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Friday, November 23, 2012

Kalui Restaurant's perfect ambience

Upon searching the net for the best place to eat in Palawan, Kalui Restaurant always appears first on search engine aside from being the mantra among locals and tourists who have been visited Palawan. Through curiosity, we decided to eat here during our 2nd night in Palawan and the receptionist of Corazon Inn helped us making our reservation since Kalui is always jam-packed with customers.


Kalui restaurant Menu
We arrived at Kalui at exactly 8:30pm and welcomed by one of their staff who handed us a basket for our footwear which will be placed on a shoe locker.  Yes, number one requirement when eating at Kalui is you need to be on barefoot. I’m not certain if it’s part of the “relaxing ambiance” one must feel or just to maintain the well-polished wooden flooring;  whatever it is the place is so relaxing.  Kalui is just like a native wooden house with bamboo & capiz pieces/decors making it more relaxing and romantic.  Fresh fruits are also displayed all around the restaurants, they even had pantry full of fruits which is great for photo ops. Our reservation was placed in a “papag” style table (akin to Japanese style) paired with “banig” couch and cuddly pillows.  Just beware of the table near the window on the left side of the restaurant as I noticed that insect bites were disturbing the foreign couple. Other than that all is well and relaxing.  

Relaxing seats at Kalui restaurant

Bamboo and Capiz design at Kalui Restaurant

Capiz disc serves as a window curtain - Kalui restaurant

Kalui restaurant dining area


Kalui Restaurant

Bamboo pieces - Kalui Restaurant

Chillies design - Kalui Restaurant

Kalui’s menu is all about seafood that is why you will not see any pork, chicken or beef dishes on their menu. We ordered meal set called as the "Choice catch" which comprises of the following: Tuna Steak, Fish Cordon Bleu, and Shrimp. Set Meals come with rice, veggies of the day (stir fried water spinach) and fresh seaweed. We also ordered an additional sweet and sour Lapu-Lapu while Fresh Mango Shake and fresh coconut for our drinks.  They also offer other dishes like crabs, lobster, grilled fish, sinigang, fish in coco cream and the like. As for dessert, they prepared Fruit Platter in Fresh Coconut sprinkled it with Muscovado sugar and they give it to their customers free of charge.  We really had a great time while enjoying delicious food offering of Kalui coordinated with instrumental background music that really adds up to the soothing ambience of the place.

Fresh buko

clam soup

So refreshing Mango shake

Coconut shake

Fish steak meal - Kalui restaurant

Shrimp meal - Kalui restaurant

Fish Cordon Bleu Meal - Kalui Restaurant

Sweet and Sour Lapu - Lapu

Free dessert Fruit Platter in Coconut - Kalui Restaurant

Another amazing and cool thing in this place is their Art gallery room located at the far end of the restaurant. After feasting, one can roam around their art gallery where some paintings and artworks are displayed. Really cool for a restaurant!

Even the comfort room is so nice - Kalui Restaurant

To sum it all, we really had a great dinner at Kalui’s restaurant where food is excellent, service is good and price is affordable enough. The venue is so accessible and perfect for a casual romantic dinner for two, family dinner and group of friends on a vacation. God food + Perfect Ambience = Kalui Restaurant.

For reservations, you can ask the hotel of your stay to reserve seats for you, if not you can contact them in this number.

+63 48 433 2580
+63 928 753 9621

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Corazon Tourist Inn – Budget Friendly Accommodation in Palawan

It was last year of December when we luckily availed the Piso fare from Cebu Pacific Air to Puerto Princesa that hints me to look for an accommodation that will fit our budget. My list of 5 hotels fell into 2 choices viz Ysabelle Mansion & CorazonTourist Inn, the two most affordable accommodations in Palawan. Since our travel date is November, I inquired about Ysabelle Mansion beforehand but it seems that they are the top choice among accommodation in Palawan that’s why they are fully booked for as early as June of this year. Luckily, when I inquired about Corazon Tourist Inn their family room is still available so I reserved it immediately. Aside from their fast response from email and text queries they will also entertain all your questions and any modification you will make for your tour.

Corazon Tourist Inn Palawan

Corazon Tourist Inn is located at the center of Puerto Princesa City which is walking distance to many food establishments and night life. This affordable inn is also a 3 to 5 minutes ride to and from the airport. CTI occupies the 2nd and 3rd floor of PC Arcade Building while their receiving area is on the ground floor. The building has a convenient store, computer shop and restaurant that will provide your quick needs. What I really love about CTI is their free services to their guests like FREE Airport transfer (2way), free breakfast everyday of your stay at Metrosilog and all rooms are provided with free WIFI connection. Moreover, they offer rooms that will cater couple, family and travelling in groups with the following inclusions:

  • ·        Standard room good for 2 for Php1,400                                

Air-conditioned room
Cabled Television
Hot & Cold Shower
Morning Kit

  • ·         Barkada room good for 4 pax for Php1,600

Air-conditioned room with 2 double decks
Cabled Television
Hot & Cold Shower
Morning Kit

  • ·         Family room good for 6 pax for Php2,100

Air-conditioned room with 2 double decks
Cabled Television
Hot & Cold Shower
Cabinet for stuffs
Morning Kit

Free morning kit

Morning kits

Corazon tourist inn Palawan

Corazon Tourist Inn: Soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo

The Barkada room we availed is so spacious that we can still add 2 extra bed if we’re 8. Bathroom and Shower room are split into two which can save bath time if you’re in a hurry prepping up in the morning. Corazon tourist Inn also offers tour to Palawan’s best tourist site but we preferred getting La Tiara’s tour package since price is lesser than most hotel tour packages.

Double Decks

Living room

Double bed

The only downside of this hotel is the noise created by the nearby videoke bar and the squeaking gates of store down the building during closing time but it didn’t hinder us from getting a good sleep since we’re tired from the City tour we made on the first day, though the rest of our nights turned out good without any disturbance. Other than that, our stay at CTI was so satisfying. Service is great as they conduct housekeeping with consent and changing our towels every day, and the receptionist also helped us to have reservation at Kalui and Kinabuch beforehand. The room is spacious; air-con is strong enough to cool the big room, and great location near the airport and other establishments. I believe that we've got the best deal and great services through Corazon Tourist Inn; the budget friendly accommodation in Palawan.

For any inquiries, please free to contact Corazon tourist Inn at these contact infos;
Telephone number: +63 48 434 2195
Cellphone number: +63 915 680 3040; +63 929 741 2048
Skype Name: corazontouristinn

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