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Elements: A New Constituent to Breakfast in Baguio

They weren’t kidding when they said they were building a new town.

Newtown Square Plaza Baguio scale model 2014

On these sites will rise/had risen/is rising … (iiissh, Sheldon and the Back-to-the-Future tense *giggles)

When Beth told me she got word that another restaurant has opened in Newtown Plaza (thankies, ate!) and that its offering was buffets, I suddenly got to thinking about the last time I was at Rasa Pura.  There was only a skeleton of a building there then and if it’s true that the hotel’s already up and running, I would be mighty impressed.

Elements at Newtown Square Plaza Hotel Baguio breakfast buffet spread

I didn’t know it could be done but Newtown Plaza Hotel lost no time in getting to business. Dining places today, accommodation in a couple of months (the hotel officially opens in December), and who knows what else later.

Elements at Newtown Square Plaza Hotel Baguio croissants and bread roll with butter

Croissants and a roll. ^^,

It’s been a long time since I’ve done this … woken up early to stuff myself silly with breakfast eats.  =b  Race and I were a bit late to the party and getting to the resto (after feeling like one of the construction workers clocking in *hihi You’ll see why later), we saw that the Sunday crowd had already gotten a head start at the salads, cereals, breads, Chinese dishes, viands that are the breakfast regulars, fruits and more.

Elements at Newtown Square Plaza Hotel Baguio breakfast buffet spread

The salad, cereal, bread and dessert spread.

As soon as we got a table (there were actually lots of them, in different sections, that staff opened up as soon as one section got packed), I got my (breakfast) staple: soup. This day, it was congee but with more to offer as seafood lugaw.  The ricey glop was tossed in with pieces of cream dory, squid and little shrimp.  That did well to coax my tummy to awaken.

Elements at Newtown Square Plaza Hotel Baguio seafood congee

Seafood lugaw \m/

While Race got on the task of piling his big plate with the breakfast viand selection (chicken tocino, beef tapa, tortang talong, white chicken and some other things I didn’t get to see … he ignored the Spanish sardines though), the croissants in the midst of the spread of breads called to me. While there were other interesting looking varieties there, I settled for a roll with butter and the (diamond shaped) croissants with a vibrant dollop of jelly on top.  It wasn’t a bad choice considering, it was perfectly melt in your mouth flaky and well flavored. ^^,

Elements at Newtown Square Plaza Hotel Baguio breakfast viands

Stuffing ourselves silly with the breakfast viands.

What did I say about making like an early bird for buffets?  IT’s A MUST … and man, did I learn that lesson all over again.  When we saw some chaffing dishes of viands, there were only a few spoonfuls left in it and when Elements replenished them, they did a solid switcheroo. What was available in my first walkthrough of the buffet spread, wasn’t anymore. Boo-hoo … although, they did add interesting stuff like soy chicken with (soy) asado (who knew they could be in one pot like that), some saucy tofu dish, spare ribs, another eggplant viand, longganisa, and one of the best  danggit(-s?) I’ve ever had: crispy thin, flavorful but not all salty like you’re eating a clump of salt. \m/ (I always did tell my best friend, I like salty stuff but I don’t like salt. Can you imagine how icky eating salt, would be? *snickers)

The dishes available at this Elements breakfast reminded me a lot of the Citylight Hotel breakfast. It’s probably the Chinese selections.  There was pancit beside the pot of lugaw and there also was a variety of dumplings (we had pork siomai and corn siomai – just pork covered with corn *harhar). Just the way Race liked it (like dessert), dense and heavy. Their chili oil was no lightweight, either. =D

Elements at Newtown Square Plaza Hotel Baguio orange juice and maja de blanca

Have you ever seen a more brilliantly orange glass of orange juice? And the firm and scrumptious maja diamonds. (“,) (What’s written on the cube vase? NO LEFTOVER  policy is implemented … don’t know how much they’ll charge though if you don’t finish what you get.)

One of the things I noticed with the offering at Elements is that they didn’t scrimp on the ingredients for the food. For dessert, they had the coconut-y milkiest maja I’ve ever tasted.  If that was sprinkled with corn, it would be perfect.  The juice (strawberry and orange) had a lot of mileage too (since there was no ice thrown in with the juice in the dispenser.) … I had to water the orange juice to tone it down a bit. *hee

Elements at Newtown Square Plaza Hotel Baguio German bread

German bread?

On my second round of breads, this baby got my attention.  It’s a German bread, I overheard a lady (probably a manager) saying.  Sourdough-like but soft with blueberry topping and cheese, I didn’t care what it was. =)  I would’ve gotten some more if my tummy wasn’t ready to surrender.

Elements at Newtown Square Plaza Hotel Baguio dining areas

The different sections of dining areas at Elements.

