After visiting Tam-awan Village, I immediately headed to the city proper to meet a friend who was also in Baguio for a business trip. I sent her an SMS; San tayo Meet? then she replied “Sa Cafe by the Ruins na lang”.
Im not a big fan of this restaurant since the majority of their menu is a bit expensive but this is something that is not availabe in Manila so I better enjoy it right?
The Cafe’s location used to be the Benguet Governors residence before it was destroyed by American forces while regaining our independece from the Japanese soldiers. It was in 1988 when the owners decided to conceptualized a restaurant that will showcase the food and culture of Northern Philippines.
The restaurants cozy interior and the ambiance is probably the reason why this place remains one of Baguio’s most visited restaurant. Just like some restaurants in Tagaytay, Café by the Ruins interior was mostly made from bamboo and wood which explains why it attracts more local and foreign tourists.
We ordered Mongo with Chicaron – a traditional pinoy green bean soup with chunks of pork cracklings locally called “Chicharon”.
We also ordered Chicken Sotanghon – made from glass noodles with chicken and tree fungus in chicken broth. Theres nothing extra ordinary soup that we order but the Pastel de Lengua is good, though its a bit pricey – I really dont mind specially if its good.
Pastel de Lengua is made from ox tongue – brased till tender and served in Puff Pastry Shell, its also best paired with a cup of steamed mountain rice which is abundant in this northern city.
For dessert, I ordered Pain Au Chocolat – a multiple layered bread wrapped around chocolate. Cafe by the Ruins is located near the Baguio City Hall, this restaurant can be reached by foot from Burnham Park or you can choose to hire a cab to bring you there.