Resto Hoppin’, Food Tastin’ – Zola and Corporate Innovators Baguio Inc.’s Restaurants
A mouthful for a title, don’t you think, dear reader? =b
I can tell you, it was quite a literal mouthful those two days at five restaurants with us tasting over 30 … yes, 30, dishes.
(Here, I thought, they were mostly just drinking places. Foodies, join me in the happy dance; there’s food here! Lots and lots of ♪ ♫ food, glorious food ♪ in Zola Resto and the restaurant group of Corporate Innovators Baguio Inc. made up of Drop Out, Sala, Hardin Restaurant, and Just Another Damn Good Sick Joint.)
1.) Zola Resto Cafe
So we started out bright and early and met with Ms. Pam, Ms. Kimberly, Sir Dean, and Sir Carl at the 24 hour resto/cafe, Zola. How I marveled at its wide space with tons of dining seating. You see, since they moved a floor up in Patria de Baguio Building, I’ve never really dined here … motorcycles not allowed on Session and all. *hee
One after the other, plates of the best of Zola’s offering came out to the balcony where we chose to hang out. #nakakalula They said breakfast is the most important meal of the day and boy, did we have it packed and heavy. Race really loved the lechon kawali with its tasty veggie side dish, poqui poqui (that was a lot like babaganoush).
Zola Resto Cafe
Baguio City, Philippines
0926 178 5080
2.) Drop Out
For (late) lunchies (we had to let the Zola foodstuff settle), we only had to walk a short distance to Drop Out.
Race and I have been here recently and it sure is an awesome place. (Take a look see of their menu here.) Impressive clock collection. I especially like the watchtower placement of this eating place. There I go, taxi name reading again. *heehaha
As heavy as our breakfast was and as full as the Dropout lunch made me, I couldn’t keep myself from getting another slice of the tres fomage pizza. Ohh, toasted-to-burnt cheese! Fabulous, dah-ling, just fabulous.
Potenciano Building (beside YMCA), Session Road Rotunda
Baguio City, Philippines
0915 904 1977
DAY TWO (at The Camp)
It’s a new dawn, it’s a new eatsploring packed day which we started out with coffee. Get this, it’s ONLY P20 per cup.
Do you hear that? Must be coffee lovers everywhere doing the happy dance now too. *hihi
It’s been ages since we’ve been at The Camp and now, we’re glad see a menu with many more delicious things to munch on (and to pair with the pocket friendly cups of brewed coffee). \m/
Sala’s dining area is also an awe inspiring sight. We went wow over the paintings in the ceiling before and we went wow once more. Again, I had half a mind to lie down on one of the couches and study the art above more intently. =)
Ms. Kimberly wasn’t kidding when she said, a popular dish at Sala was the pork ribs with potato salad. When the oils of the meat met the potatoes, it was heaven. Whoo-zah! Yes to rice please to ensure we get all the sauces off the board.
Leonard Wood Road
Baguio City, Philippines
4.) Hardin Resto Cafe
I’ve been meaning to come here for the longest time (just like Drop Out until recently,) and thanks to this eatscapade, we’re here! What a pretty place Hardin is. =D I really didn’t do it justice with these photos of Race and me.
On a side note, they accept events bookings here. The resto/cafe/bar’s business operations begins at 6:00 p.m. and so your event can take place here the whole day … I’m talking, 8:00 a.m. till 5:30 p.m. Imagine that? Nice deal if you ask me.
Anyway, Hardin surprised us with its pages and pages of chow. Interesting tidbit from Ms. Pam, droves of people come here not just to unwind with drinks but also for dinner. ^^,
Why wouldn’t they when there are so many options at this garden themed eating place. Off of our food tasting menu, I liked the Korean style pork even if it really had a good kick to it, their flat bread pizza (I’m half wondering if it was the arugula on the slices that sealed the deal *tee hee), and the karekare made with bagnet.
If I had to pick a piece de resistance from here though, it would have to be the apple strudel. Cinnamon sweet apple chunks encased in delicate phyllo pastry resting on sublime vanilla sauce topped with spun sugar, this dessert is a sight to behold and a delight to the taste buds. (“,)
Hardin Resto Cafe
Leonard Wood Road
Baguio City, Philippines
0906 262 2267
5.) Just Another Damn Good Sick Joint
The Joint also has an updated menu since the last time we were here. Yey! It was the perfect place to cap the evening off as well as our two-day food adventure.
Here we go with the pulutan. *sly grins everywhere Crunchy chicken skin, check! The meatballs with onion gravy was a hit with all of us too … if only for the gravy. =) Another round of rice for this please.
Just Another Damn Good Sick Joint
Leonard Wood Road
Baguio City, Philippines
♪ ♫ FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOOOOD ♪ at all five restocafes, maaan.
Find yourself famished in town, at Session Road? Do drop by Zola and/or Drop Out. At the more scenic side of the City of Pines, in Leonard Wood and looking to refuel? The Camp with Sala, Hardin, and Just Another Damn Good Sick Joint is ready to serve you scrumptious eats starting at 3:00 p.m. in the Sala. How’s about trying the dishes on our food tasting list? See what you think of them too. You might find your faves like I have. Happy restaurant hopping, food questers!
***Thank you so much, Ms. Pam for inviting X+1 to join you all in relishing in this food tasting. Uhaha, busy busy chompers. \m/ It was such a pleasure to meet you, Ms. Kimberly Kaye. Till next we all meet! More power!
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