Update June 8, 2016: CHAYA: Still the Best Japanese Restaurant in Baguio! (Revisited 2016)
In my search for the best restaurant in Baguio, I asked Mitos, the Hill Station owner, on where does she eat good food in Baguio. She shared me this secret home-based Japanese place called Chaya.
CHAYA stands for "authentic Japanese cuisine, wholesome food and healthy lifestyle" by CHAYA Chef, Sonoko Taguchi.
I was skeptical at first, but we were blown away by our Chaya experience...
It is best to go early at around 11am or in between the peak meal times.
Start with this refreshing serving of lemon grass tea. Even the tea is yummy :)
Nothing beats fresh Baguio greens and the boy's favorite sauce - sesame dressing, with Japanese Mayo, seaweeds, and fish eggs.
The tofu was very smooth and clean tasting with just the right sweetness from the Dashi soup.
The katsudon was also very good, not too commercial in taste, and the flavors are not overpowering. Recommended if you are looking for a good rice toppings specially for the boys.
Aidan's favorite - shrimp tempura. But it's a bit expensive considering it's only 5 tiny pieces.
Best of all, you can order a make-your-own sushi and sashimi! The tuna and salmon slices are fresh, vegetables are crisp and juicy, and even the egg and crabsticks taste very good on its own.
We ordered the regular serving because the complimentary portion was a bit bitin.
This was also good with the corn flakes and fresh strawberry mix with the ice cream.
Make sure to order the Make-your-own Temaki Sushi :) I love that they use the best vegetables from Baguio, and the best ingredients from Japan. Anything that you order in the menu is good (like Kani Salad, Agedashi Tofu, and Katsudon) but not necessarily good value for money (like Ebi Fry).
Budget about P500/head and some cash for shopping :)
Don't forget to make a reservation to ensure you have a table.
72 Legarda Road, Baguio City
Telephone: +(63 74) 424-4726
Mobile: +63 916 4394141
Facebook: Chaya Baguio
Operating Hours: 11.00 am - 9.00 pm, daily
Live an Awesome Life,
P.S. Parking is very limited along the driveway.
P.P.S. They offer a Bed & Breakfast accommodation.