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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Chona’s Delight and Carlo’s Delight from Tea House

Anybody who is from Baguio has had one birthday cake from Tea House.  Also, out of the 10 Christmas handaans a Baguio resident attends, there’s at least 3 appearances of the classic Tea House Pancit or Palabok, 1 appearance of their chicken lollipop and at least 2 appearances of one of their cakes. Tea House has become a Baguio institution. ” Handaan” has become synonymous to Tea House. So just imagine the size of the production- and the amount of cake trimmings everytime they make cakes! Well, I’m not really sure if these are cake trimmings – but they sure are yummy globs of cake in a plastic “jar”.  

Baguio desserts

Chona’s Delight and Carlo’s Delight from Tea House

They’re not as pretty as this

Red Velvet Cake in a Glass Jar (photo from http://www.tealandlime.com/)

Red Velvet Cake in a Glass Jar
(photo from http://www.tealandlime.com/)

Or theeese:

More cakes in glass jars

More cakes in glass jars (photo from etsy)

But they’re a real delight! Carlo’s Delight is the familiar caramel/ yema taste that Baguio folks are used to. It’s a pretty simple cake. Fluffy sponge cake bits + lots of creamy caramel stuffed in a jar- tadaaa! And no one ever goes wrong with caramel (or bacon. 🙂 ) Well, actually they’re not fluffy anymore because the cake is siksik inside.

Carlo's Delight from Tea House

Carlo’s Delight from Tea House

If you’re looking for new and exciting textures and flavors- this ain’t it. I reckon the popularity of this Tea House delight is the Filipino’s love for anything that’s creamy caramel! Chona’s Delight had a nice hint of bitter on the first bite. It’s a great balance to the sweet chocolate cake and even sweeter filling.

Chona's Delight from Tea House

Chona’s Delight from Tea House

They’re best eaten chilled- and inside the comforts of your room- alone- away from anyone who would attempt to sink a spoon into your sinful indulgence. Haha! I think they also make a great picnic dessert. You don’t have to worry about carefully transporting a pretty cake to your destination. All in all, it’s a great way to enjoy a Baguio favorite. They’re handy, they’re yummy and they’re okay priced at 120- 130 a jar – if you share and split the cost, that is. Considering what I think they’re made of (cake trimmings), 120 a jar might be a bit pricey. Nevertheless, cool concept and great tasting. But any kind of leftover cake, stuffed in a jar and added with some some sort of icing or filling, will probably do the same for your taste buds.

Tea House is located right in the heart of Baguio City- it’s along Session Road, a few steps away from Footstep. Hehe. Cant’ miss it.