Eatscapade La Trinidad: Exousia Chari Diner
So we’re back at our neighbor’s … which is fast becoming another food trip venue. \m/
In one of eatsplorer Jo‘s trips there, she spotted a diner with an intriguing name and she sent word to me about it. (Thanksies, foodie friend!) Building names escape me, for sure, and it was lucky that we stopped for gas at the Shell station in La Trinidad. While our dear eatsploring mobile, Thunder, was getting his fill, I looked around and thought I could make out the name of the orange building nearby. ^^,
Bakery on the first floor (as per Jo’s description), diner on the second; we were in the right place. Glancing at the Exousia diner menu, I had in mind the first lines of an 80s song. ♪ ♫ “Been around the world and I, I, I … ” ♪ You see, they got among others, a Thai salad and Italian foodstuff like pizza with an interesting topping of rosemary. (The basis of the fascination: I never came across pizza with this herb topping before) Rosemary and cheese, that was it. They also have a western pasta meeting the east, with a Cordilleran twist, to boot.
Nicely made som tum with cherry tomato halves, crushed peanuts and bits of string beans but we thought, it needed more Ang Sarap Patis. *giggles That didn’t stop me from spooning away at the dressing after all the green papaya strips and veggies were consumed though. *more giggles Race said it would’ve helped too if they chilled the salad for a bit.
The kiniing bolognese was a pretty little bowl of pasta. So refreshing that the native smoked meat was paired with a red sauce pasta and not carbonara … because it usually is … at least as far as I’ve seen in this food quest. Taste buds said it needed a sprinkling of salt so I put some and it was perfect. *fingertip kiss
The rosemary ‘n cheese pizza, as far as I’m concerned is the piece de resistance of Exousia Chari. =D Thin crust, well distributed rosemary sprigs that were “cooked” well enough that it can easily be chewed and swallowed. (Based on my binging experience, I almost always take out rosemary because it’s just too darn firm in rubs or in garnishing, almost like it was a fish bone , but this one, oh, this one, nyum!)
Best possible crunchiness in the crust as well. Get a load of that, it’ s so crunchy, it’s not bending as I hold the slice up. I totally ignored the chili oil at ExousiaChari at all but I gave all my attention to the basil oil. Another dimension to flavor that gave to the perfect pizza. (“,)
As an afterthought, we got a glass of the diner’s banana mint smoothie. I was right on the nose thinking that they’d blend the banana with herba buena leaves. Perfect combo. Every sip had the right minty creaminess. (Had my brother tasted this, I know, I wouldn’t hear him say it tastes like toothpaste. =b)
X marks Exousia Chari Diner for good food. Such great joy we had from the food here (especially the pizza), that this newest food joint in La Trinidad makes it to my favorites category. =)
Price: Smallish servings, I thought. I swear, I could’ve eaten everything that we ordered if we arrived at the diner famished. Before riding out to L.T. though, Race got me an all-in-topping Jolly Hotdog to keep the hunger beast modes at bay. *tee hee hee
Exousia Chari Diner
Km 4, Palangdao Building (orange building a few steps from Shell gas station)
Balili, La Trinidad
0915 568 1019
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Hello there. Yes, Exousia Chari Diner has fantastic pizzas. We just tried their Cubano pizza, mustard for sauce instead of tomato sauce. So amusing.
I hope you have a great time at this diner! Thanks for visiting this Baguio food blog! (“,)
I am very happy that you also venture out to La Trinidad. I still have to try Sinner or Saint but I will also look into this diner Exousia Chari. Tnx for your very informative blog.
Hello there, Alysa! La Trinidad always provides the quick getaway from our fair city. Really happy to see them having “contenders” in the food quest now too and by gosh, are they great restos.
I hope you have as great a time as we did both at Sinner or Saint Cafe and Exousia Chari Diner! Thank you so much! (“,)
Exousia Chari Diner in La Trinidad. The best find good Baguio foods is also find good La Trinidad foods. hahaha
Hello, Lina! Thank you so much for the support! I hope you enjoy your meal at Exousia Chari whenever it is you come a-visiting! (“,)
Pak na pak ang name ng diner nato!! Exousia chari, bongga. Basahin ko pag natapos na ang undas, girl. Ang daming aayusin na chenelyn para sa bisita sa sementeryo.
Hiyee there, Mario! I know right, Exousia Chari does get the researching on. *hihi I have an idea what the name means but I haven’t really asked the diner people themselves what they mean using this name.
I hope things went smoothly with your plans visiting loved ones in November 1. (“,) Happy eatsploring!