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Fire, Food & Friendship at Foggy Mountain Cookhouse

We’ve run through all of the “by reservation restaurants” on our list, hooray!

(And this is our 300th blog post; three cheers for all the nice eatsplorers everywhere! Thank you so much, foodie friends for all the support!)

X and foodie posse at Baguio Foggy Mountain Cookhouse 2015

Foodies and friends. ^^,

I know I’m jumping a little ahead to the friendship part of this feature post with the intros so let’s get things officially kicked off.  Have I got a mouthful (and an eyeful) for you.

Baguio Foggy Mountain Cookhouse insta bonfire 2015

Fire

I’m not talking about this particular fire, although we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in its rosemary-scent-dispersing and perfect-marshmallow-roasting-on-account-of-its-blue-flame capabilities.

roasting marshmallows at Baguio Foggy Mountain Cookhouse instabonfire 2015

The kids and the non kids pretending to be kids roasting marshmallows on Foggy Mountain’s insta bonfire thingy. *hee Who’s who, you decide.

No, not even referring to the wood fire in this brick oven, a handsome oven, though it is. Just look at that.

Baguio Foggy Mountain Cookhouse wood fire brick oven 2015

I’m talking about the resident chef’s fired up passion as a foodie.  Chef Babes started building a strong love for food while using cooking as an  outlet for stress after a long, challenging corporate world day.  Reading, researching and digesting all things food preparation in his downtime surely paid off. \m/ Making himself a true master in the field, he then mixed and matched ingredients, techniques, etc. that produce dishes that bring so much joy to multitudes of his guests. Brace yourself for the edibles served at his porch resto, Foggy Mountain Cookhouse.

Baguio Foggy Mountain Cookhouse babaganoush and pita bread 2015

Babaganoush and bite size pieces of pita bread. ^^,

Food

Making a booking for lunch or dinner at the cook house (at least a day before please), your meal naturally comes with an appetizer, starters of salad, drinks and dessert. For now, the FMC meal begins with baba ganoush and some bite sized pieces of pita bread. I have never enjoyed eggplant more! The spread/dip is so refreshingly good, I have a mind to ask Chef Babes to make me a jar of it for home (which I assume will be finished off in a few hours *tee hee).  The first time I encountered this “antipasto”, my heart sank thinking that the serving was too small for our five pax group. Oh, was I so wrong.

Baguio Foggy Mountain Cookhouse salad 2015

We totally ❤ veggies!

We were served a greens-packed salad drizzled with … wait for it … orange juice dressing. Oh, weee! Together with the cherry tomatoes, olives, carrot strips and cheese were torn pieces of lettuce, watercress and some feathery looking veg that we couldn’t quite place what it was. Our guess … more rightly, P3’s resident baker/chef‘s guess, is it’s fennel. Doing research on it now, that is correct! Nice one, Karla! *apir

Baguio Foggy Mountain Cookhouse vodka 7Up and iced tea 2015

Vodka 7Up and iced tea

To wash these Mediterranean dishes off with in my food adventure with P3+1+1, we had a pitcher of iced tea with a cinnamon flavor as well as glasses of vodka 7Up for the guys.

Baguio Foggy Mountain Cookhouse penne pasta 2015

Penne Pasta in egg sauce with truffle oil and parmesan cheese =)

Before we actually got to the main courses, Chef served us our orders of penne pasta in egg sauce with truffle oil, saying it’s the best consistency and taste coming right from the cooktop. =)

Baguio Foggy Mountain Cookhouse grilled chipotle pork chop 2015

Grilled chipotle pork chop: One inch thick pork chop marinated in chipotle spices and honey served with mashed potatoes for this visit. Southwestern flavor

Let me tell you now that the serving portions for the main courses are so huge at this food house that it can be shared with a group of five with (uber) lots to go around. =D I didn’t believe that little piece of info reading from the restaurant’s menu (a straightforward list of what’s available for the season) on their Facebook page so we cleaned out all the serving dishes of the babaganoush, salad and pasta.

Baguio Foggy Mountain Cookhouse porchetta 2015

Porchetta: Rolled boneless pork belly seasoned with Mediterranean herbs topped with red wine reduction sauce and raisins served with Spanish brown rice. Chef Babes’ version of Italian roast pork. Crispy skin, juicy meat!

Out of the spread at dinner, what sang to us most were the squid fries (Again, I have never had squid like that before!) and porchetta (Race’s Foggy Mountain fave). The grilled chipotle pork chop was delish too, mind you, but being served together with these taste explosions of eatables, its flavors were overpowered. I suggest if you pick this dish for your meal, dig into this first. It really was wonderful when I ate the leftover of it the next day.

