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Ki’kan – Food Adventure at Lights Out (1st Installment)

It’s not just the lights actually, but the electricity for the city.   (It’s easier saying it in Tagalog.  “Walang ilaw covers the lights, and anything that has to do with current and voltage. =D

With the lights out for the better part of the day, I thought of going on another eating binge where a couple of restaurants could be checked off from the list.  The first stop was Ki’Kan Restobar.  (It should’ve been another Star Café visit with me and my brother making like members of old Baguio hanging out with coffee and evaporated milk as creamer, but the cafe was closed. *hihi)  Up we went on Session Road to Governor Park Road.  What I was going to have there was going to be breakfast and for my brother, it’s a snack.  He ate breakfast before we went out.  (Ahh, the men and their stomachs. \m/)

Baden Powell Hotel Home of Kikan

Down the stairs to Kikan! (“,)

Coming down to the end of the stairs (at Baden Powell), I wasn’t sure if the restaurant was open as it was really dark.  They did have a sign that says ‘open’, so my brother and I went in.  True to form, it’s really a night spot for food, music and arts.  It was even darker (I’m guessing) with the power outage so we took a seat at the table nearest the window.  (Not the one where the etag was hung to dry.  My brother had a thought that we might contaminate it. =b)  We picked out our Kikan food: club sandwich and carbonara with etag bits.  I asked about what’s available for shakes totally forgetting that that couldn’t be prepared because … hello, the blender wouldn’t work so we settled for red iced tea and another canned drink.

Kikan Restobar club sandwich

Club sandwich…a simple sandwich but a pretty sandwich. How neatly the ham, cheese, tomato, lettuce, and egg were sandwiched in between the bread. *redundant again and again? I know Nigella’s going to note (in her charming English accent) the lovely scorch marks on the bread, too. (“,) Me likey the sweet potato chips!

As soon as the club sandwich was delivered to our table (by our nice looking attendant, he had a really nice face, yihiii!  One more motivation to come to Kikan, girls ^^,), my brother and I knew at once we ordered too much.  It’s actually two sandwiches cut in half (for that standard presentation of triangular sandwiches) and that was enough for me/us (My brother ate, remember *snickers).  The carbonara followed a few seconds after and I was relieved to see it on a small plate.  So much carbs, so early in the morning. (Ki’kan is open from 6 a.m. to 3 a.m. the next day.) I could just imagine how that’s going to sit in my tummy like a sack of 25 centavo coins. (My goal that day was to check off two or more restos on the list.) =)

Kikan Restobar carbonara with etag

Carbonara with etag bits. Look at that, it’s still smoking hot. Carbonara photo without flash, and with flash. I was thinking it needed a little bit more salt on first forkful but all it took was thorough mixing, the etag gave its all for the saltiness. Oh yeah! Love, etag! ^^,

We shared our orders as per usual, while trying to keep our voices down in conversation because it just seemed so amplified with the large and quiet bar in the (morning) blackout.  The noisiest thing was the sound of generators roaring in unison in the distance.  All in all, it was a good breakfast for me and a good snack for my brother.

breakfast and snacks at Kikan Restobar

Breakfast and snack at Kikan…no photo of my cam shy bro (he needs a little bit more convincing) =b

In trying to get the bill, we had a trying time getting the attention of our attendant.  It’s not his fault.  Again, Kikan just had such a huge floor space.  We were over at one corner and our attendant was at the other end in the dark spot and at times behind a post.  In my head, I was singing the first line of Ella Del Rosario’s song when my brother said, he might have to do the harlem shake to get noticed.  Finally, we gestured for the bill at the right time he came out from behind the post and we paid for our meal.

Kikan Restobar scene

Kikan Restobar (huge) scene *heee

X marks Ki’kan Restobar for good food in Baguio.  ‘Ki’kan is a Kankana-ey term which connotes community celebration‘.  For sure, we’ll be joining in this community celebration again.  Eeiii, flaming bituka, dinawis liempo, pinikpikan with etag, cordi halo halo, I’m coming for you!

Food: 3 treasure chests

Service: 3 treasure chests Extra treasure chests for the pretty face who waited on us? *dreamy sighs

Ambiance: 3 treasure chests

Price: 4 treasure chests

WHERE TO EAT IN BAGUIO CITY

Kikan Restobar

Baden Powell Hotel

Governor Pack Road

Baguio City, Philippines

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