During my recent trip to Baguio, I got a chance to try Bliss Cafe, a vegetarian restaurant located at the G/F of Hotel Elizabeth Baguio. Did you see the word vegetarian, I was a bit wary of eating there since I’m a self confessed carnivore. Jean of Trip of Treats assured our group that we would love the food there, so off we went.The place can seat around 20 people surrounded by eclectic decor garnered from the travels of Bliss Cafe’s owners. Paper machete horses, small Buddha statues and even a brass gong are some of the things you will see there.
Our vegetarian smorgasbord started with something so decidedly unvegetarian as chicharon (pig skins). This is Bliss Cafe’s version of it called Haiku (P75). Initial impressions are that it looks and feels like chicharon. It really seems like I was eating chicharon with a quick dip in vinegar.
There’s no denying the next dish, Bali (P200) is vegetarian with all the greens showing. The creamy dressing was really good and made it different from the usual salad, the fresh Baguio greens also helped its case.
Two pseudo meat dishes made their appearance next, Safari (P75) and No Oink Sisig (P180). The safari is their version of barbecue complete with basting sauce and stick. Its sweet soy glaze is quite good. The no oink sisig really looks like the real thing minus the black sizzling plate.
The Veggie Curry (P250) is part of their Indian items and comes with a cup of Bangla rice and Indian Chai or lassi. The sauce is strong and flavorful, perfect with rice.
Ahimsa (P75). Its the vegetarian lumpian shaghai made up of celery, turnip, carrots, ground gluten, and black pepper. A nice appetizer to start.
Papadom (P50/3 pcs.). Crispy Indian crackers that had everyone munching and munching.
The No Quack Duck (P180) had me doing a double take since I really thought it was duck adobo. It can also be cooked with curry, if that is your preference. This was ok but I’d prefer the real duck meat any day.
Energetic Embotido (P180), the traditional stuffed meat roll is given a vegetarian twist.
Seoul (P250), a take on Korean food with vegetarian Galbi, kimchi and a Bliss mix rice.This one was so-so, not measuring up to the other things we had tried that night.
Bliss Balls (P75/6 pcs). A cold coconut based dessert thats very creamy and melted in my tongue.The texture outside reminded me of something akin to a macaroon with the crumbly coconut bits. I’m not exactly sure what ingredients they had used but it was delicious.
Bliss Crepe (P135). What strawberry lover can resist this dessert, definitely not me.
Despite my initial apprehension at having a full on vegetarian meal, I have to say I was quite surprised how everything turned out. Bliss Cafe’s offerings were quite imaginative and made me forget my cravings for meat momentarily. So if you are ever up north in the City of Pines, check this place out.
G/F Hotel Elizabeth Baguio
No. 1 J. Felipe Street cor Gibraltar Road
Baguio City, Philippines