Divine Sweets Bakery and Cafe: Puerto Princesa Food Trip Sweet Ending

For breakfast, we Tsinoy Foodies decided to hang out at Divine Sweets Bakery and Cafe.

divine sweets
It's has a simple facade of a typical city cake cafe.

divine sweets
 The interiors looks a bit like an American diner with red and white motif including its tiled floors.

divine sweets
As hinted by its name, they have cakes and other sweet treats!

divine sweets

They also sell pastries.

divine sweets

The extended area has a different vibe to it.  It was darker with dark amber wooden tables and chairs, red linen lofts and red brick walls.  This is were we decided to chill as they had a fast and reliable WiFi. 

Food
When the food was served, Kurt with his ever playfulness challenged me to a food photography contest.  He had so much enthusiasm hat I just had to agree even when I wanted to tell him that he doesn't have to compete with me over everything to impress me anymore and that I never wanted to compete with him in the first place.  But, it didn't matter because it was the last...

Main Dishes
lengua in mushroon sauce
Lengua in Mushroon Sauce (145 php)
Kurt ordered the Lengua in Mushroon Sauce.  It's tenderness was impressive.  I found the it a bit salty but for Kurt it was just right.  He swiped his meal clean with glee.  He also took this excellent photo.

Cakes/Cheesecakes
lemon walnut torte
Lemon Walnut Torte Sliced (75 php)
The Lemon Walnut Torte was highly recommended by the tips on foursquare so I ordered it.  While I enjoyed the mix match of crunchy and chewy textures, I would have preferred if it had stronger lemon flavors and the sweetness be lightened because I have low sweetness tolerance.  But, if you have a sweet tooth, you'll surely love this.  This beautiful photo is compliments of Kurt as well.


mango cake
Mango Cake (80 php)
We really loved the Mango Cake.  Seeing me so jolly over this, Kurt was kindly insisted that I enjoy a generous portion.

Iced Coffee
iced mocha
Iced Mocha Regular (105 php)
Kurt had the Iced Mocha which was nutty with strong aroma.  It was a superb choice for coffee lovers!


Yogurt Smoothies
strawberry yogurt smoothie
Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie (110 php)
On the other hand, my Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie was a bit sweet.  I would have preferred a more tangy taste to make the yogurt more evident.  But, I enjoyed the creaminess. 


Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Divine Sweets Bakery and Cafe is a great place to dine or enjoy some sweet treats.  The price is just right for the cozy atmosphere and reliable WiFi

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Divine Sweets Menu
Ambiance Sandwiches | Panini |
Pasta | Merienda
Main DishesMain Dishes 2 | Sides | Coffee |  
Other BeveragesCakes 
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Divine Sweets
Branches Circon Building
E. Valencia Street, Puerto Princesa,
Palawan, Philippines

Robinsons Place
G/F Robinsons Place, Puerto Princesa,
Palawan, Philippines
Business Hours 10 am- 9 pm (mall hours)
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge
Budget/Person 150-400
Free WiFi Yes
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact

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Imas Vegetarian Restaurant: Puerto Princeesa Food Trip Vegetarian Stop

Our favorite restaurant stop during our Puerto Princesa food trip was Imas Vegetarian Restaurant. 

imas vegetarian restaurant

It is a humble kawayan place near our hotel House of Big Brother.  It actually looks like an ordinary house just hinted by its sign.


imas vegetarian restaurant
It has filed with square tables covered in table cloth and matching steel chairs.

Food

Salad 
rojak
Rojak (95 php)
For salad, we had the Rojak.  It has an addictive spicy dressing.  This is super delicious!  Even though Kurt hates vegetables, he was so happy with this one.

Mexican Treat
vegetable burrito
Vegetable Burrito (80 php)
I had the Vegetable Burrito.  It looks dull but upon biting into it I was surprised by the boldness of the fresh and crunchy ingredients which was enhanced by the creamy cheese.  Kurt gave a thumbs up approval for this too.

Rice Dishes
vege steak potato onion
Vege Steak with Potato & Onion (70 php)
Kurt ordered the Vege Steak with Potato & Onion.  I was really waiting for his reaction on his first spoonful because he has a history of hating Buddhist vegetarian food.  Yet, his curled into a smile.  He offered some to me and I have to tell you this is one of the best vegetarian dishes I have ever encountered!

papaya kalamansi juice apple orange
Papaya & Kalamansi Juice (55 php) and Apple Orange (70 php)
Sad to say, we have nothing good to say about the drinks.  We've skip this for an additional dish next time.  Despite the high pricing compared to food items, it was diluted and lacking in flavor.

imas vegetarian restaurant
Although we don't normally show off our bill, we just want to praise their cute way of presenting it.

