Balbacua at Urban Kamote

Kiwing na Kahoy Food Kommunity, Assumption Rd., Ili-Likha Artist Village, Baguio, Benguet

Balbacua at Urban Kamote
4.5 Stars

3 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 2
  • 4 stars 0
  • 3 stars 1
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 0
  • 3 Reviews
  • 19 Recommend
  • 3 Reviewers
Business Hours
Open: 7:00a - 8:00p


  • Sunday
    • 7:00a - 8:00p
  • Monday
    • 7:00a - 8:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 7:00a - 8:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 7:00a - 8:00p
  • Thursday
    • 7:00a - 8:00p
  • Friday
    • 7:00a - 8:00p
  • Saturday
    • 7:00a - 8:00p

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Most Recent Reviews

Jonathan R.
3.0 Stars

Balbacua is one of my favorite Filipino dishes. It is a stew made of ox tail, cow skin, beans, peanut butter, and some spices. Matias, a casual restaurant in Banilad, Cebu serves the best Balbacua at least for me.

I was excited! I was imagining the mouth-watering hot thick soup. When it was served, sabi ko sa sarili ko when I saw it,"Bat ganito?" Nung tinikman ko, I didn't get the richness that I was expecting. Disappointed! 128542

I will recommend this place because of its unique facade and interior and probably other food but not their Balbacua. Again, NOT the Balbacua.

  • No. of Comments: 2
Pearl R.
5.0 Stars

We try this Balbacua in Ili-likha Village.

Balbacua is a soup specialty from Southern Mindanao. Compose of Beef skin and meat slow cooked in herbs for 6 hours. You can also add Red Rice (30php), Half Rice (20php), Special Noodles (25php), Misua (20php), Quail Eggs (20php) and Fried Saba (15php). The serving is too big, the balbacua is delicious, super authentic.

  • No. of Comments: 5
Rocky R.
5.0 Stars

Balbacua, if not familiar, is a beef stew well known in the Visayas region and Mindanao. Luckily for Baguio, balbacua made its way up here; and where to get it is nowhere else but Balbacua at Urban Kamote.

Balbacua at Urban Kamote is located on Assumption Rd., very near to University of Baguio. You won't be able to miss this place when searching for it, because it is designed like a very large tree. Upon walking in, you feel like you are dining in a treehouse. I believe the owner's vision of this establishment is to give its patrons a naturally organic feel; not only the ambiance, but also the food. All food being served is organic.

For ₱65 (additional ₱50 for extra meat), you can have your self a hearty serving of this deliciously rich stew. It is prepared with beef skin, meat, spices, such as turmeric, star anise, annato oil, chili, fish sauce that is simmered for 6 hours. And for an extra ₱10-₱15, you can pair your balbacua with red rice, misua, noodles, fried saba, potatoes or quail eggs.

Being in Baguio, I'm only exposed to regional Filipino delicacies that surrounds my area, like Pampanga, Pangasinan, Ilocos, etc.. This is the first time I've tried this dish, and I must say that this was delicious. There were so many textures from parts of the beef (skin, lengua, cartilage) that made this fun to eat. The spices and herbs, along with the gelatin from the skin, infused in the broth made it thick and very (very) flavorful. I enjoyed the notes of licorice from the star anise. The salinity was just right. It never overpowered the other spices that were put in the stew.

Balbacua, though cooked for 6 hours, is a simple, yet delicious dish. But when paired with an appealing ambiance, it makes the balbacua more appetizing.

Happy eating!!!

  • No. of Comments: 5