Spruce It Up with A Little Sage
We came, we ate and we were conquered.
As per the recommendation of Ms. Elakatrina, I rallied up my foodie loved ones and had lunch at Sage. (Thank you so much for sharing this with me, Ms. Elakatrina! (“,) Gooo, afoodionados) From the façade itself, I already saw a ton of improvement with the place. You see, this eating place, used to be 86 Grill. (I’m so glad that was eighty-sixed. Get it? =b) Walking up the small staircase, going through the threshold, I saw how wonderful everything was now. It’s improvement on steroids!
Passing by Military Cut Off frequently, I could sort of see what’s changed from the wide windows of the establishment facing the street. Nothing could have prepared me for the actual sight, however. The walls were repainted to a pastel but also grayish hue of green, the posts were covered with a wood paneling in white with cute cage light fixtures affixed to them, the diner booths were reupholstered (oh, maybe they were replaced entirely), there was a nice counter with a glass cooler full of meal enders … everything, stunning. (86 Grill rose up from the ashes of … err, the grill? … and transformed into Sage.)
When I got a hold of the menu, I saw that that had improved (still on steroids), too. Not just pulutan, all day breakfast and alcoholic beverages but sandwiches, salads, Mexican dishes, entrees, pasta, desserts and beverages nondrinkers would certainly appreciate. It was a challenge to select what to have for lunch. Good thing I cheated (with just a little peekie-weekie) at the Sage Facebook page, so I had an idea about the creamy bulalo steak. (I live for … and probably will soon die because of … marrow. *heeharhar)
The beauty of having an eatcentric posse is you can cover a lot of ground. Race got the barbecued spareribs, my nieces got Irish porkchops and chicken ballotine, my sister got the house’s version of puttanesca and my brother got fish and chips. For drinks, it was fruit punch for me, rocky road shake for Race, cotton candy and blue lemonade iced craze for my nieces, and shakes (mango and strawberry) for my sibs.
While waiting for our food, we drowned a bit of our hunger in the service water.
On to our food.
… which was brought out like the parade of food I witnessed at a wedding (Shout out to Ronelyn who’s enjoying wedded bliss at the moment), at a bit longer intervals in between plates and without someone commentating in the background about how amazing the Hotel Supreme parade of food was. *in a booming circus ringmaster like tone
A delicious plate of pasta, just what pasta ought to be. The serving was a bit small though so this would work as a good snack … or you can always have seconds. =D It’s highly encouraged at Sage resto (according to their framed “quotes” on the wall).
That’s a big hunk of meat. I loved how the lean was marbled with fat. It was tender and truly beefy. When my plate came to the table, I thought I didn’t get some marrow on my piece of meat. I moved the veggies away and voila, there the crevice of milky fat goodness was. It wasn’t as big as I wanted it like when you get the tube looking part of the leg bone but at least there was marrow, right? Oh, joy. Excuse me while I ensure I fish out every bit of it. =)
Served with amusing paper straws. Love you, Sage owners for being environmentally responsible. ^^, Fruity shakes that are too sweet on the first sip. Let it rest a little but make sure you take your straw out of the liquid. It might get soggy and wouldn’t do as good of a job as a straw. The iced craze stuff worked just like snow cones. Eat it like halo halo, mixing the ice up with the spoon and when it melts, it’s sip through the straw it goes. (Cotton candy was a sugar rush-y type of iced craze. The blue lemonade bested this in that the dash of sourness that the lemon had provided for a good contrast for the sweet. Interesting presentation for these, they were in giant cups. As for my fruit punch, there was nothing to it. It’s fruit punch minus the alcoholic content. Now, let’s raise our glasses and take a sip!
This was the plate that made my tongue tingle. It was so delicious that my brother wanted to get another order to go. Not fishy/malansa dory with crispy thin chips and a zingy tartar dipping sauce. Another dish of small portions… again, seconds are encouraged. (and maybe a cup or two of rice for the bottomless pits that are men’s tummies *guffaw guffaw) (“,)
A good plate of kani salad, though not as good as the one at Chaya‘s, makes me wonder now what they put in their mix. Anyhoo, this was salad that I liked too. So much so that I zoned in on it after giving everyone some. I forgot about my creamy bulalo until I cleaned all the mango, crab stick strips, kim and greens out of this plate. I ❤ veggies!
Let’s take a moment of silence before we talk about the Sage desserts.
