Jessica Salamagos Kabaya Restaurant
Basco, Basco, Philippines
Jessica Salamagos Kabaya Restaurant Basco Reviews
Taste of Ivatan Food Jan 24, 2015
This is our last dinner in Batanes and initially I was thinking of just having Jino's pizza delivered bec I am not in the mood of trying out a new restaurant and not liking the food :P It isn't easy to find a restaurant that we liked to eat in Basco. It is either ok or pretty good (Fundacion Pacita's Cafe du Tukon and Jino's Pizza).
I squeezed out this info from the staff at Rapitan di Vasay after interrogating her and pushing her to think of a really good restaurant...not just an ok one :P
We are walked-in diners as we didn't manage to make reservations. Nevertheless, they were kind enough to accommodate us.
The "restaurant" is located at the residence of Ms. Jessica Salamagos, the owner. We don't have an address and just had to ask people around until we find the place. Tables are set at the veranda and garage which was turned into dining area. It has a garden setting so it is pretty cool and we appreciate the ambiance even though it is night time.
I am not sure how much we paid for as we aren't very price conscious unless it is ridiculously expensive or cheap :P Probably around Php350? Sorry if this is incorrect! :P
Anyway, the food was presented in Vunong which means it is wrapped in leaves in the shape of a rectangle. Pretty cool.
Each diner gets 2 Vunongs: One for the turmeric rice and one for viands which is like a sampler of different Ivatan food.
Since, we came without reservations, we have to wait a bit which we didnt mind as we get to chat with Ms. Jessica about the food they are serving and how authentic it is compared to what Ivatans were cooking and eating it. We were also told that we were asked which tour guide we are from because they supposedly were operating primarily for certain tour operators. Nevertheless, they are accommodating us. :)
We were first served with seaweed soup. This is pretty cool because we saw this all over Batanes from how it was harvested, dried and sold. We had seaweed soup in Sabtang too.
Our Vunong has Lunis (Ivatan's adobo), Uvud balls (Meatballs made of banana trunk, pork and dibang - flying fish), fried flying fish, and something that seem like beefsteak.
It was a great experience and I highly recommend as a must do while in Batanes.
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