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La Plage Beach Bar and Restaurant, Corong-Corong, El Nido, Palawan

Palawan, Restaurants By February 5, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 3 Comments

There is a cool little spot in Corong-Corong beach for someone who wants to just lounge all day, enjoy spectacular sunsets, along with some good music, drinks and food. I tell everyone about this place called La Plage. It is one of my favorite places in El Nido, as well as my daughter’s. Its spacious grounds, dogs, and shallow beach is good for kids who like to run around, chase after dogs and pups, and go dipping in the water.

We lived in Corong-Corong for the past eight months and we walk to La Plage when we want to eat. This part of El Nido directly faces west and its cushions make for a relaxing place to lay down and sip Pinacoladas, Thai Mojitos, and Mango Sex on the Beach. The place is owned and ran by a French couple, Bastien and Alec, along with some Filipino and French staff.

They hold parties with DJs and sometimes live music too. We were there for New Year and had such a great time.

In Corong-Corong, there aren’t a lot of restaurants to go to. There are Greenviews Resort and Restaurant and Stunning Vistas Resort and Restaurant, but other than that, there isn’t anything else. Through the months, a few little places have cropped up, like Ailyn’s Beach Resort and Sunset Bar as well as the little bar of Talindak Beach Cottages, but amongst all of these places, La Plage remains to be my and my daughter’s favorite.

If you are coming from El Nido town proper on a tricycle, look for this sign and this part of the road:

La Plage Sunset Bar and Mediterranean Restaurant, Corong-Corong Beach, El Nido, Palawan

La Plage is located on the right. Tricycle fare is Php15 per person.

If you are coming from Puerto Princesa, look for this sign and this part of the road, on your left:

La Plage Sunset Bar and Mediterranean Restaurant, Corong-Corong Beach, El Nido, Palawan

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Aplaya Restobar, El Nido, Palawan

Palawan By December 21, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Located at the very end of Rizal Street, on the right corner, across from Casa San Buenavista, and facing the beach directly, is Aplaya Bar and Restaurant. It was one of the “new” places I came across coming back in El Nido after a year’s absence. What once was a pretty garden with gumamelas and bougainvillea, stood a bar and restaurant. I had liked going to the beach after work, to have a glass of Shirley Temple, and this was one of the few bars that a Shirley Temple was available (the others being Sea Slugs and El Nido Corner Restaurant). They had a Buy1-Take 1 promo during Happy Hours, and Lia loved playing on the beach in front, so we were here a few times.

Aplaya Bar, Rizal Street, El Nido, Palawan

Aplaya Bar, El Nido, Palawan

Aplaya Bar, El Nido, Palawan

Aplaya Bar, El Nido, Palawan

Aplaya Bar, El Nido, Palawan

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Sea Slugs Beach Bar and Restaurant, El Nido, Palawan

Music, Palawan, Restaurants By October 15, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 8 Comments

My favorite at Sea Slugs would always be their Tanigue in lemon butter sauce and their Shirley Temple. That’s what I always order there. My friends who work for the El Nido Resorts always order pizza when they are in town from the resort.

We were there a lot that I took a lot of photos at different times. This is one of the places in El Nido that we could be seen just hanging out and about.

The restaurant is open the entire day and is a good place to have breakfast. If you’re going to have breakfast with a view like this, why not?

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I have photos of Sea Slugs taken in 2006 when they were just starting out. It used to look like this:

Sea Slugs Bar and Restaurant, El Nido, Palawan (2006)

Sea Slugs Bar and Restaurant, El Nido, Palawan (2006)

Here is the photo from my Before-and-After Photo-documentation Project.

Sea Slugs

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Lonesome Carabao Lounge, El Nido, Palawan

Life in El Nido, Palawan, Restaurants By October 6, 2012 Tags: , , , , , 1 Comment

One of the newer establishments in El Nido town, Lonesome Carabao Lounge, is located in Hama Street, and we passed by it every time we went to town. (We lived a few kilometers outside of town, in the direction of the Lio airport.) I heard about how good the tacos and burritos are but never actually went in. On this one time I decided to try it, I found it overflowing with people so I had to go somewhere else. In addition, my predisposition for beachfront places did not really help.

Lonesome Carabao Lounge, El Nido, Palawan

One rainy August afternoon though, I saw it empty, save for a few guests all on their laptops, so we went in.

Lonesome Carabao Lounge, El Nido, Palawan

Lonesome Carabao Lounge, El Nido, Palawan

My daughter, Lia, and I took this little table by the wall near the door.

Lonesome Carabao Lounge, El Nido, Palawan

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Trattoria Altrov’e, El Nido, Palawan

Palawan By October 3, 2012 Tags: , , , , , 17 Comments

When I came back to El Nido after not being there for a year, I found myself lost in all the new establishments. I went to my favorite restaurants first, of course. But the first “new” restaurant that I found myself in was Trattoria Altrov’e, right at the corner of Calle Hama and the street where I used to live in 2005.

