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Life is Better on Emithia’s Porch

Porch Rules:

  • Sip a comforting drink.
  • Relax.
  • Tap your toes to the music.
  • Converse.
  • Laugh together.
  • Slow down.
  • Enjoy the day.
  • Count your blessings
  • Be in the moment.
  • Make memories.
Baguio Emithia's Porch Diner 2015

On the porch … =)

Those are some rules I’ve collected from various sources (the most appropriate ones for this blogpost). At Emithia’s Porch, they have one additional porch rule and that is to:

  • Eat heartily.

So …

Leave your cares behind …

The ultimate foodies, to me, are those who have turned their love and passion for food into a craft and also share this love and passion through their establishments. \m/ Hanging out at CbY, Ate Terry, in one of our many topics on eating around told us about a new restaurant she heard that just opened. (Thanksies, ate!)

Baguio Emithia's Porch Diner 2015

The porch diner.

A day after, as soon as I found time after work, I researched for more details on the restaurant which I found instantly on their Facebook page. (Soooo brings to mind the meme, “Respect your parents, they passed school without Google”. *harhar Everything … almost … we need can be found on the net now.) We set out for the Porch right after.

It was an adventure riding to/around Camp 7 as Race and I rarely found ourselves there.  While talking at the top of our lungs, I looked this way and that for a one storey building.  Behind the firewall at a Total gas station, we found ourselves in front of Emithia’s place.

Baguio Emithia's Porch Diner 2015 facade

A chalkboard sign was hanging on the door with the words “soft opening” and a broken schedule, written on it. (Hhmm, we don’t have lots of that in the Baguio.) We hesitated to come in since it was almost 2:00 (The diner is open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and resumes at 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.) but one of the staff, opened the door to us and bade us to …

… join them on the porch.
Baguio Emithia's Porch Diner menu

More than sip a comforting drink, we can eat at Emithia’s so here’s their menu. \m/

As we sat down, they explained their menu to us and informed us that their main offer was t-bone steaks.  Aside from the wagyu signature steaks, they also had all day breakfast and specials. (easier on the pocket sorts of foodstuff. Shyeew) Piri piri fried chicken sounded interesting too but I was warned that that was hot powerful stuff.

Having seen what they had on their Facebook page (they’ve since added more photos of their selection), I had my mind set on their wagyu steak and pasta al funghi. =)

Baguio Emithia's Porch Diner ginger ale with grean tea

No iced tea available yet on our soft opening visit but this, green tea ginger ale was pretty comforting. =D

Our meal started with soup, which I was a bit (and pleasantly) surprised at but then assumed it was part of the meal (like at Sizzling’s).  It was a squash-y potato-ey chowder with a gritty feel in every spoonful.  It was a fun textured good soup (that made me think that if they pushed it a little more, it would be just like Eve’s Garden’s soup).

Baguio Emithia's Porch Diner soup

Getting down to the nitty gritty in soup. *hihi

It had been our intention that Race would have the ribeye steak and I would have the pasta … with me just getting a little slice as we went along.  Our attendant, however, asked if we wanted the steak as a split order.  When we said we did intend to share it, they were glad to give us each our own plate of buttered veggies, mashed potatoes and gravy. Yey!

Baguio Emithia's Porch Diner accompaniments to the wagyu ribeye steak

Accompaniments to the ribeye wagyu steak, split for two. Wee!

When everything was on our table, we started chowing down.  The pasta worked well as a partner to our steak.  It was creamy good but it sort of faded into the background against the star of the meal, wagyu.

Baguio Emithia's Porch Diner 2015 pasta al funghi

Creamy mushroom pasta ^^,

It being our first try of it, we were extremely impressed with its tenderness despite us wanting it well done. *hee I did see some of the fat marbling against the nicely cooked surface and the rub; the rub that was so herby flavorful that seeped into the meat.

Baguio Emithia's Porch Diner 2015 wagyu ribeye steak

Wagyu beef signature ribeye steak (“,)

We tried to eat as slowly as we can savoring every shred of that grade 4 meat.  After the main course, we ordered strawberry cream pie but since the restaurant is on trial run, they had nothing ready for that lineup yet. We weren’t ‘dessert-ed’ (get it? =b) because they served us strawberry parfaits.  They actually had a promo going on, they said and we made it just in the nick of time since that was the last day for it. (Thank you so much for the freebie, you guys!)

WOW, the strawberry compote/coulis topping on the vanilla ice cream! I can only describe it as strawberry ketchup. Cue Cookie Monster’s shower thoughts: “Surely, if tomato is fruit then that make ketchup, a jam!” ^^,

Baguio Emithia's Porch Diner 2015 strawberry daquiri compote parfait

Strawberry daiquiri compote parfait *nomnomnom

X marks Emithia’s Porch Diner by Chef Joao for good food in Baguio. Let me put two quotes on porches together for the ending: “Leave your cares behind and join us on the porch, because life’s better on Emithia’s porch.” (“,)

I’m excited to try their piripiri chicken … but I have to do some “training” first. =)))

Food: 4 treasure chests

Service: 3 treasure chests

Ambiance: 4 treasure chests

Price: 3 treasure chests

Emithia’s Porch

308 Camp 7, Kennon Road

Baguio City, Philippines

facebook.com/pages/Emithias-PORCH-by-Chef-Joao/242341535801000

***I meant to post this on March 1st, but seeing that the parades are at the start of the weekend, I’ll post it today so you could read all about this place now.  I’ll just move it later. Again, you’re welcome, my foodie friends.

***UPDATE 03/01/2015: So moved. *tee hee

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13 responses to “Life is Better on Emithia’s Porch”

  1. XiNE says :

    Hey, hey, Ela! Another star from you, thank you so much! Care to try their piri piri chicken and then tell me what you think about it? Me scared *heehahaha Have a great food adventure at the Porch, you two! (“,)

  2. Einz (@isadelps) says :

    Hello ate! What’s the price range po for their menu? Hehe sorry, I can’t discriminate far better relying on 3 treasure chests. 🙂

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