Cafe by the Ruins Dua

225 Upper Session Rd., Baguio, Benguet

Cafe by the Ruins Dua
3.7
3.5 Stars

37 Reviewers

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  • 2 stars 3
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  • 38 Reviews
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Fusion
Phone
+63744229804

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Ruth S.
4.0 Stars
8

If there is a restaurant that you must visit when in Baguio, that would be Cafe by the Ruins. I know this branch is not as beautiful as it’s first (now closed) branch but they still serve the same yummy and comforting dishes we all love!!! No worries!! 🤗

Whenever we visit Baguio, we would always eat here. Either for breakfast on our first day or late lunch before going back to Manila.

My family would always order the BAGUIO BAGNET because they are meat lovers and Cafe by the Ruins’ bagnet is the bomb! Fried and seasoned perfectly!! You must order this especially if you love pork!! 💯

My personal favorites are the KAMOTE BREAD (w kesong puti dip) and the oh so comforting CHAMPORADO!! I also like their RIZAL TSOKOLATE-EH. You just can’t go wrong with a warm cup of hot chocolate! So perfect for the cool Baguio weather!! 9786

For this visit, we were able to try 2 new dishes:

LA CAROZA GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH (280php)
This sandwich was good! And also sinful because of too much butter added 128123 But it was also comforting at the same time. Perfect cheat meal? Yuuuuup!! 🤤

And the kalabasa soup! First time trying this kind of soup and it was gooooood and comforting. It was served warm and I like how it paired so well with the buttery sandwich. Yuum!!

Though good there are still some things they should “change” about this sandwich. Maybe add more kesong puti. It was too thin that I had a hard time trying to find the maasim na kesong puti taste. And also the maalat na quezo de bola 128517 Also, was surprised to see that they added tomatoes which was not indicated in the menu. Medyo iba yung sandwich sa menu vs. sa sinerve. Siguro, update the description! Hahaha! 🤔128517

DORADO FISH FILLET (340php)
This fish was also good. It was cooked well. Not dry nor tough. Also, the sweet tamarind sauce! I don’t usually like tamarind but wow, the sauce w bell peppers and cilantro was just good and made the fish tastes so much better.

For dessert, we were able to try the DESSERT TRIO (minus the brownie because not yet ready hahaha) for free c/o of the uber nice owner! 🤗 Out of the 3 desserts, the cheesecake was my fave!! I enjoyed the lemony taste!! Sarap!! The ice cream and leche flan were both good and yummy as well. The fresh strawberries were sweet and they were so generous!! Yayyy!! 127827127827127827

SERVICE was fast and good. Staffs are nice and accommodating. They’ll make you feel at home! 9786

**Ohh, I have a “secret” to share.. they’re reopening their first branch. Yay? YASSS!!!!! They’ll post details about it soon but for now, quiet lang tayo guys! 🤫 HAHAHA!

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Aileen L.
4.0 Stars
8

Had our dinner last December 29,2017 at Cafe by The Ruins At Baguio City. Finally I was able to try this place ! 🍽

Cafe by the Ruins is a popular establishment in Baguio. Glad our driver brought us here . We arrived around past 7pm and we waited for few minutes to have a table, and we got our seats at the second floor . The first floor is cozy and has baked goods display and you can buy their signature breads as pasalubong for your loved ones in Manila.

The second floor were we seated serves as a galley for Cordillera artists and has more space for bigger groups like us .

Now let’s talk about their menu . I ordered their specialty which is the Baguio Bagnet, a typical Ilocano meal , double fried pork belly , padas bagoong and tomato relish ,accompanied with sinigang . Price is 340 pesos . while my family and relatives ordered pasta , salad, and a lot more . The highlight is the dessert . We look at the Strawberry 127827 festival on their menu . We had Ruins Strawberry shortcake . A delight of strawberries sandwich in their cafe scones and bathed in ice cream and strawberry syrup for 200 pesos and strawberry pavlova. A meringue cloud with lemon curd, the freshest strawberry and cream for 165 pesos .

I think Cafe by the Ruins is the most expensive restaurant I’ve tried in Baguio so far . The food , service and ambience was nice but part of me felt it was overpriced .

I wouldn’t recommend it for solo travellers but sure it’s an ideal romantic destination for couples or family gathering .

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Anna D.
4.0 Stars
3

Mt. Data Tapa Rice. The cured beef tapa was tender and flavorful and the scrambled eggs were lovely.

Bacon and Egg. You can opt for either pandesal or garlic rice. The bacon was huge and crunchy but not sinfully oily, and the pandesal was still hot and seemingly baked fresh from the oven. My order came with a side of fresh fruits and brewed Benguet coffee.

