June 28, 2008
The next day we tried again to visit Kamarikutan Kape at Galeri. It was Friday at 9:30 in the morning expecting and craving for a filling breakfast. The place was a charming retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the town life. It covers large hectares of land with its lush garden area.

We were uncomfortable eating at an empty restaurant but since we've heard good things about the place, we went inside.

Kamarikutan looks like a one giant Bahay Kubo (Nipa Hut), but it is made of two adjoining buildings. The higher level is the art gallery, while the lower level is where the café located.

I took numerous pictures of the entire art gallery while waiting for the food. But I was told that taking pictures is prohibited.

Note: Out of respect to the local artists, and the property owner who is also a visual artist, I decided not to publish the entire photos that I've got. But I'm sharing these two photos just to give you an idea.

The Art Gallery

We had a mixed experience here. I love the place, but I didn't find the staff very friendly. She looks a bit weary and bored. The service was very slow to think that we were the only guests. I ordered a basic Continental Breakfast (Php 95.00) consist of one bread with cheese, butter and jam, and I added a cup of Jamaican Coffee (Php 65.00). I took one bite of the bread, but I spit it out immediately. It was as tough as old boots. So, I just sat there, sighed, and stared at my 99% untouched breakfast.

HB had a Skinless Longganisa (Sausage) Php 135.00, with tomatoes and onions in vinaigrette, garlic rice, and house brewed coffee, and fruit juice. It was just a simple dish.

For the entire duration of our stay, the restaurant hardly had any customers except for one couple who came.

The only saving grace of the experience is the place. The atmosphere is pleasing and relaxing. There's a large pond abutting the restaurant filled with an eager crowd of colorful Koi fish swimming around. The pond is right at the foot of the front tables where we seated.

For the art lover, you will love the place because both the Art Gallery and the Cafe are decorated with several paintings and you can buy some Objet D'Art from their ample selections.

The Coffee Shop
They also sell Palawan t-shirts, locally made necklaces, slippers, and garden bar soaps, seedlings like balayong, mahogany, and many others.

Kamarikutan Kape at Galeri is located at Rizal Avenue Extention, Bancao Bancao, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines. 
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