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The Ka Lui Restaurant Experience

Just a quick search on Google for “the best food in Puerto Princesa”, and you would see Ka Lui listed as the highest rated and most reviewed restaurant in Puerto Princesa. Hailed as one of the most popular restaurants in this part of the town, our travel to Palawan would not have been complete without having a meal here!

It is located at Rizal Avenue, where a lot of bike rental shops are, so we conveniently returned our scooter after touring around Nagtabon Beach for the whole day and walked down to the restaurant for an early dinner. It was 6pm on a Monday – and the restaurant was FULLY booked! We didn’t make any reservation as Monday generally isn’t the busiest day for dining out, but not for Ka Lui! Luckily for us, the host asked if we’d like to make a reservation for the second seating at 8.30pm. Of course we said yes, please!

Note: Reservation is a must, if you don’t wish to be disappointed!

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Back to Ka Lui

We came right on time at 8.30pm for our dinner. Before entering the restaurant, the host handed us a basket to put our shoes in. No shoes allowed inside the restaurant! The restaurant was spacious, and decorated with lots of local and indigenous artwork.

Our waiter quickly showed us to our table and presented the menu. To our surprise, we were given the low table, where we had to sit on the floor cross-legged, like the Japanese! Although it was normal for me to sit on the floor to eat in my family’s traditional Malay household, it is not a favorite of Viktor’s. While we could have changed to another table, we thought to give it a try as both of us were beyond hungry.

The food and service

The menu selection was quite simple, offering mostly the fresh catch of the day, with some local dishes like sisig, kilawin and sinigang.

We ordered for prawns cooked with garlic butter (P230), and tuna sashimi for our appetisers (P230). For drinks, Viktor had the Ambog craft beer, while I stuck to San Miguel Light for refreshment.
Soon after we made our order, we were served a small complimentary bowl of gingery broth, as a palate cleanser. We thought it was a nice touch and it tasted really refreshing too. 

Our order of sashimi came with 12 thick slices of tuna, and with a small mound of wasabi on the side. The fish was so fresh and tasted so divine, we couldn’t resist ordering another plate of it! The prawns were big and delectable as well, bursting with buttery and herb flavors though a tad too oily at our first impression.

We ordered for the tuna steak and fish cordon bleu as main dishes, which came with boiled sweet potatoes, steamed white rice, and seaweed salad. We were given some stir fried vegetables that resembled kangkong too! We took bites of each other’s food and the fish cordon bleu was to die for! The batter was crisp and not too oily, and the white fish was flaky and fresh, with no distinctive awful fishy smell to it. The cheddar cheese added a great layer of creaminess to the flavor profile.

The tuna steak came in a thick filet – and it was cooked perfectly. No dry, cardboard tasteless fish for us! It was seasoned simply with salt and pepper to bring out its natural flavor. At the end of the meal, the waiter served us fruit salad served in a coconut, on the house! Needless to say, we were so happy with our food we could not stop raving about it on the way back home!

Our recommendation

Overall, we were so happy with our dinner and saw why it was rated the best restaurant in Puerto Princesa. The food was delicious, and the service given to us was friendly and efficient. The whole restaurant was bursting with life, and making a reservation is definitely recommended so that you have a table ready for when you arrive.
Only cash is accepted, so please make sure that you bring enough to cover the bill! The prices are reasonable – our meal for 2 set us back around P1,400 and we left as satisfied and happy customers.

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Ka Lui Restaurant

369, Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
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