Starting the day with breakfast at Villa Cordillera

Even for the most nocturnal of night owls, it’s worth it to get up in the morning and enjoy a hearty breakfast.  We were invited to try out The Other Office at Villa Cordillera’s breakfast buffet on a cool Sunday morning, and we happily obliged.

Villa Cordillera is an extension of Baguio Country Club.  Although it’s much smaller than the Club, you’ll find that same old Baguio charm in the architecture and the same high standard of service from the wait staff.dsc_1122_wm

We were seated, per request, away from the windows, and promptly brought coffee.  The buffet was spread over three areas: one for drinks, breads and rice options, one for fruits and vegetables, and one egg station manned by one of the The Other Office staff members.

Coffee is always good for warming up on a chilly Baguio morning.  You can also have a bowl of their potato soup with croutons.  We liked it because it was flavorful and filling.

Since breakfast is by definition about breaking your fast after a good night’s sleep, we filled up on protein.  Meat dishes can be paired with garlic rice.  If you like the garlic flavor in your garlic rice strong, theirs might not quite hit the spot for you.  It’s just a mild garlic rice, but it goes well with the meat selections.

As one does with any classic Filipino breakfast, The Other Office serves longganisa.  They are sliced in half and cooked quite well, giving them an interesting crunch.  However, of all the savory viands, our favorite was the bistek bangus.  It’s an interesting combination of flavors; the tangy sauce eliminates the need for soy or any other addition you’d usually make to bangus.

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To balance the meal out a bit, we shared an omelet with the works.  Since the The Other Office staff takes care of your order at the egg station, you can have it any way you want.  We opted for an omelet stuffed with mushrooms, cheese, ham, onions, and some peppers.  We had it alongside the other dishes, but if you’re looking to eat light, you can make it a meal all on its own. If you’re in the mood for even healthier options, their stir-fried Baguio vegetables with tofu is a must-try.

Baguio Country Club is famous for many things, not the least among them stellar service and a fabulous bakery.  The breads and pastries at The Other Office’s buffet come fresh out of the BCC bakery.  We especially loved the cinnamon rolls – a happy ending to a great breakfast.

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Photo by Shem Padua

All in all, The Other Office breakfast buffet is a good way to enjoy Baguio mornings away from the city center.  They offer comfortable, intimate indoor seating, as well as al fresco dining for days when the weather is especially nice.  Service is fast and friendly.  The buffet is best approached on an empty stomach and, of course, shared with friends.

The Other Office is located at Outlook Drive, Baguio City, Philippines. (074) 442 6036 They’re open from 6AM – 12 AM.

Breakfast buffet is available during weekends from 6AM – 10AM.

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