One of the food tripping places in Puerto Princesa that was recommended to us was Kinabuch. The reason it was named as such because it’s owned by a person name Butch. It’s Puerto Princesa’s Hard Rock Cafe which is a popular joint for foreigners and tourists, except that it’s open aired and no live band performance (only loud Hip-Hop and RnB music). It’s not just an ordinary drinking joint, their food is something you can look forward to.
We never knew that their servings were good for 2-3 people so we ordered 2 dishes main courses and 2 appetizers. We knew that were really hungry coming from the Honda Bay Island Hopping but we still struggled. Unfortunately, we can’t take it to our hotel because we don’t have a ref there.
Almost everyone that we’ve asked, both local in Puerto Princesa and even our friends who have been here, recommended that we try the Tamilok. Tamilok is a mangrove worm although it’s not exactly a worm although it looks like one. They’re actually mangrove mollusks and is a popular Palawan delicacy. This is common in Palawan specifically in El Nido, Busuanga, Puerto Princesa, Coron Culion and Linapacan. Kinabuch is popular for serving this as an appetizer. Most likely you’re curious on how it tastes like, well, it tastes like oyster and it’s a bit slimy. You have to soak the Tamilok in a bowl of vinegar so that your palate will not taste the seafood-like taste of it. Just a bit of advice, do not eat the Tamilok if you’re hungry, you might have an upset stomach.
We ordered another appetizer, Tokwa’t Baboy. I must say that this is the best Tokwa’t Baboy I’ve ever tasted. The tofu is tasty, it doesn’t taste like tofu alone. I think the tofu was fried with the oil where the pork was fried. The pork was marinated well thus, its taste remained in the oil. Most of the Tokwa’t Baboy that I’ve tasted before seemed to be cooked separately, thus their flavors become 2 different entities. This is perfect with beer!
Since it was dinner time, we ordered main dishes that we can pair with rice. One was Beef Salpicao and Gising – Gising. The Beef Salpicao was cooked just right. The beef was tender and that the marinade seeped into the beef very well so every bite was a delight.
I love anything with coconut milk thus I ordered the Gising-Gising. It was good but I felt that it lacked salt.
Prices of their dishes were from Php 150 – 250. Their dishes are good for 2 – 3 people so it’s very cheap. If it’s just the two of you, you can just get an appetizer and one main dish plus rice. As you can see above, we’re gluttons and didn’t realize that they have big servings. So moral lesson for us, do not get too excited. Hehe. We really enjoyed our dinner here in Kinabuch. It’s worth every cent.
Kinabuchs Bar and Grill
348 Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa City, Philippines (Near Kalui’s)