Eating & Drinking Baguio
Baguio is popular in the Philippines for growing fresh fruits and vegetables so expect the restaurants here to serve you just the freshest. Dining and drinking options in Baguio is not limited as there are lots of restaurants scattered all over the place. SM City Baguio already has numerous cafe and restaurants within the building like Dencio's Grill, Gerry's Grill, Don Henrico's Pizza, Figaro and Yellowcab Pizza. Aside from those restaurants, this chapter will focus more on the restaurants within the busy streets of Baguio and more on local specialties that will make your dining experience unforgettable.
Oh my Gulay! - This vegetarian art-themed restaurant is located on the 5th floor of Azotea Bulding right along Session Road. You need to have a bit of patience and strength though if you're planning to dine in this restaurant as there are no elevators in the building and you have to climb all the way to the 5th level in their wooden stairs. The restaurant itself is an open-air area where you can get a view of Session Road while dining. The interior is artistically done with all the wooden structure and designs. There is not much items to choose from in the menu but most of the food items here are delicious, healthy and reasonably priced. Must-try is their Lumpia Salad which is basically a tofu spring roll in a bed of lettuce which costs 110php per serving and their pasta and noodle dishes with names like Chow chow noodles, Anak ng Putanesca and Pasta Primadonna which costs 120php per serving. All the drinks are priced at 60php.
Pizza Volante - If you're craving for something Italian even at 2:00 am, then head to 82 Session Road where this gourmet restaurant is open 24/7. Besides being open anytime of the day, the restaurant is also a popular meeting place for locals like students and yuppies. The menu is extensive and foods are moderately priced. A slice of their Kenny George thick crust pizza with mozzarella, mushroom,pepperoni and sausage costs 87php while their Pesto Pasta is 72php. For dessert, try their Apple Pie.
Little John's Convenience Outpost - A small, quaint restaurant located inside Camp John Hay on the south-eastern part of the city. Little John's is owned and managed by the Johnet Flavier, son of former Philippine senator Juan Flavier. This environment-friendly food joint uses recycled paper as place mats and paper bags. Kids can also enjoy coloring and drawing on recycled papers while waiting for their food to be served. This restaurant also serves all-day breakfast but their most popular menu item is the Baby Back Ribs which costs around 135php per serving.
Cafe by the Ruins - A unique and relaxing refuge in the middle of the busy city of Baguio along Chuntug street is Cafe by the Ruins. This restaurant is one of the most popular and artistic dining places in Baguio. As the name implies, this restaurant is constructed from the ruins of once a garden theater then later transformed into a residence. The interior is made up of wooden sculptures and features local paintings and artworks from Baguio's artists. The menu features dishes which uses products from the Cordillera mountains and therefore considered more natural and health-conscious. Food items here are not considered cheap but are just reasonably priced. Popular menu items includes their own Kamote Bread, which uses kamote (sweet potato) flour instead of the regular flour and costs 80php and their Suman at Tsokolate (sticky rice in coconut milk and traditional hot chocolate) for breakfast which costs 180php.
Bliss Cafe - Yet another vegetarian restaurant located in the premises of Hotel Elizabeth along Gibraltar st. in Baguio City is Bliss Cafe. This cafe was established last July 2004 and runs on Buddhist principles so don't be surprised to see Buddha figurines on every table. The owner and chef, Shanti is a vegetarian for 30 years and promises creative, fresh and delicious veggie dishes for every visit. Must-try is their vegetarian pasta and Seasons of India paneer curry and for dessert, try their coconut balls aka bliss balls and bliss cafe crepe.
Flying Gecko - Like the earlier mentioned Pizza Volante, Flying Gecko, which is formerly known as Bruno's Cafe, is also a 24-hour specialty restaurant which is popular among tourists and locals located on action-packed Session Road. Flying Gecko claims to serve the best tapas within the city. This cafe has a relaxed atmosphere and the perfect place to hang-out, have a bottle of beer while having a few snacks. Must-try are their Meatballs Pasta, Garlic Mushrooms and Chicken Buffalo Wings. Wifi is complimentary to diners.
O'Mai Khan - Not to be missed is O'Mai Khan which one of the top restaurants in Baguio and famous for their Mongolian Buffet. For only 210php, you can have an unlimited serving of their famous Mongolian Bowls which is cooked by the chef right before you and with different types of sauce to choose from whether you like it sweet, spicy or just plain mild. Aside from their mongolian buffet, you should also try their pasta and marinated pork ribs. For dessert, try their delectable lime pie. O'Mai Khan is located in Otek street, Rizal park and very easy to find since it's just right in front of the city hall.
Forest House Bistro and Cafe - Located on 16 Loakan Road and with an scenic view of Mt.Cristobal, Forest House and Bistro is usually full so better call the restaurant beforehand to reserve a table. Because of the dark, warm lighting and log cabin interiors, this restaurant provides a cozy homey feeling to its diners. Their appetizers are referred to as appeteasers and includes best-sellers like Calamares Fritos which costs 145php per order andTokwa't Bagnet, which is basically a tofu with crispy fried pork belly and an Ilocano specialty and costs 205php per serving. Their soups, which is served in breadbowls are also filling and tasty with choices like bouillabaise,wild mushroom and crab and corn. For the salad, a must-try is their 3-dip forest house special which costs 295php per serving. For main course, recommended is their Chicken Shrimp Fricassee and Forest House Back Ribs. For the dessert, never miss their chocolate decadence cake, blueberry cheesecake and black-and-white torte.