Come on Baby, Let’s Do the Twist (at Forest Lodge, Camp John Hay)
♫ ♪ Take me by my little hand, and go like this … ♫ ♪ ♪
(Excited to get this post up so I’ll publish it now 11/10/2013. Again, I’ll be moving it to the 11th, in the name of OooooCD! =)) )
While putting the post for Baguio Halloween celebrations 2013 together, I sent Forest Lodge a message on their Facebook page asking about their inhouse restaurant. Their reservations associate gave me all the details I needed (Thank you, Maam Kathryn ^^,) enough to put me in a dilemma of where to have lunch that day. Race and I were running some errands over at Camp John Hay and being too famished to travel any further, we made up our minds to go to The Twist.
I must say I was expecting more than a single laminated page from the restaurant managed by Chef King (not counting the breakfast menu). I reasoned to myself that he must have some other tricks up his sleeve but is still looking into what whets the appetite of this hotel’s market. (I hope, I hope, I hope-a. =D)
So moving on. Drinks? How about a spot of tea? (and a can of four seasons for me. *chuckles)
For our main course, we got two dishes off the “The Twist” Asian Combination section of the menu: Grilled salmon fillet and grilled US beef in star anise sauce. I got curious about what tuna tataki was and so we ordered a plate of that for starters too.
This dining experience proved to be a real twist. =b When the plate of tuna tataki was placed on the table, I kicked myself for not getting the herb-crusted prawns in cocktail sauce instead. I’m not too fond of raw stuff and seafood and this was raw AND seafood. Oh well. I dipped a couple of these seared tuna pieces into the soy sauce, put some in my mouth, chewed and swallowed. (Don’t get me wrong, afoodionados, it tasted okay and it might be delish for others but I caught my biased self going ew every time my gob closed to break this uncooked thing down. *hee)
Race’s grilled beef was set in front of him. Served with sauteed veggies and steamed rice, it was everything a hungry man could ask for. The meat was easy to cut and the sauce undoubtedly made with anise. It was oh so fragrant that it made me want to buy some puto/rice cake (the white, round, flat kind folded in half from the market) after lunch. *cue nostalgic music
Surprise! The grilled salmon was my order. (♪ ♫ You should see my, my little sis. She really knows how to rock. She knows how to twist ♫ ♫) I love how the rice paired with this viand was fried with vegetables. The tomato mango salsa was a true complement for the fish. Its sour acidity tore the hunky fatty flavor of my salmon up into something I could easily and exceedingly enjoy. (Hooray for the alfalfa sprout toppings too! \m/)
♪ Come on little miss, and do the twist! ♫ X marks The Twist for good food in Baguio.
Food: I’ll be keeping an eye on this resto’s menu, looking forward to additional options.
Service: A little on the unpolished side. Like restaurants whose staff are not accustomed to diners coming and going by the droves, getting your glass refilled with water isn’t clockwork here. Also, they loiter behind the kitchen counter, which you can clearly see from your table, so you’ll likely be a fly on the wall listening in on unsolicited conversation once they get into it. *hihi (Ohh, so Manny Pacquiao has a fight coming soon, eh?)
***Just in case you were wondering about dessert, we left the cheesecake, the choco cake and the creme caramel with mango for next visit. This was a DQ for dessert day. We were satiated enough with The Twist dishes to make the trip back to town. =)
Camp John Hay
Baguio City, Philippines
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Hello there, elakatrina! Thank you so muchie! Come on little miss, that’s you, and do the twist. *hihi Have a great new week! (“,)
sounds yummy that steak with anise sauce. 😉 thank you for your blog because of it we have have a list of Baguio restaurants to visit now.
Hello there! Race liked his choice of meal very much, so that’s really his recommendation. You’re welcome. Thanks to you too for visiting my blog. Happy Baguio eatscapade to you! (“,)