On a recent visit to northern Palawan, our flight back to Manila was canceled and we had to spend an extra night in the little town of Coron. We booked a room for the night and flagged down a tricycle to find a place to eat. A friend had suggested Lolo Nonoy’s Food Station. It was late afternoon when we walked into this big, thatched-hut restaurant on the main drag. The décor is utilitarian – plastic chairs, wooden tables, and electric fans – but the simple, home-cooked Filipino food is what people come for. There’s nothing fancy, just the kind of comfort food Filipinos associate with home and hearth. If you’re looking for an authentic meal and happen to be in the area (Coron is a popular jump-off point for island-hopping and scuba diving) look no further.
We ordered fried milkfish, local fresh vegetables (tender squash and string beans in coconut milk), garlic fried rice, fresh coconut juice served native-style in the husks, and sherbet, sweet mangoes. It was all delicious, served with a smile and set us back less than P500 for two. Other dishes on the menu include sour soup with tuna belly, buttered shrimps, chicken curry and a sinful crispy pata – deep-fried pig’s trotters or knuckles served with a soy-vinegar dip. Meal over, I bought a takeaway bunch of small, senorita bananas for snacking on the road.
Here's what the place looks like from the outside. The place is popular and can get crowded at night. I'd definitely go back.
Lolo Nonoy's Food Station is at Barangay Poblacion, 1 National Highway, 5316 Coron, Palawan. Find Lolo Nonoy's on Facebook.
-By Giselle Dalton
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Published March 2017