THE CHEF’S HOME in Baguio – A Must Eat!

June 2, 2016 Update: CHEF’S HOME: The Chef is Back Home in Baguio! (Revisited 2016)

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I first heard about Chef’s Home as a hole-in-the-wall carinderia along Outlook Drive but we missed it on our first trip to Baguio. 

Foodies’ in Baguio, the summer capital of the Philippines, can’t stop raving about this Malaysian chef who decided to be based in Baguio with his Filipina wife (from La Union) after leaving an executive chef post in a hotel resort in Phuket, Thailand.

Check out Chef’s Home when you are in Baguio:

Awesome Baguio Series Part 2:

BAGUIO: Your Awesome Journey to Baguio Food Trip (Infographic)

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The couple has moved to a cozy Baguio home resto setup surrounded by gardens just near The Mansion.   

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Acoustic, however, is bad and can be annoying when the restaurant is full.

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It is advisable to come early so as to get a choice table and make your order as the Chef cooks on a first-come-first-order basis.

Check out: Chef’s Home Menu of the Day

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★ Crispy Papaya Salad (P250).

This is a good starter – crispy fried papaya with spicy Asian sauce topped with tomatoes, baguio beans and herbs. 

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★ Black Pepper Squid (P200).

We personally like the spiciness of black pepper more so with seafood. The squid was cooked just right — soft and not too chewy. The sauce was a bit watery though and I prefer it to be thicker.

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★ Boneless Chicken (P210).

We ordered the chicken for the kids which  was served with a sweet and really spicy sauce. (Don’t forget to request for the sauce on the side.)

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★ Nasi Goreng (P100 per serving).

The fried rice was a perfect companion for the fried and spicy flavors we ordered. 

You can order a Thai version and a family serving of the rice for P300.  

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★ Roti Chef’s Home with Coffee Sauce & Banana (P350).

The best finale for the meal was the signature dessert of a simple crispy fried roti  cut into pieces and served with  sweet coffee syrup, bananas, mangoes and ice cream!

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And most of all –  fighting  over the dessert 🙂 Yum!

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Budget about P500/head because prices are a bit higher than other Baguio restos.

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Here’s the photo of Chef Alvin Emuang with the Boys.

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Overall:  highly recommended! This is even better than the Asian restos  in Manila as it is the Chef –Proprietor who personally cooks for you. You just have to wait for 30 minutes for your order.

(Note: Parking is limited along the street. Come early at 11 AM for lunch and 6 PM for dinner.)

★ – Recommended

Gina and Alvin Emuang’s Food Place
13 Outlook Drive, Baguio City (near The Mansion)
Mobile: +63 916 444-5756 or 0999 774-6624 
Open from 11.00am – 2.30pm and 6.00-9.30pm
Note: Closed on Sundays. Cash Only.

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Full Disclosure: I wrote this blog post myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I have no business relationship with any company mentioned in this post or any organization promoting it. As a policy, I don’t accept advertising from food and travel places we feature in the blog. We paid for our meals.

P.S. According to Chef Alvin Emuang, he is considering to close the Resto at  yearend and engage on a new endeavor. Don’t miss this when you go up to Baguio this holiday season 🙂 


11 thoughts on “THE CHEF’S HOME in Baguio – A Must Eat!

  1. I love that “Roti Chef’s Home with Coffee Sauce & Banana”, craving for that! And also your “Boneless Chicken” looks yummy!

  2. Thanks for sharing the wonderful piece of blog and pictures which make me really hungry. Love to eat different kinds of dishes especially the Asian food which are very simple to make but delicious to eat. Yeah I agree that taste of foods also key to improve the tourism business for the country.
    Gourmet chef Kentucky

  3. Me and my wife went to the Chef’s Home earlier today. It’s now a small place very different to the one pictured above, located at No. 13 Outlook Drive, Baguio City. (From their facebook page, it’s their original location) We were expecting a very good meal to make up for the lack of ambiance since the food is on the pricey side. Php400 for a scallops dish that’s good for one person, Php35 for a serving of plain rice (service size is 1 and a half cup) and 800 for the Tom Yum soup. The service is good, the food is not spectacular, and the ambiance is like a school/office canteen. A single restroom serves both the gents and the women.

  4. Hmmm…I don’t know if those pictures make me want to try this food. Sorry, doesn’t look appealing at all. Pictures aside, the names of the dishes don’t sound appealing either. How did this restaurant become a must-try for foodies? The plating is awful, the rice looks old, the bananas look like chop-suey, the squid looks tough, and over-cooked, and what is up with the spoon and fork on the side there (ok, maybe that’s not the restaurant, but more the photographer).

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