Baguio City's legendary restaurant Rose Bowl has been a favorite of tourists and locals alike for years. Our family is no exception to this and as such, we headed over one lovely night to Harrison Rd. to get a taste of their delicious dishes. But when we got to the original location of Rose Bowl, all we saw was a knocked down building where the restaurant used to be. Before we could cry foul, we were immediately directed by a kind fellow to the restaurant's new location.
In the midst of the dark night, our eyes (and stomachs) roared in delight at the site of this glowing sign. Well hello there! Nice to see you again!
We requested for a table near the large open windows to feel the cool breeze of the night air. I don't know with the rest of you but I somehow find eating more pleasurable when the temperature's lower. I eat a whole lot more this way much to the dismay of my weighing scale (liar!!!).
Our meal started with a hot bowl of rich and creamy Crabmeat and Corn Soup (PhP 249.50). Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of it because I was already so hungry and couldn't resist the glistening appearance of the soup plus chunks of crabmeat! I'm sorry, I'll never be that weak again.
Hubs' favorite Chinese dish is this Beef with Broccoli flowers. The thin sliced beef strips are so tender and the sauce that seeps deep into the meat was very evident in every bite. The broccoli flowers are so crisp and fresh! Gooooood!
|Beef with Broccoli Flowers PhP 219.50|
The Steamed Lapu-Lapu (grouper) in Soy Sauce was consumed immediately, mostly by our youngest son, J7. The fresh grouper is steamed to perfection! The meat comes loose easily when forked. The sauce has the right amount of saltiness and just a tinge of sweetness to it.
|Steamed Lapu-Lapu in Soy Sauce PhP 750.00|
This fall-off-the-bone tender Pata Tim (braised pork leg) with blanched spinach is so flavorful! What I love about their pata tim is that the star anise is not overpowering. I prefer it that way.
|Pata Tim PhP 249.50|
This fried chicken was the only one we ordered from their Steakhouse menu. Although the meat was tasty from the marinade, we thought that it was a bit dry. The crispy chicken skin was a palate pleaser though.
|Fried Chicken PhP 199.50|
Halfway through our meal, we noticed that our viand to fried rice ratio is pretty steep so we ordered another dish to keep the good times rolling! I asked the waiter which dish could be cooked the fastest and he recommended the Camaron Rebosado. The dish was delivered to our table in 6.048 minutes! Just messing with you! :) Less than 10's more like it. The quality did not suffer with the amount of time it was prepared and cooked though. The coating had a touch of crispiness but still soft to the bite. The shrimps were very juicy.
|Camaron Rebosado PhP 369.50|
We had about 3 orders of this Rose Bowl Fried Rice. Their very own version of the yang chow fried rice. We liked that it's not salty, MSG-free, and not oily which most Chinese dishes are notorious for.
|Rose Bowl Fried Rice PhP 199.50|
We each ordered this refreshing watermelon shake to complete our Rose Bowl experience.
|Watermelon Shake PhP 89.50|
Once again, our expectations were met at the Rose Bowl Steakhouse and Restaurant. After years and years in existence, it is nice to know that they maintained consistency. I'll end this post by using my Dad's description of Rose Bowl - "Best Chinese food in Baguio!".
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Rose Bowl Steakhouse and Restaurant
88 Upper Gen. Luna Rd., Baguio City 2600
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