Veranda Restaurant at Skylight Hotel Puerto Princesa
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As a bed-and-breakfast hotel, Puerto Princesa’s Skylight Hotel (hotel info) is pretty well known. It’s not the best, admittedly, but it is a decent option. However, as haven for seafood lovers, Skylight’s restaurant is among the most highly recommended. Yeah, it’s no seafront hotel — but it has some of the freshest catches around! And we’re talking about legit seafood, too!
If you haven’t heard about them yet, you can be forgiven. Many other travelers are only introduced to Skylight while strolling down Puerto Princesa. It has two things going for it — the humongous tarpaulin outside advertising its wares, and the number of people (both locals and foreigners) trying them out. When you step in, forget about stuff like “diet” and “beach body”. You’ll be splurging before you know it!
Their seafood menu is pretty expansive, and there are lots of choices for everyone. Admittedly, they also had other fares like pork and chicken barbecue (for which they were also known). We tried those as well on our visit, though we focused on the ocean’s catch and some dessert.
Aligue Rice. We started off with rice slathered with sinfully-rich aligue paste. While this can easily get boring, they added another dimension of flavor by putting in lato (seaweed). This way, it became the perfect accompaniment to all the others we ordered that day!
Sinuglaw. Sinugba is a pretty popular dish from the Visayas, but are you familiar with Sinuglaw? It’s Sinugba plus Kinilaw, meaning the fish (and pork, in this case) is grilled then cooked in vinegar. This gave it an appetizing aroma and flavor, a perfect partner for the aligue rice!
Pork and Chicken Barbeque. Of course, we can’t resist the restaurant’s bestsellers! For an affordable Php 130 (around $3), you can have a barbecue meal complete with unli rice (plain) and iced tea. Now don’t smirk — this is likely the best barbecue you will be tasting since you learned what a barbecue was! Sumptuous and flavorful, this deserves all the reputation it has.
Mixed Seafoods Sinigang. If you want some soup with your meal, you can’t go wrong here. Just the right flavor, and served with a medley of crab, fish, and squid! If ever you come by here on a rainy or slow day, this will unmistakably perk up your senses.
Garlic Squid Adobo. Of course they have their own rendition of our “national” dish! The garlic greatly complements the flavor of the squid, making for a delightful meal.
Of course we wouldn’t miss the crustaceans — we had Butter Garlic Crabs, Slipper Lobster, and Pineapple Shrimp! The last one was a highlight. Who would have thought pineapple went well with shrimp? But they made it work, and we weren’t even at dessert. For that we had Tropical Salad (fruits and lato) and Coconut Jelly with Mango. Talk about a tropical food trip!
With the variety and quality of their menu, along with the courtesy of their staff, Skylight’s restaurant will definitely be one of the highlights of your Puerto Princesa stay. It was for us, and we had one of our best meals while there!
Veranda Restaurant @ Skylight Hotel Puerto Princesa
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Address: 210-A Rizal Ave, Puerto Princesa, 5300 Palawan
Telephone: (048) 434 4872