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The Flower Cafe at Villa Romana: Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom

… for us to eat and drink. *heehaha

X at Baguio The Flower Cafe at Villa Romana Hotel 2018

Posing among the posies. =)

You read it right. That’s what this newest resto-cafe in the City of Pines is all about in a nutshell. Flowers. (Menu here.)

It’s just great that flowers are not only pretty to look at, but a number of them are quite edible. (That takes care of our problem given a choice of flowers and dumplings. *hee) And I do love eating flowers. It’s a load off when waitstaff don’t have to tell me something on my plate is “just” a garnish. I can pop everything I see on my plate in my mouth. #VoraciousEater =))

And pop and munch and sip and relish in buds at Ms. May’s family’s place, we did.

Baguio The Flower Cafe at Villa Romana Hotel lobby and dining area 2018

Flower Cafe’s facade and dining area and the Villa Romana lobby

It started with an invite. Well, not really. I got my eye on this cafe since it soft opened but gosh darn, the rains just didn’t let up when I wanted to go. Thank, heavens, that’s over. Shyeew.

So X+1 arrived at Villa Romana. What a stark contrast from the old restaurant they had as their dining area. (Years back, Race and I tried to check out their eating place here while joy riding in Ambuklao and while we arrived to find it closed or there’s a private event ongoing, we did note a dark-ish ambiance to it. Amazing what flowerets can do \m/ (… even if they’re plastic. I know some individuals who would like the real thing as decor but imagine the work and the cost that’s going to be. Anyway, nothing artificial goes into the dishes and the beverages here, so there’s that.)

Baguio The Flower Cafe at Villa Romana Hotel blossoms for your tea 2018

Some of the posies you can steep and brew for your tea

Ate May (Oh, quick backstory: She used to be my boss. Now, friend and kindred spirit foodie ^^,) got us started with their flower pot syphon tea. I had to pick a handful of dried blooms and there were a ton of choices that I only remember picking carnations (my favorite blossom) and butterfly pea flower.

Baguio The Flower Cafe at Villa Romana Hotel flower pot siphon tea 2018

Flower pot siphon tea =D

With eight minutes to brew, we had enough time to look around the dining area and the view outside. That’s the half cloudy, half clear view below. I’m making a note to be back here on a truly clear day. How fantastic would that be! *stars in my eyes  On a gloomy foggy day, you know it’s going to be a white out. Good thing, the Flower Cafe dining area is brightly and cheerily lit. (We can also watch the chefs from the window to the kitchen if we want, Ate May informs us.)

The view from Baguio The Flower Cafe at Villa Romana Hotel 2018

The view from Flower Cafe wide windows.

We started drinking our blue colored (on account of the pea flower) tea.  We didn’t need honey to sweeten it at all because of the peach base and leaves of stevia thrown into the siphon’s upper pot.  On the contrary, I made my cup of tea a bit sour just because I enjoyed squeezing some lemon juice into it to turn the healthy liquid from blue to violet. *hihi

Baguio The Flower Cafe at Villa Romana Hotel blooming tea 2018

Blooming tea

Another fun option this blossom themed teahouse has is blooming tea/flowering tea. How utterly lovely, as that bundle settled in the middle of the tallest “wine glass” I’ve ever seen revealing not one, not two, but three florets in it.

Another eight minutes for the tea to steep, Ate May says, and so we turned our attention to the cafe’s “on the house/while you wait treat”. Everybody dining here gets one, we’re told. And just because of our banana bread bites, the eight minutes flew by. We got to enjoy more cups of cleansing tea, this time, with a mint base (that called for us to listen to the calls of nature once in a while, which wasn’t a biggie really. The rest rooms named Maria Clara and Ibarra at Flower Cafe are one of the sweetest smelling loos I’ve been to =) ).

Baguio The Flower Cafe at Villa Romana Hotel on the house/while you wait treat 2018

“On the house”/”While you wait” treat

Moving on to mealtime options, because this isn’t only a cafe/tea room, we started with the Panagbenga salad. It’s greens and flowers and fruits tossed in a fish bowl with little surprises here and there like popping boba and pickled strawberries.  If you pay attention, you’ll also notice interesting leafy additions a la Eve’s Garden. (“,) This was one zingy salad because of its mango and strawberry dressing … probably a bit too zingy for me.  Fancy that!

Baguio The Flower Cafe at Villa Romana Hotel Panagbenga salad 2018

Panagbenga salad

Equally zingy but also creamy is the tomato soup in a bread bowl. I always say that I could live with just this or that soup. You can now add Flower Cafe’s tomato soup to that list. =b It’s tasty and filling and there’s cheese spread in the bread bowl, underneath all that soup that made it even more enjoyable to eat. See the pompons beside the bowl there? Yes, we ate them too.

Baguio The Flower Cafe at Villa Romana Hotel tomato soup in a bread bowl 2018

Tomato soup in a bread bowl (“,)

Just perfect for the ribs man, Race, this hotel’s inhouse restaurant’s best seller is their baby back ribs. If you’ve followed our food adventure long enough, you know what we’re looking for in ribs: Tender meat but still with some bite left to it and a smoky flavor. *nomnom Eaten together with the crunchy steamed veggies and mashed potato or rice, it’s a good balance of taste.

