A quick bite at BrrrGrrr Bistro

Weeks ago, I was hit up by my friend and former school mate who asked me to check out their new burger joint at Ili Likha Artists’ Village. Luckily, I got to go back to my second home even just for two days, so I decided to check the place out for lunch.

If you’re along Session Road but you’re already “sawa” with all the food options there, just head on to Assumption Road. From Porta Vaga, head down and make a right at the new Jollibee. Then just walk up for several meters. Ili Likha Artists’ Village is hard to miss. If you get to another Jollibee, the one beside a McDonald’s, you’ve gone too far. Once you’re inside Ili Likha, just go past the small bridge and the place will be right in front of you.

 

brrgrrr bistory facade

Photo from Jose Carpio.

We ordered a Supersized All Beef BrrrGrrr – a single patty  burger with fresh iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, and caramelized onions, plus ketchup, mustard, and mayo. We added a side order of potato wedges and dalandan cucumber juice.

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It’s so beautiful ❤

The burger, which weighs more than a quarter pound, costs only Php 59.00 and the side orders cost only Php 30.00! Yep, my friend and I couldn’t believe it either. Oh and mind you, all of their patties are made with pure beef  with no MSG and no artificial extenders. 🙂

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Yes, this juicy thing in my hand costs less than Php 60.00.

Biting into the burger made me think that the other burger places around Baguio are way over priced! For real! The patty had a crisp outer layer and was succulent through and through. The buns were soft but not too soft to get it all soaked and mushy. The amount of condiments were just right to compliment the burger, not overpower its flavor. The potato wedges went perfectly with the burger as it should (you can’t go wrong with this combination after all).

 

Feeling a little confident we wouldn’t get heart attacks any time soon, we decided to split a burger steak (because I wanted some rice in my system). This meal only costs only Php 55.00.  I asked my friend and owner of the place several times “paano kayo hindi nalulugi?

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Pengeng tatlong extra rice please.

The patty they used for the burger steak was similar to the ones in their burgers: Just as juicy, just as good. Although the gravy could be a tad saltier for my taste. It was still good, nonetheless. And for below sixty pesos, I just might order another serving.

My friend and I were beyond full after eating what we ordered from BrrrGrrr Bistro and all for below Php 100.00 each if we hadn’t ordered that burger steak, hahaha! In case you were curious about what else they offered, here’s their menu.

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So if you’re a student who’s a little tight on your allowance, a tourist new to Baguio, or Baguio native looking for something cheap to try, check out BrrrGrrr Bistro!

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Things to do in Baguio after Summer (Part of 2 of 3), Spotlight on: Balajadia Kitchenette and Tam-Awan VIllage

Things to do in Baguio after Summer (Part of 2 of 3), Spotlight on: Balajadia Kitchenette and Tam-Awan VIllage

Here’s the second post of the three-part series of things to do in Baguio after Summer as organized by Azalea Residences.

After our tour of BenCab museum, we headed to Slaughterhouse Compound for our lunch. I’ve heard that eating at Slaughterhouse Compound was a must if you were touring Baguio for its food. Our destination was Balajadia Kitchenette located in a small covered court area. It was a no frills, carinderia-style place that appeared to have a lot of customers eating inside. We were greeted by smoking grills with several pieces of skewered and fish as we went inside.

Unapologetic Carinderia Feels

The place felt like home when you’re preparing meals for a lot of people (and they were doing exactly that!). We were sat down and I chatted with my fellow bloggers as we waited for our lunch to be served. We were given bowls of soup from their bulalo which only made me hungrier, haha! It was the perfect appetizer, if I say so myself.

Sabaw is love.

Sabaw is love.

The first dish given to us was chopsuey that was steaming hot and saucy, just the way I like it. The veggies were fresh as one would expect in Baguio and everything was seasoned well.

Balajadia's Chopsuey

Served next was pinapaitang kambing and baka. Now, I don’t actually eat pinapaitan so this was the first time I got to taste it; I was not disappointed at all. It had only a tad of bitterness to it, the meat was chewy yet tender, and the ginger did not overpower the soup. I now kinda understand why manginginom eat this as pulutan.

Slightly more bitter than their Pinapaitang Baka (which I forgot to photograph).

Slightly more bitter than their Pinapaitang Baka (which I forgot to photograph).

And then came their grilled liempo served with dara which means blood in Ilokano (a sauce made of cooked pig’s blood seasoned with what seemed to be salt and a bit of vinegar). The meat was chopped into bite-sized chunks and eating it with the made me think of dinuguan but only the meat was grilled. I liked it. 😀

It's like eating dinuguan but with grilled pork!

It’s like eating dinuguan but with grilled pork!

Then, the star of the day finally arrived — the bulalo!!! Just like the chopsuey, the veggies in the bulalo were fresh and crunchy. The soup was darn good and boy oh boy was the meat was tender and tasty. By the end of lunchtime I had downed several cups of rice. #NoRegrets

The reason why we order extra rice.

The reason why we order extra rice.

Just when we thought that lunch was over, they serve us what they called “B and B.” One of my fellow bloggers asked what it meant and to our surprise, they said “Butt and Balls.” Interestingly (or should I say fortunately), it looked nothing like what it actually was. It had a little bit of spice and was a little chewier that other body parts I usually eat. It was seasoned with soy sauce and tasted like it could be a pulutan as well.

Which stands for Butt and Balls!!!

Which stands for Butt and Balls!!!

We thanked our hosts for that hearty and filling meal at Balajadia. We then headed t Tam-awan village where we had our potraits drawn. While waiting for our turn, we were served mountain tea together with honey. If I recall correctly, I was told that the tea leaves were organic. I liked how smooth it was and how it had an interesting, sort of minty, after taste.  Oh, and I bought some taho to go with my tea!

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I headed to the cafe in the area after I’ve had my turn in the portrait drawing session, and we were served some lady fingers. As if I wasn’t still full, I of course ate it, hahaha. It was fresh, soft, and it’s sweetness was just right. I ordered another cup of mountain tea, but to my disappointment, it didn’t taste as good as my first one. It was steeped too long so it left a weird texture in the mouth when you drank it.

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One of my fellow bloggers ordered a cup of hot choco that had a lot of cute little marshmallows on it, but unlike their mountain tea, it had nothing special about it. Just your regular hot choco (which was still good, though).

And so after chatting and exploring Tam-awan village, we left and headed to the other locations in our itinerary. After everything I ate, I felt like napping, so that’s what I did. Good job, me! Hahaha 😀


Stay tuned for the third and final post in this series! Here’s the link to the first post: https://eatsinbaguio.wordpress.com/2015/07/07/things-to-do-in-baguio-after-summer-part-1-of-3/