Puerto Princesa Restos: Noki Nocs, Kalui, Penao and Hapchan

Hurray for my last post about my recent trip to Puerto Princesa Palawan. This time, I will be talking about the restaurants we have eaten into. Unfortunately, we were able to experience eating at four restaurants only due to time constraints and at other times our meals are included in the tour package.

On our first day, we ate at Noki Nocs. It is located in a corner near the Palawan Provincial Capitol. Actually, we didn’t have plans to eat here nor have I heard about this eatery before but since it is the only restaurant conducive for us at that moment, we decided to go for it. Noki Nocs Savory House is not a fancy restaurant that is considered a must for tourists to visit but it’s good enough to satisfy a hungry tourist’s tummy after exploring the city the whole morning. Prices of set meals (with unlimited rice, one main dish and one side dish) are a little over php 100. This is also where ate the highly recommended Chao Long (beef stew with rice noodles).

On our second day, we availed the packaged Underground River tour and included in the package are van and boat transfers as well as buffet meal at Penao Restaurant. The restaurant is nothing fancy and is in fact very crowded since almost all tourists who will be going to Underground River eat there. The food is so so but then, the quantity can make up for the quality since it is buffet. :D

One restaurant in Puerto Princesa I do not want to miss is Kalui. I have read so many good reviews about it so I really want to know what the hype is about. After our hearty meal in such stylish restaurant, I just have to say that it indeed live up to its reputation. The ambiance is a combination of everything; romantic, homey, classy and artistic. Upon entrance and before you are hosted to your table, you will be asked to take off your shoes and leave them in the area designated for customer footwear. Don’t worry about walking barefoot around the restaurant; the floor is clean… squeaky clean! I think every angle is picturesque including the restroom. :D The foods are amazing! I particularly love the tuna steak as well as sinigang ni kaka (fish and shrimp sinigang with coconut water). The restaurant may be a bit on the pricey side but you will surely get what you are paying for, you will never regret it.

Sinigang ni Kaka is not as sour as sinigangs from other restaurants probably because of the coconut water. Php 245

Tuna Steak Php 215

Fruit dessert on the house.

During our last night, we are supposed to eat in the food stalls along Baywalk but right before we leave the pension house, rain started to fall. After more than an hour of waiting for the rain to stop, we gave up and decided that we eat at Balinsasayaw instead. Unfortunately when we reached the resto, we learned that they are closed for the night for reasons we do not know. We went to look for other restaurants in the area and the first one we spotted is Hapchan. While we wanted to patronize local restos as much as possible when we are on a trip, we gave in to this Chinese restaurant as our dragons are already mad. :D The foods are delicious and they remind us of Kusina Tsina, one of our favorite restaurants in our city.

Honey Chicken with Lemon Php 160

Lo Han Chay Php 150

Nido soup with Quail Egg Php 170

There are still many restaurants we wanted to try but we never had the time to do so. Other restos you may want to consider include Kinabuch, Balinsasayaw, Sky Light, Badjao Restaurant and Rene’s Saigon.

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