Baguio The Flower Cafe at Villa Romana Hotel baby back ribs with mashed potato 2018

Baby back ribs with mashed potato ^^,

In contrast to the ribs is the beautiful fish dish. As I am, Ms. Salty, the layers of sweet potato, taro, spinach, salmon and salsa garnished with small red blooms, came off as bland to me.  It’s nothing that a dash of salt can’t fix though … or eat it with a piece of the ribs. *tee hee

Baguio The Flower Cafe at Villa Romana Hotel grilled salmon on camote, gabi and spinach 2018

Grilled salmon on camote, gabi and spinach

Just in case you come to Villa Romana’s resto but you’re not ready for a heavy meal, they also serve small sandwiches, the octopus and salmon canapes. Eaten in one bite, my better half and I appreciated how perfectly cooked the octopus tentacles were that they weren’t gummy or rubbery. That tiny leaf on top of the tentacles was pretty surprising too.  Sweet, sweet tiny leaf.

Baguio The Flower Cafe at Villa Romana Hotel octopus and salmon canape 2018

Octopus and salmon canape

By now, borlog mode was gaining traction. We were so full from the food and tea and there’s really a relaxing ambiance to Flower that makes you just want to stretch out and lie down. =D

Baguio The Flower Cafe at Villa Romana Hotel dessert sampler with extra sauces (white choco and cheesecake sauce) and popping boba 2018

Dessert sampler with extra sauces and popping boba.

A good way to get a taste of every panghimagas at the tea place is by getting a dessert sampler. On our visit, it was made up of red velvet, choco cake, carrot cake, and cupcakes that were like a mash up of macaroons/cassava cake/leche flan. We didn’t even need the extra sauces (white choco and cheesecake sauce) on the side for these satisfied our sweet tooth. The popping boba is another story. De-ci-ma-ted. Not one little juicy sphere left unpopped and uneaten.

Baguio The Flower Cafe at Villa Romana Hotel 2018

Tequila rose flavored cotton candy latte *sip ahh

For the final touch, some coffee to help in the digestion of everything we stuffed ourselves with on this day. Flower Cafe doesn’t just have coffee, they have a flavored cotton candy topped coffee. The cotton candy acts as the sweetener. Keeping with the flower theme, I chose the tequila rose flavor. In a cup the size of half my face, Race and I had more than enough for both of us.  Now that’s coffee I’d drink. Read: Lightweight coffee drinker … if at all. *tahaha

X having a cotton candy latte at Baguio The Flower Cafe at Villa Romana Hotel 2018

Get a load of that huge cup. \m/

Let a thousand flowers bloom … for us to eat, drink, and be merry and be healthy. X marks The Flower Cafe at Villa Romana for good food and a memorable dining experience in Baguio. (This goes straight to my favorite restaurant hangouts. <3)

dining table with a view of the kitchen at Baguio The Flower Cafe at Villa Romana Hotel 2018

The dining table closest to the kitchen … where you can usi the magic happening in there.

The Flower Cafe at Villa Romana Hotel

307 Ambuklao Road, Tiptop

Baguio City

0932 844 8992

https://www.facebook.com/theflowercafePH/

[See location on Google Maps: Session Road to Villa Romana https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Session+Rd,+Baguio,+Benguet/Villa+Romana+Inn+Baguio,+307+Ambuklao+Road,+Tiptop,+Baguio,+2600+Benguet/@16.4145963,120.6006455,4154m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x3391a142dcd87955:0x965625266e564db6!2m2!1d120.5992743!2d16.410921!1m5!1m1!1s0x3391a400d5ad3b13:0xfd4da4f5a8d40d2a!2m2!1d120.6227106!2d16.4242049!3e0

(If you’re going by jeep, the station for jeepneys that go to Tiptop is in Malcolm Square across BPI Family Bank.)]

With barista and proprietor, Ate May at Baguio The Flower Cafe at Villa Romana Hotel 2018

With barista/alchemist (*hihi) and one of the proprietors of this charming cafe and restaurant, Ms. May.

***Thank you so much, Ate May for having us at your fab cafe! Congratulations and all the best. See you again soon.

Baguio The Flower Cafe at Villa Romana Hotel flower tea selection 2018

The bar, stocked with an extensive flower tea selection.

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8 responses to “The Flower Cafe at Villa Romana: Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom”

  1. Tess says :

    Flower Cafe is really a great find. I waited for your feature to read about your experience and it looks like you enjoyed it very much. I can’t wait to eat and have tea here.

    • XiNE says :

      Hello there, Tess! I know right, it’s been a week since we were here and I’m still excited, gushing over it

      I hope you have as great a time or even a better time at this resto-teahouse as we did. Thank you for waiting on the post about Flower Cafe at Villa Romana! (“,)

  2. Mario says :

    bet na bet na bet na bet ko dito!! Buti nalang may small sandwiches sa Flower. Diet kasi akez. Pero babanatan ko yang tea nila. Sangkatus na tea. Anong pinakacleansing na tea kaya nila? heheheh

    • XiNE says :

      Hello, Mario! I hope you like the canapes at Flower Tea Room at Villa Romana Hotel! Have a ball with their wide selection of teas, too. I’m sure they can guide you to which flowers and leaves are the most cleansing; Ate May is a fount of flower benefits knowledge.

      Thank you so much for dropping by Find Good Baguio Foods! (“,) Happy tea drinking and canape eating. *hihi

  3. Lina says :

    Amazing Flower Cafe!!!!!

  4. Adel says :

    Hello iha paano pumunta dito?

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