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Restaurants in Palawan, the Philippines

Palawan’s population is mainly composed of migrants from other parts of the Philippines. Quite underdeveloped, its dining scenery—especially Puerto Princessa, El Nido, and Busuanga (the jump-off for Coron) is primarily catered for visitors. Now a popular travel destination for Western and Asian travelers alike, there are now dining areas that cater to different taste buds: from vegetarian dishes to affordable seafood.

There are, of course, affordable places where locals and budget travelers go for a meal that can only cost a dollar. For important celebrations such as birthdays or anniversaries, the locals—the migrants—indulge dining out or celebrate at home by preparing sumptuous dishes.

Palaweños’ meals primarily depend on the will of the seas and mountains. Dining with the locals—either truly a native or a migrant, can be an enlightening experience for a traveler. Palawan has a very colorful, rich, at some parts, saddening history

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Best places to eat in Palawan, Philippines

  • A romantic Italian restaurant in Puerto Princesa, La Tana Della Libellula tops everyone’s list for its wine, music, and dishes.
  • Ka Lui is the all-time favorite and a must-try whenever you are in Puerto Princesa.
  • At Puerto Princesa, try something and anything Filipino at Balao at Palayok
  • For massive servings and sumptuous seafood delights, Squidos at El Nido has made quite a name that people often line up for their order.
  • For wood-oven pizza cravings, head to Altrove at El Nido for yummy, thin-crust, and crispy pizza.
  • For its seafood, Filipino dishes, popular Western cuisine, pizza, and pasta, El Nido’s Art Cafe is quite making a buzz among local and foreign travelers.
  • Sometimes all you need is good food, good company, and good view, something that El Nido’s Cadlao restaurant has offered to its visitors
  • From tacos, pizza, and an awesome view of the sea, La Sirenetta Restaurant is a must-try at Coron.
  • A trip to anywhere in Palawan is never complete without devouring its fresh seafood, of which Kawayanan Grill at Coron is known for.

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Local food in Palawan, Philippines

  • A trip to Palawan or anywhere the Philippines is never ever complete without trying the much-talked-about balut—the boiled duck embryo—the rite of passage for all foreign travelers.
  • Next to balut, gobble pork or chicken adobo paired with a cup of rice, the unofficial food trademark of the Philippines.
  • Palawan’s kilawin—raw fish soaked in vinegar and flowered with several spices—is a must-eaten in this island paradise.
  • It may not be originally from Palawan, have a taste of Cebu by eating lechon.
  • Grilled fish is quite simple but can be heavenly and juicy especially if the fish is fresh.
  • Eggplant salad is common food served in the tours in Coron.
  • Pinakbet—stir-fried assorted vegetables with shrimp paste and meat—is a typical Filipino dish
  • While eating balut is the rite of passage in the Philippines, eating tamilok—a woodworm found in mangrove trunks—is a rite of passage uniquely found in Palawan.