Chef’s Home: Where the Flavors of Asia Converge
Cruising around the vicinity of Mines View/Wright Park, I noticed a particularly nice house being built. (Finally, a house facing the main street/Mansion House. I used to think about this a lot passing by to get to work at the academy. If I had a house on that street, I would put my gate on Romulo Drive; it’s more accessible.) As you already know, nice houses call to me and I so wanted to see what was beyond the interesting looking gate of this property. (“,) Good thing, it was meant to be Chef’s Home; a bigger and better establishment for Asian cuisine. (Chef’s Home used to be in Apollo Store. I guess, back then, it was a Chef’s store. Mleh, corny. =b) [UPDATE 06/01/2015: Moved back to No.13 Outlook Drive (Apollo Store)] UPDATE 03/07/2018: Chef’s Home moved to #88 Unit C, Marcos Highway (Old Sicat Hotel), Bakakeng Central.
Reading blogs and various write ups about this restaurant, I was mega excited to experience eating there and when the excitement (everyone else’s) had sort of died down about its opening, I made a reservation. On the appointed day, Race and I drove up a little early. It proved to be a good move because we had our pick of the table. We chose the one by the door with windows that let me see a part of (I believe) the ‘real’ chef’s home. (Go beyond the interesting looking gate – check! House stalking – check! *hihi)
We then had a huge task of choosing from the various dishes offered for the day.
Whenever I hear that a restaurant offers Thai food, I’m always ready to get their yum pla duk foo (crispy catfish and green mango salad – that I first had a sample of with Karla’s creation). My eyes scanned the menu for that and when I found it, told the attendant like it was my quick answer to a game show question. =D He informed me that that salad came as a topping for fried fish so Race and I got tilapia.
The coffeelicious pork (something I got a taste of in Ocha, Session Road) also got my attention. I want to see what their version tasted like. (I’m just really amused with the idea of using particular ingredients for a different application – imagine, coffee on meat.)
Of course, it’s never a meal without rice and so Race got Thai fried rice and I got nasi goreng. While waiting for our food, we drank bael tea and got little spoonfuls of the pickled chili appetizers. The tea was tea; I wanted to ask for sugar to sweeten it up a bit but lived through without it. It was good that I didn’t ask for sugar or any tea sweetener because when our food arrived, we were treated to super tang! (emphasis on super.)
From the sourness of the mango salad with its little hints of saltiness and spice being processed in my mouth with the tilapia fillets, to the caffeine rush I got with the coffeelicious pork. (Coffeelicious, indeed.) We had to place an extra order of plain rice because this viand had such a kick when the Thai fried rice and the nasi goreng were already tasty on their own. (I’m palpitating just reminiscing all this.) Whatever caffeine high we got, we numbed it down with the chili appetizer and the mango salad. In retrospect, I should’ve asked for more salad. We got part of the tilapia for takeout and it was bone dry because we spooned every last bit and dressing.)
For dessert, we had the famous roti. As per our attendant’s recommendation, we got it with the topping – coffee sauce. (*WHOOSH! Did you hear that?) If I was on a caffeine high with the pork meal, my energy was through the roof now. Going on a sugar AND caffeine rush, I was eager to run (doing cartwheels from time to time) all the way home. (Forget the motorcycle, my mind said. You can still wear your helmet if you want. *harharhar)
Straight through the night and possibly even the next day, I was still reeling from the Chef’s Home meal. =) I sent Chef Alvin and Maam Gina a thank you message to which they replied thanking me for the visit and that they hoped to meet me the next time I was there. See you soon, Chef Alvin, Maam Gina and Chef’s Home staff. I’m surely coming back for your delicious Asian flavor(ful) dishes (with my foodie loved ones in tow). (If only for everyone to get a sugar AND caffeine fix Asian style and go whoosh and zoom all day!)
X marks Chef’s Home for good food in Baguio.
Ambiance: UPDATE 06/01/2015: Moved back to No.13 Outlook Drive (Apollo Store) … so, for that location. UPDATE 03/07/2018: Chef’s Home moved to #88 Unit C, Marcos Highway (Old Sicat Hotel), Bakakeng Central and it’s really nice there, so for ambiance now.
No. 88 Unit C, Marcos Highway (Old Sicat Hotel)
Baguio City, Philippines
0916 4445 756
UPDATE 03/07/2018: Chef’s Home menu 2018 below.
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