notice until it's time to have my lunch. That was when I recall the comment of my boss that Casa Linda serves really "yummy" meals. So instead of going out, I chose a seat near the balcony where I have a good view of the garden and gazebo, and placed my order. And what a good decision!
Favorite Dish: Their pan fried tuna is the best I have tried. It does not have a "fishy" taste unlike the one I had in Boracay.
Great dining experience and word of mouth has it that this is the best seafood restaurant in Puerto Princesa. I fully believe that. The restaurant is made of bamboo and looks pretty native. Everybody walks around bare footed as you leave your shoes at the front desk.
Cosy, delicate and professional - and oddly enough: extremely cheap!
It was full on a Thursday in the lean season so I'd suggest you book a table.
Favorite Dish: The set platter! Changes every day and this meal is good for two. 275 pesos per person. We got shell soup, prawns, tuna steak, an fish ordinary fish, mixed vegetables with squid and some other seafood stuff and a fruit salad as dessert.
Don't miss having your dinner at KaLui. Their seafood set meal is really yummy! We spent less than 1k for 4 people. Really worth it :)
Favorite Dish: Crab with vegetables. I don't know what they call it but it was great!
The best thing about the place is its location. It's in the middle of a mangrove forest and you can see one that's really old. The view is great and will be spectacular if you go there during sunset.
But the food is pricey and not as good as KaLui's.
[Update: Had dinner here again in my last trip because it's a Sunday and Ka Lui is closed. Their menu seemed to have improved. They actually have a set menu for 4 that is quite good and value is ok. Its P850 and good for 4 persons. You have soup, fish, meat, veggies and dessert. ]
Ka Lui has sort of become a tourist attraction in PP and for good reason. The place is such a feast for the eyes, its amazing. And the food doesnt disappoint.
Straight from the airport, we asked the tricy to stop by Ka Lui so we can book a table. And we got to choose where we wanted to sit.
Open daily except sunday. 11-2pm for lunch, 6-11pm for dinner
Favorite Dish: Ka Lui Special -- a complete meal for only P305! and good for 2 people!! the dish combination changes daily. must try!
Kinilaw -- raw fish salad. excellent! but took forever to arrive
Kalui gives a feeling of relaxation. At the entrance all shoes and slippers are removed before you step in their bamboo floors. There is no airconditioning that allows all guests to eat with fresh air and surrounded by a lot of plants. There are reserved areas where guests squat on the floor as they eat.
Their seafood is the best and our favorite was the Sweet & Spicy Squid. For a group of 4, it only cost us less than P200 pesos each (less than $4.00)
mostly seafood and veggies - our meatlover friend wasn't too thrilled with the menu
relaxing ambience, unique dishes, good service
it's a custom to take your shoes off before entering the dining area where you usually sit on the floor, but the place is clean, so we didn't mind
Favorite Dish: i'm not sure if the dish is exotic enough, but we tried the pague (manta ray something) on coconut milk and we really enjoyed it
they serve seaweeds in about every resto we tried, but this one.. we just couldn't quite appreciate
concept wise, i'd give the owners 4 stars, badjao refers to a tribe in the Philippines who live in boats - much like the floating market in bangkok - but more like a floating village in this case, so building the resto over a body of water seemed logical
the place is pretty remote and i don't recommend going there on foot - especially at dinnertime - and there's also the long bridge that you have to cross before you get to the dining hall, but they say the view is really nice in the morning
nice service, peaceful ambience
the place is more appropriate for family dinners - not if you just want to chill with friends
Favorite Dish: their menu offers a mix of everything - but still mostly seafood
National Highway, Brgy. San Pedro Puerto Princesa City, Palawan 5300
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