Unfortunately, they are now closed. 🙁
Note: They’re now changing their name to LC’s Gourmet Restaurant.
After a month long vacation of spending time with family and friends in Manila, I was finally able to go back to Palawan. But before I could leave Puerto Princesa I had to meet with friends – KZ and her sister Jem of Daytripper Palawan.
KZ and Jem loves good healthy food. In their search for gastronomic healthy options they jokingly followed a sweet smell to Loid Vegetarian & Raw Food Resto.
We were supposed to be going straight to San Jose Terminal, but Jem said that Loid’s serves good food and I should try it. I asked “Now?”. I had not had lunch and it was already 5:20 in the afternoon so I kind of insisted that we should dine there. And yes we did.
It was just a small restaurant on the National Highway. Nothing noticeable as it has no big streamers of fancy lights to attract attention. Just tables covered in light and dark green cloths and plastic mono bloc chairs. One could easily mistaken it as an ordinary small karinderya with 5 tables but from what I experienced it’s not.
I asked what’s the best dish they’ve got. Jem told me to close my eyes, drop my pointer finger on the menu and choose whatever dish I was pointing. KZ answered that I should try the Stir Fry Vegetable Pad Thai. I was hungry and tired to move so I went with KZ’s advise. They then ordered Raw Pad Thai. I added a Banana-Mango Smoothie with Celery as per Ate Weng’s advise (the one who took our order).
First came my Banana-Mango Smoothie with Celery. It was served on a curvaceous glass and white bendable straw. The shake was colored with a deep shade of yellow with tid bits of green that represented the celery. It was good and refreshing. Not too sweet and not bland. I tasted the mango, banana and the hint of celery. I’m not a fan of celery but for this drink it was in harmony with the mix of ice, mango and banana. But according to KZ you can request for the celery to the extreme point of the shake going green.
The Raw Pad Thai came next. The sisters advised me to taste their food. I was hungry. Who am I to say no? I see monggo sprouts, thin slices of cucumber, bits of string beans, strips of what seem like bell pepper mixed wih cream and cheese. I took a small amount and placed it in a small white plate, raised my fork and scooped the Raw Pad Thai from the plate to my mouth. It was good! It had a light taste with healthy light ingredients, perfect for a late afternoon lunch. The size was big too. Good for the both of them.
Jem then corrected me that it was not cheese that I was tasting, it was Loid’s homemade Cashew Cream which was a good substitute for cheese. This was a vegetarian diner, no dairy was included.
Finally, my Stir Fry Vegetarian Pad Thai came. Strips of cabbage and carrots with bits of onions and string beans intertwined with rice noodles then sprinkled with crushed nuts shining with a small amount of coconut oil. One taste made my stomach go to overdrive. It had that hint of spicyness that was deliciously mixed in the noodles and vegetables. I finished it in less than 5 minutes. The serving is large too for 2 persons, I was just hungry.
I then found out the following about Loid Vegetarian and Raw Food Resto from the sisters
- Plant their own bean sprouts.
- Make their own sauces.
- Plants their own herbs.
- Only uses brown rice.
- Only fry with coconut oil.
- No Tofu.
I like small restaurant’s like these that care more for the food. I wish there were many more like Loid’s.
When I get back I shall try the following as the sisters advised:
- Kimchi (45 Pesos)
- Thai Veggie Curry (80 Pesos)
- Veggie Spring Roll (85 Pesos)
- Stir Fry Eggplant with Tomato and Onion (70 Pesos)
- Bean Burrito (85 Pesos) – for the super hungry
- and many more.
As per Jem’s advise “Drop your pointer finger on the menu and whatever it points to order it.” In summary, everything there was good.
Expenses for the 3 of us
|P90.00||Raw Pad Thai|
|P85.00||Stir Fry Vegetarian Pad Thai|
|P75.00||Banana Mango Smoothie with Celery|
I am no vegetarian but Loid Vegetable and Raw Food Resto made me realize that being vegetarian may not be as gastronomically sad as I thought it would be. 🙂
Loid Vegetable and Raw Food Resto Details
DCRM Bldg., National Highway, San Manuel, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
10 AM to 9 PM daily.
How to get there
From the town proper of Puerto Princesa ride a multicab going to San Jose Terminal and tell the driver to drop you off at DCRM Building. Fare is around 10-13 Pesos/person. Travel Time is less than 10 minutes.
Alternately, you can ride a tricycle and tell the driver to bring you to DCRM Building. The rent for the tricycle should cost you around 100 Pesos. 5 persons could fit in the tricycle.
How to go back
You can take a tricycle or multicab back to the city proper.
They do deliveries as long as it is within the town proper of Puerto Princesa. Minimum order of 300 Pesos and an additional 20 Pesos per delivery.
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