May 28, 2014


Puerto Princesa Palawan (PPS) is definitely a food trip heaven! When you try searching for where to eat in PPS, there are a lot of restaurants Google and Tripadvisor will give you and most reviews are trustworthy. Since we were able to save up with our accommodations (at Legend Hotel Palawan because of the GCs from Club Astoria) and flights (PAL free flights because of our previous trip in Boracay where our flight was transferred from Caticlan to Kalibo due to sunset limit), we had more room to spend for food and tours, making our Puerto Princesa trip a memorable one.

Since we love to eat, we made sure to try what Puerto Princesa has to offer. We’ve tried Badjao Seafront, Bona’s Chaolong and KaLui on our first few days in the city and we were not disappointed. On our third night we were deciding whether to eat at Balinsasayaw or Kinabuch, two other popular restos in PPS. But since we always see a lot of people at Kinabuch's every time we pass by Rizal Avenue, we both agreed to go for the latter and see why it’s jampacked both during lunch and dinner.

Kinabuch's is a sports and grill bar and restaurant. The land they occupy at Rizal Avenue is pretty huge and a lot of people, locals and tourists alike flock this place anytime of the day. This place also is famous destination if you want to try exotic Palawan food like Tamilok (woodworms found burrowing on mangrove or coconut trees along the beach or coastline) or Crocodile meat (taken from breeding sites and not wild ones).

We arrived at around 7:00 or 8:00pm, and I was not surprise to see almost all the tables are occupied, mostly by tourists and foreigners. But one waiter eagerly approached us and ask how many are we since it’s just us, we easily spotted a table at the open air section of the restaurant and near the bar.

We were not brave enough to eat Tamilok nor Crocodile meat so we ended up ordering Kalderetang Baka (beef in rich tomato sauce)and Fried Lapu Lapu (grouper).

Judging by the food on the table next to us, their serving is good for 2-3 persons and when the waiter arrived with our orders (which only took a few minutes), the serving is indeed large enough for 2 to 3 persons. When it comes to the taste, everything was good; Good as that of the food offerings at Dencio’s, Gerry’s Grill or Gilligan’s.

We enjoyed our dinner at Kinabuch's and food serving here is more but our total bill was half of what we have spent at Badjao Seafront. So I agree that what you’ll get at Kinabuch's is just worth the money you spent.

Kinabuch Bar & Grill
369 Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa,
Palawan, Philippines

Puerto Princesa Tour Assistance/Licensed Tour Guide:
Bryan Elivera - 09152788528

Read about my Puerto Princesa Travel Diary blog posts here:
Go & See:
Puerto Princesa Travel Diary: Kuyba Almoneca, Your Alternative to the Palawan Underground River
Puerto Princesa Travel Diary: Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Plaza Cuartel, & - Puerto Princesa Baywalk
Puerto Princesa Travel Diary: Palawan Special Battalion WWII Memorial Museum
Puerto Princesa Travel Diary: Emerald Playa Beach & Nature Park
Puerto Princesa Travel Diary: Dos Palmas Island Resort
Puerto Princesa Travel Diary: Where to Buy Souvenirs
Puerto Princesa Travel Diary: Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour Part 1
Puerto Princesa Travel Diary: Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour Part 2
Puerto Princesa Travel Diary: Irawan Eco Park and Zipline
Puerto Princesa Travel Diary: Crocodile Farm and A Peacock I've Never Seen Before
Puerto Princesa Travel Diary: Mitra's Ranch & Baker's Hill
Puerto Princesa Travel Diary: Binuatan Creations Handloom Weaving 

Puerto Princesa Travel Diary: Badjao Seafront Restaurant
Puerto Princesa Travel Diary: KaLui Restaurant
Puerto Princesa Travel Diary: Bona's Chaolong
Puerto Princesa Travel Diary: Kinabuchs Bar & Grill
Puerto Princesa Travel Diary: Rene Saigon Vietnamese Specialties
Puerto Princesa Travel Diary: White Fence Country Cafe

What I wore:

Puerto Princesa Travel Diary:  The Legend Hotel Palawan
Puerto Princesa Travel Diary: Purple Fountain Courtyard Inn

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