Trattoria Altrov'e, El Nido, Palawan

It’s a restaurant open only for dinner and located on the second floor. By the entrance on the ground floor is the pugon (brick kiln or oven) and the pizza preparation area. Guests have to leave their footwear at the bottom of the stairs and climb up to get to the restaurant.

It’s a small place and can get really full quick. Prices can be steep, a pizza can cost up to Php400+ BUT it is really, really good.

I fell in love with this place the very first time I went there.

Trattoria Altrov'e, El Nido, Palawan

Trattoria Altrov'e, El Nido, Palawan

My favorite place table was on the raised platform right by the windows and near the bathroom because it was very cozy! I loved the low tables, and the pillows on the floor.

Trattoria Altrov'e, El Nido, Palawan

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El Nido Corner Beach Bar and Restaurant, El Nido, Palawan

Life in El Nido, Palawan By July 24, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , 3 Comments

Every time I pass by El Nido Corner on my way to Caalan, this sign always gets me:

El Nido Corner Restaurant

No, not the “Kayak for Rent, Included Safety Best” but the “Sunset Offers from 16:00-18:30“! I have to give it to the resto because these colors are very enticing, at least to me, on whom advertising really works all the time, being the kind of person who would want to buy the cheeseburger that was shown during a commercial break or the Laing on the billboard right outside the airport so on and so forth.

El Nido Corner Restaurant

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Bigg’s Diner, Pili, Camarines Sur

Camarines Sur, Restaurants By November 1, 2010 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

I was home earlier this year with Lia while H was busy with his first quarter meeting with the “United Nations” team. I always make it a point to eat at Bigg’s Diner every time I am home. There is one walking distance from my parents’ home in Pili. It is the one right in front of the Pili Elementary School, in the Pili town proper, next to a now-closed gas station (where I used to buy a pint of ice cream everyday the entire summer before I went away to college), along the National Highway.

Bigg's Diner Pili: A view from the Inside Out

Looking out into the street/parking lot

Bigg's Diner Pili: Counter, Tables, Chairs and Customers

Interior and counter where it is pay-as-you-order

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Adarna: Food and Culture

Restaurants By December 13, 2009 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

We have probably driven past this resto a hundred times. I have noticed it before, but was always hesitant to go in because I thought it was some sort of resort. Hahaha. Like you know, with nice villas and a pool inside. Sometimes I thought, it’s probably a chic little private museum. Other times I thought it was a restaurant, but an expensive one where we could not afford any food.

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The courtyard

I love Kalayaan Avenue. It has all these cool little places that I make memories with. Like 9 Mile Bar. Like Pork Barrel, this kubo-kubo grill Ryan and I found ourselves one night we were trying to find a place to have coffee and beer and a quiet place where we could talk. Like this wine resto that is also a depot for native furniture. (Ha! Even BarKo in which we have unfortunately found ourselves one night). I lived in Kalayaan Avenue for one semester. My father rented out a big room for me, with its private bathroom at the back of this brick building that housed his then-office in the penthouse, where I was joined by my brother when he took up his masters in Ateneo de Manila. I almost know it upside-down, downside-up.

We had mass with Ryan’s parents because it was his mom’s birthday last Friday, at the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice in U.P. It was actually Lia’s first mass. I was not too happy about bringing her to mass because I know it was just gonna be hard on her but oh well.. We first thought of having dinner at Cocina Juan, since that is actually one of our favorite places these days, but we thought a party of six and a baby would not really fit in. We made it to Kamay Kainan thinking we were all gonna avail of buffet but the service there is awful, awful, awful, awful (I can’t seem to say it enough) that we left. We thought of eating at Trellis right across the street but Trellis was closed. I would say that this is another of those occurrences when a bad thing turns out to be a good thing because we ended up in Adarna: Food and Culture.

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The trees in the courtyard decked with Christmas lights and lanterns

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Doors at the dining area opening into the courtyard

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Little sari-sari store at the lobby. More dining in the courtyard.

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Dining is made more private with the use of dividers

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The view of the courtyard from our dining table

We were supposed to head back to Teacher’s Village, a convoy of three cars. We stopped to wait right in front of Adarna and I thought, why not check this place out? A waiter came out to meet me and I asked if I could see the menu. I only really wanted to check if the food was affordable. Having seen that they were, we then decided to stay.

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menu

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Nice plate! 😛 (coz I don't remember what this was)

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Again, don't remember what this was.

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It may seem obvious to other people what this is, but to me, it's not. Haha!

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I will have to improve my dish naming skills..

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Don't remember what this was called but it's a must-try! 😀

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This, I definitely know. It's halo-halo! Hahaha! Really, it is. 🙂

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Taking a moment to have photo taken at courtyard.

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It's Christmas season after all. 🙂

I would dare say, this place is great! Affordable food, wonderful ambiance, great service and all that. Love this place! We would definitely come back soon!

Outside the resto

The family, in front of the restaurant.

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