A New Meaning to the Phrase ‘Food for Thought’
It’s not always fine and dandy, full speed ahead, the wind in my hair and the sun on my face when I went on the quest to find good food in Baguio. There were a few (thank the gods, just a few) instances when restaurants disappointed me (Race and P3, too =D) with their food, their service or worse, both. For some of these establishments, they were even given chances to redeem themselves (which they didn’t take *pft). These chances were much to Race’s annoyance who said that if they sucked the first time we visited them; you can expect them to suck again. =b.
At the very least, good food and first class service should always be consistent. It’s true I did say before that money was not an issue with this quest but I would still like to get some value for my hard earned money, alrightie. (I’m not running a charity and if was going to give money away, I would do it standing on a crate in the center of town letting the bills fly like an ATM gone bonkers. Maybe when I win the lottery jackpot prize… On second thought, maybe not even then *muhu ha a A.)
For the restaurants in Baguio that failed to deliver, we shall categorize them under Food for Thought. Simply put, think before you eat there.
Here’s a snippet of my Baguio Restaurant list – the restaurants that failed to impress.
Food for Thought
1) Hotel Supreme
Ivy Grill and Restaurant– No pictures Gloria Jeans Coffee
2) Summer Place Hotel
Mile Hi Diner
4) Pines View Hotel
Café Roma Pines Garden Cuisine
Heaven on Earth Vegetarian Center
Prince Plaza Hotel
Hebrews Bookstore and Cafe
Failed Quests for Good Food in Baguio
Hotel Supreme – Ivy Grill and Restaurant
When I told you about my food adventures in Future Diner, I mentioned that we were supposed to dine at Ivy Grill and Restaurant. However, it was all dark, deserted and spooky. If you want to eat in the old Hotel Supreme, better dine at the Lotus House across from Ivy Grill instead. (More on that establishment in the future.)
Hotel Supreme – Gloria Jeans Coffee
In two words, Gloria Jeans beverages are overrated and overpriced. I remember ordering something mixed berry then. They might want to rename that the mixed seeds drink. I’m okay with my drink having some seeds in them but not like this. I could go like a cartoon character using the seeds as ammunition. Puttoooey! =b) As for Race’s (I think that was) cookies ‘n cream mocha chiller, it had too much ice in it that it’s probably what the wash water tastes like when you pour water in a coffee cup to rinse it out. Sorry, Gloria Jeans. =(
Summer Place Hotel – View Deck
I wanted to eat at this place because the view coming up on Marcos Highway seemed really beautiful what with the Christmas lights and Christmas ornaments (parol) blinking on and off around the place. We ordered something like the clubhouse sandwich which was palatable enough but it was a tad too common that you could make this for yourself at home (and more deliciously I might add. =b) We also got an Alfredo pizza or something of that sort and it seemed like the chef who made this was unhappily in love. A la the movie, Sabrina, “A woman happily in love, she burns the souffle. A woman unhappily in love, she forgets to turn on the oven.” =)) If they got one thing right in this establishment, it’s their name. The view of the fog rolling in on the trees and the houses was spectacular. I’d give them one treasure chest for service too. The waiter did seem like he was trying.
Mile Hi Diner
The first time we came to this establishment, it was almost closing time for most restos in Camp John Hay. We ordered this and that but the staff said these weren’t available. Too famished to find another place to eat, we got what was available (waha, sounds like the food was forced on us… which it sort of was), burger steak for Race, tacos for me with an extra order of mashed potatoes. The meal was okay, not particularly filling but we were glad to have some food in our stomachs. Then when it came time to pay the bill, guess what, they didn’t have change either. What people regularly say in these situations is, “Wala naman pala lahat, eh, di magsara nalang kayo.” (Literal translation: You’ve got nothing left to sell. Maybe you should close.)
We came back here just recently because I wanted to give them another chance. (Picture, Race’s unamused face or maybe even Mckayla Maroney, Olympic gymnast, and her not-impressed face.) I just thought that they didn’t have that much to offer then because we arrived late. At that visit, we arrived at lunch. (Good plan, right? *snicker snicker. They can’t escape us now!) Armed with pre-researched food items to order, I was relieved when we got just what we wanted (chicken cordon bleu and Hawaiian something – a slab of meat with diner rice and coleslaw). When my order came, I thought they got it wrong. My plate had something that looked like a dry sausage. When I sliced into it, ooohhh, it WAS my cordon bleu, a burnt cordon bleu. Fail for presentation. =(
Our drink for this meal was a different story. We wanted to get root beer floats and our attendant just said that it wasn’t available. I went on to order a milk shake and he practically bit my head off saying, there’s no ice cream. Oooookay, Mr. Snooty. (I’ve had some experience working as a member of service crew some years ago; and I diagnose this guy as being sick of his job. Makes me wonder if they have a walk-in chiller at Mile Hi Diner because that could’ve helped him. That’s what I did to chill at work when the pressure was on. I literally chilled in the chiller. *heeharhar) For our drinks, we were reduced to cans of Coke and Sprite.
Shyeew, I didn’t know bashing restaurants (that didn’t serve good food or had bad service in our visit) was such a tedious job. I’m rumbly in my tumbly! Let me go grab some grub and I’ll continue this later. Tata for now! (“,)
***credits to http://zenseeker.net/Kid/PirateLegend.htm for the photo of the marooned pirate. Thank you so much! (“,)
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X Marks the Spot for Good Baguio Foods is a personal blog. Everything posted in this blog is PERSONAL OPINION DERIVED FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE and since TASTE can be pretty SUBJECTIVE, should NOT be taken as THE NORM or the LAW OF DINING around in the City of Pines.
Its (prosaic =b) contents are meant to help with the question “san tayo?”/where do we go? in relation to eating out in Baguio, to ENCOURAGE EXPLORING (eatsploring) and TRYING NEW THINGS offered in the City of Pines.
By all means, eat where you want to eat and eat what you want to eat. May you have a great experience with all the places you visit and may all the restaurants you go to deserve a ton of treasure chests! (“,)
(Also, if you have any second thoughts about a certain place you arrive at, please DON'T LET THIS BLOG BE THE REASON YOU ARE FORCED into ending up anywhere. If the restaurant doesn’t have what you want, please FEEL FREE TO WALK AWAY.)
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