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Where to Eat Japanese and Korean Food in La Trinidad

noodles-1476658_960_720Are you craving for Samgyeopsal or sashimi? You don’t have to go far anymore to satisfy your cravings. There are at least a couple of restaurants within La Trinidad offering these foreign dishes. Here are two I’ve tried so far.

Yasuragi Japanese Cuisine

This newly opened restaurant offers different kinds of Japanese courses. Their menu consists of appetizers, main courses, snacks, and desserts- all Japanese! So if you want to have a taste of Japan, try Yasuragi. Their operating hours is from 11 am to 10 pm from Tuesdays to Sundays; they are closed on Mondays.

How to get there

Yasuragi is located at 1C-106 Swap View, Betag. You can find it amidst the  La Trinidad valley’s strawberry and vegetable gardens.
If you are from Baguio City, ride a Jeepney bound for Puguis- Swamp. The loading area is located between Baguio Centermall and Goodtaste. The restaurant can be found around 100 meters from BAPTC, look to your right.
If you come from Halsema Highway, go to the entrance of Strawberry fields, across BSU last gate. Wait for a Swamp Jeepney unless you want to walk, it will take you around 15-20 minutes.

The Ambiance

The atmosphere is chic and relaxing. The restaurant is surrounded by tinted glass walls. The geometric-designed ceilings are adorned with Japanese inspired lamps. It has a sushi bar so it’s not awkward if you are going solo. The wooden tables and chairs are classic.
Japanese music is playing in the background to complete the Japanese feel. I was waiting for a waiter in Kimono to take our order only to be attended by a kailian in white T-shirt and black pants, haha. Kidding aside, the ambiance is great!
Though, I think they sure need more space. We almost didn’t have a table. The kind waitress offered the sushi bar which was not an option for me because I have a 4-month old and very active pre-schooler in tow. Thanks to the angelic couple who gave up their table and went to the sushi bar instead.

The Food

I am not a reliable critic if the food is authentic Japanese, but my Igorot palate is surely delighted with what I ate. I only went there once so I only tried their Torikatsudon– chicken cooked in sauce with egg, onions, and scallions over rice. The serving was generous and it was flavorful. My picky-eater daughter also loved it so don’t worry if you have children with you; they have child-friendly choices.

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YASURAGI

Because I am not a dependable judge on its authenticity, I looked at the reviews on their FB page. One of the reviewers said that the taste of their food is similar to what they tried in Japan so I guess we can assume that the taste is genuinely Japanese.

We also had vanilla and green tea ice cream which was both nice, but nothing extraordinary. I wish I could tell you more about their food but I haven’t tried many yet. I’ll definitely go back soon; I’ll update this blog if I do.

The Service

The staff is polite and accommodating. The waiting time for the food is at around 20 minutes, which is reasonable.

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Yasuragi- My daughter trying chopsticks for the first time

Bonus

Since the place is situated in the middle of the strawberry farm, the view of strawberry and vegetable gardens and the mountains surrounding the valley is a bonus!

79 BMB Korean Restaurant

BMB has been here for quite a while; they have been reinventing the place during the past months. Aside from serving Korean food, they are also selling other Korean stuff like cosmetics and clothes.

How to Get There

The resto is located in the Basement of Pineshill CTC Business Center, Km. 5, same building as Avon. You should see the building before you reach Jollibee if you are from Baguio City. You can ride a Jeepney bound to Tomay, Buyagan, or Pico.

The Ambiance

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79 BMB Resto

The place is spacious and cozy. There is good lighting and ventilation so it is still convenient even if it is located in the basement. They decorate the place according to the season. Their decoration the last time I went was outdated, though. They still haven’t moved on from Valentine’s Day.

The Food

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79 BMB Resto: Dumplings 79php

They don’t have the best Korean food I tasted but it’s good enough to satisfy your craving for Korean cuisine. They serve Samgyeopsal, ramen, ramyun, kimbap and dumplings. They also have fried chicken, pork sisig, and budget meal if you like other choices. The samgyeopsal is 120php per order, minimum of 2 orders. Most of their menu costs 79php, thus the name.
I tried their samgyeopsal, kimbap, and dumplings. They have to improve their kimbap since the home-made varieties I tasted are far better. Their samgyeopsal is good enough though it would be better if they add to their side dishes. I loved their dumplings the first time I ordered it. Unfortunately, the quality was not the same when I tried it again. They have generous servings.

The Service

The management should work out their consistency. There were frequent instances when some of the items were not available from their menu.
The taste and quality of the food should also be consistent. The staffs are nice but perhaps they need more since the cashier is also working in the kitchen so there is no one at the counter sometimes.

Bonus

Korean drama fans have a feast for the eyes in this resto. One corner is filled with pictures of Korean artists.
You can also play darts and billiards at 100php for one hour and 50php for 30 minutes. They have Hanboks you can use and take a picture with.They also have free wi-fi access so you can post your pics right away.

