Food is definitely not an issue in El Nido; your toughest decision will be where to eat and trying to plan it around all of your activities!
Despite our trip being a few months ago, I can vividly remember the food that we ate and the atmosphere of the restaurants that we ate at. Perhaps because it was the most exciting part of our day since we were not able to go Island Hopping…(that’s a story I have already told here!)
Below are some little places we found in and around El Nido that had atmosphere, a good menu (featuring the elusive vegetarian option!) and generally made us feel satisfied and even craving more:
- El Nido Pizza – okay, so it’s not the most imaginative name, however they make the thin crust pizza in-house and use a good ol’ wood fired oven. The pizzas are big and delicious, and perfect with a salad on the side. My only recommendation is to bring mosquito repellant or wear long pants/skirt at night as the mosquitoes will bite! El Nido pizza is located on Calle Real Street (Just before Ipil Suites Hotel).
- V & V Bagel – I was really surprised to come across a bagel place in El Nido and am normally not keen on bagels; however when there is a typhoon outside and you are soaking wet, desperation drives you to do abnormal things! We were actually pleasantly surprised with the menu options and the freshly made desserts. My husband loved the Veggie burger.
- El Nido Corner – We stopped here for lunch on our way to explore Calaan Beach. While the service was slow, the quality of the food was still good. We thought the french fries were the best we had tried in El Nido! While you are waiting for your food you can enjoy the panoramic (and gorgeous!) view of El Nido town and the surrounding islands.
- El Nido Boutique and Art Cafe – Most travel recommendations include this place on their list, therefore it is generally always packed full of people (particularly on rainy days). We tried to eat here a couple of times, but just couldn’t relax with the amount of people in the restaurant. However, on our last day we went in for an early lunch and just our luck, the place was only a quarter full and we got a table on the balcony. The food was delicious (particularly the vegetarian calzone), fresh and I love that they grow it themselves. Definitely worth the hype, but just pick your timing!
- Catian Beach Bar & Restaurant – Located at Nacpan Beach, we were starving and wanted something warm in our bellies on a rainy day. Despite looking like they weren’t even open, they had friendly and quick service. Though the menu is quite limited, mostly sticking to simple Western and Filipino food, it’s enough to keep you going. The atmosphere is relaxed, allowing you to enjoy the beautiful stretch of beach.