Cafe by the Ruins Dua

225 Upper Session Rd., Baguio, Benguet

Cafe by the Ruins Dua
3.8
4.0 Stars

33 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 6
  • 4 stars 15
  • 3 stars 10
  • 2 stars 2
  • 1 star 0
  • 33 Reviews
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Category:
Fusion
Phone
+63744229804

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Most Recent Reviews

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

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sandwich with kalabasa soup 128077128077128077128077
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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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Gennie M.
3.0 Stars
2

It was just okay, literally okay- we felt that the value and quality was very different from the last time we visited and in comparison with the original spot. Nothing to rave about anymore🙁

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Lady J T.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Jam V.
5.0 Stars

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RUIN'S BURGER

The Kamote Bread was goood!!! Cant wait to dine here again tomorrow! :)

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Gale C.
5.0 Stars

Yunmy! Consistent quality of food, service, ambiance. Pricey but wel” Filipino Lon-Si-Log Longganisang hubad (marinated pork cubes), sinangag (garlic rice), itlog (sunny side up egg)

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Abby M.
3.0 Stars

Bistek was great! Bagnet, not so much. It's a little harder than what I'm used to in Metro Manila. Also, strawberry overload on the desserts (see above). I noticed their staff is also all men. I wonder why.

All in all, I think this place is a little overrated, but at least we got to try it. :P

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