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FOOD | PHILIPPINES | PUERTO PRINCESA

A night at Badjao Seafront Restaurant

We rely a lot on recommendations from other people from websites like TripAdvisor for ideas on where to go for food. Badjao Seafront Restaurant was listed as one of the highly rated restaurants in Puerto Princesa, and since we both were craving for a seafood, this seemed like the right place to go for dinner!

The restaurant is popular for its beautiful sunset view. A floating restaurant situated in a mangrove area, its alfresco concept allows diners to enjoy a scenic view of the sea while tucking into their selection of fresh seafood.

We did not make any prior reservation, as we were confident that at 6 pm, we would get a table for an early dinner. A trishaw picked us up from our hotel and took us to the restaurant for P100. The journey took about 15 minutes.

Badjao seafront restaurant

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Atmosphere

The restaurant is popular for its beautiful sunset view. A floating restaurant situated in a mangrove area, its alfresco concept allows diners to enjoy a scenic view of the sea while tucking into their selection of fresh seafood.

We did not make any prior reservation, as we were confident that at 6 pm, we would get a table for an early dinner. A trishaw picked us up from our hotel and took us to the restaurant for P100. The journey took about 15 minutes.

The food and service

The menu was quite extensive, with many different types of seafood and fish, and various ways of cooking them. We thought that the grilled seafood platter which included prawns, crabs, squid, clams and a fish would be a good way to experience a seafood feast here, so we ordered for one to share, as well as an extra serving of salt and pepper squid.

After waiting for 1/2 hour, our waiter came to serve our food, together with a couple bowls of steamed white rice. The waiter got our salt and pepper squid order wrong, and tried to get away with serving us sweet and sour squid but surely we knew the difference…! The manager came to our table to ask us if there was any issue, before relenting and replacing it with the right dish. Problem solved.

Our second round of Red Horse beers arrived ice cold, as we looked out to the sea and took in the beauty and serenity of the view. We could see sparrows flying around the trees as the sky changed its color from bright blue to several shades darker into the night.

Our recommendation

Overall, we had a good experience dining at the restaurant. We are not sure if we would return again though, after trying other amazing restaurants in Puerto Princesa, such as KaLui. The food was simply grilled, served with the local seaweed salad, as well as tomato and onion salad. Although the seafood was undoubtedly fresh, the taste didn’t particularly appeal to us. The service standard could be better – we certainly didn’t appreciate being told to accept a wrong order even when we pointed the error to them. The total bill including beers, ran about P1200.

We’d recommend that you get your trusted tricycle driver to pick you up after your meal. We realised after dinner, that it was hard to get a tricycle back to our hotel. The ones waiting outside the restaurant quoted us P200, which was double the price. We decided to walk a little bit to the main road so that we could find a tricycle that would not overcharge and found one directly once we reached the main street that took us back to our hotel for only P40!

  • Atmosphere 70%
  • Food 50%
  • Service 40%

Badjao Seaside Restaurant

Abueg Road, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island 5300, Philippines
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