Destination Chow: The Camp (Sala and Just Another Damn Good Sick Joint)
Are you ready for camp, Baguio food explorers?
There’s no need to pack, you guys, for I’m referring to the newly opened bright spot on Leonard Wood Road, The Camp and its resto bars: Sala and Just Another Damn Good Sick Joint. (Shyeew, mouthful of a name that one. In succeeding mentions, I’ll just say Joint, okay? Beats acronyms, too. JADGSJ *harhar)
UPDATE 05/19/2017: Three years after, we’re back at The Camp, checking out what’s new and what’s changed.
Thanks to Ms. Angeline‘s sleuthing skills (Way to go, you! We’re much obliged =D), we arrived at this building and found the food establishments in it, open … finally. (Three times the charm \m/) (Just in case you were looking to get some lunchies from them before, their opening time is 5:00 p.m. That means dinner for all of us. =b UPDATE 08/12/2014: Their Facebook pages are advertising breakfast – 8:00 a.m., so I guess they’re changing things around again.) Question is, is The Camp a good place to get heavy fillers for your tummy or is it an honest to goodness drinking place?
Just like Reverie by day/Nostalgia by night, it is! (NOTE: Although, I believe, there are heavier stuffers available at the Joint than the Sala. Lookie, the menus. ^^,)
As I surmised, the Sala was a huge area with clusters of couches, ottomans, end tables, and coffee tables. I could clearly see myself hanging out at this stimulating, stimulating spot on the earlier part of their business hours … say it with me, “Wide, open spaces!” I so wanted to get comfy and lie down on the sofa just staring at the ceiling studded with interesting art pieces. *contented sigh They’ve got different sections here for smokers and non-smokers as well.
As for what we had for dinner at this living room themed establishment, Race picked the pork steak with onion rings from the ala carte section of the menu while I held off for a few minutes (Ah, to figure out whose caricatures those were, reflect on what this or that abstract piece meant to me, etc. *tee hee) before I chose Pinoy bougia base soup. (Don’t forget to look above the ‘headings’ on the menu, you might miss out on something totally scrumptious. In hindsight, I would’ve gotten the wild mushroom soup, above the heading, “SOUP” if I noticed it then. Oh, well, there’s always a next time.)
Definitely, the pieces of pork steak were the star in Race’s plate. Juicy and flavorful, we chewed on these chunks eking out its zest. I kept thinking, it’s like gum, only salty and more tender. =b The bouiga base was a simple but good bowl of soup. It looked and tasted like cream of something … like maybe mushroom, but with bits of seafood (shrimp, squid, cream dory) in it.
Service: Friendly staff. We got a heartfelt smile and greet, walking in and walking out of the Sala.
Ambiance: A great deal of thought definitely went into the aesthetics of this space, two thumbs up. NOTE: If you’re eating a real meal here, however, be prepared to hunch over or hold your plate to your chest, eating with one hand a la big house party.
Walking a few steps to the Sick Joint next door, I already had their rabbit stew in mind for dinner (a decision made during recon) . Though, this eating place looks pub-ier than Sala, it had more filling meals to offer in their steaks, house specialty (of rabbit) and tough guy platters (aside from the similar offering of sandwiches and burgers with their sister resto pub). (My, what interesting foreign beers they offer, too. =) )
We picked a spot in one of the lengthy diner booths (ahh, the proper height for a dining table *hihi) against the wall … but there were many other interesting places to sit around the expansive Joint. (Bar stools huddled around a barrel, anyone?)
My better half chose to munch on some sisig (probably evidence of the power of suggestion by the Greatest Pork Dish on Earth article by gmanetwork.com) which in his opinion was a pretty good plate of sisig, while I labored through every forkful of my rabbit stew.
It tasted fine, mind you (I expected it to be soupier) but I couldn’t take the cute, cuddly, fuzzie wozzie faces of these animals off my mind to really enjoy the dish. #borderline vegetarian It tasted like chicken to X+1 nevertheless … and then a little he said, she said moment with me thinking it was a bit stringy in consistency when the meat broke up in my mouth while Race thought, it was juicier than chicken meat. Boy, was I glad for the nice salad side dish(es) *snickers
Just Another Damn Good Sick Joint
Ambiance: For sure, lots of planning went into the looks of The Camp’s inhouse restaurants. I like the brighter, Sala, though. … oh and yeah, I don’t mean to be a prude but I think the decor in this joint is pretty crass. So, I like the brighter … and more wholesome, Sala. *giggles
X marks Sala and Just Another Damn Good Sick Joint for good food in Baguio. Where to eat in Baguio City? You can leave these resto bars with your friends as happy campers with the meal options that they have. (“,)
Just Another Damn Good Sick Joint
Leonard Wood Road (across from Teacher’s Camp, beside Zio’s Pizzeria and Yun Soo St. Jude)
Baguio City, Philippines
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