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Puerto Princesa Underrated Restaurants: Where to Eat in Palawan?

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Erik James Requina
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6 Best Puerto Princesa Underrated Restaurants

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When traveling you have got to listen to the locals’ thus here is a list of 6  of Best Puerto Princesa Underrated Restaurants in Puerto Princesa that were suggested by the residents of the city.

The Locals suggest the place while Erik the Hungry Traveller provides his brutally honest feedback about his experience in each of the underrated restaurants Puerto Princesa.

I recently visited the city of Puerto Princesa Palawan for a well-deserved vacation. Aside from exploring and revisiting some its iconic destinations I also took time to check out the food scene in Puerto Princesa.

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Not Your Usual Restaurant Line Up

For this trip I decided to visit Puerto Princesa Underrated restos. These restaurants are not usually recommended by  t food and travel blogs but have good feedback coming from the locals.

Solo traveling allows you to interact more with the locals. Thus during my trip to the different tourist spots in the city I spent time to gather information as to where you can find underrated restaurants in the city.  

Locals Recommended and the Hungry Traveler Club Reviewed.

Thus these 6 Best Puerto Princesa underrated restaurants were exclusively handpicked and recommended by the drivers, waiters, drinking buddies, students and  hotel staff that I “interviewed” while in Puerto Princesa Palawan.

The locals provided plenty of options and Erik the Hungry Traveller tried almost all of their recommendations but for this blog post only 6 are worth mentioning based on my dining experience.

And yes a handful of restaurants that I tried just had extremely bad food or bad service (or both) that they do not deem worthy to be on this list.

Disclaimer: None of the restaurants I included in this post have reached out to the website nor is this post a paid partnership with any of the restaurants listed below.

Best Puerto Princesa Underrated Restaurants : Top 6

Reefs Hotdogs and Sausages

Address: Rizal Ave, Puerto Princesa, 5300 Palawan

Budget for 2 Person: 100 – 400 Php

Hours: Open 24 hours

Underrated Restaurants Puerto Princesa

First on the list of Puerto Princesa underrated restos is this food stall located along Rizal Avenue.

Reef hotdogs are the go to snacks for students, people working in the vicinity and those craving for a late night meal.

Puerto Princesa Underrated Restos: Reefs Palawan
Barbecue hotdogs & Sausages
Reef’s make their own hotdogs and sausages. They also grill them real time. They offer an array of sauces and condiments to compliment your order for an additional price. This makes the experience more enjoyable a DIY hotdog!
If you Blink you may miss it!

Finally, since its just a stall along the road, Reef hotdogs maybe difficult to find. Some drivers are not even familiar with the place. Thus the best landmark to get to Reef is noting that it is across Palawan Provincial Capitol.

The Good : Their homemade sausages and hotdogs and they are open 24/7.. What made this as part of Puerto Princesa Underrated Restaurants is the fact that they make their own hotdogs. And it can definitely compete with commercial brand hotdogs!

The Bad : It may be hard to find as it is just a small stall.

4/5

the Hungry Traveller club Endorsed : 4 Stars

If you’re looking for a quick bite or if you are craving for a midnight snack then this is the place to go. It is just a small joint along the road thus finding it maybe a little tricky4

Puerto Princesa Underrated Restos: Viet Ville

Address: Barangay Sta. Lourdes, Puerto Princesa, 5300 Palawan
Budget for 2 Person: 500 – 1000 Php / 9 – 18 USD

Hours: Everyday 8 AM – 9 PM

Puerto Princesa Underrated Restaurants: Viet Ville Palawan

There are a lot of Vietnamese restaurants in Puerto Princesa but nothing could be more authentic than visiting the first Vietnamese restaurant that opened in the city.

Viet Ville is located in the Vietnamese Village (thus the name). The Village used to have a lot of Vietnamese migrants who sought refuge in Puerto Princesa during the height of the Vietnamese war.

I wanted to enter the village but the locals told me that its not allowed and I was already hungry so i complied and just went inside the restaurant.

