Baguio And The Monsoon Rains
Hard and drenching. But the monsoon rains did not stop us and by 7 a.m., we were exiting at Pozzorubio in Pangasinan, the farthest tollgate of the TPLEX. Kennon Road was closed and we took the wider Marcos Highway with its steep inclines made harder by thick fog that restricted our visibility. At the Green Valley area, approaching the city proper, traffic was moving at a snail's pace.
Anticipating a high vehicle density at Legarda Road and Kisad, we decided to drive southeast by way of Military Cut-Off and South Drive. With our hotel check-in time still a few hours away, sight seeing was the order of the day. The horses were wet and out in the rain at Wright Park as there was no run-in shed. The stalls offering ethnic costumes for pictorials were not crowded. Here one could be an Ibaloi, Kankanaey, Isneg, Kalinga or Bontok. Even with intermittent rains, Mansion House had tourists crowding the main gate and taking photos. At the view deck of Mines View Park, thick, low clouds blocked the sight of the mining exploration sites that were active during the time of the Americans.
At Outlook Drive, which is the enclave of the rich and famous, we stopped to do some routine check up. An eatery by the side of the road beckoned. And we could not resist. For Decades Fusion Restaurant, located on a ridge, has an ambiance no longer easy to find in the City of Pines. With varnished, hardwood tables and chairs, the main dining area provides a good view of tall Benguet Pines. The place exudes the Old Baguio. A fireplace, cage-like dining table, full bar and old-style lighting make the interior a cozy one.
Decades resto serves good food. A standout is Strawberry Glazed Ribs with Lettuce and Onions. The meat is tender. Another excellent dish is the Beef Shank Steak with Gravy, Baguio Beans and Carrots. Waiting time for food to be served is about 20 minutes. Waiters are extra attentive to customers' needs. At Decades, it is fine dining without being expensive. Next time, you need not drive to downtown Baguio where traffic is horrific most of the time. Simply drive to Decades at Outlook Drive, take a table by the window, place your orders and relax. Let Decades' staff do the rest for you.
|Decades Fusion Restaurant's main dining area|
|Good ambiance at Decades|
|View of Benguet Pines from the dining area. At this time of the year, it is often foggy.|
|Cage-like dining area|
|Strawberry Glazed Ribs with Lettuce and Onions|
|Grilled Pork Belly with Lettuce and Onions|
|Beef Shank Steak with Gravy, Baguio Beans and Carrots|
|Salmon with Aligue, Vegetable Salad and Red Rice|
|Fine dining at Decades|
|Decades' Full Bar|
|Too early for a drink?|
|Another group picture at the bar|
|Baguio is Konted's 2nd home|
|At the balcony facing the road|
|Where to dine al fresco|
|Baguio flower at Decades' front garden|
|Foggy Outlook Drive|
|Decades offers yummy food, fine service and good ambiance. Time to try it.|