Monday, October 29, 2007
MANILA - SAGADA - BAGUIO - MANILA
GOOD EATS IN SAGADA
Initially, i was apprehensive that there would be a lack of good eating spots in this quiet, remote part of the country. However, in the course of doing research for the trip (mainly long private reading of Lonely Planet and other guidebooks at Fully Booked), i was pleasantly surprised to find out that i needn't be worried.
1. YOGHURT HOUSE
C. had previously eaten here, and heartily recommended it. "We must absolutely eat here" were his exact words.
The name Yoghurt House is actually a misnomer, since this resto also serves a fair range of sandwiches, rice dishes, pastas and the like. It is quite small, comprised of six tables. During peak season, you have to be here before 6:00 PM to ensure a table.
We had a couple of meals here, and i whole-heartedly agree with his sentiment.
Cozy interiors. You can browse through their book collection while waiting for your food.
Below are pics of some of the dishes we ordered:
Fried Rice with Meat and Vegetables (above) - simply superb, and they didn't scrimp on the meat. PHP110.00.
Roast Chicken with Cheese Pasta and Bread - looks yummy, tastes even yummier! PHP160.00.
Other dishes getting our thumbs up were their Pasta with Tuna and Cheese, which was unexpectedly spicy (PHP120.00); Pasta with Mushroom and Cheese (PHP120.00); and Farmhouse Sandwich (egg, cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise, at PHP60.00). The pasta dishes, in particular, were quite filling, as the portions were good for 2 persons.
Of course, let's not forget the yogurt. I ordered the Banana Yogurt (below). It was presented quite simply (too plain-looking, in my opinion), but the portion was generous; and the tartness of the yogurt was just right, balanced by the sliced banana chunks. Simply great! And only PHP65.00.
All in all, if i were a Michelin inspector, i'd give this place two stars: "Excellent cooking and worth a detour".
2. MASFERRE INN
Particularly interesting are the black & white photos on the walls, depicting the native populace. Taken by the late famed photographer, Eduardo Masferre, a native son of Sagada.
To find out more about him, please click here.
In general, their food was not as good as Yoghurt House, although they have a much more extensive menu.
The Lemon Chicken (pictured above) was above average. Not a bad deal at PHP160.00.