Gourmet Indulgence at Rewind Restaurant, Baguio City

13 December 2017 Baguio, Benguet, Philippines

It's been a little while since I last wrote a restaurant review on the blog, or even about my hometown Baguio for that matter. My recent travels have had me writing about destinations a little further afield, but I also love to blog about the magnificent city I live in. When the opportunity arose to visit the newly opened and oh-so opulent Rewind Restaurant, I was there with (gilded) bells on.


FIRST IMPRESSIONS


Walking into Rewind Restaurant, it has that homey Baguio vibe which makes me feel reminiscent of the old Baguio. On the right wing, further inside, just before the fireplace, there's a little art gallery room on the left and more room for tables on the right. I could just imagine myself, finding a perfect spot there, sitting on one of Rewind's oh-so-fluffy beanbags, reading a book, and immersing myself with good food and a relaxing environment.

We received a very warm welcome from the owners of the restaurant which only added an extra touch of hospitality. The lovely owner showed us to our table, which was located at the terrace over-looking the lush pine forest.


THE BIG FEAST


My food buddies and I don't do things by halves, and as soon as we had taken our seats by the terrace, we knew we were going to indulge. We kicked off by feasting on a hot pinapaitan which I have been craving for months. A little later came a perfectly sizzling pork salpicao, crackling pigar-pigar, scrumptious cheeseburger with fries and garlic dip, creamy pasta carbonara, and Rewind's garden salad  for a ridiculously indulgent main course combo.


Rewind's cheeseburger with fries and some garlic dip was crusty on the outside and perfectly meaty on the inside. I perused the menu whilst smothering a piece of the crispy fries with the delectable garlic dip, which was absolutely my favorite. The dish looked like a work of art and got my afternoon off to a great start.


The smoking hot pinapaitan just came right in time as I was craving for a hot soup. It is the perfect cold weather dish combo. For me, I prefer to add a dash of calamansi for that extra oomph on my palate.


If I ever see a Pigar-pigar on the menu, there's a 99% chance I am going to order it. As soon as I saw it was paired with rice, soy sauce, calamansi, and a red hot chili on the side, I was even more sold. The combination of fresh white onions, cabbages, and the tender beef was an absolutely delightful in the mouth. Rewind's Pigar-pigar: Tender beef strips, flavourful, juicy, and absolutely satisfying.


The Sizzling Pork Salpicao arrived perfectly cooked. The meat was flavoursome and succulent and I could really tell it was fresh. Small bites of the meat with the vegetables on the side were little bites of heaven.


Rewind's creamy Carbonara was one of the best Carbonara I have ever tasted and personally, it was one of my favourite part of the meal!I loved that it was made with chunky pasta spaghetti. The chunks of meat were small and subtle and added an extra dimension to the classic dish. If you go to Rewind Cafe you must order this!


Rewind's Garden Salad was the most juicy-licious and scrumptious salad to boot. A mix of fresh seasonal ingredients including grapes, tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, and cucumber with crunchy crumbs on top, and seasoned with real orange juice as its vinaigrette. If you find yourself hungry but want something healthy then Rewind's Garden Salad is for you.


We kicked off by having a taste of Rewind's soy bean coffee masterpieces and came highly recommended by the owner and expertly poured to perfection on the cups. We have a taste of the four non-caffeinated soy bean coffee they have on the menu: Brewed Soy Bean Coffee, Raspberry Soy Bean Coffee, Hazelnut Soy Bean Coffee, and the Salted Caramel Soy Bean Coffee. I love the brewed soy bean coffee more. It has that rich taste which I absolutely would order.

Here's a list of what we ate that afternoon,
  • Rewind's Garden Salad
  • Carbonara
  • Rewind's Pinapaitan
  • Rewind's Pigar-Pigar
  • Sizzling Pork Salpicao
  • Cheeseburger
  • Brewed Soy Bean Coffee
  • Raspberry Soy Bean Coffee
  • Hazelnut Soy Bean Coffee
  • Salted Caramel Soy Bean Coffee

HISTORY BEHIND REWIND CAFE


The Rewind Cafe actually got its name from the words "looking back at the past". The owners wanted to let everyone feel the old Baguio -- where locals and tourists alike reminisce the incredibly rich culture of venerable Baguio.


THE VERDICT


Rewind Cafe is a must go-to foodie haven, a cozy world away, for just 10-15 minutes from the hustle and bustle of the city center. It is a stylish oasis for travellers and Baguio locals (like me) to escape to. If you're planning a trip to the Cordilleran region, embarking on a Northern Luzon mini-break or coming for a weekend to Baguio, it would be the perfect place to visit to satisfy your palates. The service is fantastic, the food is delicious, the price is budget-friendly, and the setting is truly unique.


REWIND CAFE BAGUIO
#2 C. Arellano St. Ext. (Longboan Alley), Gibraltar Rd.
Baguio City 2600
+44 (0)20 7841 3566

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This meal was provided complimentary in exchange for coverage. All views are my own.

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