Baguio was packed with tourists during our stay over the holidays. It was pretty challenging to get a table at the popular restaurants and queuing isn’t really child-friendly. Long waits make children impatient and can lead to tantrums & fits. We’ve pretty much anticipated how chaotic it would be so we figured to scout for restaurants we’ve never tried but still being a local tourist dining destination.
As much as we wanted to head over to Hill Station at the Upper Session road, we didn’t risk traveling there knowing we didn’t have any reservations. So we decided to stay around Camp John Hay which luckily has Hill Station Bistro. We went there past 5 in the afternoon, when most people are still having their late afternoon snacks. We realized in order to get a table without any queue, we’d have to eat during hours when everyone is still full, like breakfast or brunch at 10 AM, lunch or snack at 2 PM and dinner at 5 PM or late at 9 PM.
Hill Station Bistro gives a more casual take on the old, rustic Hill Station.
I wish I was able to buy their frozen homemade products but since we didn’t bring any cooler to store them, we just opted to try some of their best sellers.
Hill Station supports local and have been buying locally sourced produce.
They also sell these chocolate batirol tools.
By 6 o’ clock in the evening the restaurant was almost filled. Our food came in shortly after we’ve decided what to eat. Choosing what to eat is such a struggle for me especially if it’s my first time trying a restaurant as I want to order all or at least their specialties.
Cafe Americano P60. When in Baguio, go for local coffee to beat the cold weather.
Side selection Sweet Potato Fries P55
Baboy Damo P230.
Tender wild boar served with purple garlic rice, (is it purple?), two eggs and pickled cucumber. It was my first time to try Baboy Damo had I not known it was a wild boar, I would assume it’s just plain ol’ pork. Nevertheless, it was good.
Pinoy Breakfast P195.
Baguio longganisa, purple garlic rice, (is it really purple?), two eggs and pickled cucumber.
Baguio longganisa is da bomb! It’s not too sour nor too sweet. It has less pork fat too which is something I dislike when eating longganisa.
We like it so much we got a Baguio Longganisa side order for P80.
Beef Kalitiran ala Lengua P205.
Pot roast beef, sliced mushroom, sautéed vegetables with purple rice (is it really purple? Yun totoo?!)
Not a fan of Lengua as I don’t like the idea of eating a tongue and feeling it as I chew. Eeeee. But because this is pot roast beef, I had very excuse to savour it. Tender roast beef smothered in sauce was something I would recommend even for those who dislike Lengua. I’d take this over the real lengua any day.
Mini Chori Burger P175.
Their deli sandwiches comes with a cup of soup or fries. The burger lover me haven’t had a chori burger since I can remember (Boracay 2008 perhaps?) so this was definitely a treat.
Hill Station Bistro’s Chori Burger did not disappoint. Three mini sliders with lettuce, tomato & mayo dressing complimented the soft yet chewy chori burger. Be prepared though for that longgaburp or choriburp that’ll leave your breath irresistibly delicious you’d want another serving. Heehee.
Belgian Waffles P175.
Two thick belgian waffles tipped with almost equally thick cream and fresh (blueberries) fruits.
The kids love it! I on the other hand prefer that the waffle be crunchier and the cream a little bit lighter.
Overall, I’d recommend Hill Station Bistro if you’re visiting Baguio. The ambiance may not be as great as the original Hill Station but the value for your money & deliciousness of their food is as par.
Hill Station Bistro
Ayala Land Technohub
Camp John Hay, Baguio City 2600