Where To Eat In Coron Palawan

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Coron Foodie Guide: Where To Eat In Coron Palawan

While we have thoroughly enjoyed the island hopping tours in Coron Palawan (read my article on Why You Should Pack Your Bags and Visit Coron Palawan), the same cannot be said for the food in Coron, which was a bit of a hit and miss for us.

Coron Town
Coron Town

The food in Coron was not very cheap either, considering that it was a rustic, laid-back town. While you cannot find any fast food or American chains here such as Macdonald and Starbucks, Coron has a good mix of both local and European cuisines.

As this was our first trip to Philippines and we rarely ate Filipino food in Singapore, we were pleasantly surprised to find some of the Filipino food we tried in Coron so similar to Chinese cuisine. The one thing I really raved and craved about is the milk shakes in Coron which was sublime and so heavenly.

Filipino food has evolved over the years with Malay, Spanish, Chinese and American influences and had also adapted to the local palate using local ingredients.

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Sinugba Sa Balay Restaurant

As this was the number one restaurant rated in TripAdvisor, we went to this place first but were not impressed with the food. The décor was rustic and kept simple but it was still clean. We were the only customers as we arrived at 5.30 pm but still the food took a long time to be served.

Menu on Chalkboard
Menu on a chalkboard

The “menu” was written on a big chalkboard and you need to order your food in front in order to look at the “menu”.

Spicy Chicken Adobo
Spicy Chicken Adobo

Spicy Chicken Adobo (Braised chicken in garlic, vinegar, oil and soy sauce), P360. This dish really reminded us of a Chinese dish – Claypot Sesame Oil Chicken.

Malaguno Fish Fillet
Malaguno Fish Fillet

Steamed Malaguno Fillet, P490. The fish was fresh but other than that the flesh was bland and dry as there was not much gravy or marinade.

Bak Choy
Bak Choy

Bak Choy, P140. The vegetables was really pathetically little and dry, like it was fried haphazardly.
The Flan De Leche, P150, must be the worst dessert I have ever tasted in my life or at least their version of it. The sweetness (only one taste was apparent) was too diabetic and overpowering! We only took half and couldn’t bear to stomach any more of it (sorry no photo here as I feel so sick eating this) but Winnie’s Restaurant version of Flan De Leche was so much better and palatable and best of all, its complimentary!

Sinugba sa Balay
Sinugba sa Balay

Overall, this place was overhyped and overpriced and we definitely prefer Winnie’s Restaurant and Lobster King.

Sinugba Sa Balay Restaurant
San Agustin St. Coron, 5316 Coron, Palawan

Winnie’s Restaurant

Winnie Restaurant
Winnie Restaurant

This restaurant serve European dishes, heavenly milk shakes at so affordable prices (cheaper than Sinugba Sa Balay Restaurant) and is owned by a Swiss national.

Curry Crab
Curry Crab

Crab Fried Rice
Crab Fried rice

The Curry Crab (P310) and Crab Fried Rice (P140) were so delicious that we cleared the plates.

Stir Fried Vegetables
Stir Fried Vegetables

The Stir Fried Vegetables (P140) look so much better and palatable than those from Sinugba Sa Balay Restaurant!

Avocado Milk Shake
Avocado Milk shake

The Avocado Milk Shake (P80) was so fresh and thick that I ordered a second glass for myself. I couldn’t resist!

leche flan
Leche Flan

They even serve us complimentary Flan De Leche to complete the meal. It was really thoughtful of them!
The only misgiving we had (as in all other restaurants in Coron) was that we were very perturbed by the flies in the non air-conditioned restaurant, which was no fault of theirs. The flies kept attacking us and our food and we were so busy waving our hands throughout the meal to keep them at bay that we couldn’t quite enjoy the meal.

Overall, we love Winnie’s restaurant and would recommend this place to anyone who is planning to visit Coron.

Winnie’s Restaurant
Barangay 4, Poblacion, Coron, Palawan, Philippines

Lobster King

Lobster King Entrance
Lobster King Entrance

The lobsters we had here were so good and value for money that we had to return to Lobster King for two days in a row! While we enjoyed the lobsters, the oysters we had here were distasteful and make me feel rather unwell and queasy as the oysters were not fresh!

Fresh oysters I loved
Fresh oysters I loved (Photo credit: Wikipedia.com)

We were expecting fresh oysters like the one shown in the photo above and not this (below) from Lobster King!

Stale Oysters from Lobster King
Stale Oysters

A plate of Stale Oysters (P360).

Staff Holding Lobster
Staff Holding Lobster

We were allowed to choose our lobsters from the aquarium and the friendly staff even posed with a lobster for me.

Lobsters
Lobster (P1100)

chicken sisig
Chicken Sisig (P200)

Pakbet
Pakbet (P220)

fresh buko shake
Buko Shake

Buko (Coconut) Shake, P600 each.

Again the shakes in Coron were generally very good and tasty!

Lobster King Surroundings
Lobster King surroundings

Again, we were harassed by ferocious flies throughout the meal. When we came at night for dinner, we noticed the flies weren’t that many as they have lighted an insect repellent coil below every table, but when we returned the next afternoon for lunch, they refused to light it for us and the flies was really persistent and we couldn’t enjoy the meal in peace.

So I would only recommend coming to this place in the evening for mouth-watering and affordable lobsters as a plate of lobsters like this in Singapore would have cost us at least $100!

Lobster King
Brgy.5 Coron, Palawan

Kawayanan Grill Station

Kawayan Grill Station
Kawayanan Grill Station

On our last night in Coron, we decided to do something we have not done before. As I was still feeling nauseous from the oysters from Lobster King and had “suffered” enough from the flies, we decided to order a take-away to enjoy our food in some air-conditioned peace and quiet in our hotel room.

The Kawayanan Grill Station is rather spacious and has a nice ambience. We ordered the Lechon Manok (P220), Chopsuey (P250) and Lechon Kawali (P275) but found the dishes of average standard. We did not take any photographs as the food was all packed in boxes and do not look very appealing.

Kawayan Grill Station Coron
Kawayanan Grill Station Surroundings

Kawayanan Grill Station
Calle San Pedro, Barangay 2, Coron, Palawan, Busuanga Rd

Do not worry about having difficulties looking for these restaurants in Coron as most of the places can be found along one straight main road and the tricycles owners are very familiar with their town.

Tricycle
Tricycle

I hope you have some idea now about where to eat the next time you visit Coron Palawan!

Also Read: Top 7 Things to do and see in Coron Palawan

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