PUERTO PRINCESA: WHERE TO EAT

While Palawan is separate from the rest of Luzon, it is still part of the region known as Southern Tagalog, and as such its cuisine has a lot in common with those of other Tagalog provinces. With two separate coasts facing vast bodies of water, Puerto Princesa is also known for its seafood products, particularly dangit and “ballpen” dried squid.

One exotic dish that Puerto Princesa locals often dare visitors to eat is tamilok, a worm-like mullosk usually found boring through wooden docks and ships. Dipped in spicy vinegar and eaten raw, this delicacy may seem unsightly for some but actually has a soft, briny taste akin to oysters.

If you’re looking for some place to eat in Puerto Princesa, the ideal place to start is at Rizal Avenue, where many of the city’s best-known restaurants reside. Here’s a quick list of some of the most popular rests in the city:

  • Ka Lui. Located at Rizal Avenue, this place is arguably Puerto Princesa’s most famous restaurant. Be sure to make reservations first (via your hotel) to ensure you get a table, as the place fills up early. The restaurant offers a nice tropical ambiance that accentuates their specialty: seafood. Estimated budget per person is around PHP 250.
  • Balayong. This open-air bar and grill is adjacent to the aforementioned Ivywall Hotel, and is the hotel’s flagship restaurant. Balayong gets its name from the balayong cherry blossoms prevalent in the city. The restaurant specializes in “reimagined” Pinoy dishes such as pochero and sinuglaw.
  • Kinabuch’s. Another open-air bar and grill in Rizal Avenue, this is where most go during happy hour. Try out their sisig and tuna kinilaw. Better yet, have a go at the notorious tamilok dish that they also offer. Average budget is PHP 200 per pax
  • Balinsasayaw. The go-to place for cheap eats. An unassuming place featuring a cluster of nipa and bamboo huts, Balinsasayaw offers affordable yet delicious dishes perfect for budget travelers. Suggested budget? Just PHP 130 for a complete meal with drink.

Many big hotels in the city also house their own flagship specialty restaurant. Hue Hotel has Matiz Restaurant and Tapas Bar (Spanish). Best Western the Ivywall Hotel has Balayong Restaurant and Anibong Restaurant (modern Filipino). Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa has four restaurants including the Golden Elephant Seafood Village (Thai).


Top Puerto Princesa Hotels


Hue Hotels and Resorts Puerto Princesa
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Canvas Boutique Hotel
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Greenspace Palawan Hotel
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Floral Villarosa Hotel
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