Tuesday, July 5, 2016

East Meets West at La Terrasse Palawan

Whoever I am traveling with, I am always the first person in the group to be asked where do we eat. I don't know if its because they knew that I love to eat, they trust my judgement or they're too lazy to research but whatever the reason is, it gives me pride and joy that I get to choose where to dine, sometimes even what to order. Lucky for me though, its been consistently good each time!

Case in point, La Terrasse Restaurant, which is conveniently located just a few minutes away from Puerto Princesa International Airport. From Palawan Uno Hotel, we asked the driver of the hotel's service to drop us at the restaurant instead of the airport. With bags in tow, we entered La Terrasse and was instantly impressed with the restaurant's interior. It was a hot day but the bamboo wall panels provided shade from the sunlight and protection from the dusty streets.

What we ordered

Complimentary Bread Sticks with Pesto Dip

Mango Shake - Php100.00
Watermelon Shake - Php100.00
Buko Shake - Php100.00

Though more expensive than the usual prices in the restaurants around Puerto Princesa, we couldn't resist a perfectly blended fruit shake to cool down our body temperature. I restrained myself for ordering another glass of mango juice because I thought we ordered too much.

La Terrasse offers all organic and whole food (no MSG) so expect the prices of the dishes to be higher and the food preparation longer. The menu is a mix of Asian and European cuisine, a delightful change from quite a number of Filipino restaurants in the city.

Tuna Tartare - Php250.00

Anything with raw tuna on the menu and I'm sold! The dish has several sauces that you can pour into the tuna tartare but I prefer it raw with just a hint of fresh lemon.

Spicy Eggplant with Tofu - Php185.00

It was a steal for its price, savory and just the right amount of spicy to excite your taste buds.

Poached Fish Fillet - Php275.00

A complete meal on its own with cubes of potatoes and a mix of veggies underneath the poached fish, the play of flavors on every bite is worth the wait. Us being Pinoys, the server suggested having an extra rice to go with the fish but we're okay with the carbs it came with.

Barbecued Pork Ribs - Php320.00

I read somewhere that the pork ribs here is the house bestseller so I made sure that it would be my main. Yes, all other dishes above were for sharing and I wasn't joking when I said that we ordered too much! The ribs was amazing, it wasn't fall-off-the-bone soft but tender enough to cut with a fork. Though I suggest eating the ribs with your bare hands to enjoy it best.

Halo-Halo - Php100.00

La Terrasse's version of the Pinoy dessert Halo-Halo is a simple concoction of nata de coco and tapioca with coconut milk and topped with ice cream. It was unique but I wished it had more ingredients in it like fresh fruits maybe, because that's what a good Halo-Halo should be.

With its proximity to the airport, La Terrasse is a nice place to hang while waiting for your flight. The beautiful interiors, the delicious food, the mouth-watering presentation and the great service, this is one of those rare times I wish that my flight is delayed so I can stay longer and order more!


La Terrasse Restaurant
Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa City
Palawan, Philippines
Tel.: (6348) 434-1787

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