BergBlick, a mountain view restaurant in Burayoc, Pagudpud

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!

Crème brûlée is akin to our very own leche flan. It is less sweet and BergBlick’s version with oranges over cocoa powder blends beautitifully with the caramelized custard.

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.

*Many thanks, Detlev and Tess, for the awesome lunch. Hope to be back over the weekend.
Sitio Salucag, Brgy. Burayoc, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines CP #s: (63) 9394581642, (63) 9219547747 Open Tuesdays to Sundays 8am-10pm
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Via Mare opens in Subic Bay Freeport Zone

The famous Via Mare just opened its outlet in Subic Freeport Zone at the Traders Complex, and the first trainees of the trainors’ training of the International School of Sustainable Tourism headed by Dr. Mina Gabor got invited to cocktails by the gracious Via Mare owner herself, Mrs. Glenda Barretto, a culinary expert, writer and book publisher.

All ready is my classmate Tsunami Valenzuela of Adventours Xchange, a force to be reckoned with in regard to tourism in Bulacan.

Mayor Gordon, Dr. Mina Gabor and Mrs. Glenda Barretto.

Gracing the affair were Olongapo Mayor James “Bong” Gordon and friends of Mrs. Barretto from Manila and Olongapo.

Do you see what I see? From Via Mare’s Oyster Bar.

Inviting Chicken Tinola Flan.

A-ok Pâté.

Lumpiang Ubod in a lovely presentation.

Pretty Cafe Via Mare staff.

I met Dr. Ed Sison of Perez Optical who considers himself part Ilocano a taga iddiay Santiago, Ilocos Sur.

Jonathan of Davao, Ganggang of Ormoc, Ruel of Kalinga, Grema of Bacolod and my roommate Reina of Cagayan de Oro.

Resource speaker Robby Cereno of UP Los Baños, Babbu of Dumaguete, Glenn of Bohol, Roy of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato and Bert of Iloilo (standing).

My plate. I was trying not to look like I haven’t eaten oysters in years LOL But I actually went back for a heftier plate of the succulent oysters. I also tried the yummy pancit luglug and shrimp fritters.

Lumpiang Ubod and Grilled Kesong Puti Pan de Sal sandwich on my second plate.

My fourth, Via Mare specialty, bibingka topped with salted duck egg slices and butter, and puto bungbong with grated coconut and muscovado sugar on the side.

Aww, thanks for a memorable oyster evening☺

I hope I can squeeze in more time for my awesome jungle photos. Yes, we were out in the wild for two days now. The bees are huge on this side of the planet.

Cafe Via Mare L16 Building 640 Traders Complex, Sampson Rd., Subic Freeport Zone
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