Of course, I’ll have time … and space for some greens. (“,) The red bellpepper and green bellpepper strips were just too beautiful in their bowl to ignore. #channelingdigestif   Tossed with the tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots and lettuce and drizzled … err, drenched … with ranch dressing, my veggie lovin’ heart was singing again.

Elements at Newtown Square Plaza Hotel Baguio salad

Salad =)

After successfully packing ourselves up with food, we walked around  the hotel’s pool.  I don’t know what it was; the way the sun shone maybe, the breakfast buffet, the  poolside scene; but the whole time we were at Newtown hotel, we felt like we were on one of our vacations (emphasis on the good ones). *contented sigh

Elements at Newtown Square Plaza Hotel Baguio poolside

Lazing in the … sun and then the shade. *tee hee

What a lovely place to hang out and get some sun!

Elements at Newtown Square Plaza Hotel Baguio view through the window grills

View through the leaf-system window grills.

It was hard to leave our place in the sun on the rooftop of Newtown Square building.  As we walked back to our food adventure mobile, we made a vow to come back (to try the Greek pattern decorated cakes on display at what I assume the hotel’s bar is going to be). UPDATE 12/05/2014: Dinner buffet at Elements and Chemistry Bar experience here.

Chemistry Bar at Newtown Square Plaza Hotel Baguio cakes

Breaking Bad inspired? =b

X marks Elements for good food in Baguio. Rise and shine to a new option for breakfast buffets in the City of Pines!

Food: 4 treasure chests

Service: 3 treasure chests

Ambiance: 4 treasure chests

Price: 4 treasure chests Regular price of P380/pax breakfast buffet …

Newtown Square Plaza Baguio the buffet offering

Buffets and more buffets! *nomnomnom

But they’ve got a promo going on till the end of October: Dine for two, pay for one so hurry, if you want to get a piece of the action, at a huge discount … (and if breakfast is too early for you, there’s Sunday lunch buffet and weekdays and weekend dinner buffets, too.)

 Newtown Square Plaza Hotel Baguio facade

The hotel facade and the short dusty tunnel walk through to the inhouse resto … which they’re doing their best to keep at bay with frequent sweeps =))

If you’re okay with this (construction going on especially if you go through the Elements/hotel parking lot), that is. (Where’s my construction hat? *heeharhar) (They’re pretty high up in their project anyway. I didn’t hear a single drill or hammer while we were eating at Elements restaurant.)

 the view from Newtown Square Plaza Baguio

Poolside lounge with a view of the South Drive tree line – the most Baguio looking road/neighborhood ever. *apir tayo, ate Terry! Just wonderful!

Elements

Newtown Plaza Hotel

42 Claro Recto Street

St. Joseph Village, Navy Base

(Landmark: Botanical Garden gate. Right across it is Ibay’s Silver Shop, enter that street)

Baguio City, Philippines

0917 655 9005

422 8906

facebook.com/newtownplazahotel

 

***Arg, WordPress is at it again! Where are the other tools?!

UPDATE 10/28/2014: FOUND IT!  *sheepish grins.  Big thanks, Maam kristenbattle.

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16 responses to “Elements: A New Constituent to Breakfast in Baguio”

  1. Anonymous says :

    You have a very thorough blog on what and where to eat in Baguio. Two thumbs up for your efforts 🙂

  2. Nicolette says :

    Your blog is a gem! Thank you so much for putting this much effort on finding good eats in baguio. We visit yearly pretty much around nov-dec and food has always been such a crucial part of our vacation 🙂 i am currently composing our itinerary, i hope you can help me. Whenever we are in baguio, we usually start our day around 7-8am… I am having a hard time finding breakfast places that opens this early (newly opened ones, i’d like to point out). We shy away from any fastfood/restaurant that can be found in manila. I’ve already listed cafe by the ruins, solibao and citylight hotel bfast buffet… I still have 3 bfast places to fill. I hope you can help and suggest me some good places 🙂 thank you so much in advance and more power to your blog! 🙂

    • XiNE says :

      Hello there, Nicolette! Thank you so much for appreciation, much obliged to you. *hihi

      Personally, I’m partial to the breakfast buffet at Le Chef at the Manor, CJH. Le Monet’s is pretty good too and considering you’re early starters, you’ll be able to make the most out of it.

      Plated breakfasts, you might want to try Beggang in Burnham Park and of course, there’s always the local favorite (for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks =b), Good Taste on Carino Street near Burham). Oh, let me throw in Kiwi’s Bread and Pastry at Mines View for their protein packed all day breakfast meals.

      Not sure which resto is new to you but I hope this helps (https://findgoodbaguiofoods.com/category/new-in-town/ ) make your visit to the City of Pines more enjoyable. Happy eatsploring and exploring! (“,)

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