Cafe by the Ruins

I’ve always been curious about this place, always wondering why it’s popular with tourists and the who’s who in Baguio. Finally, I gave it a shot.

Fresh from a City Hall visit, I headed to Cafe by the Ruins and ordered pasta for lunch. I forgot what mine was called, but here it is. I wanted 2 things– Chicken and Pasta. So here it is. Chicken was herby and was okay for my taste. I’m not jumping up and down for glee that I got this. A little bland for me, but okay. Serving size was pretty big.

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I was told that they were famous for their breads and cocoa drink so, I sampled Cinnamon bread something a shot of dark chocolate. If you’ve read my other entries, you’d know that I have a high standard for good bread. I was pretty disappointed with my 40 peso- slice of bread. I wanted to literally kick myself in  the head for paying 40 friggin pesos for a slice of uneventful, not even cinnamony slice of bread. I could probably get half a dozen of cinnamon rolls at Danes and I would’ve been happy. I pay 40 pesos for an entire loaf of multigrain wheat bread from an authentic French baker (in Sagada 🙂 ! This pathetic slice of cinnamon bread is by far, the most disappointing thing I’ve ordered in eatsinbaguio history. They could’ve given me 2 slices for 40 bucks. But no, this slice of bread is so precious that it would cost you 40 pesos. Have I ranted enough yet? Haha. It wasn’t even good! I could’ve easily gotten this from the grocery. Argh.  I was expecting something Cinnabon-y. One bun is about 40 bucks.

Behold! The most expensive piece of sliced bread in the universe.

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And– the shot of cocoa. It was very rich and very thick. It would’ve been good with cinnamon sticks or something, not with cinnamon bread slices.

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If I ever return, I’d order the bibingka instead. It was the last item I ordered and it was the best thing I had. The bibingka was warm and soft and the toppings were just right — nothing overpowering. Too bad I didn’t take a picture.

I get why tourists come here. They’re a sucker for places that look like this since where most of them come from, cafes are found in malls and don’t have a lot of character like this place has. The feel is very organic and not too well-contrived (for lack of a better word)

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Service was okay. Nothing like Hill Station, where waiters are more experienced and attentive.

I don’t see myself coming back here anytime soon– unless someone buys me a meal. It’s pretty, it’s got a lot of character,other items in the menu sounds exciting but again, I feel like it’s one of those places that had too much hype.

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