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After Hope, Out Came Good Food from Pandora’s Box Cafe

Okay, it’s been more than a week since Halloween, so …

2015-11-10 Baguio Pandora's Box Tavern Cafe with the monsters at the archery range

With monsters and a dragon.

what’s going on here?

That, my friend, is a section of the archery range beside the tavern. (Archery range? Tavern? Whaat? *question marks in eyes  Yes. Let us continue.) Much like Game and Grub, Pandora’s Box Cafe offers grub and game; a more physical challenge of a game, that is.

Ahh, brownouts. In looking for a distraction from the long hours offline, there’s always something exciting to find/discover in our wee fair city. Let’s talk about the sustenance first because … I’m famished.

2015-11-10 Baguio Pandora's Box Tavern Cafe menu

Offering a list of eats doable for a horde, we surely picked the first item on the menu, grilled cheese, half size to cover X+1, my siblings and my niece. When it was brought to our table, we saw that its seams were oozing with melted mozzarella and cheddar. Like the one in Jon Favreau’s movie, Chef, it had uber buttered up pieces of bread that my fingers got all greasy from the slice. Such a great sandwich, I didn’t care, nobody cares (about my oil smeared digits =b).

2015-11-10 Baguio Pandora's Box Tavern Cafe grilled cheese 'n fries and Tavernblend iced tea in a 1 liter mason jar

Grilled cheese ‘n fries and a 1L mason jar of Tavernblend iced tea. ^^,

Getting my oily paws on some fries that came with the sandwich, I almost shouted “More taters, wench!” So perfect was the texture and the taste of these sides, we got a special order for a (glass) bucket of it that came with ketchup and ranch dressing dips. *nomnomnom

2015-11-10 Baguio Pandora's Box Tavern Cafe (5) pica pica fries and chicken fried bacon finger foods

Special order of bucket o’ fries and dip, and chicken fried bacon ‘n dip. (“,)

If I thought the potato wedges were wow, the other finger food, the chicken fried bacon was mind blowing. What sorcery went into making these, I wonder. The best way to describe it would be it’s bacon fried with a chicken skin crumble. It tasted a bit like KFC’s Double Down munchable but this is better executed, definitely more enjoyable and palatable. (Ugh, getting umay just thinking of the franchise‘s version. Switching back to happy thoughts now.) How great would this be with rice, we also mused … IF they would ever serve some in this medieval themed cosplay cafe. (Might just get some to go to eat with rice in the comfort of home. *hihi)

2015-11-10 Baguio Pandora's Box Tavern Cafe King Arthur's BLTC sandwich

King Arthur’s BLTC sandwich. (Excalibur not incuded. *hee)

Our other sandwich would have entailed unhinging our jaw in its height, King Arthur’s BLTC with more fries. All the delicious stuffings in crumbly bread, we sort of deconstructed it all in the slice and share. Another winning dish!

2015-11-10 Baguio Pandora's Box Tavern Cafe (6) diabeetus in a Viking sized mug and the gold rimmed shot glasses

Viking sized mug of Diabeetus … and our gold rimmed shot glasses. We feel so fancy now.

For drinks, we got the awe inspiring Diabeetus in a Viking sized mug. They gave us spoons and goblet shaped shot glasses to enjoy this refreshing as well as true-to-its-name energizing-and-sugar-rushing beverage. (“,) (A luxurious mix of choco wafer sticks, cream, choco ripple, choco chips, white chocolate covered pretzels, ,marshmallows, rice crispies, Oreo cookies for toppings, it surprisingly had just the right sweetness. *sip ahh)

2015-11-10 Baguio Pandora's Box Tavern Cafe filling our glasses with diabeetus cookies and cream

Topping our glasses off with cookies and cream Diabeetus. =D

Oh, yeah, we also got a liter sized mason jar of iced tea because as I’ve stated last week, it is hell-a hot for November 2015 noontimes. That was an excellent rehydration tea drink after a stairmaster challenge up to the mall’s fifth floor. =)

2015-11-10 Baguio Pandora's Box Tavern Cafe Pandora's waffle ala mode with vanilla ice cream and choco fudge

Pandora’s waffle ala mode. =)

In line with the sweet drinkable, we also had the Mentos-like, ‘crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside‘ waffle.  Out of all the tastes we had this day, this one was pretty commonplace but it was still good. And note how immaculate that waffle looks. ^^,

2015-11-10 Baguio Pandora's Box Tavern Cafe a toast

Cheers! (Don’t be fooled by my brother’s disinterested expression there. That’s his I’ve-got-such-a-camwhore-for-a-sister face.)

