At the end of our first day in Puerto Princesa, we ate the famous Ka Lui restaurant. For all intensive purposes, this was one of a handful of “must eat at” restaurants in Puerto Princesa. At least when you ask around “saan magandang kumain dito?” most of the locals will always start their list of recommended spots with Ka Lui.
Such was the reputation of Ka Lui. That being the case, lucky for us, we made a reservation earlier that day. It was at our hotel when we just asked about Ka Lui. They quickly told us that we better make a reservation because it is always full. So they called for us and luckily for us, they had 1 more table available for 6pm. Apparently, they have 2 set evening scheds… 6pm and 8pm. I later found out, that some people make their reservations even a day in advance.
Ka Lui was definitely an experience in itself. And the place really lives up to its hype. And is a definitely “must eat at” place
I had first heard about Ka Lui from Mr. Sonny Hernandez, MD of Living Asia Channel. He actually was describing a rather interesting painting he made which was hanging by the male restroom of the restaurant. More about this later.
The first awesome thing you observe when yuu walk in is that all the décor are native and the place is made of indigenous materials. Before we could go in we were asked to leave our footwear at the entrance and walk in barefoot.
Some tables were “Thai-style” where you would have to sit on the floor.
The rear of the restaurant looked more like a museum with art pieces all over…
And of course, I had to head for the men’s room to locate Mr. Hernandez’ very suggestive art work. Then again, it was more than “suggesting” anything. Quite blatant in fact…
Anyway… back to the food…
Sea Weed appetizer
Tuna (this still part of the appetizer)
We also had halaan soup, but the picture came out blurred.
Lobster! Small as they were, quite yummy!
close up… just to make your mouth water
Crabs! Dripping with a garlic-butter sauce.
And for dessert, fruits in a coconut shell
The ambience was just awesome. The food was fantastic.
What else is there to say?
By the way, I mentioned that we had to make reservations due to the tendency of the place getting full? Lucky we did, when we left the restaurant, the reception area was full of people attempting a walk-in.
369 Rizal Ave.
Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines
The restaurant is just a stones’ throw away from the airport along the city’s main road.
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