Puerto Princesa's Best Restaurants: Vietville, Noki Nocs, Ka Lui

12:49:00 AM Christian Aligo 0 Comments

In my four-day stay in Puerto Princesa, Palawan for the Baragatansa Palawan Fest 2017, all that is on my mind on top of the joyous celebration is food. Thus, all the stars collided for me to try Puerto Princesa's best restaurants that I would love you to try the next time you fly there.

Here we go:

Sta. Lourdes, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

It was my second time to eat here. I was here last year and what fascinated me was the history of the place being once a sanctuary for our friends from Vietnam when they needed a safe temporary home from war.

Vietville offers French bread and Vietnamese dishes like their famous porridge. With Kenneth Surat and Aci Bornea, we ordered jasmine tea then went on to get bread. I noticed we were the only persons in the restaurant that morning so we had all the entire space to delight in. 

Bonus Tip: Before entering the restaurant, find time to enjoy the green surroundings of the village. Thus, I am posting first photos of the greens before the food that we enjoyed.

2.    Noki Nocs Savory House
Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
(048) 723 2500

I thought Razon's serves the best halo-halo in town. Until I found myself eating at Niki Nocs Savory House in the Palawan's capital.

Yes, I think this resto has the world’s best-tasting halo halo, and let's add mais con yelo! The crushed ice seems to have been refrigerated with milk making the sweet taste more natural and deeper (this is just a theory).

Bonus Tip: Do not go there in the afternoon because they keep on running out of halo-halo and mais con yelo ingredients. Fortunately when we went there on our second return, I got the last serving of mais con yelo. They also serve rice meals.

3.    Ka Lui Restaurant
Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa
(048) 433 2580

Ka Lui is known for the rite of removing shoes or slippers before going inside the resto. Staff there are friendly (and incredibly good-looking) as they showed us where to place our shoes and where to sit while waiting for someone to attend to our orders.

The ambiance reminds every guest that the restaurant is located on an island. Walls made of bamboo, coconut displays, enough open space inside the restaurant for ventilation, and paintings meet hungry customers. Above all, the place is very clean and homey.

Pricing of food is fair, or affordable for this kind of "for the rich" ambiance. We got leche flan, coconut drink, sinigang, etc. These photos prove that Ka Lui is Palawan’s brightest gem for foodies.

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