I finally had a reunion date with my childhood BFF, Padma, whom I’ve not seen since the 1986 EDSA Revolution. I had to use a calculator to count – 24 years! We set the date at Hill Station Restaurant Casa Vallejo, a newly opened fine dining restaurant at the top of Session Road, right below SM City.
Hill Station is in one of the oldest buildings in Baguio, Casa Vallejo. I’m trying to go back as far as I can remember, and back then (wasn’t too long ago, heh!), Casa Vallejo housed a dance studio, some government offices, as well as the hotel. I’m not too sure if the hotel was still operational then. (I was too young to care.) Sadly, through the years, the building was neglected.
So it was great news to me when I heard Casa Vallejo was being restored and relaunched as a boutique hotel, and that a wonderful restaurant would soon open there -Hill Station Restaurant Casa Vallejo.
Okay, I’m lost now. Back to the reunion date…
Padma and I had a wonderful night reminiscing our childhood days and catching up on each other’s lives. I was excited to see her, at the same time a bit nervous because it’s been such a looooong time! We were kids when we last saw each other. So much have happened in those 24 years. Will we still click?
But the moment we saw and hugged each other, whooosh! Burado ang 24 years. Friendship, indeed, is not bound by time and space. And with twenty-four years’ worth of kwento – you bet it was a long, lovely night.
We had great food and ambience to go with the conversation too. Too bad I forgot to take a pic of the frozen mojito, which Padma highly recommended and we both giddily enjoyed.
The dessert in the photo above is Death by Chocolate, Hill Station’s best-selling dessert. Padma let me choose dessert but was secretly hoping I’d go for it. Anything with chocolate, I eat. This one had an intriguing name so I wanted to find out if I’d indeed die.
And, die I did. (Exagg, much? hehe)
The chocolate souffle (please correct me if I am wrong, Hill Station) is so rich and creamy but not too sweet. It melts so perfectly in the mouth with the vanilla ice cream.You really won’t be able to help yourself from scraping the sides of the dish to simot everything. Unfortunately, we were not able to completely simot because kuya waiter asked too soon if he could take the dish away. And we were both too shy to say “Nooooooooo!” hahaha.
My photo does not do Death by Chocolate justice, methinks. And, yeah, its name says a lot.
I love Hill Station’s huge windows and views. The tops of my old home’s bamboo groves are visible from one of the windows. In fact, the whole neighborhood where I grew up is visible from the restaurant. Imagine how good the memories evoked made me feel. And so it really was the perfect setting for our reunion dinner.
I’d definitely go back again. And again. And again. For the mojito. To experience Death by Chocolate. To be with good friends. To reminisce my childhood.
Hill Station Tapas Bar and Restaurant is located on Luneta Hill, Upper Session Road, Baguio City. It is open everyday from 11 AM to 12 midnight.