I didn’t know that Baguio City is one of the Philippines’ foodie havens. The only provinces or tours I know that showcase local food and restaurants are Pampanga and Viaje Del Sol of Quezon (these two are in the north as there are also Cebu and Bacolod in the south). A weekend is not enough to cover the best of Baguio food and restaurants. In our case, it took us 2 consecutive weekends to cover most of it. Yep, we didn’t get to go to all of them. We can if we wanted to but our stomachs couldn’t keep up with our mouths. So we had to choose and I believe, we chose well. But not well enough because we forgot all about The Hill Station. Tsk Tsk.
Of course, a visit to Baguio is never complete without dining at Cafe By the Ruins. And this time I had the courage to try the Pinikpikan which tasted great. It’s very similar to Tinolang Manok but with that kind of rustic or native taste. The chicken is a bit chewy, too. Try it and get your own opinion. =)
Crispy Tapa @ Cafe By the Ruins
Pinikpikan @ Cafe By the Ruins
a closer look at the chicken…I don’t know if you can see the coagulated blood there.
I had a hard time finding Rose Bowl the first weekend we were there. The reason was it already closed down and it’s relocated at General Luna Road. Best decision ever as parking along Session and Harrison roads is generally impossible.
Hototay soup @ Rose Bowl
Crispy Chicken for the little girl
Chinese dishes like the basic Beef with Broccoli and Fish & Tofu in Taosi Sauce
Rose Bowl, an institution in Baguio City
Baguio City offers very affordable dining. When I say affordable, it’s eating out with a P500 budget already feeding 4 people. And you can do that at 50′s Diner and Good Taste. But mind you, the food may be cheap but they don’t scrimp on the ingredients nor taste.
Chicken Sandwich at 50′s Diner. This is huge. The photo doesn’t do any justice in showing its enormity.
Chicken Cordon Bleu with lots of cheese.
Burger Steak Meal for 99pesos. Comes with 2 big burger patties, a side of vegetables and iced tea.
A must try is the Garlic Buttered Chicken and an order is less than 150 pesos.
Of course, you’re in Baguio. Vegetables here are fresh so order Chopsuey.
I read a couple of blogs recommending Wood Nymph when in Baguio and we were lucky that it was just a short walking distance from our hotel, as in a house away.
Banchan. I love the Kamote Tops and the Bean Sprouts. The resto serves huge bean sprouts which is alien to me. But I liked it.
This is also good. The noodles are firm and chewy and the sweet and salty combination is just right.
Seafood Soup. I didn’t like this mainly because it had a whole fish in it. I was kinda expecting more clams, shrimps and other type of seafood. But if you like fish then you’ll love this dish.
More Baguio Food here.
Did I go strawberry picking last weekend? Nope, but I did go to Baguio and savor food I could get my hands on. And they were a lot. So I must have gained a few more pounds over the weekend but who cares?!!! I stopped caring the moment I discovered the joy of eating without guilt. I’m telling you, it’s the best feeling in the world. You get to eat your cake and enjoy it, too. Or something like that. The best part about the whole experience, aside from the rustic dining room tables and great coffee, is the cool weather. Every bite just seemed more pleasurable especially when you’re not sweating by the buckets.
Ernie’s Kamote Bread and Herb Cheese at Cafe by the Ruins
Molo Soup at Cafe by the Ruins
Spaghetti with Meatballs at Pizza Volante along Session Road
Pizza Margarhite at Pizza Volante
Watercress soup with Egg at Cafe Sabel, Bencab Museum
Fresh Veggie Salad at Cafe Sabel, Bencab Museum
Bencab’s Chicken Paprika at Cafe Sabel, Bencab Museum
Dining with this magestic view of the mountains…