Hill Station and North Haven Spa, Baguio

When we went to Baguio  in 2011 I wanted to eat at Hill Station and would point it out to our driver Joel each and every time we passed by it. Alas it wasn’t meant to be. This time as soon as we arrived in Baguio we went to Hill Station for lunch. 

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Hill Station is a restaurant inside Casa Vallejo, Baguio’s oldest hotel which was established in 1909. According to their website the hotel is one of the American structures in the city. 

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The restaurant had quite a variety of goodies for sale. 

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Hill Station Baguio- Hill Station product list

 

These two basically entertained themselves while we waited for our food to arrive. 

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I was surprised to see dukkah, a mixture of nuts & spices, was served with the bread and olive oil. Other than in Australia I’ve never seen dukkah served in a restaurant. You get a piece of bread then dip it in oil then in dukkah for flavor and crunch. 

Hill Station Baguio- Bread Cubes with Dukkah and Olive Oil
Bread Cubes with Dukkah and Olive Oil

 

The cheesy spinach and artichoke dip was quite good.

Hill Station Baguio- Baked Spinach & Artichokes P145
Baked Spinach & Artichokes P145

 

The shrimp was overcooked and bland.

Hill Station Baguio- Gambas P240
Gambas P240

 

I was really hungry that’s why I ordered the Tex Mex fries and I didn’t regret it one bit.

Hill Station Baguio- Tex Mex Fries P130
Tex Mex Fries P130
Hill Station Baguio- Sizzling Sisig with an Egg P155
Sizzling Sisig with an Egg P155

 

Elisa said the onion soup was just ok.

Hill Station Baguio- French Onion Soup P180
French Onion Soup P180

 

My friend Deb decided she was going to diet (why in Baguio?!?) so she ordered a salad. We were all shocked when a large plate filled with maybe half a head of Romaine lettuce arrived. Only in Baguio can you get a salad this big and for only P240. The salad had a mixture of greens, tomatoes, berries, white cheese, caramelized walnuts and sesame mirin dressing.  

Hill Station Baguio- Hill Station Green Salad P240
Hill Station Green Salad P240

 

Needless to say she loved it. 

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Hill Station’s menu is a mix of international cuisine. Some of my friends ordered the Moroccan spiced baby back ribs served with moros y christianos which was Cuban rice and beans. You’ve got food from two different continents on one plate. While I liked the ribs I didn’t like the rice and beans at all. I don’t think it was a good match for the ribs. 

Hill Station Baguio- Moroccan Spiced Baby Back Ribs P395
Moroccan Spiced Baby Back Ribs P395

 

In my opinion I had the best dish – a mound of Baguio’s red mountain rice layered with delicious coconut milk infused laing (taro leaves) and slow cooked full flavored duck meat flaked and fried to a crisp. The combination of flavors and textures was just amazing!! I definitely recommend this dish. 

Hill Station Baguio- Crispy Duck Flakes P380
Crispy Duck Flakes P380

 

Janet was also quite happy with her fried pork belly with a side of laing. You could say our dishes were similar save for the meat and presentation.

Hill Station Baguio- Lechon Kawali P350
Lechon Kawali P350

 

I was actually deciding between the duck flakes and the shepherd’s pie made with lamb and beef with mushroom and gravy and topped with mashed potato and cheese. It was a good thing Jenny ordered it so I could try it too. The gravy was not thick enough and was quite watery. Jenny said it was just satisfactory. Boy was I glad I chose the duck flakes.

Hill Station Baguio- Shepherd's Pie P390
Shepherd’s Pie P390

 

If you’re into beef then the slow roasted U.S. beef is a good option.

Hill Station Baguio- Slow Roast Beef P490
Slow Roast Beef P490

 

All three desserts were pretty decent but nothing great. Of the three the cheesecake was the one I liked best.

Hill Station Baguio- New York Cheese Cake P125
New York Cheese Cake P125

 

The waiter said the Death by Chocolate was their bestseller. It was supposed to have a soft and gooey center but it was served overcooked and quite solid. It was just like an ordinary brownie topped with ice cream.

Hill Station Baguio- Death by Chocolate P115
Death by Chocolate P115
Hill Station Baguio- Bread Pudding P95
Bread Pudding P95

 

The cordillera heirloom coffee was strong but it didn’t have much aroma. At least it wasn’t too acidic nor did it have a burnt taste and for that I was thankful. 

Hill Station Baguio- Cordillera Heirloom Coffee P70
Cordillera Heirloom Coffee P70

 

I never knew my friend May had a tummy lined with lead since she drank a double espresso black. She had the same thing every morning too. I bow to her.

Hill Station Baguio- Double Espresso P160
Double Espresso P160

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After lunch we checked out North Haven Spa in the basement of the hotel. We inquired if they can fit in all 10 of us for massage and to my surprise they accommodated us. 

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It was a good thing we were all full and no one was tempted to try any of the ‘dips’ which turned out to be oils and mixtures used for the spa treatments. 

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Half of us occupied this room which provided a bit of privacy. We all had a hot stone massage for 1 hour and 45 minutes and only cost P695. The stones they used where synthetic and heated in an electric warmer. The heat of the stones didn’t last as long as natural basalt stones. Overall the long massage wasn’t bad at all. It definitely relaxed our muscles which were a bit sore from the 5 hour road trip from Manila. 

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Good food and a relaxing massage was the perfect start to our Baguio vacation. 

Hill Station
Upper Session Road, Baguio City, Philippines 2600
telephone: 07442-43397
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