Ambiance was A+, as with almost anywhere in Baguio. Quite pricy but the food is definitely worth it, quality and quantity wise. Will definitely come back and try their lunch/dinner menu next time.

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Tommy T.
4.0 Stars
10

This is their branch, dua means two in Ilocano,
The original store near the city hall was gutted by fire last April 2017. They were able to save the iconic pugon. The ambiance here is modern, with open kitchen, and baker. We ordered the following:

BAGUIO BAGNET Php 340, their classic meal a typical Ilocano meal, double fried pork belly accompanied by padas bagoong and tomato relish. served with sinigang soup. 128521128077128079

5 BAGUIO VEGETABLE CHOPSUEY Php 220.
fresh vegetables stir fried and topped with fried tofu cubes.9786

GOAT CHEVRE AND LEMON PASTA Php 220.
Pasta with a creamy sauce of Tarlac goat cheese, lemon zest and a bit of lemon juice. Served with grilled shitake mushrooms and grilled chicken breast 9786

TIA OLYMPIA'S FRESH LUMPIA Php 220
Julienned vegerables carrots, cabbage, string beans, camote, onions, sauteed in garlic and tofu, wrapped in creoe and served with sweer soy based sauce 128079

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SherieAnn O.
2.0 Stars
10

Since we seldom go to baguio, we decided to go with their homegrowns..Went here for lunch with the family, second time to be here, the first experience was years back with hubby and checking to try out other food on their menu.. i give a 5 star on their rustic interior and cozy ambiance, am not really a good judge of arts but i would say this place is an artist haven.. they feature local artist paintings and some furnitures and modern sculptures which i think is in tune with their menu.

Looking at their menu would interest you, they boast about using homegrown raw materials and give a modern take/twist..

Fast forward, we decided to get 2 appetizers the chicken nuggets wrapped in pandan leaves and prawns in a blanket.. main entree we initially got the 100 island sinigang-not sure of the name but it was a seafood sinigang with fish and sea shells in it.. Dessert we got their leche flan (1), strawberry cheese cake (2) and carabao milk ice cream (2)..

We were disappointed with the amount of servings considering it was too pricey, their prawns were too small and the chicken nuggets were sized of a baby's thumb literally.. too small that you cant even taste all the fusion of the ingredients you saw in their menu..

Their sinigang tastes good but again they served it in 1 bowl only enough to feed 1 person.. hindi siya "bongga ka day" "bongga ka day, sinigang, sinigang, itaas ang kilay"..because of our disappointment on the amount of servings we ordered additional entree- their bagnet and beefsteak.. bagnet is one of their best sellers, oh "bagnet ngayon ka lang dumating", we couldve ordered this in the first place.. it was worth putting it as one of their best to all fairness.. Beefsteak was also a turn down, the beef was rubbery..

Our total bill reached 2500 for all these..and the amount of time they served their dishes was too long we almost decided to walk out.

I think going here on a lunch time with the family is a bad decision..their food and amount of serving's not suited for group meals but going here by yourself or with a date will do.. sabi nga ng mga anak ko, sana nag Max's na lang tayo..haha

#loolooweeklychallenge

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Mikee R.
4.0 Stars
4

Decided to try this place because it's a must-go spot here in Baguio for a lot of people. (I tried it a long time ago, the one at the original location, though I forgot how the food was).

Decided to order Beef Stroganoff Pasta (P240) as it was recommended by one of their staff and convinced me when he said it's "the best!". It was a whole new experience for me because of the creamy mustard sauce. I'm not a fan of mustard but I think this dish really works, especially with the beef sirloin and button mushrooms. Although the mustard flavor came out a bit strong for my taste.

My parents ordered Goat Chevre and Lemon Pasta (P220) and I enjoyed this more compared to the one I ordered. Creamy sauce of Tarlac goat cheese, lemon zest and a bit of lemon juice. I liked it since the sauce was really creamy and thick although I wasn't able to taste the lemon flavor. Also, serving was a bit smaller compared to the other pasta.

For drinks, I ordered Mango Lassi (P120) and it was too sour! This is a mix of fresh mango and yogurt. I was expecting that they'll use ripe mango but I think it was green mango because of the sour taste (variety of mango was not specified on the menu).

Service was great, staff was friendly and very attentive! 128076🏻 Interiors were beautiful as well, very homey and cozy!

The items we ordered might not have been their best items but we'll probably try their breakfast selections next time!

