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“Exotic food: its more fun in the Philippines!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kinabuch Grill & Bar

Kinabuch Grill & Bar
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Filipino, Bar, Seafood, Asian
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids, Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Exotic food: its more fun in the Philippines!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

Puerto Princessa in Palawan Philippines is surely an adventure! Not only with its rich natural attractions, the city has matured and grew in its business sense as well as keeping the quality of service and top class hospitality to both local & foreign tourists. Indeed, the country is on its way to improving & developing world class tourism.
Kinabuch's restaurant was an interesting stop. A famous restaurant & bar in one with very attractive & spacious bamboo inspired huts with cozy wooden huge tables and many wall photos adorning the walls showcasing the pride of Palawan.
Famous delicacy is the Croc sisig (minced crocodile meat with lots of chili & local spices placed on a sizzling plate & served by a friendly waiter is a real treat! The visit is not complete without including TAMILOK on your meal order.

Tamilok is a mangrove worm that is not exactly a worm. Even if it looks like one, it is actually a mangrove-boring mollusk. This transparent, slimy, worm-like delicacy has boosted the local livelihood of the residents. To a newcomer, a bowl full of tamilok is not a very welcoming sight, but don't judge the book by its fat, slimy and grayish white cover. It makes for great appetizer (pulutan)and a good match for beer, wine or whisky, especially with the local drink “tuba” (a fermented coco juice) Unfortunately, there is no tuba sold in Kinabuch. This is usually served as an appetizer, which is mixed with a good amount of locally made vinegar. Locals say the authentic tamilok experience is to eat it using your hands, so let go of the fork & all inhibitions! you'll surely go for another serving! By the way, this famous delicacies are in demand in Kinabuch's so, if you wanted to be sure to have it in your menu, it would be helpful to call & get a reservation.
......it's always more FUN in the Philippines!! ❤

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Dasmarinas City, Philippines
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“excellent food and ambience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

the lights are romantic at night and the place was cozy,plus food was great.They have a lot of customers that night and its really crowded but they accommodate us well.

Visited March 2012
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Venice, Florida, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“McDonald's of Philippine food in Puerto Princesa”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013

Food is standard Philippine fare with the exception of tamilok ... a woodworm which served as a ceviche, tastes like fresh oysters. Actually, excellent as served, probably superb when freshly chilled in ice. The place is like an open air beer garden, but packed with people at dinner time. Looks like the local watering hole for local families.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Puerto Princesa City
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“great food and cool hangout place.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2013

kinabuch need to introduction. well known to local and tourist alike. serving great food and drinks from dusk till dawn.

Visited December 2012
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Pasig, Philippines
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“lots of customers”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2013

this a late review since i went here last feb 2011. I like the cozy place but the service is a bit bad maybe because they have a lot of customers. I was able to try their specialty like breaded silkworm just like calamares and crocodile bicol express.

Visited March 2012
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