Up above Café du Tukon

cafe-du-tukon-8With a great view of the Batanes landscape, you could say that the trip here was well worth it. It was far off from its mainland, Basco, and would require 15 to 30-minute tricycle ride. Coupled with that view and their food, it was time to be up and above Café du Tukon.

cafe-du-tukon-3cafe-du-tukon-1cafe-du-tukon-2cafe-du-tukoncafe-du-tukon-5cafe-du-tukon-6cafe-du-tukon-7Situated in Fundacion Pacita, we had to make reservations at this resto. Their menu changes daily so one would get a text message for their offers that day. The place was quite airy and bright. Natural light lit this place up because of its wide windows overlooking the grassy fields. Mismatched chairs and tables worked together with its somewhat colorful interiors. Something also must be said about their bathroom. For me, it was reminiscent of the Batanes stone houses. With a lighted candle on, it gives this warm feeling all over. And yes, I just realized that’s a weird description for a bathroom but it felt that way.

Tomato Basil Soup (P 180)
Tomato Basil Soup (P 180)

cafe-du-tukon-tomato-soup-1As a starter, we got their soup. It had a very thick consistency and was indeed, quite creamy. One of my friends said it tasted like spaghetti sauce which yeah, it was. I mean, it is tomato so I guess that’s kind of good in a way.

Grilled Marinated Tuna (P 375)
Grilled Marinated Tuna (P 375)

cafe-du-tukon-grilled-marinated-tuna-1cafe-du-tukon-grilled-marinated-tuna-2Looks like steak but it ain’t! That was one thick slice of tuna that I had to take multiple photos of it. It was just beautiful with all the casually laid tomatoes and sweet potato mash. In terms of taste, it was good and well-seasoned. No need for any sauce on this.

Paella Basco (P 680)
Paella Basco (P 680)

cafe-du-tukon-paella-basco-1We had to try this paella and see how they marked it as such. It had some cuttlefish, sausage, chicken, octopus and mussels mixed in with the turmeric rice. The overall taste was quite good though there was a little bit more of the rice serving here. This is definitely good for sharing up to four persons.

Banana Foster Crepe (P 200)
Banana Foster Crepe (P 200)

cafe-du-tukon-banana-foster-crepe-1To cap our dining experience here, we tried their Banana Foster Crepe. It was a little sweet and the crepe itself was a little thick. It was still a good dessert to end our day here.

cafe-du-tukon-4With its somewhat rough terrain, it was good to have dined here. This was the only restaurant where they had service charged on their bill. The other places we dined didn’t have that. And yes, service was quite good. The servers were accommodating to our needs that time. The view here was just breathtaking too. You could even do a quick tour of Fundacion Pacita after a bountiful lunch or dinner. Get to know a little history of this place up above.

Cafe du Tukon
Fundacion Pacita Batanes Nature Lodge,
Brgy. Chanarian, Tukon, Basco, Batanes
Official website: http://www.fundacionpacita.ph/cafe-du-tukon/

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