Chaya

72 Legarda Rd., Baguio, Benguet

Chaya
4.5
4.5 Stars

59 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 40
  • 4 stars 14
  • 3 stars 2
  • 2 stars 2
  • 1 star 1
  • 63 Reviews
  • 58 Recommend
  • 59 Reviewers
Category:
Japanese
Business Hours
Reopens Thu: 10:00a - 9:00p
Phone
+63744244726

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Monday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Thursday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Friday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p
  • Saturday
    • 10:00a - 9:00p

Payment Options

Cash

Most Recent Reviews

Shirley N.
5.0 Stars

This is really, really, is a MUST visit restaurant! All of our orders from food (Katsudon, Chicken Karaage, Gyudon, Oyako Don, California Roll, Salmon Sashimi and Gyoza) to drinks (Green Tea) and dessert (Green Tea ice cream) are all flavorful, delightful and superb. A truly the best Japanese restaurant in Baguio!

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Abe C.
4.0 Stars
10

Chaya is a Japanese restaurant located inside what looks to be a converted house or cabin in a nondescript part of Legarda Road. Entering the premises, I see Philippine sculpted furniture, quilts hanging around, and high cabin like ceilings.

I confirmed it with the wait staff: about 7 years ago, Chaya was a Japanese national's residence and was an occasional place available for rent to transients.

You'll find a host of fundamental Japanese fare here. The price is relatively affordable, though not cheap. I'd say P300 up per head, if you order right. They have the Donburi's, Sushi, Sashimi, numerous ala carte dishes, and nice appetizer choices.

Our orders:

Salmon Sashimi - 12 pieces for 350. Not bad. Good cuts, not the best but I like the price for quantity. 4/5

Kani Salad - generous portions. Price okay at P290. 4/5

Beef Yakiniku Plate - good portion but the beef lacked flavor and a smidge drier than I like. With ponzu sauce that didn't add much to the enjoyment and salad with dressing. 3/5

Chicken Teriyaki Plate - love this! Chicken thigh filled atop a nice bed of mashed potato and side salad. Love the mashed potato touch. And I liked the flavor and subtle sweetness to this. 5/5

Chahan - P280 fried rice good for 2 to 3. Sarap nito. 4.5/5

Fast service. Decent plating. Good food and value for money.

May libre pang eeny weeny Green Tea ice cream with red bean topping. Good touch.

Must try Japanese resto in Baguio.

P.S. They sell the quilts, too.
P.P.S. The owners were also dining and smoking outside. And were nice to say salamat and domo arigato to us. Bait naman.

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Benjie G.
5.0 Stars
2

Came back with my family and in-laws for a lunch date everything was good except the pork of Katsudon its quite chewy so i ask them to replace.

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Diane R.
4.0 Stars

This was one of the restos we tried in Baguio. Went there during dinner time. The place was really nice, and cozy; and there's a "homy" feel.

For our food, we had the freshest salmon sashimi and california maki! So delicious! I really loved the salmon. You can see from the photo that it was really served fresh (no edits or whatsoever to enhance the color). We also ordered the green tea ice cream for dessert. Really yummy too! Although we could have just ordered 1 since they automatically serve a small portion of that ice cream after your meal.

Anyway, if you happen to visit Baguio, you should try Chaya for a taste of fresh Japanese cuisine. 128522128077🏻

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LadyJane T.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Anna G.
5.0 Stars

Love their california maki and yakiniku. The salad with fruity dressing was good. Ramen and mixed tempura were tasty. Green tea ice cream was delightful as always. Service was excellent. Price... well, just remember to share. 128541 Don't forget to make a resevation!

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Anna G.
5.0 Stars

Loved the yakiniku and the complimentary green tea ice cream! Salad, ebi fry and sukiyaki bowl were also delicious. Good serving portions. Cozy ambiance. Some dishes are for sharing. Price a bit steep if you don't share food. Make a reservation as the place gets packed quick.

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Hiroshi Y.
1.0 Stars

We were expecting to eat here because my philippino friend recommended me to go there for a long time. I finally made to visit this restaurant. BUT It was super disappointed. Their foods presentation is good but taste is bit different from authentic Japanese food. ex) Their rice was just Jasponica rice(Philippin rice) and It was NOT Japanese rice. it was totally different from original Japanese food because our Japanese people think rice is so important. We ordered Tempura too but It was served with HEAD. somebody commented it too and I also experienced and I wondered why?? I ordered Ramen also but It was like instant noodle.The price was overpriced. If you KNOW the taste of Japanese foods,it is not worth to go there. If you do NOT KNOW the taste, you can enjoy Philippino-Japanese food here.

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Makoto T.
2.0 Stars

My Phiilippin friend told me it is amazing. There were many customers because the owner is Korean. No Japanese there. for me Japanese, It was not Japanese food at all because Ebi tempura has HEAD and vegetable salad was containig fruits. This was Philippino Japanese restaurant.

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Joseph C.
5.0 Stars

Oishi japanese food in Baguio! thinly sliced yakiniku beef, good sukiyaki broth, excellent beef, maki roll. they just need to improve the tempura breading.128512 still oishi! domo aregatu gai sai mas! low wine corkage perfect to bring your own bottle- complimentary house macha ice cream.

