Plakafe (at Le Fern Hotel I): Weekends, Coffee, and Records
(Weeks before they actually opened, our eager beaver foodie friend already got wind of it. I’m in awe. How does he do that? Aren’t you, dear reader, in awe too? *hihi Many thanks, Sir Dan!)
So Plakafe is 181 R&B that got a facelift. Oh my, how my eyes darted from this spot to that as we entered the joint that Friday afternoon, amazed about how every nook and cranny of the restaurant became a more eye candy version of its former self. We took a seat at one of the diner booth like seats by the window and the photo above was my view = a fascinating table with mismatched chairs with the dramatic light fixture above it surrounded by what looks to be like 50 coffee cups. \m/
Before we get to the grub, FYI, X+1 visited the now more colorful cafe at the start of the weekend but they are open everyday from 9:00 to 9:00. =) UPDATE 12/17/2017: They open at 7:00 a.m. now. It’s only right seeing that this is a hotel eating place.
I took my eyes off my view long enough to run through the menu items where Race and I settled on tinapay platter, merienda platter and another savory dish, the open faced lumpia.
You know it, Race really enjoyed the bread platter with kesong puti and jam because he’s a bread person. Out of the breads there, he said, he liked the dinner roll best. I formed no opinion about it because he didn’t give me a bite. *sniff So happy with the bread, he finished it off like that. *hee
My Filipino sweet treats platter then arrived at the table and I zoned in on the maja blanca first. By far, the creamiest one I’ve had. NYUM. Well made cassava cake with a fab sweet and tangy gooey topping. That goes for the biko too. The kutsinta was pretty big and tasted okay. (Still good but it doesn’t topple the kutsinta I have on a pedestal.)
Well before I was done with oh my gosh panghimagas, I got to bite into the delicate rice wrapper bowls of veg of my open faced lumpia. I thought it would’ve been better if the lumpia wrap was a bit thicker so we could eat the bowls by hand but no biggie really. To season it, we were given a good helping of delish vinegar but sadly, we didn’t get to use everything simply because this lumpia wasn’t being true to itself, trying to be sosy. =b
Coffee (… and then some)
But, of course, my better half tried their coffee. This is a cafe after all and also showcasing local (with everything they have really, all Philippine made products), all the more reason to support no? #SupportLocal Plakafe’s coffee offering comes in regular, large sizes as well as iced versions (for some selections). A rich enough cuppa Joe, Race says. ^^,
Just when we thought we were done, Supervisor Kosha came round to our table, and gave us a free taste of their Malagos tsokolate drink and their specialty miki bihon pancit … complete with buns of pandesal. How very Filipino, and how very memory triggering. =D I never really got into eating pancit that way but I do have memories of family doing that when I was a kid.
And what a pair the Plakafe pancit was to the Kambal (bakery a floor below this resto) bread. It was saucy savory enough to complement the bread bun. Also, it had lots and lots of stuff (veggies and meat pieces), it was a challenge to mix after the calamansi squeeze. We forked away all the noodles and we still had the other ingredients to munch on after. *nomnomnom
One sip from our hot choco cup and my brain said, “Definitely, Davao Malagos”. So much so, I had a mind to seek and devour those chocolate bars again soon. A perfect cup of hot chocolate with a fun-fun froth that made us feel like we were drinking a choco cappuccino. *sip ahh
The music played at Plakafe came from a turntable alright. Not all “lolo music” as it says on their display case *snickers, but that just might be what vinyl does. The sound takes on a cooler vintage feel. (“,) I didn’t really hear the scratchy needle static in the music but I remember Race and I did bob our heads from time to time as we got chomper busy.
X marks Plakafe, Le Fern I’s reinvented in-house resto, for good food in Baguio. Coffee and then some, music from vinyl records make a perfect mealtime combo and a perfect day, weekend or weekday.
Ambiance: Full of character this cafe is now. ❤ ❤ ❤
Le Fern Hotel I
45 North Drive St. (behind NBI), Engineers Hill
Baguio City, Philippines
***We truly appreciate the foodstuff on the house, Ms. Kosha. Thank you as well for the info bites about Plakafe like the upcycled pieces and artwork. More power to you and to everyone at the cafe and the hotel!
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