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.
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