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79 BMB Resto: Korean Hanboks for your FB and Insta pics

Do you know other restaurants serving international cuisine in La Trinidad? Let me know in the comment section so I can check it out! Constantly be updated with the new cafes around town in my Facebook Page Highland Mommy

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5 Reasons Why Half Cup is Still My Favorite Café in La Trinidad

It’s good news for residents in La Trinidad that the café industry around the valley is flourishing. We no longer need to go to the city to eat and hang-out. Among all the café’s in town I tried, Half Cup is my favorite. Here are 5 reasons why:

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Half Cup Cafe

1. The location is easily accessible.

This café is most convenient at least for me. I don’t always have the time to go far just for a good dining experience so Half Cup is such a boon! It is 10 minutes’ walk away from our home and just a minute walk from the highway. It is also not far from supermarkets so I can easily drop after tiring errands.
Half cup is located at Kilometer 4, just behind Marosan’s restaurant. Enter the gate right before you reach the “Wagwagan”.

 

2. Their service is impeccable.

The staffs are polite. It wasn’t just a couple of times where I experienced one of the staffs walking the extra mile to give good service. Simple stuff like opening the door or placing my umbrella in the proper rack (all with no sign of displeasure) all means so much to me.
The waiting time is just right and I love that they have placed the expected waiting time on their menu. And oh, they have free flowing water and coffee!

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3. The place and the employees are clean and tidy.

Nothing can turn off a customer more than a restaurant with poor sanitation. I’m glad to see the staff, even the boss wearing hairnets and scrub shoes. I can eat with confidence every time since I know the food is prepared cleanly and the cleanliness of the place is maintained.
4. All the details are well-thought-of.
From the name of the café, the way you take your order, the names of the menu; everything is so cute! You give your order by writing it down yourself. I especially love the names of the halo-halo; single, in-a-relationship and it’s complicated!

5. Of course, the food is great.

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Carbonara

I would love to try all of their dishes, but I keep going back to my favorite treats so I only have few to describe, sorry, hehe. I tried their carbonara and spicy shrimp. The servings of these pasta dishes are hefty; they also come with slices of whole-grain bread. They taste just fine but they aren’t my superstars.

 

The French fries and Banana hazelnut waffles are my superstars. The combo would easily comfort a tiring day. My five-year-old daughter loves them too. The French Fries is so far the most unique fries I tasted. It is not the usual fries you see in fast foods. I already love fries as plain as they are but I never thought I could love them more. The fries are mixed with a generous serving of meat sauce, tomatoes, and cheese. The banana hazelnut waffle is the perfect comfort food for a sweet tooth like me. It has the perfect blend of waffles, Nutella, cream, and bananas.

 

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Banana hazelnut waffle

 

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French Fries

Thanks to a friend I have a new discovery, their pizza dips. I don’t know if this is a new idea but it is new to me. You will have to dip slices of chewy crust into the pizza sauce. The dip tasted like Hawaiian sauce.
Their sandwiches and cupcakes are great too. I love their blueberry cream cheese cupcakes. They have loads of sweet treats to choose from, a haven for sweet lovers like me! I have yet to try any of their rice dishes.

 


I wasn’t able to try plenty of drinks since I always had the free flowing brewed coffee which always taste great and fresh. But when I got pregnant I had to shift my drinks. I tried their milk tea and I loved it.

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Gasat’s Resto Café Review

Gasats by Minan & Joy is probably the winner among the other cafe’s in La Trinidad in terms of ambiance and location. It is perfectly situated away from the busy center on Longlong’s mountain top so you can get a scenic view of the valley while dining.

 

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The cozy, romantic evening ambiance of Gasats

 

The Ambiance

I love the atmosphere of this place; serene, cozy and immaculate. The details are just right, not crowded so you can focus on the beauty of nature surrounding the café.

Upon entering, you will be welcomed with greeneries in their patio landscape. One of the highlights of this place is the overlooking view of the valley. You can glimpse a large portion of La Trinidad from where you are eating or you can go to their veranda for a closer look. It becomes even more romantic at night. Dine while viewing the lights of the valley and feeling the mountain breeze.

You can opt to dine inside or on their veranda. The place is spacious with modern architecture. I love the pin lights and geometric ceiling; it looks classy and romantic.

The Food

I still haven’t tried plenty since I only went there once. But I’m satisfied with the first batch of treats I checked out. We had Schramme (white pasta), Tsanum Fauna (grilled salmon), strawberry pie and red velvet cake. I love the grilled salmon, it is scrumptious and juicy. The white pasta is fine; I love the sauce, but the pasta isn’t that great. I am not sure if it’s the quality of the pasta or the way it was cooked. Their desserts are delightful too. I have yet to try their best-selling grilled pork belly.

 

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White Pasta, and yes, they have books too! This one is perfect for me. (P120)

 

 

 

 

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Strawberry Pie

 

 

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Red Velvet Cake

 

 

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Grilled Salmon (130)

 

Prices and Service

Most of the items range from 100-200 pesos. The prices are not bad for great food and great place. The staff is welcoming and the service is wonderful.

 

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A landscape on their patio. I didn’t ask if costumers are allowed to eat here. But it sounds like a great idea!

 

Gasat’s Resto Café is located at Longlong, Puguis, La Trinidad., around 5 minutes’ walk from Puguis Elementary School.