Strawberries, peanut brittle, choco flakes usually come to mind when I think of Baguio. Little did I know that it could or should I say have become a foodie haven.
How to go here: Gone are the days when it will take you long to get to Baguio. With the development of SCTEX and TPLEX, the ride could take 4.5-6 hours depending on the mode of transportation. For public transportation, you can go to Victory Liner at Cubao (683 EDSA, South Bound). Ticket is at 450/head inclusive of insurance. You can buy a ticket for the earliest available trip then just line up at the Chance Passenger queue for an even earlier trip. A chance passenger could be one of these things: someone who missed his trip schedule, has a purchased ticket but is hoping to get an earlier ride, or has no ticket at all but hopes to get a seat on the next bus.
Now, let’s get down to business. What are the food that me and friends have tried and our verdict?
A placed that lived up to its reputation! This is a favorite for locals and tourists alike because of the Lomo Baby Back Ribs priced at PhP245 for half slab and PhP470 for whole.
When we arrived, there was a long queue, literally around 30 people before us. We tried falling in line to help us decide if we’ll stay or go – we need to make significant progress in 15 minutes was the deal. As we were waiting, the smell of the barbeque wafted through the air. That made the decision for us! We will stay and glad that we did. The wait was for almost 45 minutes since it was 7pm when we arrived. (Quick tip: go for early dinner like 5:30 pm or later like 9pm)
Verdict: everything was delicious!
Lomo Baby Back Ribs with Cascade Salad and Rice/ Mash Potato
Smoky barbecue sauce and meat that’s juicy and easily falls off the bone. Plus the serving was good for 4-5 people! It has surpassed our standard for ribs! I know that this alone deserved a standing O, but I had to put this in — the Cascade Salad was refreshingly flavorful! Combine the vinaigrette sauce, cucumber, watermelon, alfalfa sprouts, and cheese, and you’ll have one memorable salad.
Just by looking at it, I know you can imagine how creamy and cheesy it tastes. And you’re right! Those are two of the things I love about these. Add to that the savory chicken flavor and this easily becomes a favorite.
Reminds me of Shrimp Bucket’s. 3 big pieces for PhP190 is worth it! The wings were coated in a spicy tangy sauce and you can also dip that in garlic sauce for additional flavor.
2. Korean Palace/ Kung Jeon
Unlimited meat and side dishes for PhP399! Need I say more?! For side dishes, they offer so many kinds. You are not limited with kimchi or kimbap, but there are seafood pancake, marble potato, rolled japchae, watercress, etc. For the meat, we enjoyed both the marinated pork and boneless chicken and samgyupsal (unanimous favorite).
3. Arca’s Yard
It’s a 3-storey restaurant cafe located a bit far from the city proper called Ambuklao Road. They offer meals, desserts, coffee and tea. Me and my friends ordered drinks only since we’re full from the lunch buffet. Cacao Hot Chocolate is good but can be made better with thicker consistency and more concentrated cacao/ tablea flavor. The Artist Cloud Tea was perfect for the cool weather, refreshing tea paired with sweet wild honey.
What makes this special though is the view and ambiance. As you peek outside, you can see the mountain range as backdrop of faraway homes and verdant greens. While seated inside, you get to huddle close with friends around low lying tables and colorful pillows. Oh and for the bookworms, there are shelves filled with various reads at the basement.
4. Cinco Antonios Bistro near Mines View Park
We ordered strawberry sinigang, pork sisig, and buttered chicken. I had high hopes for the sinigang as I’ve tried watermelon in another restaurant, and the taste had the right blend of sweet and sour. Sadly, it was just sinigang with slices of strawberry. The soup was good, but they should have brought the flavor of the strawberry by smashing it or squeezing out its juice to mix with the soup. Perhaps that would have made it a true blue strawberry sinigang. Good thing that the other 2 dishes were good and worth it, so we still enjoyed the entire meal. Aside from butter, the chicken was coated with red sauce that made it salty to the palette, and it was juicy.
5. Strawberry Snacks
Strawberry Shortcake at Visco’s Cakeshop
What I like about this cake is that every bite fills your mouth with STRAWBERRY! From the fruit slices on top, the pink velvety icing, and the fluffy chiffon cake, it screams strawberry and in a very good way! One thing could have made this better, moist and compact cake, but that’s just my preference. It’s still so good that I would have easily bought a whole cake if travel time permits.
I missed eating taho, so when I saw one at Mines View Park, I ordered a cup! Kuya was selling it for PhP35. It’s sweeter than the usual taho especially if you get a sip right off the arnibal, but the sweetness is exactly what works well with the bland silken tofu.
There you go! Baguio truly has a lot to offer, and I will definitely be back for another food trip in this cool City of Pines!