As per the locals, there are still a couple of Vietnamese villagers residing in the area but it is not as populated nor as economically thriving as before. My “tipster” mentioned a lot of politically fueled stories about Viet Ville – perhaps I shall tell their story on my future posts.

Chao Long Noodles
Summer Rolls
Chao Long Bao Palawan
Summer Rolls

While in Viet Ville I ordered their signature Chao Long (beef stew noodles) together with their summer rolls. Their soup has a smooth consistency to it. It is also less greasy compared to other Chao Long restaurants I tried in Puerto Princesa.

I am also a sucker for homemade quality noodles thus I prefer Viet Ville’s as their noodles are more translucent.

The Good: Authentic Vietnamese dishes that are less greasy makes Viet Ville part of the Best Puerto Princesa Underrated Restaurants. 

The Bad: It’s more pricey and its farther away from the city proper compare to other Chao Long Restaurants in Puerto Princesa.

4.5/5

the Hungry Traveller Endorsed Club Rating: 4.5 stars

I like my experience in Viet Ville. The place is relaxing and the meal is hearty. Yes its more expensive than the other Vietnamese restaurant but what your paying for is an authentic Vietnamese meal. So its worth the extra bucks.

In terms of distance if your itinerary includes a Honda Bay island hoping then Viet Ville is just a block away from the road that takes you to Honda Bay port.

Sabie Bakes

Address: 2F SM City Puerto Princesa, 5300 Palawan
Budget for 2 Person: 300 – 500 Php / 5 – 9 USD

Hours: Mall Hours 10 AM – 9 PM

Sabie Bakes SM Palawan

Another Puerto Princesa underrated restaurants that got recommended by the locals is this small café found inside SM Puerto Princesa.

The area where Sabie Bakes is located is surrounded by artisan cafes but what attracted me to the place was its youthful and colorful vibe.

Boston Choco Cupcake, Silvana and Choco Strawberry Frappe
Dessert Places In Palawan
Where to eat in Puerto Princesa

They specialize in, you guess it baked goods! I tried their Boston creme cupcakes and their silvanas. Both were really good.

Their cupcakes were very moist possibly the most moist cupcake I have ever eaten while their silvanas were not as sweet as the silvanas you can buy in Dumaguete.

Their coffee was not to my liking while service could use a little more oomph !

The Good: Their baked goods are VERY GOOD especially their cupcakes.

The Bad: Staff needs more training on how to be perky and how to better communicate. Don’t just look at customers like a deer in the headlights.

3.5/5

Erik the Hungry Traveller Endorsed Rating: 3.5 stars

Despite the staff’s inability to market their goods. My overall experience for this restaurant is good. I definitely enjoyed eating the cupcake and silvana that I ordered.

Puerto Princesa Underrated Restaurants: Itoy's Coffee Haus

Address: Rizal Ave, Puerto Princesa,  5300 Palawan
Budget for 2 Person: 500 – 1500 Php / 9 – 28 USD

Hours: Everyday 7 AM – 11 PM

Itoys Coffee Haus
 

Itoy’s coffee house has to be the most popular underrated restaurant in Puerto Princesa on this list. Anyone who lives in Puerto Princesa know this restaurant which is why I am a bit surprised that this place does not usually come out on famous restaurants to visit while in city.

The restaurant is a culture hub of food. From burgers, pasta and to your local traditional meals. The place is centrally located and has both indoor and alfresco dining area. I also like how
Itoy’s is a bit quirky in terms of its set-up.

I ordered one of their popular dish which is the Sizzling bulalo (beef shank) and I paired it with their café Americano.  Crazy combo right? 

Their sizzling bulalo is a tad
creamy for my liking. I was imagining more of a steak meal but ended up with a
beef stroganoff type of dish.

I kind of wish I ordered their other
meals just to neutralize the creaminess of the bulalo.

Their coffee on the other hand was the best I have ever tasted throughout my stay in Puerto Princesa.

Sizzling Bulalo ala Itoy's
Cafe Americano in Puerto
6 Underrated Restaurants in Puerto Princesa : Itoys Coffee Haus
Where to Eat in Puerto Princesa

The Good : Coffee was incredibly good! Best café Americano I drank while in the city.

