Full On Taste and Sights at BZA HomeArts Cafe
From the first time …
we made a visit to BZA Home Arts early this month, it’s been on my mind. (Back to newly opened restos.) It’s because there’s loads going on in this place; more than their food, more than a place to hang out and catch up with friends and loved ones. I tell you, I didn’t expect the space to be so overwhelming when eatsplorer Ela told me about adding this cafe to my Baguio restaurant list. Shyeew.
Coming ’round the bend, going through their golden gate and walking to the entrance of the resto, my eyes got wider and wider and I had to fight hard to keep myself composed and keep from lingering here and there to take a photo of this and that. (I get that way, you see, when I like what I see. I take so many photos because I sort of feel like whatever it is is going to disappear in the next instant/I can’t have it so I take comfort in the thought that I’d still be able to look at it in a photo. =b Thank heavens for digital cams, no?)
Getting to the living room dining area, it was all I could do to keep from going crazy with all the Christmas decor (Not enough to get me into the holiday spirit though), interesting chairs, and awe-inspiring rhinestone art everywhere. (BTW, this is also a rhinestone art, paint by numbers pictures, cross stitch pattern kits depot.)
After taking a little peek of the dining room dining area, we chose the table beside the X’mas tree across from the huge ass TV playing music videos in the living room. It was kind of a doozy picking which potato salad to get from the BZA HomeArts Cafe menu as there were three kinds, the BZA version, a German version, and a Hungarian version. I settled for the house potato salad which reminded me a lot of Bay Leaf’s version with the cubes of carrots and beans tossed together with the marble potatoes for that shift in textures. ^^,
While waiting for our mains; mine, one of their sub sandwiches, and Race’s, their liempo, we sipped on some butter beer. Every sip had me thinking of pancakes with oodles and oodles of maple syrup and butter. *sip ahh “A little bit like less-sickly butterscotch.” ~ J.K. Rowling. So good, I bet this could get me tipsy … nay, dead drunk. That could get me dead drunk. Kept me drinking until it was all gone, mehn. Another round please!
The barbecue liempo is a simple staple dish that’s always a winner. \m/ With meat grilled just right, tasty and tender, Race had to get another helping of rice for it.
The sandwich came in a huge plate with strips of beef on the side like meat used in samgyeopsal and delish potato wedges. In the baguette were rings of onion and slices of mushroom. I poured all this out of the bread, sliced away at everything, and ate all in various forkful combos. (“,) (Beef with some onion one time, beef with mushroom and potatoes and a dip in the ranch dressing another time, etc.)
As an afterthought, I got a mug of BZA’s lychee peach specialty drink. It’s an oh so creamy blend with two of my favorite fruit(s flavors).
Being the food lovers we are, Race and I were already talking about ordering dessert as we were munching on the salad, but then Sir Lee, manager of BZA Cafe, came in to the sala and gave us each our own slices of carrot cake. For being the first blogger to visit their place, he said. (Busted! Cover blown! Abort, abort! =)) ) Aww, thank you so much, Sir! Packed with walnut pieces, it’s a nice dessert … which could have done even better with cream cheese frosting. Got a tad too sweet there. Even more so, paired with my whipped cream topped, whipped cream blended drink. No matter, I’m still ever so grateful. That really topped us off. *burp!
Left feeling incomplete since I haven’t seen everything yet (what I mean is I didn’t get to do a close inspection of everything =b), we returned a few days later. This time, I gunned for a seat in the dining room dining area. BTW 2, I forgot to relate to you this interesting tidbit Sir Lee shared to us: BZA restaurant used to be President Manuel L. Quezon’s Baguio home.
Why I keep saying living room dining area, dining room dining area; the home arts cafe is a house (turned hotel) turned eating place. That also explains the decorative mouldings that looked like the sun on the Philippine flag. Is this why Quezon Hill is named Quezon Hill? Shows you how much I know about history. *sheepish grins
Skipping drinks totally as we aimed to satisfy our hunger, we went for a continental breakfast plate, soup, and pasta for late lunchies.
The continental breakfast was mainly a platter of small pieces of protein like bacon, ham, sausage, and scrambled egg with a slice of whole grain bread. (They have their all day breakfasts in their newer menu which I didn’t take a shot of. I was thinking, changed to colorful scented paper, it was the same food list. This one’s priced P170 thereabouts. The two other options for breakfast are somewhere around P120 to p150.)
Beautiful soup, that pomodoro la minestra. Creamy, cheesy, loaded with mushed tomatoes, it felt almost like eating melted cheese. Insta fave! I would go back for this again and again and be perfectly happy with this bowl. =D
I ❤ the marinara pasta I got too. Perfectly cooked fettuccine with tons of olives, capers, tomatoes, more than the pasta itself, and shrimps, I had a mind to ask for more bread to wipe off the tomato sauce left on the plate (also for the soup). Compliments to the chef … whom we got to meet on our first visit. Kudos, Chef Jesse!
We ended this meal with a slice of chocolate cake. A true blue choco cake. =)
X marks BZA HomeArts Cafe for good food … also, an eyeful, a tastebuds-ful, and a tummy full experience in Baguio.
BZA HomeArts Cafe
#37 1st Road Quezon Hill
Baguio City, Philippines
0926 717 3242
(See location on Google maps: St. Vincent Gym Brower Road to BZA Cafe Quezon Hill
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Wow! BZA Home Arts cafe is Manuel L Quezon’s house. A very long history ha. Must visit this new restaurant soon
Hello, Izza! I know right. Really an interesting tidbit to learn from BZA manager, Sir Lee. He’s got other plans with regard to the building’s history, can’t wait for those to come to fruition.
Yes, do put BZA HomeArts Cafe on your list and check it off soon. Dining spots are so much more amusing with Christmas decor out *hihi Thank you and hope you enjoy it here as much as we did! (“,)
May post na naman ang lola. Akala ko wiz na susunod sa matcha spread nun collective. Parang gandara din dito sa BZA Cafe daming pag photo op. Rampa din dapat ako dyan.
Hi, Mario! *hihi Yes, doing my best to get this all out before the holiday season so Baguio residents and visitors can have some place new to check out if they so wish. (“,)
Sensory overload as in at BZA Home Arts Cafe and for sure, lots of pictures to take around the cafe. Thanks muchie! Happy rampa and happy eating! *hihi
Mukang masarap yun marinara pasta. 😉 Thank you for posting BZA home arts Cafe
Hello! BZA’s l’marinara di donna pasta really was a fab plate. If you love capers, olives and tomatoes like I do, you’ll enjoy it even more, methinks. Happy dining at the HomeArts restaurant! Thank you so much for visiting the blog. (“,)
Love this feature. BZA is a beautiful place
*apir! Thanks for visiting Find Good Baguio Foods and for leaving a comment! (“,)
This is the restaurant you were telling us about Xine! I want to see the interesting chairs and rhinestone art for myself and the food at BZA restaurant, it really sounds yummy. 🙂 🙂
Ahey, Nickie! Yes, this is the one. Go, go, go! As I understand it, you can also buy as well as work on rhinestone art projects, paint by numbers pictures, and cross stitch kits while eating the delectable food here at BZA HomeArts Cafe.
Glad to have you back in the comments section. Happy food quest! (“,)
Store hours please?
Hello, Lea. Says on the BZA Facebook page, it’s 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Enjoy! (“,)