In the City of Pines, you will find that it isn’t uncommon for historical houses to be turned into restaurants. One of these restaurants is The Kitchen, established on a house which is roughly 80 years old!
On the exterior, The Kitchen’s architecture reflects old American-style homes in Baguio, similar to those in John Hay and Teachers Camp. And when you step inside, the interior maintains a rustic, homely charm.
While The Kitchen is known for its daily buffets for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in this food trip, we got to try The Kitchen’s newest meaty dishes. These dishes are their versions on some Filipino classics, but here’s the twist, none of them are made from chicken, beef, or pork.
Move aside, Mang Inasal. If you’re a fan of grilled dishes, you might like their Duck Inasal. Infused with lemongrass and chilli, this grilled duck steams fragrantly off the plate. If you haven’t tried duck yet, it’s a bit tougher than chicken meat, but their difference in taste is subtle.
Another duck-themed dish is the Pan-Seared Duck Breast with Sze Chuan Sauce. In this dish, the meat is more tender, and the sauces that complement it are tres magnifique. Szechuan sauce is chilli-based, so you’ll love this if you love your spicy sauces.
One of our favorite entrees from the set would have to be the Pigar-pigar. Though it doesn’t come sizzling like the pigar-pigar we’re used to, this pigar-pigar is made of bits of lamb. The slightly chewy lamb is pared with crunchy, finely shredded vegetables.
The last of the main courses we tried is the Lamb Steak. The star of this dish would be the Creme de Menthe sauce, which is like pesto sauce, but instead of basil, mint is used. This gives the lamb a refreshing kick in every bite.
And for dessert, we had the Brownie Ala Mode. Soft and chewy, it serves as the perfect sweet ending to a tummy full of salty entrees. What makes this dessert even more special is that 99% of it is made from scratch. The 1% goes to the cherry on top 😉
The Kitchen, owned by the Lazalo family, have given the restaurant its name because they believe that in a home, the kitchen is where the heart is. It is where memories come from, expressed through its dishes.
Visit The Kitchen at Upper General Luna – Open from 6:30 am to 9 pm.