Cafe du Tukon

Batanes Restaurant: Café du Tukon

In the middle of Batanes’ windy, grassy hills and peaceful ambiance is a place where you can eat, hangout with friends, have that serene romantic date, or just simply enjoy the beautiful scenery around you. The place I’m talking about is Café du Tukon, a farm to table restaurant that sources fresh, organic ingredients from local producers in Sitio Tukon and even from their own backyard like mulberries.

Cafe du Tukon

 

Cafe du Tukon

 

Upon seeing the gorgeous landscaping, we can’t help but explore the surroundings and take photos. I’m sure you won’t be able to contain yourself from taking photos too when you see it for yourself in real life.

Cafe du Tukon

 

Parents of Pacita and Butch Abad

These are statues of the parents of Atty. Florencio “Butch” Abad, the current Department of Budget and Management Secretary, and Pacita Abad, an internationally acclaimed painter.

 

Me-An of yogoandcream.comMe-An’s photo op.

 

Lloyd of yogoandcream.comAnd this is my photo op.

 

THE RESTAURANT’S INTERIOR

Cafe du Tukon
Cafe du Tukon

Cafe du Tukon

Cafe du Tukon

From the mismatched chairs and tables, brick wall, wooden floor to the colorful decor, I believe the charm of Café du Tukon is inspired by the legacy of Pacita Abad, “a woman of color” international painter. I can say that everything in the restaurant is well thought out and it exudes a relaxing feeling that makes us want to stay long. The wide windows that allow natural light to lit the place and the cool Batanes breeze also add to that feeling of unwinding. In my opinion, it’s a very nice looking café that fits Manila’s standards.

 

On dining in this place, we highly recommend for you to choose the window side farthest from the entrance as it’s overlooking the rolling hills and Mount Iraya, Batanes’ highest peak.

Cafe du Tukon view

This is one of the views from the good dining spot.

 

It’s also a good spot to emote. Hahaha!

Lloyd of Yogo and Cream.com

Lloyd of Yogo and Cream.com

 

THE FOOD

As we went here in the afternoon as part of our tour and as a break from our walks, the food that we ordered are just snacks. The restaurant offer main dishes as well which we’ll definitely try when we visit Batanes again.

 

Cafe du Tukon

We had WAKAY CHIPS AND DIP (PhP 200/ USD 4.33). This is sweet potato chips (also known as “camote chips”) that is cut a bit thicker than the usual chips so it’s crunchier. I like how they paired it with their delicious, homemade garlic mayonnaise dressing to give it delicious taste. Yes, we find this healthy appetizer a bit pricey too, but we think it’s reasonable since it’s of good quality and it’s the produce from hard work of the local Ivatan farmers.

 

Cafe du Tukon

For our sweet treat, we ordered their PALEK* BREAD PUDDING (PhP 175/ USD 3.79). It’s diced bread pudding with poached tanyud (mulberry in English) and served with muscavado sauce. As you can see in the photo above, presentation wise, it looks very instagram-worthy, but, for me, those confectioner’s sugar spread all over the bread pudding makes me want to eat the whole thing right away.

Anyway, after trying it, I think the edge part of the bread pudding is baked dry which made it a little crispy. I certainly preferred the middle part which was the actual pudding – soft and warm. The mulberry mixed on the pudding gave it a little sour taste. I’m not sure if that’s what mulberry supposed to taste like or it’s not yet the right season for harvesting mulberries as it was actually our first time trying mulberries. Meanwhile, the muscovado sauce served with it was sweet with a hint of sour wine taste. We discovered eventually that Palek is Batanes’ native sugar-cane wine and it was included in the name since they added it in the dessert through its sauce. What a delectable dessert it is.

 

Cafe du Tukon

For our drink, we ordered TUBHO ICED TEA (PhP 80/ USD 1.73), the traditional tea of the Ivatan people. Made from indigenous wild fern that Batanes locals dry & boil, we heard from the locals that it is a good source of anti-oxidants and it’s good for those people who are diabetic since it lowers blood sugar. Upon drinking this, the tea itself tastes mild with a little sourness, but we’re glad to know that this is freshly brewed and it has good medical benefits.

 

THE EXPENSE

Cafe du Tukon Expense

They have 5% service charge, but it’s already included in the price of the menu so it’s negligible.

 

Café du Tukon is REASONABLE

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We really liked our spontaneous visit to Café du Tukon. Its gorgeous landscape, charming interiors, amazing natural view to their well plated food really captivated us even if we just went in for snacks. How much more will we be captivated if we get to try their Ivatan dishes and their other meals? We’ll definitely come back to try the other dishes in their menu. I also won’t be able to forget their bread pudding in particular which is a really unique food experience, not just from its look, but on how it tastes as well. To sum everything up, we recommend Café Du Tukon for those looking for reasonably priced great food with a wonderful ambiance.

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(*Cue in romantic background music. Hahaha!)


Café du Tukon

Fundacion Pacita Batanes Nature Lodge, Brgy. Chanarian, Tukon, Basco, Batanes 3900 Philippines.
Official Website.

36 Responses to “Batanes Restaurant: Café du Tukon”

  1. I can’t believe this is in Batanes! It looks like a resto from abroad. And I love it architecture and interior design. The garden is very beautiful as well, and of course the views. Hope I could visit the place in the future.

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  2. I like the landscaping and overall design of Cafe de Tukon. The statues are unique and lovely. The colorful chairs are HORRIBLE! Other than those awfully colored chairs, everything else is very nice and definitely, I’d like to drop by too.