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Jose Hayashi C.
3.0 Stars

Its my first time in this resto and it happened before we are about to leave Baguio as if we do not want to leave the city without trying this. I ordered their Palawan Chicken and it was served with brown rice. The chicken tasted bland and it did not blend with the curry like sauce. I matched it with a hot chocolate, but it was not like the hot chocolate that I used to know as it tasted sour. To mask the taste I asked for additional sugar. But still I only consumed half of it as It was not my king of hot choco..

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Jill T.
4.0 Stars

Ordered the Bagnet and Bangus rice meals (pictured). A bit pricey but this restaurant is a classic must when in Baguio so.. 9786

Love the Ruins Coffee (Php85) and Siphon Coffee (Php75) 10084

Cinnamon Danish served to us was a bit stale. Ensaymada was good and fresh except a bit undercooked. The abovementioned mains were also good except that we had to request for the Bagnet to be made crispier as it was initially served to us non-crunchy 🤣🙃

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Jonathan R.
3.0 Stars
7

My last day in Baguio and the best thing to do is to "Ruin" it.

I went to Cafe by the Ruins and was offered a seat on their 2nd floor. The interior was beautiful, vibrant and relaxing. They also have some paintings and artworks on their wall. The coolest thing was the centerpiece on the dining table which was alugbati or malabar spinach but it's not a spinach.

The server handed me the menu and they have a list of delicious sounding food. And here comes the disadvantage of traveling alone - I can't order a lot of food and spoil it. As usual, I asked for suggestions from the server. Since it was a cold and foggy day, Pinikpikan na Manok was recommended. She explained that it is a chicken soup with smoked salted pork, served with rice, and it is perfect for the weather. I was convinced! 128540

The chicken was cooked perfectly well - fall off the bone goodness. The soup was okay. It didn't really give me that "wow" effect. So, 3 stars!

After finishing my Pinikpikan na Manok, I ordered Vanilla Strawberry Ice Cream just to satisfy me. 2 scoops of ice cream with 3 bite size cookies. Sadly, I wasn't able to taste the vanilla nor strawberry in my ice cream. It was just sweet and cold. The ice cream of Mamang Sorbetero from Strawberry Farm is better. So, 2 stars!

See you on my next visit and let's "Ruin" it!

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Ruth S.
4.0 Stars
10

CAFE BY THE RUINS DUA - A BAGUIO MUST!! 128154 Can't leave Baguio without having a cup of hot chocolate and where else to get it than here at Cafe by the Ruins!! 9749️ I know, it's sad that the original branch is under construction right now because of a fire incident but on the brighter side, they still have Cafe by the Ruins (Dua) to satisfy your cravings.

It's my first time dining in this branch and it's a little less crowded here, more relaxing, more calm and peaceful. The design is more modern, as well. But if you're more into old and vintage stuff, you'll still like the original branch.

During our visit here, we tried the BAGNET and completed our meal with an order of the LAVA CAKE for dessert. Of course, we paired them with a hot cup of RIZAL TSOKOLATE and SIPHON COFFEE. 9749

The Bagnet was good. Right amount of fat and meat and crispy crunchy skin. OMG!! The meat was tasty and very tender. A must try for bagnet lovers!! 128055 We recently visited Ilocos and tried the bagnet and although it's the "original" bagnet, I still prefer this one. "Cleaner" and less oily. 128541

For dessert, we had the Lava cake that's not overflowing with chocolatey goodness but (omg!!!) overflowing with so much prettiness!! All because of the fresh strawberries and blueberries. 128525Though pretty, the cake was just okay. The cake itself wasn't as moist and no melted chocolate when you slice it. Maybe because it's already overflowing with chocolate sauce on the side. 🤔 I liked that it was light and not too sweet. Served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and then topped w fresh strawberries and blueberries. Will I get this again next time? Hmm, maybe not anymore.

I enjoyed my Rizal Tsokolate! The consistency was just right, not too malapot nor too malabnaw. I also liked that it's not too sweet. Would just be better if it was served hot and not warm. 128533 The Siphon Coffee was good. Not too strong nor bitter. 9749

Bought one BASIL BREAD and ERNIE's KAMOTE BREAD for baon.

Since the kesong puti was not available, we got a different spread. The cream cheese dip was too weird, I like garlic but they added way too much that we can't appreciate the cream cheese + yogurt taste. 128566Would have loved the breads if they were hot and kind of toasted. Maybe, we should also ordered a different lind of spread. 128557

SERVICE was just okay. Kind of slow and the servers are not really that approachable/helpful.

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Wennifer C.
2.0 Stars

Disappointing visit. I ordered beef tapa with hot chocolate for breakfast. It came out aethetically beautiful but the beef tapa was extremely hard. I asked it to be changed to longganisa instead since my i didnt want my jaws to suffer.

