Kalui Restaurant
Restaurant Review

KaLui Restaurant | Puerto Princesa, Palawan

By on October 25, 2010

Because of the raving reviews I have read of KaLui Restaurant, I was hoping that I could visit what is dubbed to be ‘the most famous restaurant’ in Puerto Princesa in Palawan. I squeezed then my small Project PPS (or my 3D-3N solo adventure to Palawan last month) budget further so that I could experience for myself what this restaurant has to offer. As a result, I did not buy any lamayo as pasalubong just to make sure that I would have enough money left to pay for my last dinner in Puerto Princesa. I said to myself that if that meal has to be special, then it has to be at KaLui.

I also walked all the way from the Puerto Princesa BayWalk to KaLui, which almost covers both ends of Rizal Avenue which is Puerto Princesa’s major thoroughfare. That is one long walk by the way and if you have Php 7.00 to spare, I advise that you hail a trike instead. It would not only take you there faster, it would save you buckets of sweat too.

KaLui Restaurant

When I arrived at the place, I had to wait a little bit because I did not make a prior reservation. Thanks to the guests that did not show up, I was finally given a table after a few minutes. The restaurant also has a barefoot policy of which I am too happy to oblige. Unfortunately, I did not take good photos of KaLui’s beautiful interiors. But I could really say that every detail in the restaurant was well thought of. Even their washroom was full of eye-catching indigenous local art.

KaLui Restaurant - tuna steak

I ordered Tuna Steak from their Choice Catch selection that evening. The fish was really fresh and was grilled just right. It came with mashed potatoes topped with avocado cubes (a combination which was a pleasant surprise), lato salad and some vegetables on the side. I also got a Wheatgrass in Coco Juice with Palawan Honey for my drinks.

KaLui Restaurant - complimentary dessert

I was already full when they served a complimentary a dessert of diced fruits and camote, served on a young coconut shell. Even so, it was a wonderful way of ending the evening on that sweet and elegantly simple note.

This meal only cost me Php 275.00 which is quite cheap for the great flavors and the visual presentation of the dish. But my other surprise that evening was learning that KaLui accepts major credit cards. Had I known beforehand, I would have sampled other side dishes. I would have bought lamayo as an additional pasalubong. And most of all, I would not have walked the entire length of Rizal Avenue.

But looking back now, I would not want it any other way at all. My evening at KaLui Restaurant was worth all the saving, the walking and the waiting.


KaLui Restaurant
369 Rizal Avenue
Puerto Princesa City, Philippines
Opens Daily Save Sundays Lunch 11-2pm; Dinner 6:00-10:30pm
Reservations Requested: +63 48 433-2580
Website: http://www.kaluirestaurant.com/

  1. Reply


    November 8, 2010

    drooling sa tuna steak and mashed potato.. yum yum.. so did u learn where the owners coined the name for the resto?

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    November 10, 2010

    I think it has something to do with the owner's name: Luis Oliva. Check it out: http://blogs.inquirer.net/talesofthenomad/2008/08/13/kalui-puerto-princesas-gastronomic-pride/


Brennan Mercado
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Brennan is an electronics engineer by profession. From time to time, he gets to travel beyond his office cubicle, try new restaurants or catch up with his terribly long list of unread books. He likes museums, spicy food and talking with habal-habal drivers. For now, he's still deciding on whether to play Pokémon GO or not.

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