What better way to spend my birthday weekend than to hop on a plane and go somewhere I’ve never been to?
Our destination this time is Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. I’m looking forward to see the beauty of this city and experience one of the 7 wonders of nature that is the Underground River. But another thing that gets me excited is food tripping in different places. So, I would like to share good eats we have tried in Palawan in our 3-day stay there. And no, I did not try tamilok or crocodile sisig. My tummy is not made for that. >.<
Our first meal in the city is just across our accomodation which is the Purple Fountain Courtyard Inn. This resto is in Manalo Ext., about 2 minutes from the airport. Place is spacious and with garden setting ambience. Judging by the name, their best in the house is grilled pork ribs (P290). So that’s what I tried while Chino had grilled Porkchops (P280). These are tender, fall of the bone meat. Tastes good but I hope they would effort more in presentation.
After a good dinner, we headed to Tiki Bar in Rizal Ave. We love the place for its tiki ambience but I hate the live band! Maybe I have expected too much out of reviews and recommendations. So Chino just had 2 bottles of beer while I had a manang moment with my calamansi juice haha. Plus some cheese sticks and we called it a night.
White Fence Country Cafe
As usual, breakfast is courtesy of our accomodation. They have their own cozy resto with vibrant colors and decors plus some good food choices too. They are very prompt in serving breakfast and friendly servers too. Good way to start your day! 🙂 The resto and my american breakfast:
It took us a 2-hour drive for our next meal. Gusto grill is at Sitio Sabang, the jump off point of the uderground river tour. While waiting for our turn to ride the boat, we had buffet lunch here first. There are so many food choices, I wonder how it actually costs since ours is included in the tour. There are fish fillet, chicken adobo, mixed veggies, fish lumpia, grilled fish, menudo, pancit and many more. Plus drinks, soup and dessert too. All these plus a view to complete the meal:
My birthday dinner is at one of the most famous restos in the city. It’s also just along Rizal Ave. and now I understand why it is so popular. Good food, nice ambience, clean and organized, prompt servers plus a free bowl of fruits for dessert! If you are into fresh seafood, this is for you. Just make sure to get a reservation since it gets full especially at dinner. Make sure to also check out their bathroom, I think it’s the best I’ve seen so far! haha Chino ordered grilled squid while I had garlic shimps. 4/5 for the food! 🙂 Forgot to take note of the price though.
Itoy’s Coffee Haus
After dinner at KaLui, we went to a nearby cafe to cool down. They have a lot of food and drink choices, reminds me so much of Subi Monte or Cofftea Zone here in Cavite hehe. I tried their Macadamia Hot Chocolate (P110) while C had his ever favorite Mocha Frappe (P200-large). We also shared a nice slice of blueberry cheesecake (P130) while listening to live acoustic music.
The Gypsy’s Lair Art Cafe
I think you’d get a good idea of the resto’s theme just from it’s name. >.< The place kinda looks creepy and weird but that's what makes it interesting. Scary dolls, unusual paintings and decors plus palm reading during weekends, add good food too and you have one of Trip Advisor's best restos in the city! I tried their Adobong Manok sa Gata (P165) which I love! Chino had Gypsy's Asian Ribs (P240) plus some crispy Calamares (P165) on the side. I recommend that you try it here when in the city! It's in Mercado de San Miguel, about 5-minute ride via tricycle from city center.
Isla Casoy de Palawan Coffee Bar
Before heading to the airport we had our last dose of Palawan in this cashew cafe. They serve variety of cashew delicacies and cashew based drinks. I tried their Cashew Mocha while C had Black Forest Frappe, P250 for both drinks.
It was a birthday weekend well spent for us. Good food, warm people, clean city. There is still a lot of Palawan that we are yet to try. I hope to be back soon for El Nido too haha. Thank you Puerto Princesa, til next time! 🙂
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