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Vicky L.
5.0 Stars

I love their green tea ice cream!

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Mintzy F.
5.0 Stars

The best Authentic Japanese Restaurant in Baguio City!

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Nissy D.
5.0 Stars

A little tricky to find! We were lucky to get a seat, didn't know we needed a reservation 1285229996🏼️

Food was great, we ordered salmon sashimi and California maki. The sushi was fresh 128077🏼

Also ordered mixed tempura, order this if you love vegetables, else order the all shrimp tempura. The mixed tempura only had 2 shrimps hehe. But I still enjoyed the dish because it included pumpkin flowers and kamote leaves.

The sukiyaki, chicken teriyaki (w/ mashed potato) and beef gyudon were very tasty! Also good for sharing.128077🏼128077🏼128077🏼

You can order rice with miso soup for every main dish you order for only P60. 128522

Service was also fantastic, they were all attentive and accommodative. Would definitely be back when I visit Baguio.

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Mary Love S.
5.0 Stars

After visiting the crowded Ben Cab Museum (and failed attempt to eat at Café Sabel) and the not in season Strawberry Farm, we were famished. R suggested that we pass by Legarda as he knows this Japanese place that serves good food. I also read about this restaurant called Chaya and it looks promising based on reviews. Long story short, we ended up in Chaya.

We were greeted by a quaint house with warm furniture. We got a table for two and ordered the following: Salmon Sashimi (PHP350), Spicy Tuna (PHP390), Sukiyaki (PHP390) and Isobeyaki (PHP150). We also ordered Iced Green Tea (PHP90) and Green Tea Shake (PHP120).

While waiting, we were given some complimentary appetizers—sautéed veggies and tuna. It was small but really tasty.

My Iced Green Tea was served next and it had that lovely real green tea taste.

R’ s Green Tea Shake was better though as it tasted like green tea ice cream!

The salmon sashimi was divine! It was fresh and the melts-in-your-mouth type. This is a must order dish!

The spicy tuna was served next and it was picturesque. It is not the best spicy tuna salad I had but it was pretty good. I loved the fresh bits of tuna mixed with mayo and that lovely crunch from the tempura chips.

The sukiyaki soon followed and it was a happy tummy dish too! I loved the tender beef strips as well as the crunchy veggies. The sweet soup was perfect for the chilly Baguio weather.

We had one miss though… the Isobeyaki. R mentioned that we shouldn’t order that but the foodie in me got curious when the server mentioned rice cake and nori. It sounded yummy to me. But then dish was too salty and I ended up finishing just one… with a lot of effort involved.

Nevertheless, it was a lovely late lunch. We also got a complimentary mini scoop of green tea ice cream which was probably one of the best green tea ice cream I have ever tasted!

I will definitely visit this place again when I visit Baguio.

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Malvin A.
2.0 Stars

I disliked it.

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Wanderlust M.
5.0 Stars

Best japanese food I have ever had.. The owner's very accommodating too!!

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Rocky R.
5.0 Stars

Chaya made me feel home away from home. From its homely ambiance, to it's fresh fish which reminded me of the sashimi I would eat in California. To deny a gem like Chaya 5 stars would be blasphemous. 128540

For beginners of eating sashimi, I suggest to first try their salmon. The salmon literally melts in your mouth. The buttery taste of it will definitely make you appreciate sashimi.

If you're not one for raw fish, you can also try their Nizakana. It's their fish of the day simmered in sake and other ingredients. This is a must try!

Weekends can be very busy, it's best to reserve beforehand. I don't want you to be disappointed when you arrive and there are no seats available! Their contact number is located on their FB page as well as their official website.

I keep mentioning that originality and quality food is what makes a restaurant have longevity. With it's Japanese-style simplicity, and sumptuous food they offer, Chaya will be a Baguio staple for both locals and visitors for years to come.

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Kiko G.
5.0 Stars

I was on a quest in Baguio to try some eats that are not too mainstream. My list brought me to this Japanese restaurant to try their homemade green tea ice cream. I think it's the most homey restaurant in Baguio and it was packed. I didn't really need a seat so I ordered what I came for and ate it outside while standing. The ice cream had the green tea taste but not too strong, also it was very creamy and it has Azuki beans on the side for added sweetness. It's something that you should try if you're visiting Baguio soon.

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Elaine L.
5.0 Stars

Best Salmon Sashimi I've ever tasted!128080🏼 My hubby had their Chirashi and it was equally good, too. Their sukiyaki was a comforting broth, perfect for the rainy and cold Baguio weather. 127794 Their complimentary homemade green tea ice cream with azuki was the perfect ending to a filling and mouthwatering meal. You should make a trip to this place, in spite of the traffic to Legarda. Definitely worth the trip and your money. Parking is terrible though. 128513

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Joanne L.
5.0 Stars

Chaya is my top must go to place in baguio. This house converted restaurant truly deserves a Grade capital A+ for its authentic taste and flavors. I absolutely love their sukiyaki, veggie tempura (probably the nicest looking tempura
In the country), tonkatsu, gyudon and really fresh sushi and sashimi.
Heard that this place is being run by a Japanese lady who is married to a filipino. Already opened for 4 years, Chaya has been steadily consistent through out our visits. Until next time...

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