Nomad Managing / Wi-fi Hunting in Baguio feat. Hill Station Part 2
This entry could also very well be entitled:
THE DARKEST CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM EVER
As mentioned in Part 1 of this series, my wi-fi hunt led me to the charming country doors of Hill Station. As a stingy but tired, perspired, time-pressed telecommuter, I reluctantly (because of anticipated cost, but definitely not because of comfort) decided I would spend my afternoon in Hill Station, regardless of how expensive my stay might wind up to be.
First order of business: find a spot near a working electrical outlet. Check.
Next, wi-fi. Check.
Now, I could order.
Menu with vegetarian-friendly options. Check.
Looking at the menu, you’ll notice the prices. Egad. But yeah, man up, Jen. You’ve rejoiced upon entry and settled in. Own it. So own it I did. I could have opted to go for more economical entree options, but then again, I didn’t come to Hill Station to order something I could order at Starbucks or something I felt I could replicate at home.
Unfortunately, the Spinach & Mushroom Ravioli was not available, so I went with the Linguini with Sundried Tomatoes & Pecorino (P280+), which sadly, fell below my expectations. The portion was small, and I had imagined the sundried tomatoes to be similar to ones Cyma uses on their epic Roca Salata, but no, it wasn’t.
Having remembered reading about the desserts at Hill Station, I decided to order their Croissant Bread & Butter Pudding with Caramel Rum Sauce (P95+). Again, this wasn’t as epic as I had imagined it to be. I didn’t anticipate the raisins, which I would have preferred to do without. And I just felt that a vanilla custard sauce, which most traditional bread puddings come with, versus a sparingly drizzled caramel rum sauce, might have made me happier about it. I couldn’t tell the difference between the use of a croissant versus regular bread either, but maybe I’m just not discerning enough.
Some 2-3 hours into my solitary stay, Karlo, Maria and Kitty came to join me, and we decided we ought to try their Ice Cream Palette (P150+), which was a charmingly plated sampler of 5 of their homemade ice cream flavors including: Dark Chocolate with Cayenne, Benguet Coffee with Chocolate Chips, Vanilla Cinnamon, Mango Rum, and Dulce de Leche. This order more than made up for my underwhelming orders earlier. The Benguet Coffee is rich in flavor and a must for coffee lovers. But the real winner was the Dark Chocolate. It was truly the darkest chocolate ice cream I have ever seen and tasted. A must-have on any trip to Baguio.
So while I wasn’t blown away by their other offerings, I would definitely come back for the ice cream. And I won’t be getting the sampler next time. Dark Chocolate all the way. Definitely one of my favorite Baguio discoveries during my stay. :)
Let me know what you think when you get to try it!
Loco for cocoa,
Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Rd.
2600 Baguio City, Philippines
Monday - Sunday; 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
NM Veg Rating
Value for money
MUST ORDER: Dark Chocolate with Cayenne Ice Cream