It was one cold morning when my friends and I decided to have breakfast in one of the most famous restaurants in Baguio city– Cafe by the Ruins.
The outlet was hit by a fire a year ago but the management decided to revive the restaurant so they can offer everyone’s favorite delectable dishes once again.
As a first-time tourist, I always tend to check some online reviews and feedback about the best restaurants in a town/city. And needless to say, Cafe by the Ruins is one of them. And as some of the locals will say, your food itinerary in Baguio will no be complete without visiting this iconic outlet.
True to the comments I read online, Cafe by the Ruins offers the best dishes in the city. And it’s not just that, as much as possible, the restaurant only feature natural and local ingredients that can be found in Benguet and other nearby places in the Cordilleras. Thus, most of the food is healthy and organic.
So we ordered Ernie’s Camote Bread (Php 100), Arroz Caldo ni Roberto (Php 185), Mt. Data Tapa Rice (Php 340), Tinapang Bangus (Php 340), and Vegetarian Suman at Tsokolate (Php 180).
Ernie’s Camote Bread is one of Cafe by the Ruins’ best sellers. The bread is made of highland sweet potatoes, milk, and molasses and paired with kesong puti.
If you long for porridge in a breakfast, Arroz Caldo ni Roberto is the right dish for you. This is basically a rice porridge with ginger and chicken topped with perfectly fried garlic and spring onions.
Mt. Data Tapa Rice on the other hand is a cured beef tapa with scrambled egg and fried rice. And of course, served with fresh tomatoes and cucumber on the side.
My personal favorite is the Tinapang Bangus, it is a smoked boneless bangus served with salted duck egg, grilled tomato, and a savory vinegar.
And to end our hearty breakfast, we had a Vegetarian Suman at Tsokolate– a sticky rice cake cooked in coconut milk with thick chocolate and slices of mango.
Food wise, Cafe by the Ruins gave me an experience that makes me want to go back to Baguio and dine in their restaurant. Everything that we’ve ordered was so delicious. The plating made the food looked yummier. I can’t explain everything one by one, but I can assure you that their food offerings are very satisfying! With this, it’s a 4.5/5.
The time when we entered the restaurant, we were greeted with warm smiles from the staff. Though there are lots of guests during breakfast time, they were attentive to our needs. A special shoutout to Joan who patiently assisted us even when it took us a long time to order. The staff’s service is commendable! I’ll give this a 4.5/5.
The homey ambiance of the place makes your dining time more enjoyable. It’s like you are spending special time with your family while eating your favorite breakfast meal. Though it was swarmed by guests, the restaurant shares the right amount of serenity for all the diners. I can say that this deserves a 4/5.
Food is a bit pricey for a non-metro area restaurant, but knowing that Cafe by the Ruins features natural and local ingredients on their dishes and offers scrumptious food lineup, for me, it’s really not a big issue anymore. As with my principle, no matter how cheap or expensive a food is, as long as it can give me satisfaction and is worth every pay, then it’s a two thumbs up! Needless to say, this is a 3.5/5.
For more updates, you can visit Cafe by the Ruins at 25 Shuntug Road, Baguio City, Benguet. They are open daily from 7:00 am until 9:00 pm. You may also reach them through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through landline +63 74 442 4010. You can also check their Facebook and Instagram pages.