Wednesday, April 1, 2009
I don't think there were any outstanding restaurants in Sagada when I was growing up. Nowadays, Sagada restaurants are featured in regional and national newspapers. The latest mention is from Inquirer Lifestyle's Kitchen Rescue. In an article titled "Dining in Baguio and Sagada this summer", the manager of Mario's Baguio singled out 3 Sagada restaurants as recommended stops. I've eaten in 2 of the 3 places mentioned, and judging from friends' feedback, this group are must-visits for Sagada tourists. Contact numbers are provided - not surprisingly, one of the restaurants require a reservation as it is heavily booked. Here's a section from Inquirer's Article:
Chef Aklay—Run by a lambé chef who has lived in Sagada for the last eight to nine years. Does Saturday-only dinner buffets at Log Cabin. Reservations necessary as he is always booked. Soups and salads made from homegrown greens, wild ferns, wild berries, wild mushrooms gathered from his hikes, Sagada pears or whatever is in season. Roasts (usually pork and chicken), homemade smoked hams, potatoes, homemade breads and wonderful desserts. Very good chocolatier; also whips up great croissants, pain de chocolat, baguette, onion breads, etc. Look for Dave to make reservations at 0920-5200463.For the full story, read Dining in Baguio and Sagada this summer.
Yoghurt House—Walk down the main road leading to the caves. It’s around 300 m from town center, on the right side. Generous servings of homemade yogurt topped with fruit jams or granola. Good pastas. My favorite: eggplant pasta.
Ganduyan Inn—in the town plaza itself. One of the first coffee houses in Sagada. Good crepes and breakfasts by Marina. Bonus: nice Cordillera museum on the second floor by Christina Aben (Marina’s mom). My fave: wild blueberry and banana crepes. Call Marina at 0921-2738097.