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Making (New) Memories at Decades Fusion Restaurant

Somebody pinch me!

Baguio Decades Restaurant X and the windows I've come to love so much

X’s and diamonds (“,)

A pretty house that’s been here for decades has been opened as a restaurant. Pinch me again … because it also used to be an English academy, THE academy, the same one I taught at and was prefect for a time. ♪ Mem’ries like the corners of my mind … ♫

Baguio Decades Restaurant

Torn down sections of room walls to make space for more tables. Wow!

How my heart skipped a beat when one of the photos Ms. Ninja of Arca’s Yard posted of her most recent eatsploration and resto hop adventure was the site of years of memories for me. (Thank you, Ms. Ninj and happy birthday! =) )

Baguio Philippine Interntional English Institute PIEI memories

Some PIEI memories *tim-pin-tin-pin-tin  ♪ ♫ Shout out to all (kids, teachers, all) at the academy then and now!

On reconnaissance ride, X+1 found out  they officially open on the 18th of this month, but start soft operations on the 8th. I noted then that aside from the expanded balcony for al fresco-feel dining, they also tore a section of the property wall out to make room for some parking spaces. (Amazing that a wall could bring up memories. *hihi You see, when the academy kids and I came horseback riding round the bend, we started shouting for the school aunties/cooks. They’d come out of the house and we’d wave to each other over that wall as we galloped by. Yee-haw!)

Baguio Decades Restaurant living room dining area

A section of the sala dining area

Passing the walkway going to the house, (so surreal, never dreamed I’d be walking on those tiled floors again) I had the urge to go directly to the kitchen door ‘to see what aunties are cooking up for dinner’. “Auntieee” (Marlene, Cory, Eli , Marina), said the way the main character in The Lunchbox says it. *hee

Back to the ‘future’, the restaurant name and offering came as a surprise because on our recon ride, there were no hints whatsoever of what those would be. Now, we know Decades serves an Asian fusion menu with specialty dish pinuneg/Cordilleran sausage, as well as Japanese, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Indonesian, Thai, Cambodian, and Indian inspired dishes.

Baguio Decades Fusion Restaurant and After Hours Joint menu

Decades Restaurant menu

Taking a seat, first, at the hive-looking table inside one of Decades Restaurant’s room (years back, the rooms where the girls hung out chitchatting about their latest horse riding excursion. So amusing, the bathroom is still the same design.) dining areas, we started early dinner off with the fall fusion cocktail salad made up of watermelons and grilled shrimp halves. These made for zingy umami bites with sweetness coming from the melon cubes and sourness from the orange & lemon juice with ginger dressing. \m/

Baguio Decades Restaurant fall fusion salad

Fall fusion cocktail salad =)

Race got himself a cup of Indonesian coffee which he described as cha-ffee. ^^,  The stuff in the ‘tea bag‘ was still potent after he finished his drink so he asked for more hot water for it.

Baguio Decades Restaurant Indonesian coffee and Race

Indonesian coffee and Race

Some dishes like the intriguing matcha millenia pasta were not available when we visited in their dry run day so we got another salad, the Decades restaurant signature. What made this salad unique was the dragon fruit and mint leaves. Also, the dressing was  noteworthy: Passion fruit juice. =D I can say, I’ve never had that before.

Baguio Decades Restaurant signature salad

Decades salad

While I love all plates of greens and veggies, I made a note, as we now ate from one of the fun table setups in the extended balcony, that next time I get this interesting starter, I’d sift the seeds out when I pour the dressing in. Those were not as enjoyable to chew on in contrast to dainty seeds like kiwi or maybe basil seeds like those floating around in new bottled beverages in the market these days. *KruNCh!

Baguio Decades Restaurant sala and dining room dining areas

Living and dining room dining areas

I must say, I was totally floored with what they’ve done with the house turned full board school turned eating place. They kept a lot of the elements of the old house: The shelves, the window treatment in the living and dining room, even the painting over the fireplace mantel.  Go ahead, scroll back up to the PIEI memories collage and zoom in on our Halloween group shot. See, see!

Baguio Decades Restaurant fried tilapia with green mango salad

Fried tilapia with green mango salad … and poster girl? =b

Our entree, we got the for-sharing fried tilapia with green mango salad. It was a marriage between two Thai dishes; crispy fried tilapia and yum pla duk foo. Instead of tamarind sauce, they topped the fish with mango strips and carrot strips with (probably Ang Sarap) patis+lime juice+sugar dressing. (“,) A fantastic main dish that would’ve tasted even better if the carrots and mango strips ratio was equal. There’s something about having enough green mango that transformed the salted spoonfuls with its sourness.

Baguio Decades Restaurant room dining and hallway

Room dining areas and hallway. I really ❤ those windows. (The first room with the round table, that used to be my room with the youngest students.)

Thanks a bunch to the lady who ordered one of the entrees that came with soup. I guess they made more than they should’ve for her order that there was extra to go around for everybody dining in then. Yey! The soup of the day was cream of mushroom. Boy, did that look like cloudy pinikpikan soup to Race and me before we took some sips. #MgaIlusyonadaLang =b

Baguio Decades Restaurant mushroom soup of the day pairing for entree

Soup of the day – cream of mushroom. Paired to entree orders.

While I sit here recounting to Race about old academy times, take a look around the newest fixture on this house, the extended balcony with its colorful funky chairs.

