14 May 2010
Food Trip: Oh My Gulay
In the heart of Baguio City, amidst the Pine City’s hustle and bustle exists an eclectic artsy Dr-Seuss-like restaurant called Oh My Gulay.
I’ve wanted to go to this restaurant since late March. Surprisingly, most of the Baguio residents I have spoken with were not familiar with the restaurant. I had to â€˜google-mapâ€™ my way to the resto, asked the family driver to park the car in the SM Baguio parking area, and set on foot along busy Session Road to look for La Azotea Building. This vegetarian restaurant is located at the penthouse of La Azotea Building along Session Road. Please note that there are no elevators in the mentioned building. Hence, guests would have to climb 4 flights of stairs to dine at OMG. The effort to climb the 4 flights of stairs was worth it. Why? Read on.
Baguio’s Never Never Land
Oh My Gulay is artist Eric de Guia aka Kidlat Tahimik’s vegetarian restaurant which reflects interesting unstructured framework. Yes, interesting â€œunstructured frameworkâ€ — think whimsical decors, non-matching arts and antiques, crooked walls and non-perpendicular corners. It is extremely interestingly and beautifully decorated, and it should be so given that (1) artist Kidlat Tahimik owns this resto and (2) it shares its space with Victor Oteyza Community Art Space (VOCAS).
To the Penthouse
What is VOCAS? VOCAS is an energy centrum for creative talents of the Cordilleras. Built in memory of Victor Oteyza, the Baguio artist who was one of the 13 Modern Artist in the 1950s. This movement in Post-war Ermita included H. Ocampo, V. Edades, C. Legaspi, L. Tabuena, A. Magsaysay-Ho, among whom the only Baguio boy was Vic. VOCAS was designed to host visual arts exhibits, original music concerts, homegrown theater and literature, local films and traditional art from the Igorot culture. Hopefully, this will inspire more indio-genius creations from the north. Victor Oteyza, your spirit lives onâ€¦ “–from VOCAS FB group
VOCAS area and stage at the Penthouse
Oh My Gulay serves individually cooked dishes. It has generous servings of vegetarian pasta dishes, dayap tea, highland coffee, organic salad, etc. By and large, Oh My Gulay serves good food and lets you dine in an artsy ambience while enjoying the foggy view of Central Baguio. I highly recommend that you stay at the coolest (literally coolest and chilliest) area of the restaurant – – the balcony. Don’t forget to bring your jacket, then eat your lunch/dinner, and enjoy the view.
Restaurant: Oh My Gulay
Address: 5th Level, La Azotea Bldg., Session Road, Baguio, Benguet, Philippines
Telephone Number: +63918. 667.6025
Budget: PHP 200 â€“ 499 per person
Others: Looking for Oh My Gulay is an adventure in itself. I had to “gogle-map” my way to the resto. If you would want to start your adventure too, from SM Baguio, set on foot and go down session road. By foot, La Azotea is roughly around 5 minutes away from SM Baguio. Stay at the left side of session road. La Azotea should be at your left, after Pizza Hut and KFC. As soon as you see La Azotea building, prepare yourself for the climb up the Penthouse (read: 4 flights of stairs). Enjoy the meal (e.g. chow chow and pasta meztizo), ambiance, artworks, and view!
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