Like Edgar Allan Poe’s Purloined Letter, one of Baguio's best kept secret is openly located on its busiest district; the Session road.
The first clue in locating this gem of a restaurant is by finding the La Azotea building. Being one of the older buildings in the area, it has that old Manila building feel to it. Do not be daunted though, enter the building and ascend five flights of its darkly lit antique staircase until you reach the very top. Then stop, and have a breather; for in the next minute your breath will surely taken away again as you find yourself transported into a landscape as playful and colorful as Lucy’s diamond sky.
To describe Oh My Gulay!’s interiors is just crazy. Everything is jumbled, mixed, crooked and totally mismatched. You won't find straight logical lines here. The amazing thing is, through all that chaos the whole mess seems to sort itself out and magically transforms the restaurant into one funky enchanted place.
Upon entering the cave door leading to the huge hall of OMG!, you will immediately be greeted by a rickety looking wooden bridge crossing a koi pond. Facing it is a towering Moroccanish style castle housing two very odd washrooms.
On the left side is a spacious stage performance area, complete with rocket-shaped mirror balls hanging on the ceiling; and on the right is the airy dining area towered over by a giant cardboard man.
The eating area is divided into two sections by a huge sea ship and has a mazy second floor above it. Aside from the dining areas on the second level, it also has two art galleries; an open one and another housed in a cave. That's right, a cave.
If my description of this crazy place still did not make your head spin, just think of OMG! as a hippie trip induced Neverland.
Oh My Gulay! is owned and operated by indie film director Kidlat Tahimik and it got it's moniker from the food they serve. Their menu consists of crazily named vegetarian dishes like Anak ng Putanesca, Super Sosy, Ceasar Asar, Kabute, Chow Chow Noodles to name a few. This is definitely not the place for hamburger and steak lovers. Zero meat here.
But this is not to say that meat lovers would not enjoy the food served here. Me being more of a meat than a veggie person, can definitely say that I enjoyed their dishes. Although a few more choices from the menu would not hurt too.
Prices are quite reasonable, dishes plays at around the P150 range.
I recommend that if you do decide to check out Kidlat Tahimik's quirky masterpiece of a restaurant, time it when the sun is just about it give it last hurrah. The place is perfect for a sunset view of Baguio city.
Seat yourselves at the balcony or on the tables near the window of the restaurant, grab a bite on their sweet tangy spring rolls, sip a cold lemonade and watch the drama that is Baguio as the city bask in golden light of the sinking sun.
Oh My Gulay’s! portal opens at 11:00 am and closes at 9:00 pm
Phone them at (0918) 667-6025
PART OF A 3-DAY BAGUIO SERIES
BURNHAM PARK | PIZZA VOLANTE | UKAY UKAY | OH MY GULAY! | THE DIPLOMAT HOTEL | BENCAB MUSEUM
MINES VIEW PARK | CAMP JOHN HAY | FOREST HOUSE BISTRO & CAFE | STARBUCKS COFFEE AT CAMP JOHN HAY