Baguio Decades Restaurant extended balcony dining

Extended balcony dining. So wee-msical. *hihi

The only dessert we came upon on our visit was the glutinous rice balls. No biggie since they were scrumptious. Think, a delicious mishmash of puto bumbong and mochi with coconut shavings, butter, and muscovado sugar. *nomnomnom

Baguio Decades Restaurant glutinous rice balls

Glutinous rice balls =D

The rooms below (that used to be the boys’ rooms where they’d pillow fight, read One Piece comics, or play Game Boy Advance while snacking on Dewberry cookies/Korean instant ramen they got from our grocery/Korean grocery run on the weekend) were turned into an after hours joint.

The long row of windows, like the ones in the living room-dining room, are too pretty not to utilize. (The view, take a look at the PIEI collage again. The trees photo there, that’s the view in the mornings at Decades.) What a difference tearing down the divider between the rooms there made. The other room on the same floor had high backed sofas like the ones in Le Monet. I think they’d work well as the table … err, seats in the dark corner a la Sabrina movie. *tee hee

Baguio Decades After Hours Joint Bar

The bar ^^,

Past the bar ‘room’ is another lounge (where the kids had computer classes before), that had work ongoing.

I can’t wait to see what else they can do with the spaces in this place (there’s still the garden part under the extended balcony) for their grand opening, January 18, 2017, and onwards. Such a nice thought to be able to just come back whenever and reminisce when I used to “live” here.

Baguio Decades Restaurant entry way

View from the gate by night. Nostalgia is in the air.

X marks Decades Fusion Restaurant for good food in Baguio. The chance for all of us to make (new) memories in this beautiful house that’s been standing tall for decades in the City of Pines fills me with great joy.

Food: 4 treasure chests

Service: 4 treasure chests

Ambiance:  3 treasure chests For soft opening phase. Methinks, they still have more work to do with regard to the placement of the different tables, specially those in the ‘rooms’. The rooms in this house are huuuge, you see, and I feel like most of the tables were crammed in the sala/main dining room.

Price: 3 treasure chests

Baguio Decades Restaurant fancy seating

Fancy amusing seating \m/

Decades Fusion Restaurant and After Hours Joint

#30 Outlook Drive (between Villa La Maja and Lemon and Olives)

Baguio City, Philippines

422 9569

UPDATE 02/05/2017: (Aha, they have a Facebook page now.) facebook.com/decadesbaguio/

Baguio Decades Fusion Restaurant and After Hours Joint days before soft opening

Decades … a couple days before trial run opening.

(See location on Google Maps: Pacdal Circle to Mansion House to Decades Fusion Resto

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Pacdal+Cir,+Baguio,+Benguet,+Philippines/The+Mansion+House,+Romulo+Drive,+Baguio,+Cordillera+Administrative+Region,+Philippines/16.4118069,120.623229/@16.4127545,120.6168794,992m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m15!4m14!1m5!1m1!1s0x3391a1543c12988d:0x36c088ef47050d5c!2m2!1d120.6155933!2d16.4163158!1m5!1m1!1s0x3391a6aceaed0149:0xc7bc5326e6deb2d3!2m2!1d120.6214727!2d16.4123678!1m0!3e2 )

 

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20 responses to “Making (New) Memories at Decades Fusion Restaurant”

  1. Mario says :

    Kagulat may post ka ngayon!! Di ko expect! Ang ganda naman sa bahay na iyan. Award tumira ka dito. Yun ba ang prefect? Namalikmata ako habang binabasa ko tong Decades feature na perfect ka hehe

    • XiNE says :

      *hihi Hello, Mario! I was waiting for Sunday to publish the post on Decades Asian Fusion Restaurant and After Hours Joint but I was too excited.

      Yes, it is a beautiful house. Damn, those wide windows and all that wood. =))

      Oh, as prefect, (perfect prefect *wink) I supervised the kids at study time, got their scheds for sleeping, waking up, etc. in order. In the earlier part of my job, I took charge of the youngest kids, going around with them on the weekends (thus the horseback riding excursions), too. Governess a la Mary Poppins.

      Award to you too, first to comment again! =b As always, thank you, Mario! (“,)

  2. Nickie says :

    The old academy turned into a school. Who knew that was going to happen? I could just imagine how you felt eating here now that it is Decades Fusion Restaurant. Recount your other academy stories to us too, not just to Race 😉

    • XiNE says :

      Hello, Nickie! From the moment I saw Ms. Ninj’s post, I hat butterflies in my stomach. Stalker mode on for when Decades Restaurant will finally open their doors. Then with an entitled air walking around … feeling nakatira parin dun. =b

      Uhaha, will do … the other stories you already heard. I have to try to sort the other stories out, so much running in my mind then, I got a little headache. =))

      Food adventure at Decades Fusion soon! (“,)

  3. Zara says :

    Decades restaurant is a very nice place but we were disappointed because there were many dishes not available.

    • XiNE says :

      Hello there, Zara. Happened to us when we were at Decades too but I just let it slide since they’re on soft opening phase. (Breaks my heart really, hearing the words, not available or out of stock *hihi)

      Here’s hoping they got the hang of things already and are well prepared for their grand opening tomorrow. We’ll see how they’re faring in the future (and I’ll give you a heads up, just in case you want to get a new perspective about Decades). Here’s to dining experiences where you/we don’t have to play 20 questions with the staff. (“,)

  4. tepee says :

    would love to know if they are open for lunch? a friend said open for dinner lang daw muna 😦

    • XiNE says :

      Hello there, teepee! Aw, too bad Decades changed their hours of operations. They might just be fixing some stuff. Here’s hoping that’s just temporary.

      My friends have been to Decades Fusion Resto before their grand opening and they were there at lunch. Will send you word if I get info that they’re back to regular hours. Till then, happy Baguio food trails! (“,)

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