Something’s cooking at Puerto Princesa

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 The young and passionate Chef Gian Lamar in action

The young and passionate Chef Gian Lamar in action

Puerto Princesa is visited by countless of Filipinos every year because of its famous Underground River. This 2016, however, local visitors can add an experience to their Palawan city itinerary through a new food destination.

At Painted Table Restaurant, delectable home-cooked meals and colorful visual arts come alive. Located at the ground floor of Canvas Boutique Hotel in Palawan North Road in Puerto Princesa, it serves local and Western comfort food. It also celebrates the works of today’s most talented artists, like AG Saño who painted the restaurant’s communal table.

The food at Painted Table is an inspiring experience in itself. Under the leadership of Chef Gian Mienard Victorino Lamar, the dishes will highlight fresh ingredients from Palawan. He said, “The food will not only taste good. More importantly, we will support the farmers and producers.”

At Painted Table, this communal dining piece painted by muralist  AG Saño serves as centerpiece

At Painted Table, this communal dining piece painted by muralist
AG Saño serves as centerpiece

Start your meal with Painted Table’s Signature Salad, made from cashew, local mango and lamayo.


“I visited the markets and local stores to know what is abundant here in Puerto Princesa. I discovered cashews, Palawan honey, locally grown mangoes and of course the famous lamayo. So one day, I got all the ingredients I need from the market and started crafting our signature salad,” Lamar explained. For the dressing, I used Honey-Calamansi Citronette using local Palawan honey. Instead of croutons, I used crispy fried lamayo to provide texture. I candied the roasted cashews, added slices of ripe mangoes and served it over a bed of crisp lettuce. It’s like experiencing Puerto Princesa on a plate.”

Also on the menu is Coconut Cream Panna Cotta with Mixed Fruits, made from freshly grated coconuts. Soy Fried Chicken with Palawan Honey Glaze and many more.

Comfort dishes rich in flavor and cultural narratives are the  restaurant’s specialties

Comfort dishes rich in flavor and cultural narratives are the
restaurant’s specialties

While waiting for the food to be served, guests can chat and admire the five- meter communal painted table by muralist AG Saño. A major conversation piece that tells a myriad of colorful stories, the entire tabletop is brought to life by vibrant color splashes and dramatic hues depicting nature and well-loved Palawan folklore.

Indeed, Painted Table is a treat for the senses, a unique restaurant where guests can experience culinary and visual artistry at the same time. And amid all the flavors, colors & textures, lies a warm and friendly heart that welcomes guests to the beautiful island.

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