Eating Japanese at Chaya

Green Tea Shake and Ebi Tempura

I know the country is in a state of grief, but we had to be in the mountains of Baguio for Brandon’s entrance examination to a Manila university over the weekend. He’s done 2 exams now and he still has to tackle one next week. He chose to take this particular exam rather than entering a mountain bike competition in Nuvali. The dad has paid the biking race registration fee earlier, but doesn’t mind losing the money for his son’s priority. Yes, we let the children make their choices.

Let’s get on with the main story. I discovered Chaya through a friend. I googled the exact address earlier, so it wasn’t really difficult locating the Japanese restaurant, though you could easily mistake it for a house because it is partly concealed and  past the busy area of  Legarda Road.


Chaya is cozy. The typical diners are tourists and Korean students. The menu consists of modern Japanese dishes. We ordered a medley of light seafood and vegetable dishes. I found salmon calpacho that resembles Italian carpaccio. It was a lovely way to set the palate in motion, but to be honest, the sushi was fairish. I was expecting something grand since the owner, I believe, is Japanese. The ebi (shrimp) heads scared Alexa. The Chaya salad, a bed of greens with an assortment of sweet and tangy local fruits such as passionfruit and strawberries, was the best of the bunch. They gave us free delicious green tea ice cream set off with sweetened red beans.

Service is good and friendly.

Japanese DiningSalmon Calpacho/CarpaccioAssorted SushiChayaUdon

The dad’s hot udon soup.

Noodle SoupChaya SaladChaya fruit salad and miso soupChristmas ThemeGreen Tea Ice Cream with Sweetened Red BeansCold Green Tea

Cold green tea garnished with local sweetener known in Ilocos as balicucha.

Bokeh Flora

Chaya 72 Legarda Road, Baguio City Tel: (074) 424 4726 CP No.: 0916-439 4141

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Baguio Weekend Photo Diary

Bell Church

I lived in a suitcase for exactly a week. Forgetting about the date with Mr. H in Baguio, I traveled to Batangas with Chef Sandy Daza and the team for the last of the FoodPrints shoot for Season 1. Yehey, congrats to me for completing the self-imposed challenge! (The stories come next.) Soon after I arrived and forty winks, the hubby reminded the date with his high school friends and the wifeys. A very long week! Not complaining whatsoever. We had loads of fun regardless of an unforeseen glitch.

Eating like a horse for a straight one week is over the top. If you’ll notice, I gained a muffin top.

Big thanks go to dear friends.

Lotus PondPicture 099

The Bell Church Buddhist temple in La Trinidad, Benguet.

Martial ArtsBell Church of La TrinidadLotusCafe by the Ruins

Baguio is not complete without visiting Cafe by the Ruins.

Basul Bread Roll

Basil bread bursting with freshness. Below is Thai beef salad designed to be paired with some tangy curry dressing.

Thai Beef SaladGado-Gado

The best and only kesong puti salad, mizzled with upland dressing, in town!


Baguio bagnet.

Cafe by the RuinsDuck Confit

Discovered a new fave at Cafe by the Ruins! A touch of France with duck confit, leg fantastically cooked in its own lard! Super, I’m still imagining the tasty sweetness!

BenCab Museum

The BenCab Museum once again.

BenCab MuseumDamitPhotographsMenA Walk in the GardenBaguio WeatherPinboard

Read: Paul McCartney bought a BenCab for P70 in the ’60s.

Baguio Greens

The La Trinidad Baguio vegetables bagsakan daily grind.

Busy StreetLerttuceTiendaan ti NatengA LemonPNKY CafePNKY Cafe counter

Finally found time to check out Liana Garcia Joyce‘s Lomo photos at the PNKY Cafe.

Cups and SaucersCamera Strap

Chanced upon my best friend and her Nina with the same Punchdrunk Panda Seashore Sun Daze camera strap for her Canon. They were about to leave The Forest Lodge when we arrived.

The Forest LodgeWallFuchsia Zinnias (SOOC)

Morning walk to Choco-late de Batirol near the Camp John Hay exit, or is it the entrance? I got an iced chocolate drink laced with almond essence to wake me up.

Choco-Late de BatirolTinginChoco-Late de Batirol ng BaguioChoco-Late de Batirol chocolate pasteTsokolateSuedesDiner

The boys’ breakfast.

Brothers Burger bagOnion Rings

Peeping into a bag of Brothers Burger. Between a burger and onion rings, I’d choose the latter. With cilantro cream and blue cheese please!


The way to cool.

Passion Fruit

The fruit of passion.

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2013