Come in to Rose Café for Warmth, Comfort and Good Food
A week into December and the temperature in Baguio has dropped significantly. (Also owing to the monsoon and the typhoon. *shyeew) No matter how cold it gets though, the berr months/holiday season is always an exciting time to go on an early morning walk. After the walk, the question you’re surely going to be faced with is, where to eat in Baguio? Besides the food, your body’s no doubt looking for warmth and comfort too. Rose Café is just the place to get all of these. It’s more than sustenance that will warm your body up. (“,)
If you got out of your home too early, you would have to wait till 9 a.m., that’s when this humble establishment on Diego Silang Street opens. Don’t worry because the wait is worth it (and crucial =b). As soon as the café opens its doors, people will be coming out of the woodwork, from behind the posts, from inside the parked vehicles and from around the corner (and even materializing out of nowhere, it seems =D) to eat. (*heehaha It’s always the case that the bystanders you see are waiting for the same thing you are. =D)
Filing into Rose Café, you start to feel the warmth. That’s from all the cooking that went on in the restaurant and also from the number of people you’re sharing the small (but cozy) space with. Of all the tables there, my favorite is the table for two where you can see both sides of the café (where they’re doing the cooking and the dining area. Run to that table, quick! =))). However, if it’s an especially cold day, the table beside the drinks cooler is the best seat. (I can feel the warmth of the ref on my back as we speak, oh yeah!) Shoulder to shoulder with the other patrons of Rose Café, start ordering up your plate of pancit guisado (some pandesal with that, too?) or bowl of mami (chicken/pork).
For someone with a bigger appetite or someone who’s started the day super famished, Rose also serves viands. (Tokwa’t baboy, pork pata and beans and adobong pata are those that I know of – their adobong pata is awesome! \m/ These are supposed to be for their lunch offering but then it doesn’t make it all the way to that time so might as well get some… for takeout, maybe? (“,)) (NOTE: Rose Cafe closes as soon as their offering for the day is sold out.)
As you sit comfortably at your table, it’s a wonder to watch the people around; the servers coming and going from the ‘kitchen’, your fellow customers concentrated on making their dips of soy sauce, vinegar, calamansi and super chilies. Then the mami comes out of the kitchen. (For pancit guisado orders, it might take a few more minutes, but they serve soup – the same one in the mami for starters.) Everyone then starts sipping with gusto.
The serving proportions of meals at Rose’s are huge. They might not look like it but the noodles are heaped on your plate/bowl and you’re in for numerous delicious forkfuls. When you finish your soup, you can ask for a refill, too. The same thing goes with the soup in your mami. And so there you are, sitting in a packed café, enjoying your food in silence and with the utmost concentration. Everyone else in the restaurant is doing the same. (The slurps and sips of the soup/pancit guisado/viands are all you mostly hear.)
You’re feeling warm now, aren’t you? Ahh, the beauty of a cozy place that serves comfort food.
X marks Rose Café for good food in Baguio. Whether it’s a cold foggy day in the city, a cold AND blustery day (or a day you want to eat a heavy meal), when you come in to Rose’s Café; warmth, comfort and good food is yours, just like that.
Diego Silang Street
Baguio City, Philippines
***Shout out to Jacqueline! Thank you so much for the delicious comfort food!!! (“,)
**Sorry, food enthusiasts, not that many photos of Rose’s and their dishes. Everyone’s chowing their food down so quickly (as the plates are laid on the table), I’m compelled to do the same. They might get my share. =b *heehahaha.
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