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Here, There, Everywhere! – Hook’d Up, Kai Cafe, LeFern’s 181 R&B … and Le Coq Bleu

Have I got a loaded post for you, today, dear reader. =)

hanging out at Le Coq Bleu Baguio

Hanging out at our new friends’ home. *contented sigh

It’s mostly so that we could make good time since our list is growing longer by the day. (I’m not the only one scouting for new places to eat at now. I really appreciate your input and finds, eatsplorers, Ela and Jo!)  For the past few days, P3 and X+1 have been here, there and everywhere in the name of our food quest.

Let’s start with a booth that falls in a number of categories, Simple but Staple, Student Fare as well as Eats Around Baguio.

 1.) Hook’d Up Mediterranean Cuisine

Hook'd Up Mediterranean Cuisine Baguio menu and stall

*click on photo for a larger view of the menu UPDATE 10/22/2014: Updated menu on the Hook’d Up FB Page.

Located (UPDATE 08/26/2015) on the 2nd floor of Palangdao 2 Building, across NOVO on Lower General Luna Road, we’ve got another source for affordable and simple  AND healthy Mediterranean dishes.  From the foodstuff, my foodie lovies and I have sampled so far, I found me another salad that deserves to be a favorite: Tahini salad, which is cubes and shreds of Baguio’s freshest veggies drenched in tahini dressing (also sold at the booth).  As I’m already loving the dainty sesame seeds on burger buns, it’s no wonder, I love it as a dressing, too. ^^,

Hook'd Up Mediterranean Cuisine Baguio tahini salad

Tahini salad … order upon order (that makes three =b) of it.

Race and I got so intrigued about the other offerings of Hook’d Up that we didn’t stop with ordering salad to go.  It was beef shawarma (mega spicy that took away my brother’s cough in a snap \m/), falafel, pita bread to be dipped in hummus and a yogurt drink while waiting, one day; and then chicken shawarma (still mega spicy), more pita, this time to be dipped in avocado hummus, the next.

Hook'd Up Mediterranean Cuisine Baguio hummus, falafel, chicken and beef shawarma, yogurt drink, and avocado hummus

Clockwise around the yogurt drink: Hummus, falafel, avocado hummus and pita bread, chicken and beef shawarma.

With the bread here fluffier than the ones at  Ali’s, it quickly felt as heavy as a bag of coins in our tummies … tastier though with the avocado hummus dip.  And my, those pickled vegetables decorating both kinds of hummus, zingy good!  The falafel was okay; I think I might need to eat that on its own to fully appreciate it.  As for the yogurt drink, that’s another beverage whose taste I failed to acquire. *hihi

Food: 4 treasure chests

Service: 5 treasure chests Friendly, accommodating, service with a smile, there’s nothing more I could ask for from the staff as well as the owners of Hook’d Up. Nice going, guys!

Ambiance: TBD, once they open their dining establishment in the lower floor of this very building, the game is on (again =b).

UPDATE 09/13/2014: I just got word that their lounge/resto in the second basement is open and ready to serve us all from 10am-8pm. Looks like we’re going to be hooked once again. Weee!

UPDATE 10/04/2014: Ambiance: 3 treasure chests Maybe more because of their carpets on couches, the shisha and falafel cafe felt a bit cramped. [BUT I’ve a bigger qualm about the building itself – (small staircases to what was that?, FOUR basement levels under what seemed like never ending upper floors, I sure hope this building is structurally sound.) I kept thinking, “Wait, do I know where all the emergency exits are?”]

UPDATE 08/26/2015: Hook’d Up has moved to the building next to it, Palangdao 2 Building, 2nd floor (across NOVO). Balcony dining plus people watching while lazily enjoying shisha, anyone?

Price: 4 treasure chests

*Adding Hook’d Up Shisha Falafel Cafe to my list of resto faves. Hip-hip, hooray!

Continuing with the La Trinidad Food Quest, we, one day, had brunch at …

2.) Kai Cafe

 Kai Cafe La Trinidad, Benguet cappuccino frost and blueberry frost coolers

Cappuccino and blueberry frost coolers.

This is a find by another one of our food adventurers, Ms. Fuwa Rinni;  thank you so much!  It’s a cafe with a wide area on the second floor of the yellow building across from Shell Gas Station in Km. 4, Pico, La Trinidad.

