Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road, 2600 Baguio City
I have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to visit Hill Station Restaurant up in Upper Session Road and after a hectic morning of walking around, this was in my mind, the perfect place to have lunch. Hill Station is the fine dining restaurant of Casa Vallejo, a 24-room boutique hotel that also houses other interesting establishments such as Mt. Cloud Bookshop, Cinematheque Baguio, North Haven Spa and Lagalag.
The old, green and white renovated house of Casa Vallejo where Hill Station restaurant is found is a story in itself. Considered to be one of the oldest institutions in Baguio, it still maintains its old-world charm despite being renovated and modernized, making your dining experience at Hill Station really something to remember.
After checking the extensive menu, I ordered the Spinach and Mushroom Ravioli on a bed of squash puree, topped with ‘Milagros’ blue cheese sauce with home-made bread on the side to soak up that golden squash sauce. When my food arrived, I admired it for a minute, mindful of the extent of work that entailed in making fresh ravioli. I know how the ravioli got its flecks of green and how each delicate pocket was filled with the mushroom filling. It is poetry served in a plate much too pretty to be eaten. I hope it tastes as delicious as it looks. The verdict: The ravioli was light and perfect in my mouth while the squash puree was a little bland for my taste. The blue cheese sauce didn’t help much with the flavour.
The second dish I tasted was Smoked Paprika Roasted Salmon with Tenderloin Steak served with mashed potato. I couldn’t decide whether to order a seafood dish or beef and somehow this dish solved my dilemma. I wasn’t sure at first if it works as a great combination but as soon as I tasted it, I knew It was a good decision. The salmon was flaky and the tenderloin steak was medium well just the way I like it and quite filling too!
This grand dual staircase leads upstairs to the second floor where the reception for the Casa Vallejo boutique hotel is located. Location wise, it is located in the busy section of Baguio very near SM Baguio and Burnham Park. Next time If I need to stay in a reasonably priced hotel close to the bus station, I will consider this as a great option but I shall be missing the trees and forest of Camp John Hay.