Ricotta cheesecake (the one with the strawberry on it) was my favorite. Soft, spongy, crumbly and cheesy. Smores cake (the scorched meringue looking one on the right) was my brother’s pick. Make sure to get all layers in one bite since the bottom is a bit dry on its own. It needs the gooey-ish chocolate center to bring it to life. And …I didn’t get the name cake with melon cubes on top. *snickers A cooling dessert, perfect for hot days. It’s like a cross between gelatin and panna cotta (not that firm but not that soft either). Maybe it’s closer to being a melon flan. Hmm. Bottom line, these all brought our meal to a close wonderfully.
X marks Sage for good food in Baguio. (Adding it to my favorite restos category, too. You were right, Ms. Elakatrina! *giggles) Spruce it up with a paint job, spruce it up with cute little details, spruce it up with a fantastic offering of food.
Spruce your meal up with a little sage … or how about, a lot at Sage. ^^,
WHERE TO EAT IN BAGUIO CITY
#95 Military Cut Off
Baguio City, Philippines
Tags: #1, 86 grill eighty sixed, 86 grill reborn, a lot of Sage, additions to the menu, adventure, affordable, affordable baguio, affordable food baguio, afoodionado, ambiance, another cup or rice, backstreet, Baguio, baguio best restaurants, baguio blueberry cheesecake, Baguio cheap food, Baguio City, Baguio City eatsploration, Baguio City Philippines, Baguio dinner date, baguio dinner dates, baguio eat, baguio eats, Baguio eatsploration, Baguio eatsplorer, Baguio eatsplorers, baguio food, baguio food adventure, baguio food adventures, baguio food blog, Baguio food blogger, Baguio food establishments, baguio food guide, baguio food map, baguio food photo blog, baguio food quest, Baguio food review, Baguio food reviews, baguio food trip, Baguio foodie, Baguio foodie blogger, Baguio foodies, baguio foods, baguio guide, baguio guide what to eat, Baguio Philippines, baguio restaurant blog, baguio restaurant blogs, Baguio restaurant connoisseur, Baguio restaurant food, baguio restaurant guide, baguio restaurant map, Baguio restaurant review, Baguio restaurant reviews, Baguio restaurants review, Baguio restaurants reviews, baguio restaurants to eat, baguio sage new restaurant, Baguio sage restaurant, Baguio where to eat, bake, barbecued ribs, beefy, best, best kept secret, best restaurants in baguio, Beth, better, beverages, binge, blog, blogger, blogs, blogs about baguio food, blue lemonade, blueberry cheesecake baguio, bone marrow, breakfast, budget, budget friendly, business, businesses, cage light fixtures, center, Chaya kani salad, cheap restaurants baguio, cheesy, chest, chests, chicken ballotine, circus ringmaster, city, city center, City of Pines, cleaned out the salad plate, comfort, comfort food, compare, comparison, comprehensive baguio food blog, comprehensive details about Baguio food, comprehensive information about Baguio food, connoisseur, cook, cost, costs, cotton candy, cotton candy ice craze, cozy dining, cozy dining baguio, cozy place, Cozy place in baguio, cozy place to eat in baguio, cozy restaurant baguio, craving, cravings, cream dory, creamy bulalo steak baguio, crispy thin potato chips, customer, customers, delectable, delicious, delight, delights, deserve perfect five, dessert, dining around baguio, dining out, dinner, dinner date, discover, discovering, discovery, dish, dishes, eat, eat baguio food, eat it like halo halo, eat out baguio, eat-in-baguio, eatcentric posse, eateries, eatery, eating out Baguio, eating out in baguio, eats, eats baguio food, eats baguio foods, eats in Baguio, eats in Baguio City, eats-ploration baguio, eats-plore, eats-plore baguio, eatsploration, eatsplore, eatsplore baguio, eatsplorer, eatsplorers, eatsploring Baguio, Elakatrina, Entrée, environmental responsibility, environmentally responsible Sage, establishment, establishments, explore, explore Baguio city, explorer, explorers, extra rice, extra rice for men, facade, Facebook page, facing the street, fall off the bone, famous restaurants in baguio, fancy, fantastic, find, find good Baguio food, find good food in Baguio, fish and chips, flavorful, food, food adventure, food adventures, food and drink, food establishment, food establishments, food quest, food trip, food trip in baguio, food trip with