This Rustic Restaurant in Baguio Offers Artisan Comfort Food and Scenic Views of the CityJanuary 15, 2020
Despite growing into a mini metropolis, Baguio still draws people in with promises of cool days, relaxing summer houses, and lush greenery. Although it’s become hard to get a totally peaceful vacation staying in the city center, there are plenty of spots around the area to seek respite. One such place is The Barn, a rustic restaurant along Ambuklao Road. It’s close enough to drive to on a whim, yet far enough to escape the urban hustle.
The Barn wasn’t supposed to be a restaurant. It was originally meant to just be a private residence with its own full kitchen to entertain guests; as well as a personal museum for one of the partner’s private toy collections. But its scenic hilltop location led people to start randomly showing up. So the owners decided to develop the property.
There’s no specific cuisine followed at The Barn. The menu is more “a culmination of [the owners’] travels.” (They spent the last two decades exploring the world, sharing that [they] went around seven continents… twice!”)
Basically everything on the menu is something that we want. We [just] fine tuned it with technical experts.”
A lot of their food are familiar menu items, just elevated by way of using premium ingredients or creative techniques. Their signature Joe’s Platter is by far their grandest menu item, with fresh lobsters flown in from Maine, USA and premium rib-eye steak. Though if you’re not looking to splurge that much, we recommend their Crispy Salted Egg Chicken, which uses actual salted eggs (not powder) for flavor; and their Deconstructed Bagnet Bao. Don’t sleep on their sweet stuff, either. They have an extensive dessert menu, which includes a selection of artisan ice creams. They also have pancakes for breakfast (and merienda).
Aside from the restaurant, they also have a General Store that sells local coffee and produce, plus some wooden wares. Soon, they’ll expand the property to include villas, a museum, and another restaurant concept.
An artisan restaurant and events venue in Baguio.