I promised to deliver everything you need to know while traveling in Coron, so I can’t wrap up the guides without providing some information on where to eat in Coron. I don’t know about you, but food is a quintessential part of my travel experience! Here you’ll find a list of restaurants that my aunt and I have personally tried and approved during our week of exploration on this Palawan island. Let’s get you a mango shake! Here we go!
As expected, seafood makes up a large part of people’s diet in Coron. We loved Lobster King, the first restaurant we dined at during our trip. I read raving reviews about it online before our visit. It surely lived up to its name! The sizzling grilled lobsters were delicious. All hail the king! The price was also very cheap. Along with garlic butter shrimp, a clam soup, a veggie dish and two mango shakes, our bill came out to 1,134 php ($22 USD).
The restaurant does not look particularly special from the outside. The facade is quite old. I don’t think we would have ever walked in if we didn’t come on someone’s recommendation. The service was a bit slow. It took quite a while for the waitress to greet and seat us when we entered. However, the taste was a pleasant surprise that made up for everything.
This was our most frequented restaurant during our time in Coron. I adored the atmosphere of the outside seating area. The wind chimes and straw hut decors give such an island vibe. Kawanayan Grill also has the BEST MANGO SHAKE. Trust me, I always ordered mango shake at every restaurant we visited. Theirs is for sure #1. The staff here are super smiley, and the location is conveniently located. The K-Tour office (where we booked all our Coron activities) is connected to K-Grill. What more could I have asked for!
I recommend getting the dinner set for two, which includes an appetizer, soup, fish steak/mixed seafood, prawns, seaweed salad and rice. It’s only 650 PHP and if you have more people in your party, just add one or two dishes.
The seafood platter is also 650 PHP and beautifully presented.
Coron Villa’s Wild Fern
Coron Villa is one of the hotels I suggested in my First Timer’s Coron Guide. Even if you are not staying as a guest, you should visit the hotel’s restaurant, Wild Fern. The outside décor features tons of green plants which is something I am a sucker for. Inside, the Bob Marley music and prints on the wall also add to the laid back feel.
In terms of food, we like the Bulalo (Filipino beef marrow stew) and Squid a la Pobre (fresh squid sautéed in garlic).
Ding Ding Restaurant
Since we are Chinese, my aunt and I decided to visit the Chinese restaurant in Coron to see how good it is. It turns out, the restaurant was a bit far from the centre of town, so we got there by tricycle. The restaurant is quite huge. We got a cucumber salad, radish pork stew, and spicy fried crab. The first two were honesty so-so, but the spicy crab was really good. The owner chose the fresh crab for us from the tank and it was really meaty!
Conclusion: I don’t think Ding Ding is worth getting out of your way to visit. But if you happen to be in the area and feel like some Chinese food, check it out and definitely get the crab!
Big Mama’s Pinoy Hot Pot and Grill
The beef marrow soup of Big Mamas is neck and neck with Wild Fern for flavorful-ness. Out of the things we ordered, the soup was my favourite. We also liked the squid adobo, bbq pork and garlic kang kong. Kang kong is a green veggie dish that became our veggie dish of the choice while in the Philippines. We always made sure we got our daily fibre in to stay healthy on the road.Note: many dishes at Big Mama’s comes with rice already so you don’t need to order rice separately.
Winnie’s seemed to be popular with foreigners so we went in to check it out. The menu definitely had some diverse choices. We got the crab meat curry, shrimp fried rice, samosas, and spicy kang kong. I wanted to order a mango shake as per usual but to my surprise, they had every fruit but mango. We opted for an avocado shake and a banana shake. They turned out to be delicious. If we had more time in Coron, we totally would have visited Winnie’s again.
Pange’t Floating Restaurant
We visited this restaurant as a part of our firefly watching night tour, one of several tours we loved in Coron. The restaurant had the most incredible setting as a cute hut over the water. You can only get here by boat. We enjoyed the buffet dinner under the candle light, while listening to live performers singing and playing the guitar. The vibe was super relaxed and romantic. Absolutely a can’t miss spot, especially if you are traveling as a couple.
Where to eat in Coron – Extra tips
Now you know where to eat in Coron, there are a couple more things to keep in mind.
- Most restaurants and cafes close after 2 pm and re-open at 6 pm. If you are in town looking for grubs in the afternoon, you will run in to limited options.
- Bring cash as not all places take credit cards.
- Most tricycle drivers are very knowledgeable of the restaurants in town so you can just tell them the name and they will most likely know where the restaurant is.
- There is no need to tip! Woot!
Do you have more suggestions on where to eat in Coron? Let me know in the comments below. Make sure to check out the other related guide like what to pack for the Philippines.
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