Dinner at Ka Lui

The Palawan food adventure continues at Ka Lui. Ka Lui is closed on Sundays; we were lucky enough to have booked a reservation on a busy Saturday. Ka Lui kinda looks like Ka Inatô. They come from the same tree apparently, though Ka Lui is more of the sosyal type. Slippers and shoes are not allowed inside, but diners obligingly follow the tradition. The very creative minds behind the resto’s original concept unfailingly impress the discriminating diner. Between 1 to 5, I give Ka Lui a perfect 5 for ambiance.

As expected, our table overflowed with food. We had fresh seafood galore. The crispy fish tail with battered carao (a variety of banana) was superb. Ditto for the seafood sisig. The fish cordon bleu with mashed guacamole (avocado) had a unique taste, which I enjoyed.The grilled stuffed squid was on the dry side. To put it bluntly, there’s nothing special about it. However, the crab in gata (coconut cream) was awesome, the best of the lot! The gata, herbs and spices added much to the flavor of the juicy crab meat. I relished the firm texture of the genuinely fresh crab.We still had the appetite for fresh fruits. I never knew that a simple topping of muscovado sugar on fresh fruits could do wonders. I loved my mango-ginger shake even if the ginger was overwhelming. My friend’s dragon fruit shake lacked zing in his own opinion.

Fresh fruits sprinkled with muscovado sugar.

Palate-cleansing mango-ginger and dragon fruit shakes.

Ka Lui houses a gallery and a souvenir shop with quality artisanal crafts. The Rurungan sa Tubod Foundation Princess silk sarongs made by marginalized women in Palawan are gorgeous and versatile.

Even the powder room is so artfully done.

Our check for the dinner was 4,200Php. Still reasonable for the great service and ambiance plus the satisfying seafood for ten famished people.

Ka Lui 369 Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa City Tel. #:(048) 433-2580
Reservation is a must.  Lunch is 11:00 AM and dinner, 6:30 PM. and 8:30 PM, Mondays to Saturdays. Closed on Sundays.

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