*Photo credits to Kurt

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Imas Vegetarian Restaurant is a must stop a Puerto Princesa Palawan even for non-vegan and non-vegetarians.  You'll definitely love their dishes and find them very affordable.  Good news for Vegans because they have vegan options available.


Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Imas Vegetarian Restaurant Menu
Ambiance Menu | Menu 2 |
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Imas Vegetarian Restaurant
Business Address 46-Fernandez Street, Puerto Princesa
Palawan Philippines
Business Hours
Mon - Thu; Sat-Sun: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge

Budget/Person 80-250
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact

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Bilao at Palayok Seafood and Native Restaurant: Puerto Princesa Food Trip Pot Stop

Bilao at Palayok Restaurant has a very big pot display which makes it quite noticeable from Rizal Avenue in Puerto Princesa Palawan
bilao at palayaok palawan
If I recall correctly, we just walked from our hotel to this place. 

bilao at palayok seafood and native restaurant
We were enchanted by the place upon arrival.  It had bright lights and native huts.
 
bilao at palayok seafood and native restaurant

The decor are made of native materials such as woods carvings, shells, stones, weaving and more.


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Every part of the area is well lit too.

bilao at palayok seafood and native restaurant
It has a bridge and pond which always captivates me. 

bilao at palayok seafood and native restaurant
This is the main dining area.

bilao at palayok seafood and native restaurant
It has multiple washing area which is also as artsy and has soap and and dryer to boot.

bilao at palayok seafood and native restaurant
I'm sure you'll find this hand washing stations useful when dining.

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For a more private dining, you can opt for the private rooms  or the mini kubo (hut).  We were ushered to the mini kubo which was outside the main dining area and near the pond.  It is equipped with a fan and katol to ward off mosquitoes.

Food

Seafood sa Gata
seafood sa gata
Seafood Sa Gata (199 php)
You'll rarely find me getting my hands dirty and crazy for crabs.  But, I swear the Seafood Sa Gata is so good!  The crabs were so sweet and juicy and the huge cheesy clams were just as tasty.  The gata (coconut milk) was able to enhance the flavor too.


vegetable kare kare
Vegetable Kare-Kare (135 php)
We were quite pleased with the big and generous pot of Vegetable Kare-Kare too.  The vegetable were naturally sweet and crunchy.  This is one of the best Vegetable Kare-Kare I've ever had and it's so affordable too.


Beverages
tropical punch
Tropical Punch (150 php)
For beverage we had a pitcher of Tropical Punch.  It was nice and refreshing!  It had slices of oranges and apple on it too.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Bilao at Palayok Restaurant is a great option to explore Filipino cuisine when in Puerto Princesa.  The meals are affordable and good for sharing.  They use the finest ingredients in every dish.  The ambiance is very nice too.  

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Bilao at Palayok Restaurant Menu
Ambiance Set | Soup | Sizzlers
Fish | Seafood Bilao Meal |
Vegetable | Pork | Rice | Dessert |
 Salo-Salo Meal | Beverages |
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Bilao at Palayok Restaurant
Business Address Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa
Palawan, Philippines
Business Hours 10am-10pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge

Budget/Person 90-400
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact
(48) 433-6910
Other 

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Bona's Chao Long Haus: Puerto Princesa Food Trip Vietnamese Stop

Because of the good weather, we Tsinoy Foodies decided to enjoy the fresh air by walking from our hotel at House of Big Brother to Bona's Chao Long Haus.

bonas chao long haus
Soon, we reached Bona's Chao Long Haus with tricycles parked on its front .  It looks like a typical carinderia.  The place was well-ventilated with fans.  It has a counter were you pay and order.  It has wooden tables and plastic chairs.  Lots of local dine in their most comfortable clothes.  Its simplicity depicts a Vietnamese street food like experience. 

Food

Noodles
buto-buto noodles with sbs special
Buto-Buto Noodles with SBS Special (60 php)
We ordered their best selling Buto-Buto Noodles with SBS Special.  The sbs stands for sabaw ng beef stew (broth of the beef stew).  The pork meat was tender and the noodles had a nice texture.  The broth was very tasty that we didn't mind having out mouth all red and dirty.  For the price, who could complain right?  We just can't help but notice how sinfully oily this is as compared to the usual Vietnamese pho we've tried. 

bonas chao long haus
It is served with fresh beans sprouts and calamansi.

