We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“The Tamilok at Kinabuch” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Kinabuch Bar & Grill

Kinabuch Bar & Grill
369 Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island, Philippines
Improve this listing
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Filipino
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Cebu Island, Philippines
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
“The Tamilok at Kinabuch”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

So finally, I had a taste of tamilok at the famous Kinabuch. Tamilok is a woodworm that is normally “harvested” from mangrove trees. First a review on tamilok, it’s not so bad as you think. If you eat oysters, then you would most find them to have similar taste. Others say tamilok has a distinct wood taste, but maybe coz I dipped it in too much vinegar that it masked that woody flavour.

Kinabuch seems like a fun place. We were there when two big conventions were being held in Puerto Princesa so the place was teeming with people. I’m not sure if otherwise it would be that full. Food in Kinabuch is just okay/average, I didn’t find it to be too extra special. Food is reasonably priced, so maybe that’s another good reason to go, aside from the tamilok. There are also many choices in the menu.

Service is good, even when there were too many people, we were still attended to immediately and didn’t have to wait too long for a table. The owner also dropped by our table, although he didn’t say a word. He just sort of showed his face so you know that he is the “Buch” in the the “KInabuch” name. When translated, it actually means Buch’s place. 

The restaurant is without an AC so it gets a bit warm, but most of the restos we went to in PP didn't have ACs, i guess it's part of the charm of being in a "tropical" and environment-friendly island.

Oh yeah, I’d definitely suggest you go to Kinabuch. I guess you can’t say you have been to Puerto Princesa if you haven’t been to Kinabuch. It’s like part of a typical tour itinerary already.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

507 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    167
    233
    83
    14
    10
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Quezon City, Quezon City, Philippines
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Good food and reasonably priced!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Food was delicious and place was nice. The beef stew (Kalderetang baka) was marvelous. Will surely go back when we visit Palawan again.

Visited October 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Palawan Island, Philippines
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“patatim!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

One of the best food I tried in this restaurant was patatim... 4 persons for only 380 pesos. so good and satisfying!

Visited September 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Zwolle, The Netherlands
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great food but staff could be better and more friendly”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

nice terrace, big menu and the food is really nice. The staff is not always so aware of new customers (or just ignoring you).

Visited September 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Cebu City, Philippines
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great Food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

It was a unique experience for me when we ate at Kinabuchs since I ordered Tamilok - wood worms! It feels a bit weird at first if you try to chew it but once you get the hang of it, it's like as if you're eating talaba.

Visited October 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Kinabuch Bar & Grill also viewed

Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island
Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island
 
Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island
Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island
 

Been to Kinabuch Bar & Grill? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Kinabuch Bar & Grill, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.