Ka Lui: Puerto Prinsesa’s Delicious Secret

Palawan has been in my please-let-me-see-this-place-before-i-die list in so long but I haven’t had the chance to visit the beautiful city until recently. As a last hurrah for the summer of 2012, my family headed to the beautiful city of Puerto Prinsesa, Palawan for a rather quick three-day weekend vacation. And because the rainy season has stuck out its wet little head to torment us with thunderstorm after thunderstorm, I’d like to recall the drier days of the summer past.

As soon as we landed and for most of our stay, the skies were blue and the sun was scorching. In short, it was the perfect weather to go beach bumming and island hopping. The addition of Palawan’s clear blue waters, fine sand, and gorgeous little islands made up for a truly excellent summer getaway. After one full and tiring day of enjoying the islands of Palawan, we were ready to kick our sandals off and have a relaxing dinner. Upon the recommendation of the hotel staff, we reserved our slots and headed to this restaurant called Ka Lui.

..and kick off our sandals we did.

And kick our sandals off we did. At the entrance of the restaurant, we were required to remove our shoes and store them in a numbered basket, and dine barefoot in this giant and modern nipa hut with a very artistic Filipino theme and mood lighting that instantly made you feel relaxed (or romantic, depending on your companion/s). From this point on, there will be more pictures than words (yay?), because I don’t think I can describe the setting properly. And simply because the interior of the restaurant is so pretty that you need to see it for yourself.

Clockwise from upper left: The brightly-lit kitchen; they had giant displays of real fruits; the gorgeous stage perfect for small in house performers; a throwback to decor of old, I remember seeing a wooden chair similar to this in an old ancestral house
Clockwise from upper left: Gorgeous (and quite pricey) paintings for sale were on display; a painting of a rotund man with full facial (and chest) hair in a gown fanning himself demurely; a rolled cloth hand towel to wipe your hands after washing, the entrance to the female restroom adorned with pretty flowers.

We had such a great nomz experience that night that we went back for lunch the next day. My absolute favorite thing on their menu is the Tubbataha salad. Mixed in one bowl were various fresh tropical fruits like mango, pomelo, papaya, avocado, garnished with fresh lato seaweed, a bunch of fresh raw tuna, topped with chopped garlic, calamansi, and a vinegar drizzle. If I were to base the taste based on my description, I’d be skeptical of this salad. All those things in one dish should not make for a good mix. But weirdly enough, it works. The blend of all the fresh tropical fruits, salty seaweed, and raw tuna was just one jumble of amazing.

Amazing summer lunch nomz: Tubbataha Salad, Steamed Fresh Crabs, and a rich Avocado Shake
Can't-get-enough-of-fresh-seafood & fruits dinner nomz: Pan Fried Blue Marlin, Sweet & Sour Lapu Lapu, and a wonderful Guyabano shake.

Everything we ordered tasted fresh and just wonderful. Did I use that adjective already? I’m sorry, I’m running out of superlatives for this place. The prices aren’t bad either, a full spread including individual drinks good for 4 totaled to a little more than p1k only. If you go to Puerto Prinsesa, you MUST try this place. It’s wonderful! (whoops)

Protip: Reserve a table early, they go fast.

Ka Lui
Address: 369 Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
Operating hours: Mondays-Saturdays; 11am-2pm and 6pm-1030pm
Contact number/s: (048) 433 2580 / +63 928 753 9621
Website: http://www.kaluirestaurant.com/


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