French Bread
french bread pork meat special
French Bread with Pork Meat Special (30 php)
During the French colonization in Vietnam, they introduced the sandwich was referred to as Banh mi.  I've never tried a Banh mi in any Vietnamese restaurant in Manila before so why not in Puerto Princesa palawan right?  We chose to try the French Bread with Pork Meat Special.

french bread pork meat special
French Bread with Pork Meat Special (30 php)
It has a red and yellow sauce with pork meat with fats in it. 

french bread pork meat special
French Bread with Pork Meat Special (30 php)
It was very delicious!  The french bread was crunchy and soft just the way I like it.  The meat was tender and the fats almost melts on your mouth.

yakult shake
Yakult Shake (30 php)
The small glass of Yakult Shake was the best we've ever had and for a very good price too.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Bona's Chao Long Haus is a must Vietnamese stop at Puerto Princesa Palawan!  Since its 24 hours, make time to drop by anytime.  Their food is cheap and delicious! 

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Bona's Chao Long Haus Menu
Ambiance Noodles | French Bread | Beverages |
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Bona's Chao Long Haus
Business Address Manalo St, Puerto Princesa
Palawan Philippines
Business Hours 24 hours
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge

Budget/Person 50-150
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact
Other 

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Kinabuch's Grill and Bar: Puerto Princesa Food Trip Second Stop

We Tsinoy Foodies were supposed to eat at KaLui but our hotel receptionist failed to book us a reservation so we headed on to Kinabuch's Grill and Bar next door.

kinabuchs grill and bar puerto princesa
It occupied a large area yet fully packed.  As it is Christmas season, Christmas lantern dangled from tree branches which brightened the dark venue. 

kinabuchs grill and bar puerto princesa
There were huts, an indoor area and also outdoor.  There's a large TV screen.  As it is a bar, there were a lot of smokers and drinkers.

kinabuchs grill and bar puerto princesa

For those who want some privacy and restaurant like feel, the indoor area is adequate for you.

Food
Kurt's temperament is worse when he is hungry.  And, this night he was so we had this magnified tension between us and this turned out to be the most dramatic dinner of my entire life.

Pork Dishes
sizzling spare ribs
Sizzling Spare Ribs (220 php)
Kurt had the Sizzling Spare Ribs.  The serving arrangement was unique for us.  It was served with a bone handle and wrapped in a foil because it was immensely hot.

sizzling spare ribs
Sizzling Spare Ribs (220 php)
This is one of the best Sizzling Spare Ribs we have ever hadEven at his angry mood, Kurt let me try this because you just can't miss this. 


dinadakan
Dinakdakan (170 php)
I ordered their Dinakdakan which was bits of pig ears, tongue and liver with calamansi dressing.  It was really good.  

I recall that this was the time I was dedicated to stop eating white rice and only ate red rice so I didn't order any rice.  Upon trying this, I thought it was more soothed with rice so I asked Kurt if I can have some.  And, he told me to order on my own.  But before I could react, he quickly scooped some rice from his plate and gave place it on mine.  At the same time he was teeth-grittingly and irritably said "I don't know why you have to do something to yourself to impress some guy."  When I explained to him that I just wanted to improve myself starting with my health, he calmed down and the war finally ended.


Exotic Tamilok Dishes
tamilok
Tamilok (135 php)
I've tried other exotic dishes but Tamilok is the only one I didn't like.  It was slippery but gets suck on the throat that it was difficult to swallow.  It also has a tiny shell which is a bother.  It was really difficult to finish a plateful.  Good thing Kurt agreed to help me and I don't think he liked it too. 

Fruit Shakes
mango ginger shake
Mango Ginger Shake (85 php)
Kurt never order drinks so I was quite surprised when he ordered the Mango Ginger Shake.  I thought he got it to make me jealous because he knows I'm intrigued by unique shakes.  Of all the fruit shake items, I would definitely choose the Mango Ginger Shake.  When this was served Kurt placed it on his side as if testing me for a few minutes and then gave it to me.  I was surprised and said, "I didn't order that.  I'm budgeting..."  And, he said "That's yours.  I know that you wanted it so I got it for you."  I don't know what he was thinking at the time as if proving how he knows me.  But, I just thanked him and enjoyed it.  

The  Mango Ginger Shake was a nice combination. What a great idea!  It was very refreshing. 

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
The food and drinks at Kinabuch's Grill and Bar is good.  It is a bit pricey compared to other joints but considering it's a bar with a nice ambiance, I guess its worth paying for.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Kinabuch's Grill and Bar Menu
Ambiance Salads | Healthy | Sandwiches |
Pica-pica | Soup | Value Meals
 Pork | Goat | Poultry | Crocodile |  
Beef | Sizzling Seafood | Tamilok
Seafood | Seafood 2 | Veggies
Pancit Guisado | Desserts
 Coffee | Drinks
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Kinabuch's Grill and Bar
Business Address Rizal Ave. Brgy Bancao Bancao Puerto Princesa,
Palawan, Philippines
Business Hours 4pm-2am
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 250-500
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (048) 434 5194
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