Heard one of the bunkers in Naidi Hills is now a café. Open only after office hours because the owners have day jobs. So I noted to self: to have dinner there tonight.
Naidi Hills used to just be a nice spot to chill and to watch the sunset, nothing there really except for the old bunkers.
These bunkers, forever a fixture and leaves much to be desired, sits atop stunning rolling hills with equally stunning views of the town, Mt. Iraya and the bay.
They couldn’t have picked a better site for the café, finally making good use of the old bunkers.
When I returned in 2007, a 6-storey lighthouse with a viewing deck on the 5th level was a new addition to the vicinity, adding to the Naidi Hills charm.
Built next to it is an Ivatan inspired house that was a guesthouse then, a souvenir shop now. Guess the guesthouse didn’t pan out so well.
Just a short hike from the town plaza, we walked to dinner passing Sto. Domingo de Basco Church along the way.
Established in 1783, making it the oldest church in Batanes, and perhaps one of the oldest in the Philippines.
Having had our share of coconut crabs in Itbayat already, lobsters were next on our list.
Kinilaw na isda (fish cooked in vinegar), a pako (fiddlehead fern) dish, and inihaw na baboy (grilled pork) complemented the sweet lobsters, steamed to perfection.
When evening came, the mood changed. The spotlights puts focus on the dinner tables outside and the lighthouse dramatically provides the backdrop, bringing al fresco dining into a whole new level.
Setting ambience aside, Bunker Café is a delight in the food department. Put pack ambience and the café is definitely a winner.
A must visit when in Batanes.