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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Won't Cha OCHA?! : A Restaurant Review

wonderful picture windows light up the place
and give you a glimpse of the hustle and bustle of
Session Road
Walking down Baguio City's main thoroughfare, Session road, is a quaint Asian diner that deserves a second look. An establishment or two from Porta Vaga (the shopping center of the famous Baguio Cathedral), you cannot miss this new found fave.

Ocha, a name that evokes images of tea ceremonies, subtle food presentations and wonderful flavors, it's the next best thing as far as restaurants go.
The Food:
Good sized portions, delicate flavors, fresh sea food and veggies not to mention decent food presentation...it's simply enough reason to keep you coming back for more!

Baked Scallops
I've had em before, you might have done so before too..
however, I would like to point out that OCHA maintains
their inventory well. These shellfish were quite fresh!

Thai Fried Rice (serves 4)
except for the absence of Chinese broccoli, this was
at par with what we bought in the streets of Bangkok
Coffee Pork
braised pork ribs in a lightly seasoned coffee sauce
SOooo gooood :)
We ordered some Vietnamese Spring Rolls for home (light, refreshing and overall great), but opted not to order dessert (too full). 

the decor

The Menu:
Reasonably priced, interesting and full of great selections, there's always a little something for everyone.
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The Ambiance and The Service:
The restaurant seats about 30 or thereabouts. The decor is Asian, leaning more towards Thai. Good use of windows keep the place bright with natural light. The atmosphere is casual and laid back so you could come as you are. 
fast turnover of patrons (great food calls are better than that
of sirens)
Service is fast with a capital F! Servers are polite, efficient, knowledgeable and are solicitous.

big picture windows let you see out beyond the
cobblestone sidewalks of Session Road

The Lowdown:
We absolutely looooved this place! In an overall rating of 5, I'd give it a 6! Worth a visit, whether you're alone or with family or friends. See you at Ocha!
Papa and MAX give it their stamp of approval too!

From TMW, may all your wanderings be better than ours!

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