Baguio Trip: End of Day 2 at Café by the Ruins

Published on March 10, 2009

After gallons of sweat from the tedious walking the whole day, we decided to put an end on our second day by having dinner at Café by the Ruins. Even before we prepared for the itinerary, Joie and I have already decided that Café by the Ruins should never be forgotten.

Because of the awful traffic in Baguio, Kuya Roy just dropped us in front of Rizal Park. We walked for a few meters until we reached Chuntug Street where the restaurant is located.

I was amazed that the name of the restaurant really speaks for itself. Well, it is literally a café by the ruins. The artistry is very visible with the café’s interior. The dim lights gave the place a romantic feel.

I tried their spaghetti and meatballs. I was a little surprised to see that the consistency of the spaghetti comes a little close with a soup. I think the dish became dripping because of the tomatoes. To my dismay, I told myself that I should have tried a cream-based pasta. But my outlook was soon changed with my first nibble. Spaghetti and meatballs by Café by the Ruins is the best spaghetti I have ever tasted. The tiny meatballs are simply delicious. The sweet and sour taste of the tomatoes blends well with the crunchy celeries. The pasta was well-cooked and suitably absorbs all the flavors.

Spaghetti and Meatballs for me

Boyet tried their arroz caldo. I had a few tries of his food. It was delicious but not as special as my spaghetti. But what made their arroz caldo a champion is the tofu side dish. I have never tasted a tofu as fresh as what was theirs. It was crunchy on the outside but smooth and dense on the inside. I could taste a little sweetness in it. There was no foul odor compared to other tofus being served in some Chinese restaurants. It reminds of my favorite taho. It comes well with the simple soy sauce on the side.

Arroz Caldo for Boyet

Tofu as side dish

Never ever leave Baguio City without trying out Café by the Ruins. How I wish they have something like that here in Manila. But on second thought, where can they find ruins in the city? Hehe! Corny! :p

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