Touring Puerto Princesa for Two Part 3: Where to Eat
Puerto Princesa City has a nice of relatively affordable places to eat. Walk along the safe Rizal Road and you’ll encounter restaurants, grill places, fast food joints, coffee shops and even eateries. There are more places to eat along the National Highway.
I say relatively affordable because for the type of food you will be getting, it’s more expensive here in Manila. We though seafood was abundant but there were times that they ran out of crabs or prawns but I guess it’s because the place is really popular.
Here are the places you may want to try when you’re at Puerto Princesa:
We weren’t able to go to each one of these places but they are recommended by locals and tourists alike. Sorry for the lack of photos too. I can’t shake the habit of eating before shooting.
Balinsasayaw Chicken Grill and Restaurant
This one is a cheap place with lots of food choices. If you’re really on a budget, they have value meals at Php80. Service is kind of slow though. Their Bird’s Nest Soup is not that spectacular so you might want to skip it. Try the crabs or prawns instead. Oh and the fresh fruit shakes too.
This one’s located along Rizal Ave. and is walking distance from Hotel Fleuris. Very popular place. We ate here thrice! During our first visit back in 2006, we also ate here twice.
Kinabuchs Grill and Bar
This restaurant is like Gerry’s Grill with open-air dining with a huge projected screen for sports shows. The place is expansive and opens only at night. A bit more expensive than Balinsasayaw but more dishes you can choose from. You might want to come early because it tends to get full especially at weekends. And because of the amount of people dining here, expect service to be really slow.
Their specialty is the tamilok which is also known as woodworm (not really a worm). If you want to try something adventurous, order this one. The place was jampacked when we tried to eat here and when we found out that they ran out of crabs, we just went to Balinsasayaw again to dine. We already tried this place back in 2006 anyway.
Kinabuch’s is also located along Rizal Ave. Another review here.
I honestly wanted to try this place out but we weren’t able to make a reservation on time. Yes, you need a reservation to eat here and it should be a day in advance. Make this one of the first thing on your to-do list upon arriving at Puerto Princesa, get a reservation at Kalui’s.
It’s a bit on the pricey side but people say the dining experience is well worth it. Check out this post for a nice review.
369 Rizal Avenue Puerto Princesa City Palawan
( Opens Daily Save Sundays Lunch 11-2pm; Dinner 6:00-10:30pm )
Reservations: (048) 433 2580
Badjao SeaFront Restaurant
Sadly, we weren’t able to try this place mainly because we only have dinner to spare and this place is a bit out of the way. It is located along Abueg St. and stands on top of a mangrove swamp. A nice place for a cool, balmy day. If you want to go here you need to pay more for your tricycle to wait for you unless you want to walk back to the main road.
Viet Ville Restaurant
If you’re going to the Honda Bay Tour, see if you can stop by at Viet Ville and try some Vietnamese cuisine especially their noodles. This village was made as an asylum for Vietnamese refugees who fled by boat to Puerto Princesa during the 70′s. Most of the authentic Viet people are gone now but the atmosphere and culture is still retained. See a review here.
Kilometer 13, Barangay Sta. Lourdes, Puerto Princesa City
Haim Chicken Inato
Here’s a cheap eats for you to go to in Puerto Princesa. Back in 2006, chicken inasal was not yet popular in Manila so every time we go to the province we look for their version of inasal. Haim Chicken Inato is the first in Puerto Princesa and their chicken is really tasty, back in 2006 that is. Anyway, all chicken inasal tastes the same to me after tasting different versions so we didn’t eat here again this time around.
But it should not break your budget when you dine here. Tricycle drivers should know where Haim Chicken Inato is located. Want to read a review of this place?
Bona’s Chao Long
The mother of all cheapest food in Puerto Princessa. If you weren’t able to go to Viet Ville, there are plenty of Chao Long places in the city and Bona’s is the most popular, located along Manalo Extension. By the way, Chao Long is a Vietnamese dish which is essentially beef stew with Pho noodles in tomato soup. Not that spectacular for me but its Php45 and a lot of locals seem to be enjoying it. Read a review here.
There you go. If you’re only to choose three restaurants here, pick Balinsasayaw, Kinabuchs and Ka Lui’s and you’re all set for your Puerto Princesa dining experience.