Ima’s Gulay Bar: A haven for traveling vegetarians

Philippines is the least place you would want to go traveling if you are a vegetarian. Because us, Filipinos are used to eating meat, fish and dairy products even if vegetables are widely available that it is so difficult to find restaurants for vegetarians unless you cook your own food. You don’t get to see much places for vegetarians except those fancy ones. But to eat healthy shouldn’t be expensive and fancy at all.

My family and I are not vegetarians but we prefer to eat vegetables more than meat. We do eat fish as long as it is fresh from the sea and native chickens. To make sure we are eating healthy and without MSG in our food, we cook our own especially if we are staying in a place for more than a week. Plus the taste of the food we cook is guaranteed! :)

Sometimes, we go out to eat food that we don’t normally cook at home or if we are curious about the food a restaurant serve. And this is one of the reasons why we chose to come to Palawan. Everytime we decide to eat outside, the food has always been better and affordable than those that we had in other cities in the Philippines.

Ima's Gulay Bar

Ima’s Gulay Bar is located at 46-A Fernandez Street, corner of Petal street in Puerto Princesa, Palawan


Inside of Ima's Gulay Bar

We had the place to ourselves as soon as they opened on a Sunday.


Ima’s Gulay Bar is one of my favorite places in the heart of Puerto Princesa. Very tasteful food for vegetarians and vegetable lovers like us from soup and salad to pasta, sandwiches, burgers, pizza and Mexican burritos to their rice dishes and a lot more at very reasonable rates.

Take note of Ima’s Gulay Bar opening hours:

Sunday – Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday: 11am-3pm and Saturday: 6:30pm-9pm



My favorite for the day, Fajitas at P95 only!


That’s Elmo’s hand as soon as the Quesadilla was served.


For today’s meal, we only paid P390 for Fajitas, Quesadillas, large Mexican Burritos and lemongrass tea (no photos because we were too excited to dig in).

I got lucky during my first visit in Palawan last May 2014 when the host who I was staying with brought me and his other couchsurfers to this place. It was a precious find for me who travels within a budget.

Now that I am back with my family, I definitely wanted them to experience the foodgasm of Ima’s Gulay Bar. And they surely did love what we ate! <3

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19 Responses

  1. Rea says:

    I’m learning to love veggies more and more because I wanna be healthier. So true that although there are lots of veggies in the country, we don’t always find them served in restos. Mga karenderya pa siguro. Hehe. Good to know there’s a gulay bar in Palawan. That’s really something to look forward to. :)

  2. Carlo Olano says:

    Interesting place. I will surely check this out when I go to Puerto Princesa. I love Mexican food and those fajitas really look yummy. 😉

  3. I saw this post on!!! I didn’t know ikaw diay ang nag post. Hehehe.

    Anyway, I didn’t know about this place when we went to Palawan. Had I known, diri gyud cguro ko nikaon pirmo. lol. I would love to visit this place when I go back to Palawan.

  4. We will definitely not miss this place the next time we get to visit Puerto Princesa. We love a good and healthy meal that won’t blow a hole in our pockets.

  5. Iris Pulga says:

    I am no vegetarian but I eat veggies A LOT. Thanks for this post, I know where to go na on our Palawan visit late this year.

  6. Fledermaus says:

    I’m not a vegetarian but I’ve started to be more conscious with what I eat and the struggle is real! It’s hard to look for healthy/vegetable-centric food places in Cebu :( I might go to Palawan this year so thanks for sharing this!

    • onlyvic says:

      Yes yes! Fresh fruits, vegetables and fish within your reach! A couple of wet markets are in the city other cities na super layo and hassle to go to. Come to Palawan!! I’m happy we did even for just a couple of months :)

  7. Janine says:

    Ahh sayang! They should open a branch here in Cebu! Haha. My partner’s actually a vegetarian so he must love this place! Here in Cebu, our favorite vegetarian dining place is is Persian Palate. He loves Firozian too! Hopefully someday if we go to Palawan, we’ll definitely try dining here!

    • onlyvic says:

      Hahaha! Cebu is one of the least places I would eat at. Even if it’s healthy, it’s too expensive and fancy. I’d rather cook na lang! Cebu has great restaurants but just not the restaurants im looking for. Persian Palate is really great, been eating there a few times every year.:)

  8. I tried to be a vegetarian way back in college in feels good. After seeing the pictures, I wanted to visit the place but it is far from where I am staying. Maybe if I would go to Palawan again then I would definitely try it out.

  9. Emjae says:

    We will be visiting Palawan this year so hopefully I get to check this one out. Will bookmark this place! 😀

  10. I don’t eat veggies except if it’s cooked at home but reading about this place made me want to go and eat there! I agree that you can’t really be sure of what you eat outside of your own house. That’s why my mama makes sure I bring homemade lunch so I won’t have to buy outside. :) It saves money, too! haha

    • onlyvic says:

      We are sure about what we eat outside, not fresh and full of MSG. haha :)

      You should check out the place, really cheap but so tasty! Nothing fancy but you get more than what you pay for. :)

  11. I hope the number of vegetarians restaurants in Cebu will increase Miss Vic. Mahirap i-maintain ang vegetarian or vegetarianish na diet if majority of the establishments offer carnivorous food. Yeah, we can always go to Carbon but sometimes, we just don’t have the time. Oh my Gulay! Imas try their Gulay Bar when I get there!

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