Baguio Foggy Mountain Cookhouse crispy squid fries 2015

Crispy squid fries: Thick strips of giant squid with dill tartar sauce. The red dots on the plate are squirts of Sriracha. (“,)

I loved the squid so much, I ordered another plate of it for lunch with my blogger besties. ^^, Served with a dollop of  truffle oil infused mashed potatoes Sam found to be the most delicious mashed potatoes she’s ever had, she focused on that shallow bowl and didn’t stop until every morsel of it was gone.

Baguio Foggy Mountain Cookhouse mashed potato that comes with the squid dish 2015

Mashed potato that’s served with the cookhouse’s version of calamares.

What’s that you’re saying? Breather? How about resting your eyes a bit on our photos with one of the most fired up chef’s I’ve ever met in the Baguio food quest?

Baguio Foggy Mountain Cookhouse Xine foodie friends and Chef Babes 2015

Ready now? Not yet?

Baguio Foggy Mountain Cookhouse little sign 2015

Now. Feast your eyes on lamb that’s been slow roasted in the brick oven.  Those colorful pretties are Middle Eastern vegetables drizzled with feta cheese and lemon zest salsa. (“,)

Baguio Foggy Mountain Cookhouse slow roasted lamb 2015

Lamb slow roasted in the brick oven: Marinated overnight in Moroccan spices, served with Middle Eastern veggies and drizzled with feta cheese and lemon zest salsa. =D

Before serving the lamb to us, Chef asked if he could cook it his way. (I know, I know, well done is just going to murder this hunk of premium protein. *sheepish grins … no pun intended) Squeamish as we were about blood, we were utterly surprised to be served a piece of medium rare meat that had nary a reddish/maroonish drop on it. What sorcery is this? I didn’t know chefs could be magicians too! Abracadabra! *poof! All the blood is gone! (Another exclamation: “OMG, I’ve never had lamb like this before!” =)) )

 Baguio Foggy Mountain Cookhouse zoomed in look at a piece of the lamb 2015

Zoomed view of a piece of lamb. \m/

Next up is one of the new additions to the menu, chicken Parmesan pie. We made like guinea pigs for this rich and tasty clay pot viand. For Chef Babes’ first try making this, it was fab! See little man Lucas enjoying his spoonfuls of the (tomato and basil) sauce drowned chicken thigh fillet. =b

 Baguio Foggy Mountain Cookhouse chicken parmesan pie 2015

Chicken Parmesan pie: Thigh fillet seasoned with parmesan cheese. Pan fried, with fresh tomato and basil sauce, layered with mozzarella cheese and topped with herbs, polenta and parmesan cheese. Oven roasted for crusty luscious pie goodness! Lucas is right, it does look like a giant cupcake. *hihi

Friendship

To toast the success of all our dining experiences at the house resto and to new friends (new followers of Chef Babes’ culinary exploits, too), Foggy Mountain’s chef gave us a taste of his apple vodka at the dinner and the dessert wine at lunch. I think I’m going to start drinking if it’s his port wine that’s served. Cheers to friendship and foodies united! *hik

Baguio Foggy Mountain Cookhouse apple vodka and port wine

More Food …

Wait up, there’s still dessert. That’s pumpkin pie puree with a roasted marshmallow top crust and a lump of heavenly, heavenly cream.  As if we weren’t bursting enough at the seams, this meal ender ensured no stomach real estate was left without Foggy Mountain Cook House food in it. *hihi

Baguio Foggy Mountain Cookhouse pumpkin pie dessert 2015

Pumpkin pie puree topped with roasted mallows served with whipped cream and Tortillos chips on the side just in case the umay comes on. *burp

X marks Foggy Mountain Cookhouse for good (filling) food in Baguio. I’m throwing out F words here because of this place … good words. Fire, food, friendship. Fantastic, fun, feast, festivity … FAVORITE! (I’m putting this cookhouse in my list of faves.)

Food: 5 treasure chests Cue the Lego movie theme song: “Everything is Awesome!”

Service: 5 treasure chests Even with just the chef and one attendant, service went pretty smoothly. Totally an intimate setting for a meal, it’s only when you buzz for service that Kuya R2 (who hails from Palawan) pops in. Chef Babes also checked on us from time to time (with an entertaining story on this or that).