The waiter, after saying everything was ok, came back to me and told me that he was going to get charged for processing the dish change. I asked him whats the protocol for consumer complaint, he said, he should have told his manager first before processing; but he skipped that part of the process. I didnt exactly understand his intention of telling me. I just offered to talk to his manager because it didnt sound right that he was going to penalized for it.

Managed to talk to the manager but im not sure whether he will still get charged or not.

Now for the longganisa, it's a "sosyal" longganisa. Not something i'd go back for.

The entire experience was saved by the hot chocolate. Yum!

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Joseph C.
4.0 Stars

We got tapa, longanisa, champorado dangit, suman. Excellent service but Hillstation bistro beats Cafe by the Ruins in terms of value for money. One of the best best breads and ensaymada.

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Dominique Martel S.
4.0 Stars

Pasta a la Carbonara

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Mark L.
4.0 Stars
4

last night family dinner..
kalabasa bread with liver pate 128077128077128077128077
kalabasa bread with goat cheese 128077128077128077128077
sandwich with kalabasa soup 128077128077128077128077
tapsilog 128077128077128077

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Pötpöt P.
4.0 Stars

If there's one food spot in Baguio that holds the idiom "without further ado", that would be Cafe by the Ruins.

Over the years, its charm remains rustic & its food still deliciously delightful. Any visit there wouldn't be complete without the usual camote bread & loads of lovely spreads.

But have you tried santol juice? Boy, Ruins truly surprised me with a refreshing take on what we usually know as sour santol.

Ikaw, what do you love most about Cafe by the Ruins?

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Jacqui T.
3.0 Stars
3

Finally!!! Our plan has come into reality. Baguio trip with friends and it was the most enjoying and memorable part of my despedida. Madapa ka ba naman sa Session Road kaka-text. LOL!

It was a very quick decision. We decided to go out so we took our bus tickets to Baguio and voila! Traveling without a plan is the BEST plan! 128521

Bagnet Sinigang – Oh Boy! Remember to write your name first before taking a sip of this soup. A very tasty soup with crispy pork cutlets. Delicious!

Chopsuey – I haven’t seen a chopsuey with fried egg instead of boiled egg. This one was just the usual mixed vegetable. Nothing was so special about it.

Palawan Chicken – Mixed chicken parts braised in coconut milk. It was good, tasty and the chicken was so tender (fall-off-the-bone). I was just a bit disappointed with the serving size.

Choco Lava Cake – PLEASE! Stop saying “Famous Choco Lava cake” blah blah blah. Nothing was so special about this cake. It doesn’t really taste good, even the ice cream that they placed on top. Duh!

Service was slow seeing that they only have a few customers that day. Good thing they have a very nice place and painting from the UP students hanging on their wall and it did entertain us while waiting for our food.

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Shei M.
3.0 Stars
2

Arrived Baguio and the first thing we did is to find this cafe!

Followed their specialty: Ordered Baguio Bagnet and Palawan Chicken. And tadaaa! Refer to the photo and feel the yum! Taste is good however I felt that there nothings special. Should've chosen Bagnet sinigang hihi. Palawan chicken is just curry but not spicy. Jowabels said na kulang ang luto. But for me, twas okay!

Price is P700, kinda pricey for the serving though. And comfort room is waaaay dirty. 128557 too bad

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Mela C.
5.0 Stars

Awesome breakfast place in Baguio! Pricing is reasonable since servings are huge!
Just recently, i ordered their tapa for breakfast (with baguio organic rice, scrambled eggs, veggies) and was pleased to find out that it came with drinks (i chose mango shake) and a fruit cup! Not bad for P300+
Very warm and rustic ambiance, and they had such knowledgeable and topnotch waitstaff.
Cant wait to come back to Baguio and have more of their offers!

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Nievs G.
3.0 Stars
2

Maybe the place is a bit overrated, or more probably I'm not familiar of its flavors.

I liked the Choco Lava and Pavlova well enough. But their "Ruins Coffee" may not be my cup of tea. It tasted weird for me. I found out it had cardamom, a type of spice I'm not familiar with. It almost tasted like a disagreeable medicine.

I wondered about the small, round, purple things on the desserts. At first I thought they were blueberries, but they were too tiny to be blueberries (and they had no "crowns" like true blueberries). Then I saw the alugbati plants as centerpieces on some tables. Maybe these little purple ones on the desserts were alugbati fruits? (Kung ganun, pwede pala yun? I once thought of them as poisonous). Interesting.

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Diyana Kris M.
3.0 Stars
5

The food was fine. Kind of expensive for its price but the choices are unique and taste just fine. Serving size is just fine too, enough to feed the hungry monsters in my stomach. 128514128514128514 Paid P800 for us two.

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