Choco-late de Batirol: Warm and Cozy Feels at Baguio

Choco-late de Batirol – Since we had late lunch at The Rockyvalley Cafe, we decided to have light dinner later. And the first thing that came into our mind was to enjoy a hot cup of chocolate at Choco-late de Batirol. 

Five years ago, we visited Choco-late de Batirol and now we came back to see a bigger and improved chocolate haven. Besides serving chocolate favorites, Choco-late de Batirol also offers many nostalgic foods that you can enjoy while smelling the fresh cool air.

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Choco-late de Batirol

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Just look at the counter top that welcomes you to Choco-late de Batirol!

Walk through the forest outside of The Manor or Forest Lodge, you’d find Choco-late de Batirol. It is located at the Igorot Park, Camp John Hay, Baguio City. Open from 8 in the morning until 10 in the evening, Choco-late de Batirol serves traditional chocolate drinks you can enjoy along with different dishes and pastries. 

Go there any day within the week and a friendly server will greet you with a big smile. The best part? You get the chilly vibe any time of the day so you wouldn’t hesitate for a hot cup of chocolate to keep you warm.

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Traditional Blend Hot Choco-late Drink

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Get all cozy and warm with the Traditional Blend Hot Choco-late Drink.

Of course, our Choco-late de Batirol experience wouldn’t be complete without ordering the Traditional Blend Hot Choco-late Drink. The warm cup can easily become everyone’s favorite drink especially before you jump start your day at Baguio. 

Smooth and creamy, the Traditional Blend Hot Choco-late Drink is a bit sweet, just enough for anyone who doesn’t like too sweet drinks. While I can easily make one at home, enjoying a cup made by someone has perks: It tastes better and you save yourself from the hassle of washing dishes!

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Choco-late de Batirol has more seats now compared to when we first visited them years ago!

However, on the second day that our companion ordered the same drink, they said that the Traditional Blend Hot Choco-late Drink was less creamy than the previous night. The chef probably was sleepy or they were lacking in milk the next morning. 

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Palabok

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We enjoyed their homey palabok!

If you live in the Philippines, you’ll know that there are 2 kinds of palabok. One is using thin rice noodles called bihon, and the other using thick cornstarch noodles called luglug. Some people prefer thin noodles, while others like thick noodles better. 

Thick or thin, I enjoy eating palabok. However, since I’m a low-carb eater, I seldom order palabok when we dine out. But since we’re on a vacay, it’s the perfect opportunity to break away from our normal routine, and not mind adding on a few pounds just to enjoy ourselves. 

Choco-late de Batirol’s palabok uses thin rice noodles topped with shrimp flavored orange sauce. A half slice of hard boiled egg, chopped spring onions, and ground chicharon adds a very distinct flavor making sure you’d scoop more than you can stuff into your mouth.

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But what makes palabok more appetizing is the calamansi that you have to squeeze to add that tangy flavor to your noodles. More than the sour taste, calamansi helps counter the greasiness of the palabok sauce. 

We liked their palabok as much as we liked their Traditional Blend Hot Choco-late drink. The best part of Choco-late de Batirol’s palabok is that you can have it at a very reasonable price. So, don’t be afraid to try it out when you go to Baguio. 

Arroz Caldo

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Literally meaning warm rice, Arroz Caldo is another comfort food that Filipinos love to eat. If Westerners have risotto, Filipinos have arroz caldo that fills every hungry person’s tummy. We wanted to warm our tummies so we decided to order it too. 

On top of a warm chicken congee are chopped green onions and fried garlic. The other half of the hard boiled egg went into the Arroz Caldo’s garnish, completing the whole filling bowl. The Arroz Caldo had a mild flavor compared to other resto’s versions. 

Nonetheless, our companion who ordered the Arroz Caldo seemed to like it. So, if you want a warm and filling meal for snack or dinner, you might want to try it out. 

Buttered Chicken

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The crispy fried Buttered Chicken was enough for sharing!

We were surprised when the server placed the plate with Buttered Chicken on our table. We weren’t expecting it to have that many pieces of chicken fillet. Fried until golden brown, the Buttered Chicken immediately alerted my toddler to start his dinner. 

My son, who’s a bit picky now, ate about 3 big pieces of the Buttered Chicken! This brings me to the conclusion that their fried chicken is good! But kidding aside, we liked Choco-late de Batirol’s Buttered Chicken because it was fried to crispiness yet you can easily bite the meat even if you have a toothache!

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Bibingka

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The chef was kind enough to give in to our request as they were done serving bibingka!

When our companion saw the Bibingka from the menu, she wanted to order it. However, since we have a box of cassava cake in our accommodation, she was hesitant to order another rice cake for our dinner. 

But when we cleared all our plates, she really couldn’t help but to try the Bibingka. To her dismay, the server told us that the chef was done cooking bibingka that night. However, we made him feel guilty because our pregnant companion really wanted to eat bibingka. 

With a joking tone, we pleaded asking if they could consider cooking a piece for us. Thankfully, they gave in and immediately served one for us. We kept thanking the server nonstop for giving in to our request. 

Luckily, we were able to have a bite of the rice cake. The soft fluffy rice cake ended our dinner perfectly! Our toddler gave it a thumbs up and requested for another slice! 

The takeaway

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It was nice coming back to a familiar place after a few years of not being able to visit. Choco-late de Batirol is certainly something you would go back to not only for its nostalgic vibe, but also for the comfort food to enjoy with families and friends. 

Baguio is slowly becoming a crowded area for Filipinos and tourists to enjoy a breezy day. But we know that we’ll come back again to spend a few relaxing nights every now and then. The long drive is almost just as calming as our stay at The Manor.

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