Ka Lui Restaurant: Where to eat in Puerto Princesa, Palawan (Splurge Option)

Published: April 2011. For a much more updated guide, visit: Puerto Princesa travel Guide.

Ask anybody in Puerto Princesa about the best restaurant in the city and there’s a big chance he or she will point you to Ka Lui.

KaLui is probably the most well-known Pinoy restaurant in Puerto Princesa City. It is just 10 minutes from the airport. and lucky us, we just had to walk going there from Casa Linda, where we were staying. The place has that homey feel and very Pinoy because the building and the furniture inside is made of wood. The interior is adorned by artwork pieces — wooden sculptures, ceramic pieces, batik fabric — mostly with fish as their subject. It feels like it’s owned by an art-loving traveler.

What sets this restaurant apart is the outstanding customer service. even before you enter the place, you will be greeted by the staff.

Bear in mind that you have to make a reservation before going to the place, especially in summer. They seldom have vacant tables and that tells you just how popular this resto is. If you fail to make a reservation, you can try and still go to the place and hope that there’s a totally free table but that would be a big risk. best to just call them ahead of time.

You will be asked to leave your footwear at the doorstep, where a slipper locker is located.

When we got to our table, we asked the waiter assisting us what their specialty was and the waiter recommended to try their set meal which was good for two (P395). It included clam soup, rice, prawns, veggies, and squid. because there were only 2 cups of rice and there were four of us, we purchased 2 much more cups. We also wanted to try their stingray in coco cream (P150). We also provided buko juice for all of us at P40 each.

Here are some photos by my friend Astrid Alvarez.

Inside Ka Lui Restaurant
Fruit decorations. They’re real fruits, by the way.
After asking the server whether it was endangered or not and he said not, we purchased a serving of Stingray in coco cream. We just wanted to try it but we left it practically untouched. I guess we were not used to eating stingray and we were still a bit weirded out by it.
Squid. nič zvláštne.
We had no idea what these veggies were but they tasted really good.
Buko juice. interesting because they just drilled two holes through it.
Prawns are just so-so.
Ka Lui also gives a generous complimentary serving of mixed fruits with mascobado sugar.

We spent a bit over P900 for the dinner including the VAT. but because we were a group of 4, we shelled out around P250 individually.

Honestly, there really isn’t anything spectacular about the taste of the food they serve. but it was still an experience we would never forget. I guess it was the service and the ambiance that make this place special.

How to get here: Ka Lui is just a trike ride away if your hotel is in the city center. It is along Rizal Avenue where many restaurants are located.

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