Lunch at the iconic seafood restaurant

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

IN BARANGAY Bagong Sikat, a community about 15-minute tricycle ride from the Poblacion of Puerto Princesa in Palawan, lies a sprawling greenery of mangroves where birds, lizards, and fingerlings take refuge.

But, there's actually more amusing about this place other than its blissful beauty. In the middle of its thick forest cover, there stood a peaceful and solitary Badjao Seafront, a seafood restaurant that is built on stilts.

When I came to visit Puerto Princesa with some of my closest friends, Kristianne, Arman, Phuong, and Isa, we never really missed the chance to visit what seemed to be an iconic restaurant in the capital city of the country's last frontier, Palawan.


Just soon after we billeted and unloaded our things into an inn, we never passed up a single minute and so, we headed right away to Badjao Seafront by a tricycle as the dominant public transport back there.

Why I said iconic is because the seafood resto is very famous among the domestic and foreign tourists who have tasted the foods it serves. If you're still dubious about this, then, I dare you to spare a minute or two on Google and a lot of rave reviews from its former and repeater diners can be read about Badjao Seafront.

On a personal view, the best thing about this resto is obviously not the foods alone. For sure, several other restaurants abound in Palawan can prepare equally mouth-watering, or even much tastier, foods as what Badjao Seafront can, but what makes it distinctive from the others is the perfect location itself, giving its diners a breath-taking view of a rolling mountain from the other side while enjoying a gastronomic meal.

Another thing that surprised me most upon arriving in the place was the long bridge that extends from the entrance all the way to the dining area.

While walking past the lush mangroves, we enjoyed the sight of the bucolic forest, not to mention the sound of chirping birds that reverberated in the entire greenery.

And, because the canopy of trees obscured the sunlight, it gave us a breezy feel.

Upon getting into the dining area, we were greeted with several wood arts, including the wooden jars, and the wooden masks on the wall. That really added up well to the feel of being immersed with nature.

Badjao Seafront has quite a good number of seafood dishes in their menu, but we opted to try the clam soup, butter garlic shrimp, grilled squid, tuna steak. After we had our fill of the resto's fresh seafoods, we could now attest that the resto is indeed iconic.

There's also a bar in place where diners can order few shots of liquor right after a sinful feast.

With our great dining experience at the Badjao Seafront, no wonder why it's always in the bucketlist of the domestic tourists like us.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 20, 2013.


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