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Bakuran: A Backyard of Neighborly Nourishment

Bakuran

Tara sa Bakuran… Bakuran Café and Restaurant is a new “eat place” just within the outskirt of the city’s hustle and bustle…

Bakuran

“Ober da bakod” or to say “nasa Bakuran lang” will be a “well founded” answer as to where you’d be found once asked of your whereabout…

Not that you’re not bringing them along as Bakuran is very much a restaurant for anyone who enjoys good food and a cozy ambiance. And not that your “hiding” as it’s a place you’d rather be…

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Its somehow secluded spot (as it’s within downtown perimeter’s proximity) further gives that homey feel apposite its quaint structure being a former residential house. For all its intent, it’s some sort of a “homely” Baguio thing to convert a residential property into a business establishment.

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Bakuran seemed to have ridden-on to that bandwagon yet theirs was that of a typical Baguio house of old architecture however preserving an integral part of that storied background which apparently suits its now trade name. And in some outback way, it relatably renders that Baguio authenticity…

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Now, on to the gastronomic indulgence… We had our refreshments first. “A” and “L” had those canned drinks so nothing much to say about that. I had the buko juice. They serve the all-natural kind so your taste would most likely agree with your tongue if only to attest that it’s indeed sugar-free. By how it was bored through and served alone, you’re assured that it’s free from any additives.

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Then came the real treat…

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Crispy Kare-kare

Much like the Bagnet Kare-kare, the tender texture of the pork belly complements its crisp outer layer strewn with a lavish amount of its very peanuty sauce. It’s a treat on its own even without the alamang (sautéed shrimp paste) but with it though, a medley of flavors. It ranks among the top 5 of the best kare-kare I’ve had so far.

 

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Seafood Sinigang

A bowl of mixed seafoods paired with the hot stew served separately in a kettle to somehow keep the warmth… I would have preferred the conventional way though for a more integrating and stronger flavor as elements supposedly transfuse all together through the simmering hot mixture.

 

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Sopas Soufflé

This was divine as a consummate cold-weather comfort food. And we were even seated at the top most part by the terrace so you could just imagine the January breeze wafting through as cozy as it could get… It was paired with, according to “L”, the “perfect bread” under the variety that it was soft and chewy while it has variable crispness along the bread surface.

 

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Champorado

Another comfort food during this cold season considering it was lunch time… But it would likewise be a welcome treat for kids as it did for our son; particularly when kids tend to be picky given a restaurant’s thematic “fare share” for an offering. Speaking of which, their champorado is served with tuyo as Filipino as it could be sans a bit more of the sticky rice. Though it somewhat lacked that gooey texture that we prefer, even so you still have to add milk, making it more liquidy. And sweetness is according to one’s taste, thus, you might want to ask for extra sugar…

Bakuran

And as we thought that we also had to satisfy our “gastosnomic in-dole-gains”, we were quite fulfilled with their hearty offerings’ reasonable prices. They’re in their soft opening stage still, however, we hope they get to maintain their “sulit (worthy) factor” on that “ample serving and fair cost correspondence” aspect.

These were indeed homely treats of complementing pairs much like in one’s own household perhaps or “Bakuran” (Nanay-Tatay, Ate’t Kuya, Panganay-Bunso, Aso’t Pusa or what-have-you of different tastes and inkling), a “backyard” far from a “theme park” so to speak but it has that homey vibe – a home just a bit away from home; just ober da bakod, dyan lang sa Bakuran.

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And the “OA” pair… “Duyan sa Bakuran”

 

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“A” and I went back a few days after for a nightcap but they close at around 10pm…”
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