Two weeks ago, me and my roommate, Queeya, went to Baguio with nothing but our sling bags, extra shirts and a DIY itinerary. We planned this trip to be as spontaneous and artsy as it can be. We arrived in the city at around lunch time (after 5 hours of waiting for the bus and almost 6 hours of travel) and our first stop was the famous Cafe by the Ruins.
There are two branches of Cafe by the Ruins in the city but we opted to go to the original one, the one near Burnham Park. From the bus terminal, we rode a jeepney which stopped at Session Road and from there, we walked for around 5 to 10 minutes to reach the said restaurant.
The restaurant has a really nice interior. All chairs and tables are made up of woods and surrounded by plants. It’s like a restaurant in the middle of a forest. I just hope they have space for parking at the back because it kinda ruined the ambiance, especially the entrance but nevertheless, the place was still relaxing. Since we got there on a weekend plus it was also lunchtime, the crowd was really epic. We waited for another 15-20 minutes before having a seat. Upon having our seats, a staff came and gave us the menu. I noticed that the dishes were quite expensive so I asked if they have a set meal or whatever that is good for sharing. Unfortunately, the dishes which are just good for sharing are their soup dishes so without a choice, we ordered an ala carte. Queeya and I both ordered Bagnet Benguet and also ordered desserts.
Upon seeing our order, I can say that the price is totally worth it. The bagnet costs P340.00 but the serving is really big. All their dishes are served with brown rice, which I was excited about because I haven’t tried eating brown rice before. The food was also served with mixed onions and tomatoes, a local bagoong, lemon and sinigang for soup. We were very happy with our order. The meat was very tasty, I just resisted the urge of ordering extra rice lol. I am not fond of the local bagoong but the lemon helped a lot in taming it’s fishy taste and smell. After eating a very sinful meal, the staff served our dessert. I love that the staffs were very accommodating. We even talked and laughed a bit! They first served my order, Strawberry Fondue.
This costs P180.00, basically just a bunch of strawberries with melted chocolate for the sauce. But good heavens the strawberries were really sweet, and the melted chocolate complimented its taste. I think the melted chocolate were made of tsokwate because the taste was very local, authentic.. and superb.
Next served was the Strawberry Shortcake, a famous dessert in the restaurant. This costs P200.00 but again, has a huge amount of serving. The dessert is a cake (or pancake) layered by cream and strawberries, and coated with strawberry syrup. To be honest, I don’t eat strawberries but I became a fan of since then.
I will definitely go back to this place the next time I go to Baguio. But I would also like to see the other branch, cause I’m quite curious with its ambiance. Also, I would love to try their breakfast meals because I heard they also serve heavy and delicious foods in the morning.
We spent almost P600.00 each for a lunch meal and dessert plus the service charge. Quite costly but totally worth it!