Ambiance: 4 treasure chests Sit back, relax and enjoy your meal in the Foggy Mountain terrace as you watch the fog roll in and out midday/house lights twinkling in the mountain on a clear night. Yes, Foggy Mountain isn’t just a name so don’t forget your jackets just in case it gets too nippy.

Price: 5 treasure chests I spent a little over P1500 for each visit with a party of five to six people and everybody was stuffed, I tell you, S-T-U-F-F-E-D!  Dinnertime and lunchtime, I/we left San Carlos Heights with tummies so full, we could’ve been rolled home like barrels. I even had a pack or two to go. (Oh, you, scrumptious squid fries; you’re mine, all mine! *maniacal laugh)

dining at Baguio Foggy Mountain Cookhouse 2015

P3+1+1 and X+1, Tres Marias with Queen Ane’s brood enjoying our Foggy Mountain Cookhouse dining experience. Weee!

Foggy Mountain Cookhouse

172 St. Joseph Street, San Carlos Heights

GLOBE -0916 767 4687

SMART – 0949 357 7617

SUN – 0932 762 3639

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Foggy-Mountain-Cookhouse/753191814711910?fref=ts

Attached below is a screen shot of the cook house’s location from Google Maps for your reference.

Baguio Map Foggy Mountain Cookhouse by Google Maps

Location of Foggy Mountain Cookhouse by Google Maps. *click to enlarge photo Note Cooyeesan Hotel Plaza

Give a mouse click here for extra visual aids to the exact location of Chef Babes’ house. (Such a useful photo album, don’t you think, Baguio food quester? Stay warm and dry, everyone!)

 

 

 

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33 responses to “Fire, Food & Friendship at Foggy Mountain Cookhouse”

  1. Nickie says :

    Another great restaurant find this Foggy Mountain Cookhouse, Xine! That’s why I keep on checking this blog. It makes me feel like I’m the first at finding new and good places to eat in Baguio. Thanks very much. 🙂

    • XiNE says :

      Hiyee there, Nickie! Big thank yous to you for the appreciation! To nice well-mannered people and great friends! (“,)

  2. Anonymous says :

    nakakagutom naman tong blog na to haha

    • XiNE says :

      Thank you so much! Lunch or dinner reservation at Foggy Mountain na? *hihi Happy Baguio food adventures! (“,)

  3. XiNE says :

    Hello there, Shayne Zalameda! Thanks for the star for this post! Happy eatsplorations and explorations to you! (“,)

  4. XiNE says :

    Hiyee, Ela! Thank you so, so much! One dining experience I can’t wait for you to try out yourselves! Game, game! (“,)

  5. Arabella Cabading says :

    Our team had lunch at Foggy Mountain a few months ago and it was such a memorable dining experience for us. Chef Babes is a genius in the kitchen and the ambiance is perfect: a cool and cozy home on top of a hill overlooking the a verdant valley and far beyond a glimpse of the sea. I love all the gourmet meal he served us and I’ll keep coming back for more. Try his pumpkin pie that melts in your mouth, pita bread with a heavenly tasting eggplant dip, brick oven roasted chicken and green salad with vinegrete dressing.

    • XiNE says :

      Hello, Arabella Cabading! IHG team? Thanks for sharing your dining experience at Chef Babes’ place. To more memorable Baguio eatsplorations! (“,)

    • babes g reyes says :

      Arabella…thank you for the kind and heartwarming comment! The cookhouse thrives on kind words from people like you…God Bless You!

  6. Susan says :

    Hi X. Lagpas ng cemetery ito? Ty 🙂

    • XiNE says :

      Hello there, Susan! Yes, I took a Googlemaps screenshot that might come in handy and it’s in the post. Enjoy Baguio Foggy Mountain Cookhouse! (“,)

  7. Lunar says :

    Hi! I always love reading your blog and using it as a guide where to drop by when I visit Baguio again. I, too, enjoy eating and writing. Wish we could dine out sometime if that would not be too wierd as fellow food enthusiasts!

    • XiNE says :

      Hello, Lunar! Apologies for the delayed reply. Seeing that we’re moving in the same circles, we’re bound to meet sometime. Do give me a shout then and say hi. *hihi Until then I hope you’re having great eatscapades in Baguio and anywhere else you find yourself to be. (“,)

  8. Tess says :

    Foggy Mountain Cookhouse is the best restaurant in Baguio ! Everything was so delicious. Kudos and thank you, Find Good Baguio Foods for finding this gem.

    • XiNE says :

      Hello, Tess! You’re welcome! I’m glad that you loved Foggy Mountain as much as we do! To more memorable food adventures like this, no? (“,)

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