On my most recent trip to Pagudpud, I purposely sought this German restaurant in Burayoc, the buzz among tourism insiders. New-found friend, Hanna, introduced me to Detlev and Maritess Cotte, owners of the BergBlick Deutsches Restaurant. Detlev is German, while Tess is Filipino with roots in Pangasinan, and they met in the Republic of Maldives, got married, then decided to settle in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, a place they now call home.
Bergblick is German for mountain view. Their 3 month-old restaurant is charmingly situated in Burayoc, where the view is provincial with verdant fields and a refreshing mountainscape.
The restaurant itself is airy, neat and clean and cushy. I was excited about their menu. I spotted so many intriguing German and Filipino dishes. Among the recommendations were lemon pepper or garlic chili bagnet variations. Thinking I only had a less than a thousand pesos in my wallet and we were, all in all, three, I chose the house specialties for us to share. I ordered a BergBlick Pan, with bread crumbed pork chops, sausage, pork roast, cabbage roll-pan-fried potatoes and mixed salsa. It came with greens and a great French dressing. I also had to try their crème brûlée, flamed by Chef Detlev himself. Oh, wow, I almost forgot I was in Pagudpud!
BTW, I have a story to share. Before ordering food in any restaurant, please check if you have your wallet with you. Boy, I was so embarassed that I did check my purse, but only after I had already ordered food. I asked to cancel the order, but the friendly and unassuming couple insisted that they treat us to lunch. Good heavens!
Overall, the gastronomic experience was bliss! The food was first-rate, but the price, pretty affordable. They have budget meals too. They have wines and fruit juices with sparkling water.
Richard, my famished driver, and Hanna both agreed that the food we had was superb.