The native anibong tree comes from the family of palm trees and gives an ideal shade for any folk who wants to relax and be comfortable after a day of exhausting activities.
For Palawan tourists, this term may ring a different bell but not far from the tree's essential explication. The Anibong Restaurant does not run short in being cozy and comfortable to anyone who wants to loosen up and have a hearty meal.
The all-day restaurant is an extension of the very homey setting that the Best Western Plus: The Ivywall Hotel is providing its guests. Located on the hotel's ground floor, Anibong impresses with its intricate woodworks that imitate the beauty of the tree that inspired it. The space even has a glass window overlooking a Koi fishpond and patch of greenery.
As for the cuisine, it brings together Filipino, Asian, and Western dishes that thrive with the freshest ingredients from Palawan. Here's a look at their bestsellers:
The Bacon-Wrapped Salmon Skewers (P375) prepared with chili sauce and calamansi, is the ideal appetizer for those seeking the some meaty flavor to invigorate their appetite.
But if you want something creamy and light, you can try the Palawan Mussel Chowder (P200) mixed-in with corn, potato, vegetables, and fresh mussels.
The Thai Green Curry Chicken (P350) is a must-try Asian main dish. It is very much more inviting with the fragrance of the kaffir lime leaves and satisfying with the flavorful chicken and Anibong's homemade curry sauce.
The Tomahawk Porkchop (P425) is an exquisite entree with a very tender porkchop that has been grilled to perfection, served with green beans, mango salsa, and sweet potato puree on the side.
A Palawan grastronomic journey would not be complete without their fresh seafood. The Palawan Grilled Seafood (P575) is a platter full of the season's seafood fare, simply seasoned with salt and pepper before grilling and served with three condiments: the soy sauce dip, the atsara or pickled papaya, and the Nam Jim sauce which is a Thai vinegar-like dip.
Palawan's seafood for the season also meets the Mediterranean flavor with the Fisherman's Stew (P595) cooked in tomato sauce with spices and vegetables.
Of course, the sweet tooth is also up for a treat with these three delectable confections of Anibong Restaurant.
The Tocino Del Cielo (P120) which translates to "Bacon from Heaven" is not your usual Filipino leche flan. It is a richer and creamier variant topped with a luscious caramelized sugar crown.
Another Anibong dessert you ought to try is the Mango Sticky Rice (P150). For those who haven't tried this Thai dessert, it offers a surprising sweet combination between the ripe mango fruit and the glutinous rice, or what we'd call locally kakanin, poured with coconut cream sauce.
And lastly, the Tropical Fruit Trifle (P125) satisfies with layers of biscuits and sponge cake, topped with vanilla pastry cream and diced market fruits.
You can also experience the best of your mornings with their Breakfast Buffet from 6AM to 10AM with a local resident rate of P399 and regular rate of P699.
It's as if they offer all kinds of breakfast imaginable! They have bacon and eggs, milk and cereals, waffles, pancakes, fruits, yogurt, vegetables and dressings for salad, different kinds of cheese, rice meals, breads, an assortment of jams, and more.
So if you're in Puerto Princesa, Palawan or planning to go there on your next trip, the Anibong Restaurant is the ideal place to get yourself comfortable while dining.
The Anibong Restaurant is located at the ground floor of the Best Western Plus: The Ivywall Hotel, Rizal Avenue Ext., Puerto Princesa, Palawan. For more information, you can contact them through this number: (+63 48) 716-5100.