Where to eat in Puerto Princesa City: La Terrasse Restaurant
We concluded our very historical and educational second day of the Puerto Princesa Heritage Tour by having dinner at La Terrasse Restaurant. We were graciously welcomed by Ms. Angie Mendoza, and led us to our tables.
La Terrasse is a cozy and romantically-lit restaurant located along Rizal Street in Puerto Princesa City. We were assured that La Terrasse would only serve the best of Palawan. And when they said the best, they meant it. They meant organic, natural, no preservatives, no artificial seasonings whatsoever.
La Terrasse is known for exclusively sourcing and using only the best local and organic ingredients in all their dishes. Plus, they make everything from scratch as they avoid using artificial flavorings and MSG on their gastronomical works of art. As a foodie, I believe that food tastes best when it is prepared in the most traditional and natural way. I was glad that the food were served exactly like so in Le Terrasse. Here is the list of the food we just had:
Empanada ni Mamiya (Php 130) – this turnover is not your ordinary empanada. Its recipe—the contrasting flavors of salty meat and the sweetly cooked potatoes—is an heirloom specialty enclosed inside a flaky crust. Trust me! You will love it too!
Ceviche de La Terrasse/Kinilaw (Php 210) – this colorful plate of raw vegetable and seafood will not only catch your eye, it will also spike up your appetite. Each spoonful was satisfying as it contained blanched shrimps, squid, king mackerel, and the bursting flavor of sour mango, lemon, and some green herbs combined.
Lemon Grass-Squash Soup (Php 150) – We also had a creamy squash soup that complemented the scent and flavor of lemon grass. Topped with quail eggs and crunchy crouton, it was served with perfection.
Creamed Spinach Gratinée (Php 150) – A small bowl of green spinach, white sauce, cheese, cooked au gratin. Never has so much goodness been placed in one small bowl.
Dilis Fried Rice (Php 55) – a homely plate of fried rice topped with crispy fried anchovies, garlic, and flavorful herbs.
Szechuan Chili Squid (Php 315) – This plate of calamari, seasoned plainly with salt and pepper, was ironically the most flavorful seafood dish in the whole course. The sauce made this dish even better, not only by contributing to overall taste, but also to the dish’s aroma.
Poached Fish Fillet (Php 260) – seafood dishes always taste best when the ingredients are freshly sourced. This dish is the perfect example of that. This fish fillet was bombarded with the flavors of lemon herbs, olives, capers, basil, and served with thin slices of tomato confit, greens, and sautéed potatoes.
Sizzling Chicken Teriyaki (Php 225) – La Terrasse also served us a foreign cuisine with its own Palawan twist. It’s like taking a bite of Palawan in one piece of marinated chicken in teriyaki sauce.
Adobo Overload (Php 240) – all dishes in the Philippines have variants per region. Such is adobo. We had a chance to taste Palawan’s variant of the Filipino dish adobo here at Le Terrasse. Served with adobo fried rice, this overloaded plate contained the best of Palawan in every bite.
Tuscan Pork Roulade (Php 280) – we also sampled La Terrasse’s perfect roll of crispy pork belly. It was served with squash puree and sautéed greens.
Beef Bulgogi (Php 220) – La Terrasse also served us their Palawan twist to the Korean favorite Bulgogi. The thinly sliced lean beef served with sesame seeds was a gastronomical beauty.
Boayan Cassava Royale (Php 85) – the perfect dishes I just had needed to be complemented with an equally perfect dessert. Boayan Cassava Royale made my night. This plate of sweet is the best Cassava cake I have ever tasted.
“Although the list of food that we had for dinner was quite long, rest assure that that’s not all that La Terrasse offers. They are offering more of Palawan’s best that we were not able to order anymore due to our tummies’ limited capacities, but I am definitely coming back here next time to try out the other food. And also to have more of their Boayan Cassava Royale, of course!”
Le Terrasse Restaurant is located at Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa, 5300 Palawan, Philippines. You may contact them at +63 48 434 1787.
Many thanks to Palawan Tourism Council, USAID, Rajah Travel, Provincial and Puerto Princesa City tourism offices, Canvas Boutique Hotel and Philippines AirAsia for making this trip possible.
For inquiries about Puerto Princesa City Heritage Tour Package, you may contact them via email: [email protected] or call them at (632) 894-0886 local 1504. Visit their website at www.palawanliberation.com or follow them on facebook www.facebook.com/palawanliberation.
To encourage tourists to visit Puerto Princesa City, Philippines AirAsia flies 5x daily from Manila with promotional fares now available via www.airasia.com. Fly-thru service from Kalibo to Puerto Princesa is also available with seamless connection via Manila.