The Bad : Sizzling Bulalo was a NO for me and the complimentary soup and vegetables that came along with it was the perfect definition of why it’s just “complimentary” .

3.5/5

the Hungry Traveller Club Endorsed Rating: 3.5 stars

I feel it in my gut that there are other food options in Itoy’s that deserve a two thumbs up and I unfortunately chose an average tasting meal. With this said, their coffee was just divine and that is more than enough reason for me to give this restaurant a second visit.

Puerto Princesa Underrated Restaurants: EightyNine Cafe

Address: 420 Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa, 5300 Palawan
Budget for 2 Person: 700 – 1500 Php / 13 – 28 USD

Hours: Everyday 6 AM – 10 PM

Eightynine Cafe Puerto Princesa

I was not leaving Puerto Princesa without knowing if any of their home grown Puerto Princesa restaurants offer juicy quality burgers. And fortunately I found eightynine cafe. 

Fortunately I found a café that
offered just that.

Above Average Burger
Blah Activated Charcoal Coffee
EightyNine Cafe Burger Puerto Princesa
Activated Charcoal Coffee

The highlight for me was their burgers. The meat was tender, the bun was well toasted and the French fries on the side was crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

I also liked Eighty Nine Café’s quaint and romantic vibe. I was the only customer in the café but I imagined that it could get a bit noisy if the place was a full house.  

Their Charcoal Drinks Needs Detoxification

What was not appealing to me was their Activated charcoal coffee. Why is that? One it was expensive, heck it was more expensive than my burger and two it was different (in a bad way) to the other Activated charcoal drinks I have tasted.

The Good: Their burgers and fries were good!

The Bad: 2 words to describe their Activated Charcoal Coffee: AWFULLY INAUTHENTIC.

3/5

the Hungry Traveller club Endorsed Rating: 3 stars

Two thumbs up for their burger and fries combo but two thumbs down for EightyNine Cafe’s activated charcoal coffee drink. 

Puerto Princesa Underrated Restaurants: Street Food Scene

Address: Valencia St, Puerto Princesa, 5300 Palawan
Budget for 2 Person: 100 – 300 Php / 2 – 6 USD
Hours: Everyday 6 PM onwards

Last food place to visit to complete the 6 Best Puerto Princesa Underrated Restaurants list is the street food scene of Palawan. 

Now I’m not talking about the ones located at the Puerto Princesa boulevard. Those stalls rips you off of your money.

The street food stalls I am referring to are those grilled and fried meat found along Puerto Princesa’s China town area and those found at the intersection along Rizal Avenue. The street food scene in any Philippine destination I visit is just happiness for me. Although not ideally a healthy option it is still a gastronomic experience like no other.

Puerto Princesa offers an array of fried and grilled meats. Fried squid, intestines, spring rolls and pork. They also sell barbecued pork face which I find chewy and surprisingly tasty. The street food are affordable and delicious. Although I recommend to try it just once throughout your trip as it is absolutely unhealth

Street food in Puerto Princesa Palawan
Puerto Princesa Palawan Food Trip

The Bad: Bad for your heart, bad for your liver and bad for your kidneys.

3/5

the Hungry Traveller Club Endorsed Rating: 3 stars

Nothing can be more authentic than a street food meal in Puerto Princesa. Its very affordable but don’t go crazy over it as these meals tend to also be very unhealthy.

So there you have it the complete list and The 6 Best Puerto Princesa Underrated Restaurants as recommended by the local. My food journey in the city was definitely a memorable one.

Looking forward to my next food trip adventure. Hmm I wonder where my feet and stomach would take me next.

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18 thoughts on “Puerto Princesa Underrated Restaurants: Where to Eat in Palawan?”

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    oh my goodness this is an awesome post- i love finding out about underated restaurants that usually have the best food ever- thanks for sharing

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    catherine santiago jose

    This is such a nice post and I really enjoy reading it. I will definitely visiting these places/restaurants once I visit Puerto Princess, they are maybe an underrated restaurants but it doesn’t mean that they are not serving a quality and delicious food.

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