    And yes, I always choose window side if there is a view.

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  3. I’ve never been to Batanes but I imagined that place to be not so commercialized. Do they have many establishments there already? I would love to visit Cafe de Tukon someday when I get to visit Batanes soon. Looks like a great venue for prenup shoots too.

    Thank You for sharing the expense and item details. That was very helpful.

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    • During our visit, there weren’t that many establishments yet and according to our tour guide, their government has a law that prevents non-Ivatans from purchasing a land there, so we shouldn’t expect any big malls popping up anytime soon.

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  4. I see some people hate the decor! Each to their own I guess. I love the mismatched look. The whole place has great character. Beautiful pics, definitely looks like a totally relaxing place.

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  5. I dream of visiting Batanes. All along, I always associate Batanes with the Ivatans and their cool houses. Your photos inspire me more to push for this dream and see Batanes in a totally different picture. Love the food especially.

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  6. Baaaatanes! My dream vacay place. There are lot of restau’s that you can visit there. I will surely try al those food stops you did. Thanks for this, it helps a lot

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  7. This looks beautiful. I love restraunts like this! Nothing beats food with a view and the chips and dip looks delicious too. It looks like you both had and amazing time.

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  8. This is such a cool place. I love the interior and I think I’d like trying out some of the snacks and drinks.

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  9. Ok, the food looks delicious!!!! And I really loved the garden details including the statues. So different than the norm. You’re right, I definitely would not be able to contain myself from taking photos if I visited this place.

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  10. Fatima Ali

    This place looks gorgeous. The food looks amazing and I love mismatched furniture. Its the in thing nowadays. Looks very cool!

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  11. Curious what Cafe Du Tukon means? The restaurant looks beautiful though. Colorful! The painter inspiration shows through and through. That Palek De Pudding looks delicious and diabetes inducing.

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  12. View pa lang, solve ka na. What’s the bread pudding, BTW, when I was a kid, we normally buy pudding from a nearby bakery, it’s a mixture of left over breads from the other day blended w/ a creamy filling.

    I love your two-gether photos… sweet!

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  13. I had watched this sa Jessica Soho! Wow nakapunta na kayo! Such a beautiful place! I also love the homey interiors!

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  14. Amazing views from the restaurant! Bread pudding is one of my favourite desserts :)It’s really nice to eat somewhere that has a nice look and the gardens to walk around.

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  15. Cafe du tukon looks so classy! That garden is absolutely fabulous! It’s looks very European. I love homemade tea!!! Especially ice tea! The pictures are stunning since the green garden gives such a fresh vibe! http://www.sofarsosabine.com

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  16. What a lovely place! I want to go!!! The view from the dining table and the landscaping is a bonus (no doubt) to the food. Farm to table restaurants should populate our resto industry more. I can’t stop admiring your photos! It’s affordable too, so that’s a plus.

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  17. It’s nice when at the end of a hike you find a cosy cafe to rest and fill up with energy from a good lunch. The views are stunning and the cafe looks very pretty too.

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  18. There is something so very fascinating about the Batanes cafe, I love the mismatched decor with the pastel blue and lilac chairs and the view is exceptional x

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  19. I love the garden, it looks well kept and like a peaceful place to relax… the inside is spectacular, love how colorful it is and don’t get me started on the view, looks like an amazing experience eating there.

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  20. Batanes is in my bucket list. I will definitely look for this place once I go there. It seems so laidback and quiet.

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  21. The view from the window is absolutely breathtaking! I adore the decor and entire feel of the inside and out. Thank you for sharing with the rest of us!

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  22. This infamous resto in Batanes has been in radar for sometime already. I glad to read more insight from fellow bloggers. Seems everything is perfect there. I wonder what other house specialty do they offer that is good for groups?

    Anyway, thank you for this temping and mouth-watering post mate. cheers! http://www.masterryo.wordpress.com

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  23. Looks so dainty, cute, girly and neat. This is a resto i would surely visit if i see. Have you seen the price of the main dishes? Was it reasonable? Perfect overlooking din pala to. 🙂 ganda.

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  24. I would love to eat at that cafe! What an amazing view! And I’ve never had mulberries either, but that bread pudding looks delicious. I’ve never been to Manila, but I hope to go someday soon. Thanks for the tip!

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  25. Grabeee! I always see your Batanes post. Hmmm sooner Ill be there hahaha. I find the interior a bit awkward. Yeah find the colorful chairs mismatched on its wooden interior. Still, it looks awesome. Not a fan of the food that you tried hehehe but Im interested to try the ice tea 🙂

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  26. Looks like such a interesting place to go. The view looks amazing. The chips and the tea look interesting. I’ve never had food of that region/

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  27. I never thought this is still in the Philippines. It has a foreign vibe that makes you think it’s somewhere like Europe? How I wish we could go there too and try this cafe!

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  28. This is such a beautiful place to dine! I love their interior and their outdoor area. The place is really inviting and the view is so nice as well! Hubby and I love to eat in different places and if only this is nearby, we would surely give it a try!

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  29. I was looking at the photos and wondering why it looked familiar. Nope I haven’t been to Batanes. Then I reached the bottom of the page and saw that it’s in Fundacion Pacita. A blogger stayed in that place before so now I know why it’s familiar.

    I am definitely digging the look and feel of the place. I love the mismatched chairs, so very creative. The price of the food is okay I guess. I don’t know where I’d be able to go to Batanes but when I do I will check out Cafe Du Tukon.

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