Its rich agricultural soil and cool weather have made the Cordillera region the country’s major source of fresh produce. No wonder then that for its inaugural buffet, Holiday Inn Baguio City Centre has easily come up with a unique farm-to-table buffet experience for breakfast and weekend special lunch & dinner.
“Our farm-to-table concept promotes that Cordilleran flair, but with a twist that is far different from the colorful market that Baguio city is known for,” says General Manager Joanne Acott. “We hope that our guests enjoy the world-class standard of Holiday Inn from the food to the accommodations, and that during their stay they experience the Joy of Travel at the Holiday Inn.”
At the hotel’s all-day restaurant Lamisaan Dining & Bar, an array of fresh Cordillera produce are incorporated in most buffet and ala carte offerings.
“The featured products in our new dishes are sourced only from the Cordillera region: LA Trinidad, Baguio, and some nearby towns. We make sure we know the source and that they pass the standard that we have set for dining,’’ says Holiday Inn’s Executive Chef Alwin Mantuano, who personally makes his rounds in the markets to purchase ingredients from local farmers.
The Larder section of the buffet, for instance, includes locally-sourced fresh greens, an assortment of cheeses, cold cuts, and breads. The restaurant’s November special even features three kinds of homemade highland pandesals infused with beetroot, squash, and watercress. Even the artisanal hand-cut pastas, which the chef says go well with their special sauces, are given a fun Cordilleran spin with a creative infusion of these three vegetables.
“Our favorite green here is watercress because it’s yummy, it’s peppery; it has a lot of character in it, and also, it symbolizes the color of Holiday Inn,” Chef Alwin explains. “There’s plenty of it in Baguio and it’s expensive in Manila, so we really make use of it here.”
Check out the buffet’s Carvery section to discover a wide array of meats, from homemade Baguio Corned Beef to Air-Fried Bagnet (same great crispiness and juiciness, less the guilt!), and sausages made from locally sourced meats, recreating dishes from all over the globe and injecting thoughtful, novel touches in them.
And then there’s Holiday Inn Baguio’s wide array of sweets and desserts, made even more special by the hotel’s signature breads; sweet & savory, choco-banana and carrot-walnut, all freshly baked by the hotel’s well-trained bakers.
The first major international hotel chain to open in the City of Pines, Holiday Inn Baguio City Centre boasts of 185 guest rooms, a spacious ballroom that can accommodate up to 600 guests, function rooms, meeting rooms for business meetings and smaller social events. Located along Legarda Road, Holiday Inn Baguio City Centre is right in the middle of the city’s most popular attractions, only being a short distance away from Heritage and Nature Park, Burnham Park, Session Road, and Camp John Hay. Guests are treated to free scheduled shuttle services to key city destinations.