Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Food Trip A-Z: Cafe by the Ruins

23 Chuntug St.
  Baguio City, Benguet  
(074) 442-4010

Cafe By The Ruins was our last stop before we head back to Manila. My sister, Chelly, for some reason really wanted to eat here. Ako naman is OK lang if we get to eat here or not. Not really on my top list pero since we're in Baguio na din nga naman, might as well try it.

The Corpuz's while waiting for the food.
With Aline - our official Baguio tour guide.
What we ordered:

The descriptions of the food are from munchpunch.com. None of it are mine.

 Spicy Bangus
Boneless fillet of milkfish, spice-cured and baked in olive oil
Strawberry Shake
Fresh cows milk blended with real strawberries
Shrimp and Mango Curry (This became my instant favorite!)
Prawns in coconut milk curry, served with 7 condiments: hard boiled egg, grated coconut, fried onions, chili, chutney, papadums, and peanuts. Served with rice.

Pinikpikan (No, thank you!)
Cordillera ritual chicken soup with etag (salted pork) and ginger

Strawberry Soda
Cafe strawberry syrup with soda water

Baguio Bounty Salad (Sarap din!!!)
Their classic: shrimp, poached chicken, strawberries, watercress, lettuce with strawberry vinaigrette dressing. For many years now, friends have feasted on this salad.

Baguio Bagnet (The one from Ilocos is always the best.)
A typical Ilocano meal: double fried pork belly - first it is tenderized in lard, then re-fried to a crisp. Condiments are Podas bagoong and tomato relish. Accompanied with Dinengdeng soup.
Although I instantly fell in-love with their Shrimp and Mango Curry, I've had better and more impressive lunches than this. For such a well-known restaurant I was a wee disappointed. There were some items on their menu that we're not available and service was mabagal. While we were seated naman agad-agad, antagal before our orders were taken. It was a busy hour lang talaga siguro. It was a full house. If the number of guests is an indication of how good their food and service are, patok talaga sila.
Would I come back?  Yes, if only for the Shrimp and Mango Curry. Mas babalik pa ko sa Cafe Will.
Our Baguio adventure was short and sweet. It was spur of the moment. We had fun and one day I'll go back again with my husband and the kids. Until then, Baguio. See you soon.
Full and ready to go home.

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