 Kai Cafe La Trinidad 2014

Kai Cafe menu *click for a larger view

Since we haven’t eaten a bite … but we were preping for a day of food adventures, we chose to go a bit light with dishes like the cafe’s liempo classic rice meal, cheesy pesto panini, Hawaiian shore salad and a couple coolers: Cappuccino frost and blueberry cream frost.  (I bet you know who got what. =D)

 Kai Cafe La Trinidad liempo classics

Liempo classics rice meal. ^^,

Race’s rice meal was the perfect pick.  The serving was neither too big nor too small for the munching spree of a day we had planned out.  The vegetables topped on the pieces of meat were nicely cooked and the piece de resistance of the dish was truly juicy and flavorful.

 Kai Cafe La Trinidad cheesy pesto panini 2014

Cheesy pesto panini

I wasn’t expecting there to be two sandwiches (four pieces when cut into triangles) for my order, but there they were.  It was a good looking plate of panini that was pretty mild in taste.  I was thankful for that since the drink I got was uber sweet in a way that even I, a lover of intense flavors, didn’t enjoy.  It was more drinkable than one cafe’s blended mix though so I got it transferred to a take away glass (for drinking watered down later) after a word to the staff about maybe including sweetness levels to their refreshments. (Race’s cappuccino cooler was also perfect. Dang, I missed the mark a tad with my choices that day.)

inside Kai Cafe La Trinidad 2014

The cafe …

I couldn’t stop myself from ordering salad for its curious name.  It turns out, it was fruit salad with a twist … the dressing was both sweet and creamy as well as tangy AND salty. Innnteresting … and surprisingly, we kept spearing at the cubes of fruit in the small bowl until it was all gone.

 Kai Cafe La Trinidad Hawaiian shore salad 2014

Hawaiian shore salad =)

Food: 4 treasure chests

Service: 4 treasure chests

Ambiance: 4 treasure chests I don’t know about you, but I like wide spaces.  It’s a plus, plus, plus, too, if it isn’t crowded (lots of different seating places in Kai, very nice!) (although I know what they say about busy restaurants where the food is always fresh since their stocks get replenished a lot *hee).

Price: 4 treasure chests

3.) 181 R&B at LeFern Hotel

After starting out early for musical chair errands at SSS and Pag-ibig today, we were hoping that the new Bay Leaf establishment would be open for breakfast.  Sadly, it was going to be an hour later from when we finished our business in the Pag-ibig building, and so we opted to go back a few blocks to LeFern’s in-house restaurant, 181 R&B (behind NBI building, what used to be The Gallery).

181 Restaurant and Bar at La Fern Hotel Baguio 2014

181 R&B menu. You know what to do to get a clearer view of the items on the menu. *hihi

I’ve since had an idea of what they offer at this restaurant and bar, thanks to  Ms. Angeline and with so many intriguing dishes on the menu, we had to ask our attendant how this dish came to be named that way, what salamanderized oysters and octopus hotdogs were, etc.  We zoned in on the crab and mango salad (I originally wanted Mediterranean salad but that wasn’t available so …), the viand, lechon paksiw with two orders of extra rice and green tea smoothie.

181 Restaurant and Bar at La Fern Hotel Baguio crab and mango salad and green tea smoothie 2014

Crab and mango salad with green tea smoothie for drinks. (“,)

Oh, man, that salad! Crunchy greens, mango slices that tasted just right, sprinkles/strip of crabstick broken in smaller pieces with a salty dressing, I wanted another serving of that right after we cleaned off the plate.  The green tea smoothie was well blended too in that it tasted like tea … not like nori. (Well priced as well.)  And look, it’s in a mason jar. =))

inside 181 Restaurant and Bar at La Fern Hotel Baguio 2014

Breakfast at 181 Restaurant.

The lechon paksiw had a delicious sauce but the meat in it was hard and dry … double dead as our new friend called it, slaughtered and killed a second time in the frying. *tee hee  With every mouthful with the pork, I wished Race went for the pork humba instead.  It also made me think of digestifs, where the French had salads/drinks at the end of the meal to help with digestion.  Encore, crab and mango salad!

181 Restaurant and Bar at La Fern Hotel Baguio lechon paksiw 2014

Lechon paksiw =))

Food:  4 treasure chests for the salad and 2 treasure chests for the paksiw with the meat – murdered twice.

Service: 4 treasure chests

Ambiance: 4 treasure chests I do think this renovated look is better than the old Gallery Cafe and Restaurant, however.