Xine, food trips, foodie, foodie trip, foodie trip Baguio, foodies, foods, framed quotes on the wall, from this to this, fruit punch, fruity beverages, funds, gastronomic, gelatin, get seconds, giant coffee cup, giant cups, good, good Baguio food, good eats, good eats Baguio, good food, good foods, good snack, gooey chocolate center, great, great time, guide, guide to restaurants in Baguio City, hidden, hotel, hunk of meat, hunt, i <3 veggies, I love veggies, ice craze, improvement, improvement on steroids, interesting presentation, Irish porkchops, juiced up improvement, Karla, leg bone, libations at sage, life, life in excess, list, little details, little details that make somethign amazing, live for and die for, location, location in baguio map, location of baguio restaurant, lunch, lunch at Sage, mango kani salad, mango shake, marbled meat, mark, marks, marrow, meal enders, melon flan, memories, memory, menu, meringue, mexican dishes, Military Cut Off, military cut off road baguio, milky fat goodness, moment of silence before proceeding, new menu, new paint job, nicely flavored, no biggie, no.1, no1, not fishy, open for business, orange you glad we ate lunch here, order on halfway through, origins, outskirts, P3, P3 food trip, pampering, panna cotta, paper straws, parade of Sage food, passion, passion for food, pasta, pastel green, peek at menu, Philippines, photoblog Baguio, photos, pines, place, places, places to eat, playing around at Sage, pork chop, price, putanesca, puttanesca, quest, quests, Race, rally up foodie loved ones, rating, ratings, repainted, replaced diner booth, restaurant, restaurants, reupholstered chairs, ricotta cheesecake, rocky road shake, sage baguio, Sage desserts, Sage menu, Sage puttanesca, sage restaurant, Sage restaurant Baguio, salad, salad as digestif, salad for starters, sandwich, scrumptious, search, searching, seconds highly encouraged, secret, service, service water, shake, sharing, siblings, siblings at Sage, simple, Small World School, smores cake, snack, snacks, snow cone, soft and spongy, soggy straw, soul searching in the clouds, spot, spruce up, spruce your meal up with a little sage, spruced up, spruced up little details, spruced up paint job, spruced up restaurant, spruced up Sage, staple, strawberry shake, stunning dining area, summer dessert, tartar sauce, taste, tastes like chicken, tastes like pork, tasty, the spot, think happy thoughts, time, tips, tips dining out Baguio, treasure, treasure chest, treasure chests, treasures, treats, tried, tried all Baguio restaurants, Try, try eating at Baguio restaurants, vegetables, veggies, wandering adobo, we came we ate we were conquered, where to eat, where to eat in Baguio, where to eat in Baguio City, wide windows of Sage, wood panelinig, x, x marks baguio food in baguio map, x marks baguio restaurants in baguio map, X marks the spot, Xine, xmarks, xmarks baguio, xmarks baguio food, xmarks baguio restaurants, zingy tartar sauce
Search for Good Baguio Food
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.)
Who Picks Up the Tab? ^^,
Relive Recent Eatscapades =)
- EATsploring in A Time of COVID…through FoodPanda
- Meat Plus Cafe: Great Cuts of Meat, Plus Ultra
- Still on Season’s Eatings Mode in February 2020
- Season’s Eatings Continue to 2020: Menus for Your Reference
- Seasons Eatings 2019: Menus for Your Reference
- With Master Tea; 1,2, Tea; and Nham Cha; Let’s Have A Tea Off!
- Pho Hanoi: Home of Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine in Baguio
Food Trip Archives
Where to Eat in Baguio
- ***TabLe of bLoG ConTenTs*** (1)
- **iNFoBiTes for Dining in Baguio (97)
- *Comfort in the Familiar a.k.a Xine's Favorites (",) (94)
- Accommodation Dining (Eating at Baguio Hotels, Inns, etc.) – Is It Worth It? (75)
- Baguio Breakfast Buffet Bonanza (9)
- Baguio Diner Dash Competition (5)
- Baguio Food Photo/Blog (80)
- Contrasts & Comparisons (17)
- Fine & Fancy … Dress to the Nines Dining (or not, if you don't want to =b) (32)
- Food for Thought a.k.a Think Before You Eat (5)
- Healthy Eats, Shoots and Leaves …and then some (17)
- New in Town (152)
- NotabLe eDibLes Ű (25)
- Origins (21)
- Staple Foods Baguio (51)
- Uncategorized (28)
- Updates & Supplements (104)
- ~*Intermission*~ (46)
- ~ScrumpTiouS GiveAwaYs!~ (13)