Invigorated as we were from this indulgent meal, we were ready to try our hands at archery.

2015-11-10 Baguio Pandora's Box Tavern Cafe at the archery gallery

Archery rules and training before the actual “quest”. \m/

First, a good read of the rules and some training … because when “pointy end goes into the other man”, that’s bad. *hee (Minus 2 points when you hit a ‘human’ in the target range.)

2015-11-10 archery at Baguio Pandora's Box Tavern Cafe

Let the games begin!

Our OBJECTIVE: Just shoot whatever. =D

2015-11-10 Baguio Pandora's Box Tavern Cafe archery games

Meanwhile, my sister busied herself looking at the cos-play costumes for rent at the cafe. You heard that right; got a costume party to go to? Pandora’s has to be one of your shopping stops, for sure.

2015-11-10 Baguio Pandora's Box Tavern Cafe (14) browsing the cosplay costumes for rent

Of course, she would take out the green one. She loves green. *hihi

Back at the range: Whoa, that string was really taut! I cannot say I expected that. With a few arrows that bounced off stuff, my last was an under the watermelon-that-spouted-a-face-monster’s eye shot. Take that! \m/ Right in the scar, right in the scar!

2015-11-10 X slaying monsters at Baguio Pandora's Box Tavern Cafe

X playing in a totally different hunger game. =))

X marks Pandora’s Box Tavern Cafe for good food (and good fun) in Baguio. (Who knew that yummy stuff would follow after hope? Baguio food adventurers, Clar and Rodz did.)

Food: 5 treasure chests

Service: 4 treasure chests

Ambiance: 4 treasure chests and with music in the background like an epic game OST, it was even better. (Although I didn’t hear it on their playlist yesterday, I’m thinking of ‘Great Ambitions‘ now. I’ve been Honest Trailers binging lately. Heehaha the stare/solar flare soundtrack.

Price: 3 treasure chests

2015-11-10 Baguio Pandora's Box Tavern Cafe (13) dining area

In and around the dining area.

Pandora’s Box Tavern Cafe

5th Floor Center Mall

Magsaysay Avenue

Baguio City, Philippines

https://www.facebook.com/pandorasboxtaverncafe/?fref=ts

 

***Congratulations and more power, Clar,  Rodz and friends, Melanie and Quintin (Who opened Pandora’s box again and brought us these scrumptious edibles and gold hitting fun)! Thank you so much for new favorites!

***Big thanks, eatsplorer Gerard … and friend Joseph! If it were not for you, I wouldn’t have ‘heard’ about this rad new eating place. Go, Teamlamon! #MOMFIloves

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20 responses to “After Hope, Out Came Good Food from Pandora’s Box Cafe”

  1. Candy says :

    Fun blog post! Thank you Xine.

    • XiNE says :

      Thank YOU, Candy for dropping by this food blog again! I guess it’s a fun post because it was a fun dining experience. Do try Pandora’s Box Cafe with friends and loved ones when you’re out eatsploring. *hihi Thanks again, I really appreciate it! (“,)

  2. Crystalshower says :

    We went to pandora’s cafe right after i read your reviews but so dissappointing most of the food were not on the menu and some were not available, even the diabetus were sold out. We ended up ordering the grilled cheese, pixie pizza and fried bacon. Ms xine may i ask if you are about to rate an establishment, do you gve notice in advance? Or do you just go there anonymously? I think its best if the staffs are clueless coz then you really experience their true, sincere service and servings, they will not try to impress you and your friends, and the ratings would not be biased. Have a good day and God bless

    • XiNE says :

      Hello, Crystalshower! Unlike some other self entitled “bloggers”, I make it a point NEVER TO MENTION, NEVER TO MAKE A BIG DEAL about the fact that I write a blog. I go anonymously, pay my own way and normally, I just publish after a series of visits.

      I’m saddened to hear that you had a bad experience with them but even my other family members go without me, without even saying that they are related to me and they still have been consistent in their good service. It’s unfortunate but maybe they were having an off day when you went.

      Also, if you have any second thoughts about a certain place you arrive at, please don’t let my blog be the reason you are forced into ending up anywhere. If the restaurant doesn’t have what you want, please feel free walk away.

      Here’s to more pleasant food quests in the future. (“,)

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