Visiting Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines soon? Then you must visit KaLui Restaurant! I did and it was a truly lovely experience. In fact, I even mentioned KaLui Palawan to my cousin who was also set to visit Puerto Princesa days after my trip. She swears it was truly one of the highlights of her own Palawan trip!
So on our last evening in Palawan (I was flown there recently by the US Embassy for a speaking engagement), a friend from the embassy and I had dinner at KaLui Restaurant. Located along busy Rizal Avenue and just a few minutes away from where I stayed in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, KaLui is not only a place for good comfort food but a place where you can relax and appreciate art, music, creativity and even your sense of touch! You see, KaLui Palawan requires their patrons to walk around the restaurant barefoot! Curious yet? Read on.
KaLui (short for Ka Luigi…I’m guessing that’s the name of the owner) is arguably the most popular restaurant in Puerto Princesa. And for many good reasons. Not only does it boast of good, interesting food, it is also home to beautiful art pieces made by local artists, indigenous crafts and washrooms that look like mini nipa huts! Yep, you read that right.
I took some photos with my phone. Apologies for the low quality. These photos really don’t do justice to the beauty and coziness of the place. I hope next time when I come back I’d get to already bring my trusty DSLR camera.
Inside the washroom. See? There’s even a short flight of stairs and a few chairs. Perhaps for folks who want to have their pictures taken inside the washroom? Times have changed, people.
More artworks at the back. Some of the few pieces I saw were for sale.
The tables and chairs at KaLui were also interesting as they were not uniform. There are also sections of the restaurant where you can sit amongst pillows ala-Japanese.
As for the food, KaLui only offers a few choices. Few because the meals also depend on the Palawan fishermen’s catch of the day. When we went there, we asked if there were crabs available. To my dismay, they didn’t have any crab dishes as there were no deliveries that day. So instead we settled for this set meal that was “puwede for two” (good for two). That “puwede for two” part was lifted from their menu verbatim. I found that pretty cute hehe. I think that set cost about Php 500. We were given rice, vegetables, 2-3 viands, among others. One of the viands was this spicy squid that had a nice twist. We also ordered sinigang – which tasted interesting because they used coconut water. I recommend that 🙂 For drinks, I tried KaLui’s pina colada. It was okay.
Visit KaLui Restaurant at 369 Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines. Add more nice memories to your Palawan experience 🙂
Hours of Operation: Mondays to Saturdays (Lunch 11AM to 2PM only while dinner is at 6PM to 10:30 PM) Closed on Sundays.
Call (+63) 928 753 9621 for table reservations (highly recommended) or you can ask your Palawan hotel to place a reservation for you.