One of the very few hidden gems in Puerto Princesa is tucked on the edge of the magnificent forest away from the hustle and bustle of city life. This gem is called Kusina ni Tito Ernie— a unique, family-run restaurant. It gives a modern twist to every day home-cooked comfort food– serving the freshest, most delicious and nutritious meals made from local produce that will surely satisfy your taste buds and fill your belly. In fact, behind every food they serve lies an amazing story. Who wouldn’t want to dine in a restaurant wherein you could be your truest self, just like when you’re with your family? It just feels like home. This place is artistically designed and will provide you with a cozy ambiance, pulling off the genuine “probinsya” feels!

My personal favorite dish is their Homemade Bacon, which is smoked to perfection! Match it with their signature “Sampalok” juice that is made from fresh local ingredients for a gastronomic experience you’ll surely love!

Tip: if you’re looking for a place to find great local products and handicrafts, Rurungan sa Tubod is the place to be! It is a weaving center located beside Kusina Ni Tito Ernie that you should visit after a sumptuous meal. The Rurungan Sa Tubod Foundation was established by the founder’s family in 1999 with the goal of rejuvenating traditional textile and providing alternative livelihood for women as their support to their local community. Also, it would be a privilege to meet the growing community of local entrepreneurs at the Rurungan Sunday Market, held every first Sunday of the month. Check out their handwoven products and support the weavers. Let’s keep the weaving art alive!