I am based here in Coron for work in one of the hotels. I make it a point to regularly try out the local restaurants so I can make legitimate recommendations to my guests on where to eat.
Winnie's was a surprise, a revelation for me. I did not expect that such a small, simple, unassuming place would serve excellent food--probably the best in Coron, so far.
From the outside, you will not expect much. It is literally a hole-in-wall by the National Highway.Their signage is a lone white tarp with the word Winnie's on it.
If you're looking for "island food"-- grilled seafood and Filipino food, this is not the place. Their menu has European and Asian dishes. My favorites are the octopus salad, crab curry fried rice, Wild pig adobo, stingray in coconut milk, rogan's ghost and steamed fish. They have more than adequate serving sizes ( one serving is good for 3). I am a regular in the restaurant and I have not tried everything in their menu yet (getting there). So far, I have eaten there every month since I got here, and the quality ( and quantity ) of the food has not changed.
They have daily specials--not everything in the menu is served everyday. The owners see what is available in the local market and offer it for the day. Seafood is fresh, and so are the greens.
I have never waited more than 15 minutes for my meal, contrary to what some have written here. They serve you complimentary peanuts while you wait. You are also given free service water (some restaurants in Coron require you to buy water from them), a free dessert, and are not charged extra 10-12% service charge (again, like some restos here).
With the quality, taste and portions of their food, they can actually charge higher--but they opt not to. The last time that I ate there, which was last week, my bill was Php 640.00 (roughy USD 15) with one rice, two main dishes, drinks. I was with my sister, and we even had some leftovers for take away because we were already stuffed.
Again, service is quick and personal. It's always the same lady who serves me, and she always smiles and answers my questions. On a sidenote: the locals are very warm and jovial, almost shy, but never mean. The owner himself leads you to a table, or takes your reservations. He always asks if you liked the food. Ms. Winnie is also the one who cooks your food--I've never seen anyone else do it, except her.
Coron is such a small island. There is much to be desired for when it comes to food. The food served in most restaurants here tend to be mediocre or redundant, uninspired or lacking in creativity.
Winnie's is like a breathe of fresh air. It is simple yet sophisticated and you know that much heart and soul was placed in every dish that is served.
And yes, i do recommend Winnie's to guests in the hotel that I work for. It makes me happy to find out that they love the food and service, as well. I have never had a guest come up to me to complain about their service or food.
A few tips: Make dinner reservations since the place tends to fill up at night.You will have to go to the restaurant to make reservations. It is beside Neptune Dive Center. Go for early dinner--6 or 6:30 PM is not yet crowded. Their washroom needs work (very basic, nothing fancy but otherwise, clean). My favorite spot is the tables outside since the restaurant can get a bit noisy and warm if it is full. Better yet, go there for lunch since the place is not always full for lunch. Order the mango shake. It is the best (and the biggest) shake in Coron. Cheap too, at Php 70.00.