Price: 3 treasure chests

Wait, there’s more …

Le Coq Bleu B&B Baguio 2014

Inside the quaint cottage. =D

*Le Coq Bleu

P3+1 lunch at Le Coq Bleu Baguio 2014

P3+1 dining at a newfound friend’s home.

Though it’s not a restaurant per se … but a homestay for two people (three, at the most) looking for a place to stay to get away from the flurry of activity in the city center if only for a little while. (For more info about this humble B&B, please feel free to send a message to the blog’s FB page.)

Le Coq Bleu Baguio potato soup, lamb, beef ragout, fish, moussaka, trifle 2014

A glimpse into what scrumptious delights could be had at the blue house for someone booked here.

It was such a privilege to get to sample the food preparation stylings of our newfound friends here. Wonderful, wonderful to meet you; thank you for opening your beautiful blue house to us. (“,)

illustrated representation of Le Coq Bleu Baguio 2014

Illustrated representation of the scene at Le Coq Bleu. More like dejeuner avec des amis (again, hoping that phrase is correct *hee)

X marks Hook’d Up Mediterranean Cuisine (I’m definitely hooked! *snickers), Kai Cafe, 181 R&B (… and Le Coq Bleu) for good food in Baguio.

There you go, afoodionados, new eating places in the City of Pines that you might like to check off your lists as well. I hope that will hold you till next week. *giggles  Wishing you all, rewarding dining experiences wherever you choose to get sustenance!

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39 responses to “Here, There, Everywhere! – Hook’d Up, Kai Cafe, LeFern’s 181 R&B … and Le Coq Bleu”

  1. elakatrina says :

    Aaaaaahhhh!!! Too many dishes to process! Hihihihi 😀 and hummus!!! 😀 Thanks for this, Ate 🙂

    • XiNE says :

      OMG, elakatrina! Humihina na ba ang kalaban? Noooo, fighttt! =))

      Yeah, pala, the hummus had pickled whole green chilies on it that had party to the tongue flavors … not at all spicy. Hopefully they open their resto/shisha bar soon so we can sit there and eat … Excited lang kumain *harhar

      My pleasure, eatsplorer Ela! Thanks so much to you, too! Enjoy! (“,)

  2. Anonymous says :

    Help ate,do you know where I can buy mason jars here in Baguio? Thank you

  3. XiNE says :

    Hello there, andreiinso! Thank you so much for the support! Welcome to the Baguio food quest! (“,)

  4. Summer says :

    Heaps of information about Baguio foodtrip, Ill go eat breakfast first and Im coming back again to read more of your posts. Wondeful food blog for Baguio City! Can you write about restaurants in other places rin? haha More power, Xine and Find Good Baguio Foods.

    • XiNE says :

      Hi, Summer! Thank you so much for following the blog. Good strategy too, eating first before reading up on Baguio restaurants here. \m/

      I’ll try to write about my (dining) experiences on trips … but I think that would mostly just be “intermissions”. Wouldn’t want to step on anybody’s (more experienced in dining elsewhere) toes. *hihi

      I really appreciate the support. Happy food trails to you! (“,)

  5. Anonymous says :

    Hi where is le coq bleu located po??.and do they have price list?.

    • XiNE says :

      Hello! Le Coq Bleu is located in Suello Village and yes, they do have a price list. For more details, please send a message to this blog’s FB page/leave a comment here with all the required fields filled out so I can get back to you. Thank you so much; have a great new week! (“,)

  6. mariele says :

    hi! do you have contact number of Le fern hotel? thanks!

  7. Anonymous says :

    does le coq bleu offers walk in for lunch? or dinner? or you really have to be a guest of le coq beu to experience this? i love the ambiance.. however, we already have a reservation but i want to visit this place.. hope to hear it from you soon. thanks 🙂

    • XiNE says :

      Hello there! Sad to say but Le Coq Bleu homestay couldn’t accommodate anyone as walk ins for either lunch or dinner since they’re going to need time to prepare the meals.

      I’ll send you an email of the owner’s contact information in a few minutes though so you can inquire directly from them. Hope this helps. Happy Baguio food adventures to you! (“,)

  8. Anonymous says :

    Hi. Is Hook’d Up still at the same place. I dont seem to find where it is located.

    • XiNE says :

      Hello there! Sad to say but Hook’d Up Shisha Falafel Cafe has been closed since March 17, 2016. They do, however, accept catering services. Here are their contact numbers, just in case: 09204222684 ; 09186744567 ; (074) 661-1774. Wishing you memorable dining experiences wherever else you choose to dine! (“,)

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