Hill Station: A Romantic Dinner Getaway

During our week long stay in Baguio we decided to try Hill Station. They prefer it if you reserve a table ahead of time as there will be days where the restaurant will be packed. The restaurant is easily seen at the upper Session Road. From afar, you can already see the looming food pillars, curious to the inside scenery of the establishment.

The design of the restaurant breathe taking. Towering wooden pillars, open windows, chandeliers and curtains. It had a rustic log cabin feel that fits perfectly with the ambiance and cool weather of Baguio. 

Tuna Tataki with Wasabi Mayo.

The tuna was not the freshest I’ve tried. They did, however, sear it perfectly. You can still see the raw red tuna at the center. The pepper mixture on the sear was a good balance to the wasabi mayo dipping sauce.

 

Shepard’s Pie.

A mix of tender lamb and beef swimming in rich gravy topped with velvety mash potatoes and cheese. The pie was good but nothing great.  Not very filling.
Paella Valenciana.
The mix of seafood embedded in the rich paella rice was delicious. Personally, my favorite part of eating this dish is scraping the hardened rice from the bottom of the pan, mixing it with the rest of the rice, and adding a bit of lemon juice. Yum!
 

Spanish Callos.

This was one of my favorite dishes of the night. It had that velvety tomato paste texture that I look for in a traditional Callos dish. I loved the succulent flavors of soft tripe on the garbanzos and tomatoes. The only downside was that it came in this tiny plate. Once again, serving size was an issue for me.
 

Lamb Tajine.

Since my trip to Morocco, I’m always on the hunt for good Tajine in the Philippines. Although Hill Station had perfect presentation, I found the Lamb Tajine too sweet. The traditional Moroccan stew was more flavorful and full bodied. The lamb here was extremely soft but the flavors were lacking.
 

Smoked Paprika Roasted Salmon.

This dish was quite frankly a disappointment. The sauce on top was too sweet that we ended up scraping it off. Salmon is one of my favorite fish to eat, but this one was overcooked and dry at the center.
Moroccan Spiced Baby Back Ribs.
The tender baby back ribs was downright the best dish of the night. The strong aromatic spices of Morocco coming alive. The meat was a bit charred on the outside but perfectly soft and tender on the inside. You can feel the flavors dancing on your taste buds.
Creme Brûlée.
For our dessert, we opted for the creme brûlée. It was rich and velvety but otherwise not memorable.


Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding.

Rich chocolate croissant bread topped with caramel rum pudding. The caramel sauce was very good but I felt that the whole dish was too sweet.

Overall, Hill Station tries to capture our imaginations starting with the enchanting ambiance and then offering us a little pieces of a staple cuisine from all over the world. A modest try although some dishes did not meet expectation and it’s a bit pricey ranging from 300-500 per person. They compensate with their service and ambiance.

If you’re looking for a date place in Baguio, this should definitely be at the top of your list. Excellent service, food and an ambiance to get you right in the mood. Get a bottle of wine for an even better experience.

 

For more information:

Address: Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road, Session Rd, Baguio, 2600 Benguet, Philippines

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